These 5 fun Christmas games for kids include a yarn relay, Christmas charades, guess who, scavenger hunt, and more for holiday family fun with kids.
Holidays equal game time in my house. Growing up, games were a central point of every gathering, and I love passing this tradition on to my own children. Make the most of your time with family this holiday season by playing some Christmas games for kids. Here are a few imaginative Christmas games for kids to get you started.
Christmas Games for Kids
Tear your kids away from the TV, video, laptop or games console this Christmas and spend some quality time with them. One of the best ways to involve your children in family time is to come up with some great Christmas games for kids and get the whole family to join in.
The best Christmas activities and games for kids don’t cost anything to play and don’t require batteries! (woohoo!) Equipment for most Christmas games for kids is limited to paper, pencil and imagination.
Christmas Games for Kids: The Treasure Hunt
Hide small Christmas gifts or candy at a dozen locations around your house and yard or garden. At each location leave a clue to the next location. The clue doesn’t need to be complicated; a simple drawing of the next hiding place will be enough to entertain your kids and point them in the right direction.
We have a Christmas present scavenger hunt printable version of this to use on Christmas morning! Though, most of these clues can be used for any kind of small treasure hunt throughout the Christmas season.
Christmas Games for Kids: Pin The Carrot on the Snowman
This is a Christmassy version of the popular party game, Pin The Tail on the Donkey. Make a snowman figure out of card or felt and tack it to a door or wall. Blindfold your children and get them to stick a cardboard cut-out carrot to the snowman figure.
The winner is the child who gets the carrot “nose” closest to the middle of the snowman’s face. If you are lucky enough to get real snow at Christmas, substitute the cardboard figures for a real snowman and carrot! How fun would that be?!
Christmas Games for Kids: Charades
Also known as “Give Us a Clue,” charades is a traditional Christmas family and party game. The aim of the game is to act out the title of a book, play, song, TV show or movie without speaking and by using movement and hand signals alone. For younger children, jot down short titles that will be easy for them to act out.
Use the prompts from our Christmas printable Pictionary game as prompts for charades, or play a game of Pictionary too!
Christmas Games for Kids: Christmas Person, Place or Thing?
This is a great game for imaginative young minds. Played similarly to 20 questions, take it in turns to pretend to be something or someone else. The other participants have to guess who or what they are by asking a series of questions to which the answer can be only “yes” or “no.” Children will often come up with objects that are amazingly difficult to guess. Stick with a Christmas theme and think of a reindeer, Santa, milk and cookies or more!
Christmas Games for Kids: Yarn Ball
Take small balls of wool, string or yarn and place them in a box or basket beside a wall. Line the children up against a wall and give them each a spoon. Place another basket on the other side of the room. When you shout “Go!” each child should scoop up a ball with their spoon and carry it across the room to the other basket, without dropping the ball. If they do drop the ball, they must start from the beginning.
These are all fun games to get kids moving and playing on Christmas! Do them at a kids Christmas party, or on Christmas Day with cousins. Wherever you decide to play these kids’ games, you are all sure to have fun. Plus, who says only kids can play? Adults can get in on the fun too!