Are you in charge of the Christmas party this year and want to spice it up a little? An easy way to do that is with some fun party games to break the ice and get everyone mingling. Whether you’re hosting the Christmas bash in the office or at a hired venue these exciting games will definitely have attendees on the floor laughing, and generally having a good time.
Here is a list of the best 25 easy and enjoyable games to keep your team entertained:
We all know that Secret Santa is a popular choice amongst the workplace, but if you want to spruce it up a bit, get creative with the following games:
1. White Elephant
This is a favourite gift-giving game; it’s essentially a livelier version on Secret Santa. How it works is really simple; everyone brings a wrapped gift (obviously) and they are all placed together. You can draw names from a hat to decide who will go first. The first player chooses a gift and opens it. The following person can either choose a gift from the table or steal the gift from the individual before. This continues down the line until everyone ends up with a present. Those who were stolen from go back to pick up a new gift, which can’t be taken.
Here are some extra rules you can incorporate:
Three Swaps and You’re Out: If you get stolen from three times during the game, you are out of the game and can no longer be stolen from.
Three Swaps and the Gift is Out: If a present gets stolen three times, it’s out of the game and the person who holds it gets to walk away with it.
No Extra Turn/No Extra Swapping: Some people don’t allow the first player to swap at the end. Or, if they do, the first person simply gets to swap once with no additional swapping allowed.
2. Dice Exchange
This present swap is an interesting one and can easily accommodate a large group of people. Everyone brings a gift that is suitable for any receiver. Once the game begins they hold on to the present they have brought with them. Everyone sits in a circle (or groups if there are many people) and dice are handed out. Not every person gets one; every few are handed a die, and they are then allowed to roll the die. A background song plays (preferably a Christmas classic). If the person with the die gets a 3, they get to trade the gift they brought with someone else. Whether they get a gift or not, they pass the die on to the next person it continues around the circle. This continues until the song ends and everyone keeps the present that has landed in front of them.
3. The Numbers Game
As everyone arrives, take their gifts and mark a number on them. Also, give them a piece of paper with the same number on it and ask them to write down an unusual fact about themselves. That paper then goes into a hat.
Once the time comes for gifting, the host will pull a piece of paper from the hat and read out the fact, but not the number. Attendees then have to guess who the fact is about. The first person to get it right gets that present and are out of the game for the rest of the time. The game continues until everyone has a present in hand. This one is a lot of fun, and you can get people participating pretty quickly. The facts that come up will have party-goers in hysterics.
4. Whose Gift
This is a great way to make a stuffy situation an entertaining one. Get all the wrapped gifts and place them in a central location. You can decide on the order of participants. The first person gets their present, opens it and the games begin. That person has to guess who brought the gift. If they get it wrong (and this will happen a lot) they have to sing a song – or do something equally embarrassing. Watching everyone make a fool out of themselves will make the atmosphere light and fun, and you’ll be on the way to an enjoyable Christmas party.
5. Holiday Trivia
Unlike your usual trivia, this one is played with presents (yay!) The host will have drawn up some trivia questions beforehand, and each will be associated with a gift. The host will show the first present and ask a question. The players raise their hands if they know the answer. The host calls on them and whoever gets it right first gets the present associated. Once the first person has received their gift, it moves on to the next until each person has a gift. This one will get adrenaline pumping amongst the competitive employees and will get everyone pumped for the party.
For Small Groups
It can be hard thinking of party ideas for a small group; but don’t worry, we have it under control! These engaging games should get everyone interacting and enjoying themselves in no time.
6. Laughter Challenge
Get everyone together and the first person should begin laughing like Santa (ho ho ho!) This person can crack a joke to make his audience laugh, once someone laughs they then take over. The idea is that last person who manages to resist temptation and laugh wins a prize. Like any office party, make the prize exciting to ensure everyone participates.
Let the hidden drawing talents creep out with this funny game. Blindfold each person and ask him or her to draw an item or person related to Christmas within a two-minute timeframe. The other team members need to guess what they are drawing. Like standard Pictionary, the team that gets it correct the fastest wins.
8. Human Christmas Tree
What’s more exciting than turning into a human Christmas tree? For this one have some decorations laid out on the table for each team. One person should volunteer to be the tree and are given two minutes to turn into the most fabulous tree. The team with the best tree wins a prize.
9. Candy Cane Game
You will need a small stocking, a heap of candy canes, chopsticks and a large bowl. The aim of the game is to take candy canes out of the bowl with chopsticks placed in the player’s mouth. The player who gets the most candy canes in the stocking wins! Sound easy right?
