holiday games 

How to Play: The Night Before Christmas

A variance of Musical Chairs. Credit: Buena Vista
What you need: Chairs and the book, "The Night Before Christmas."
How to play: In this variance of Musical Chairs, set up a circle of chairs, with as many chairs as there are players...
Will you be the last one sitting?

How to Play: Santa Says

Santa says ... Credit: AFP/Getty Images
What you need: All you need for this game are players. How to play: In this variation of Simon Says, players must do what "Santa says." What are the rules: An example of game play: The le...
It's Simon Says with a holiday twist!

How to Play: Christmas Carol Pictionary Relay

Guess what your partner is drawing. Credit: Getty Images What you need: A list of 10 Christmas carols, paper and pens or pencils. How to play: Divide the group into two teams. Each team sends one person up to the host/ga...Can you guess which carol is drawn?

How to Play: Christmas Stocking Guessing Game

Take a guess ... Credit: Getty Images
What you need: An oversized stocking, pens or pencils, paper and Christmas holiday objects, such as a pine cone, holly, mistletoe, Scotch tape, a bow, an ornament, etc.
How to play: Put about 20...
What do you think is in the stocking?

How to Play: Decking Santa Claus

Pin the hat on Santa. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A blindfold, someone dressed as Santa Claus and as many Santa hats as you have players.
How to play: Santa sits down on one side of the room. Each player is given a Santa hat...
Put the hat on Santa Claus and win!

How to Play: Christmas Wreath

Get your cotton balls through the wreath first. Credit: Corbis
What you need: A large Christmas wreath, rope for hanging the wreath, cotton batting and white tissue paper.
How to play: Suspend the wreath from a doorway. Prepare the ...
Throw your three snowballs through the wreath and win!

How to Play: Christmas Tree

Put the ornaments on the tree. Credit: Getty Images What you need: A small Christmas tree, ornaments and a blindfold. How to play: Stand a small Christmas tree at one end of the room, and place the ornaments on a table n...Tree decorating with a twist!

How to Play: Who's Santa?

If you can wink, you can play this holiday game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Players need the ability to wink and say "Ho, Ho, Ho!" How to play: Santa is hiding, and Rudolph is here to find him. Borrowing from the classic winking game...
Can you spot who's winking?

How to Play: Christmas Gift Stacking Relay

Carry stacked gifts to win the relay. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A duplicate set of wrapped boxes, items inside the boxes (optional) and stools or chairs. How to play: Divide into two teams: Team A and B. Now, split each team so half ...
Can you stack your gifts first?

How to Play: Gift Wrap Relay

Wrap and unwrap gifts to win. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Two boxes of the same size, pre-cut wrapping paper (one piece for each player) and tape. How to play: Divide the kids into two teams. Let them know that this is a team game, whe...
Your team wins if you wrap and re-wrap your gifts first.

How to Play: Hanukkah Gift Wrapping Game

Try wrapping these gifts with your hands tied! Credit: Patrick Norman, Corbis
What you need: Rope, boxes, wrapping paper and ribbon. How to play: Pair players up and bind their adjoining hands together. The rules: With their free hands, pai...

How to Play: Pass the Dreidel

"Pass one dreidel round and round." Credit: AFP/Getty Images
What you need: Several dreidels, about five or six. How to play: Get the children to sit in a circle. Give one dreidel to a child and sing the song below. The child who is holding th...
This game is just for fun!

How to Play: Hanukkah Water Game

Fill up the water cups. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Four chairs, two bowls, two spoons and two glasses. How to play: This game pits two players against each other, but you can play as many rounds as you have people and pit the winners ...
All you need is four chairs, two bowls, two spoons and two glasses.

How to Play: Pass the Hanukkah Hat

Pass the hat in this Hanukkah game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need two hats. How to play: Divide players into two teams. Each team sits in a circle. The object of the game is to pass the hat around the circle, from head to head....

How to Play: Hanukkah Gelt Coin Drop

Get your gelt to the bowl first. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Four bowls, chocolate gelt coins and toothpicks. How to play: Divide players into two teams. Each team will have a bowl filled with chocolate coins at one end of the room and...
Can you move all the gelt first?

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