Yes, Christmas is mostly about family-friendly games and activities, but after the kids are off to bed or are busy with their groups, adults need some fun grown-up activities to pass the time. So when the kids are playing with their friends, break out these awesome Christmas games for adults. From ice-breaking games to trivia, to hilarious ones, we’ve shortlisted the best Christmas games for adults below. Take a look and pick your favorites.
Christmas Games For Adults
Christmas Ornament Guess:
To play this game, you’ll need pens and papers, ornaments on the Christmas tree and a box. Decorate your Christmas tree in the best way possible, but make sure you count the ornaments before putting them on the tree. Write it down on a paper and leave it on the table.
Now, distribute slips of paper or name tag and pen to each participant and tell them to write the number of ornaments on the Christmas tree and drop it in the box or container. If you have more than one Christmas tree, inform the guest about the same and include it on the name tag. Next, you need to review the guesses and announce the winner who has made the correct guess or is closest to the actual number.
If you want, to can arrange Christmas ornament guessing game on a specific color, category or theme. This will make the game even more interesting.
Christmas Carol Pictionary Relay:
To play this game, you’ll need paper, a pen, a list of Christmas carols, and some people who are willing to sing carols. The game is quite like the regular Pictionary; the only difference is that teammates have to guess the Christmas carol instead of regular words. So one teammate has to draw the Christmas carol until their teammates recognize the song. You can put a time limit, for example, 1 minute or 2 minutes for each team. And when the team guesses the carol right, they must sing the song as well. So grab a few Christmas albums and start preparing the list. Ensure that you have enough Christmas carols to last two rounds of the game.
Christmas Find Out Who:
‘Christmas find out who’ is one of the best icebreaker games in our opinion. It will get the guests talking, mingling, and learning about each other in a fun way. Before playing this game, you have to write down a list of holiday theme questions and answers and a pen and paper for each participant.
The goal of this game is to find out if someone would be able to answer all the questions correctly. Feel free to turn it into a competitive game with an amazing prize to be won. Furthermore, you can make the game tougher by telling the guests that they can use another guest’s name for just one answer. This way, they won’t be able to use one person’s name to answer five questions.
Christmas Movie Trivia:
So your friends say that they know the Christmas movies too well. Put their knowledge to test by playing this Christmas movie trivia game with them. Movie lovers are sure to jump out of the chair in excitement. All you need to do is download the printable, make several copies of it and hand it over to each guest. The printable includes general Christmas films questions and the famous ‘A Christmas Story’ trivia. So it won’t be easy for them.
Christmas Photo Props:
Add some fun to your Christmas party by creating a photo booth and some photo props to go with it. The blogger from Oh Happy Day has included some free photo props of Santa’s beard and hat, reindeer antlers and more, which you can use to add fun to your party. You just need to print out the printables, attach to a straw and stick, pose in front of the booth and get clicked. It couldn’t get easier.
Two Truths And A Lie:
This is an excellent game to bring out the fun side of the adults. To play this game, you have to start with a question, which could be anything, right from the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received to most favorite Christmas memories. The participants have to pick the lie from three responses. The game will be pretty easily done, if the participants know each other well, but can be tricky if there are new faces.
Relay Race Jingle Bell Toss:
Jingle bell toss is a tried and tested Christmas game, but here’s a fun variation, which everyone will enjoy, even adults. This action-packed version of jingle bell toss game requires two boards to be set on the floors, across which the players will line up to play. Create two teams of equal players make each of them stand at an equal distance from the playing board. Hand over 10 jingle bells to each team and ask the first player of each team to toss two bells towards their team’s board. If they miss the target, they will retrieve the bells and give it to the next player in line. The team that manages to get the ten bells in the cups first will win the game.
Limbo is one of our personal favorite games for adults and there is no way you can’t include in your Christmas party. Just get hold of some candy cane prop or Christmas themed scarf to make the game look festive and get started. Now, two people will hold a scarf at a decided height and the participant has to walk through it without touching it. To make the game even more challenging, we’d suggest you put a balloon on the shirt to give it an appearance of Santa’s bellies. The one who accidentally touches the scarf will be out and the game will be continued for another round, this time, holding the scarf at an even lower height.
Elf On The Shelf Game For Adults:
Now, this is something that will make everyone ROFL. After the kids have gone to sleep, arrange the elf on the shelf game solely for adults, where the participants have to come up with the funniest placement for this little being. The winner will be decided unanimously.