10. Marshmallow Mouth
Remember trying to catch an M&M in your mouth? You can turn back time with these marshmallow slingers. Cut the bottom out of a paper cup and wrap the bottom of a balloon to replace it. To play the game divide the group into pairs, give one player a marshmallow slinger and the other a bowl of mini marshmallows. The first player to shoot five marshmallows into their teammate’s mouth wins.
11. People Bingo
Get to know your attendees by playing a game where mingling is the only way to win. To carry out this game, you must create a list of 10-15 traits or activities and give every participant the same list. Participants have to walk around the room and find other members who agree with items on the list and check them off. The winner is the person who fills in their list the fastest with a different employee name for each item.
12. Christmas Memory Game
This one is a live version of spot the difference. Put Christmas items on a tray and give people one minute to memorize the items. Take the tray away and have them write as many down as they can remember in 30 seconds.
13. Gift Wrapping Challenge
See how well your colleagues can work together by tasking them with wrapping a gift together with only one hand each. The team to do it in the shortest amount of time wins.
14. Toilet Paper Snowman
Gather everyone into pairs. The aim of the game is for the pairs to work together and wrap the quickest snowman using loo roll- it also teaches them important team-work skills.
15. Holiday Two Truth and a Lie
A great icebreaker game; players will say three of the funniest Christmas presents they’ve ever received, two should be true and one made up. As the players go round the room, you’ll need to write down what you believe is true or false. The person with the most correct answers wins.
16. Guess Who
As soon as guests start pouring in for the party, stick a post-it note on their back with the name of a celebrity, politician or cartoon character. Others talking to the person must talk to them as if they were who their note says. The person to discover who they are first, wins a prize at the end of the night. To make it exciting the prize could be a stay at a fancy hotel for two.
17. Jingle Ball Shake
The jingle ball shake is an ideal game for adults at Christmas. So how you do the shake? Tie an empty tissue box around the players back side (poke two holes on opposite ends and weave a rope or ribbon through it so it acts as a belt). Place 10 small jingle bells in the box, start the music for a minute, where the player must dance out as many balls from the box as they can.
18. Reindeer Antlers
This game is a top ice-breaker as it gets people looking ridiculous with a pair of tights on their head. To play the game you divide players into teams of three and provide them with a pair of tights (with the toes cut off), 15 balloons and two pieces of ribbon. One person should wear the tights on their head while the others blow up the balloons and stuff them in the legs of the tights.
You can offer fun prizes for the:
- fastest finished
- tallest standing (most upright)
19. Carol Singing in Paris
Before the party, write down names of Christmas songs on slips of paper (2 for each song). Then put the number of slips, as there are people, in a bag (there needs to be an even number for this game). Each person will draw a slip and begin humming the song (everyone will start humming at the same time). Each person has to find the other person who is humming the same song as they are. Once they locate this person, they hold hands and start singing the song out loud. The first ones to do this are the winners! This is not only funny, with people singing at the top of their lungs, but is a great team-bonding game.
20. Christmas Card Couples
To make this game work, gather old Christmas cards and cut the illustrated cover in half until you have as many card halves as guests. Have each attendee select a card-half from the basket. Once they are armed with their card, they’ll need to locate their other half. The first three couples that match win, prizes could include: a day in lieu, a spa voucher or some booze.
21. Christmas Balloon Burst
Divide the group into two teams, one with red balloons tied to their ankles, and one with green balloons. The team members need to try and pop the other people’s balloons. When a player’s balloons are popped, he or she is out of the game. The last team with one or more unpopped balloons wins.
22. Holiday Charades
Play this Christmas classic by using names of carols and holiday movies. Break into teams and tally points to make it a competition.
23. Sticker Stalkers
Give all guests a page with 10 stickers. The object of the game is to get rid of stickers by sticking them on other people; they can only put one sticker per person. If a player gets caught, they must take their sticker back. They must also take a sticker from the person who caught them, but they can try to give these stickers back later in the game. The first person to get rid of all 10 of their original stickers is the winner.
Twist: if someone falsely accuses you of “stickering” him/her, then you can automatically put one of your stickers on that person.
24. Holiday Food Taste
Employees blindly sample an assortment of edibles related to the season. The person who correctly identifies the most items wins. When playing this game, ensure vegetarians don’t each any meat – it could leave a bitter taste for all involved.
25. Fun Employee Awards
What’s an office party without some kind of silly awards? Create awards or present gag gifts for the person who makes the coffee or the staff member who is always late.
A rule to remember when organising any staff party is to ensure there’s plenty of food and alcohol. If you’ve decided to arrange it in-house, you’ve got a larger budget to splash out on awesome prizes to make these party games hard to forget.
Have you hosted a party and had any other games that were a hit? If so, let us know in the comment section below…