Everyone loves good old Christmas party games with the kids – it’s what family Christmases are all about!
Whether you’re hosting a Christmas party of just have a couple of bored kids on your hands during the school holidays, we’ve got 7 brilliant Christmas party games for you to try. And the best part is, our Christmas Elf games are really easy to set up, plus they’re completely free!
7 Christmas party games
1. Pin the hat on the Christmas Elf
A classic party game with an elfish Christmas twist! Simply download our free printable girl or boy Elf, then print it out (A3 size will work best for this), stick it on a sheet of cardboard, cut out the hat and you’re ready to go!
To play this Christmas party game, hang your hatless Elf on the wall and stick some Blu tack to the back of your Elf hat. Each player then takes a turn to stand blindfolded in front of the Elf. They spin around three times, then must try to stick the hat on the Elf’s head. The player who gets the hat closest to the Elf’s head is the winner!
2. Elf snowball toss
Another classic Christmas party game! Download our free printable Christmas Elf, print it out (again, A3 size will work best), then stick it on cardboard. Cut out the mouth, then prop your Elf up.
To play this kids’ Christmas party games, players have to throw “snowballs” (i.e. cotton wool balls) into the Elf’s mouth. The player who manages to get the most snowballs in the Elf’s mouth is the winner!
Download our free printable snowball toss Elf here.
3. Snowman bowling
This Christmas party game is super easy to set up. All you need is six empty toilet roll tubes, some colouring pens and a tennis ball.
Draw a snowman on each of your toilet roll tubes, then arrange them in a triangle. Each player then takes a turn to try to bowl all the snowmen over with a tennis ball.
4. Snowball pong
For this fun Christmas party game, you’ll need 10 plastic cups, some Blu tack, a marker pen, a table and some cotton wool balls.
Write the number 10 inside the first cup, the number 20 in the next two cups, 30 in the next three and 40 in the final four.
Arrange your cups in a triangle and stick them to the table with Blu tack. Each player then takes turns to stand a set distance away from the cups and throw a “snowball” (a cotton wool ball) into a cup. The player with the highest score is the winner!
5. Candy cane treasure hunt
Exactly the same as an Easter egg hunt, but this Christmas Elf game uses candy canes instead of Easter eggs!
Simply hide a whole load of candy canes around your house and set the kids away to find them.
*WARNING* Unless you can restrict your candy cane hunt to one room only, it might be best to leave this party game until AFTER Santa has been… You wouldn’t want any littlies accidentally stumbling over any secret hiding places now, would you!
6. Build a snowman race
This Christmas party game for kids is great fun, but make sure you’ve got plenty of toilet roll to spare!
Split your party into two or more teams. Each team has to nominate one player as their “snowman.” The teams then race to see who can wrap their snowman up in toilet roll, scarf and hat the fastest!
7. Marshmallow tower challenge
The aim of this Elf party game is to see who can build the tallest freestanding tower of marshmallows. Players are allowed to use either dried spaghetti or plastic straws to help construct their towers.
The winner gets to eat all their marshmallows!
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