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.
If you play your cards right, you could get your holiday party guests to finish all your gift-wrapping! Set up a wrap station with paper, ribbons, scissors, and tape, then stage a relay race to see who's the fastest wrapper around. Make it more challenging by having players work in teams, using only one hand each (or with one blindfolded and the other providing instructions but not hands-on help).
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!
Get your dreidel game off the table and onto center stage with this life-size version of the classic spinning top game.
No actual snow required: This holiday party game uses paper or balloon snowballs, so you can play it inside for a winter twist on a spring/summer favorite.
Can you guess the classic carol (or silly Santa song)? Try a holiday charade game! If you don't celebrate Christmas, you could substitute other holiday-related activities for the carols (such as lighting candles or cooking special foods).
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:
- Snow play: Building a fort or snowman, snowball fights, sledding
- Capture the flag with a holiday twist: Make the flag a Santa hat or sack
- Snow painting
- Kickball (yes, even if there's snow on the ground)
Half the fun is in making the game in this cute, indoor activity that is fun all winter long.