Who Am I:
Here’s another excellent icebreaker Christmas party game for adults. In this game, each player has to draw out a card, which will feature the game of a Holiday-themed character and stick it on his forehead without looking. The character could be anyone, the elf, Frosty the snowman or Chevy Chase. Now all the participants have to ask each other ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question throughout the night to find out their identities. The supervisor may have a tough time keeping an eye on all the participants so that they don’t cheat.
Festive Partner Drawing:
This is a perfect game for couples. To play this game, you need to pair them up in a way that they are sitting back to back, not being able to see what their partner is doing. Now give each player a bag containing weird items, such as a broken Barbie, plastic monkey or a tooth sharpener. When you say go, the player will pull out the item and describe their partner to draw it, without revealing its identity. Once they’ve drawn the item, the supervisor will ask to guess the item. The couple who manages to draw it correctly will win the game.
All At Once:
If you’re looking for a perfect musical Christmas game for adults, this one’s perfect for you. Get all the participants on their feet and on the count of three, make them sing their favorite Christmas carol or song, all at the same time. The participant who messes up with their lyrics has to stop singing the very moment. The player who keeps singing without messing up the song would be the winner. Since you’ll be the host of the game, you’ll have to keep your ears open so that no one gets away messing up with their songs.
This is an excellent game to test the Holiday knowledge of the adults. Hand over a pen and paper to each participant and instruct them to write the alphabets A to Z vertically. Alternatively, you can prepare the list beforehand. Now when you should out ‘Go’, they have to write a Christmas or holiday themed word starting with that letter. The first one to finish the list will win the game.
Christmas Balloon Game:
Let your guests relive their childhood with these fun balloon burst game. Divide the participants into two teams, one with green balloons tied to their ankles and one with red balloons. When you shout out ‘Go’, the players have to start popping the balloons of other team members. When all the balloons of a particular player have been popped, he or she will be out of the game. The last player standing with most balloons will win the game.
Share A Favorite Holiday Memory:
Here’s a perfect icebreaker game for adults when they’ve finished eating. As you can guess from the game, the game basically involves sharing their favorite holiday memory. Alternatively, you can create a list of questions to ask the participants. Some of the examples include:
- Your favorite holiday song?
- Your family’s favorite Christmas tradition?
- A Christmas gift you’ll never forget receiving?
- What is that one thing you want for Christmas?
- Your favorite Christmas holiday memory?
- Your favorite Christmas candy as a kid?
Message Under A Plate:
Here’s another perfect game for post-dinner Christmas party. Before the guests sit down for dinner, prepare slips of papers with weird sentences or phrases that are usually unfit for a dinner conversation and put it under the plates. When everyone sits down for dinner, tell them to read the message on the paper and insert it into their conversation without making it obvious. All the other participants will get only one chance at guessing the phrase. If a player guesses the phrase wrong, he would be out of the game. The players who successfully use their respective phrases without being caught would be the winners.
This game would also require preliminary preparations. Pick red or green balloons, blow and put a slip of paper inside it featuring a fortune and prediction. Now place one balloon each on every person’s designated place. Here are some suggestions you can use:
- You’ll eat too many Christmas cookies this year.
- You’ll get a new pet next month.
- There’s a huge surprise coming for you next week.
- You’ll kiss someone under the mistletoe before the end of the party.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt:
Scavenger hunts are not just for children. Even adults are free to play them as many times as they want. You can either take a picture or provide clues of the holiday item you want your guests to find out. Just ensure to set the timer so that you can find out which team was the fastest and the subsequent team would be the winner.
Name The Christmas Tradition:
Name the Christmas tradition game can be easy, medium or difficult, anything you like it to be. It would be better if you make different sections of easy, medium and difficult questions and ask them accordingly. The player with the most correct answers would win.
Two Spoons Relay Race:
This one’s another spin on the traditional relay race. The only difference is that instead of egg, the players have to run with a spoon and an ornament. The player that makes it to the ending point fastest will win the game.
These Christmas games for adults are sure to bring loads of holiday cheer, so much that your guests won’t forget it for a long time. The best part is that most of these games require material that would probably be lying in your home. So you won’t have to spend dollars organizing games. Which of these Christmas games for adults would you include in your party? And what are your most favorite Christmas games for adults? Let us know by commenting below.’