It wouldn’t be Christmas without getting the family together to play a game. The presents have been opened, Christmas dinner has been well and truly polished off and everyone’s feeling a little sleepy – well, the adults are, at least. Don’t give way to snoozing in the armchair, get lively and motivate the troops into playing some family games. They’ll thank you for it, and you can snooze in peace later. Here are our top 5 Christmas game ideas to encourage everyone to ditch the technology and have some fun together.
This is a party favourite and perfect for all ages. Get the Post-It notes at the ready! Each person needs to stick a Post-It note with a famous person’s name, chosen by another member of the family, written on it, to their forehead. The person with the Post-It note must try and guess who they are by asking their family members yes or no questions. The game is over when the second to last person guesses who they are correctly. Try changing the theme to animals to get younger family members involved.
Hand each family member at the Christmas dinner table a list of 5 songs or Christmas carols. They then have one minute to hum the carol or well-known song for the others to guess. This game is guaranteed to raise a smile at the table, particularly if there’s more than one tone deaf person playing.
Put an array of Christmas themed items on a tray and give people one minute to memorise as many of the items as they can. Take the tray away and have them write down as many as they can remember in 30 seconds. This is a great game to test your memory, especially after a few mulled wines and sweet sherries.
Designate a family DJ to control the music and dig out a trusty Christmas album or playlist. Split into teams and try to guess the name of the carol or Christmas hit, given only a few seconds of the song. The team with the most correct answers wins.
A classic for any family Christmas day. A slight change to the traditional game of charades but with a Christmas spin to it. Write a list of Christmas themed activities, films, songs and characters, cut each one out and get each player to draw one from a hat. This person will then act out their chosen charade and the other members of the game will need to guess. Remember, in charades there is no talking and no clues allowed. Just use your fantastic acting skills!
What do you and your family play around the Christmas table?