If you're hosting a party this winter, be prepared with these ideas for fun, active holiday party games and activities. They're easily adapted to work with your style, your space, your party's theme, and the number and ages of guests and players.
This one works for any party with wrapped gifts—Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays. It would be especially fun for a party featuring gag gifts (like a Secret Santa or white elephant exchange).
Before your holiday party, hide a small treasure (or several) for young guests to find. Match your treasures to your occasion and hide holiday cookie cutters; candy canes or tree ornaments; Hanukkah gelt or menorah candles; the Kwanzaa mkeka or candles; and so on.
Human Christmas TreeRecruit a brave volunteer to be the tree, then let guests decorate him or her with green crepe paper, aluminum foil or tinsel, paper and tape. Don't forget to take a photo of the results!
Holiday Talent ShowGet the kids to put on a holiday-themed variety show; or better yet, set up multi-generational teams. They might act out a holiday story or add choreography to a holiday song. Award prizes to all after they perform.
Outdoor Holiday Party Games and Activities
Bundle up and walk the neighborhood, singing carols and enjoying the decorations. Or get cheeks rosy with active outdoor games (how about giving everyone a red nose and headband antlers and calling them "reindeer games"?), such as: