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The Best Christmas Party Games And Activities For Teens & Tweens

Discover fun teen-approved Christmas party games.

I’ve tried to highlight games that any teen would enjoy playing without feeling embarrassed.

While researching and evaluating potential Christmas party games for teens, I kept my teenage son in mind. He’s pretty introverted and doesn’t like showing off or being the center of attention.

I wanted to ensure that the games listed below would be enjoyed by even the most embarrassed teenager, but as I know that some teens do love acting and many girls love singing, I have included a few games for extroverted teens as well.

Of course, we never know what our teens are really thinking, but these games have passed the awkward teen test, so they should be safe to play.

A fun way to get any Christmas party started is to get everyone to choose their Elf names for the evening. You can preselect funny words that match the first letter of the name or birth month, or they can make up their own.

Feel free to download these printable cards, which have several funny names suggestions for your guests to use to discover their elf name.

Elf Name Generator_1    Elf Name Generator_2

 Christmas Scavenger Hunt Games

Christmas Holiday Themed Scavenger Hunt

Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Christmas Scavenger Hunt Game - Includes 220 Cards with Holiday Themed Objects Found both Inside and Outside the Home (Ages 6+)

A Christmas Scavenger Hunt is an excellent way for kids to go on an adventure.

This scavenger hunt game features 220 Christmas-themed cards with typical objects that can be found around the house during the holiday season.

Two decks cover both the indoors and the outdoors, allowing teens to play inside or enjoy running around the neighborhood.

It’s easy to play, just pair up, deal some cards to each team, and get hunting. It’s that simple.

If you have the time you could make your own Scavenger hunt cards. You can either write or print out cards and highlight items you know will be around the house.

Remember to keep it Christmas-themed, so you can print words like reindeer, tinsel, elf, wrapping paper, basting brush, ribbon, pine needle, cookie, etc.

You can print on white card stock then laminate if you want to use it over and over.

Old School Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are always a hit with teens because they solve clues and riddles to reveal a treasure at the end!

Think of places where to hide clues and then make up a rhyming clue or riddle so that they can find it.

Each clue leads to the next. You can make as many clues as you like depending on the time you’d like them to spend on the scavenger hunt.

The final clue will lead them to the treasure at the end.

Have a look at our related article for more Christmas Scavenger Hunt Games & Clues.

Candy Hunt

Lindt Milk Chocolate Santa
Lindt Milk Chocolate Santa 50g (5 Santa)

With a Christmas twist, this is a fun game for all ages. Hide some Christmas candy or Christmas Santas around the house and let your kids find them.

Our teenage son still loves finding Easter eggs even though he wouldn’t admit it.

Classic Christmas Party Games

Turn any classic game into a fun Christmas party game simply by adding a Christmas theme to them.

Christmas Charades

Christmas Charades Game
Christmas Charades Board Game

Get the Christmas charades game or create your own.

Make all of the phrases about Christmas and the holiday season to make a Christmas spin on a basic game of charades.

You’ll find quite a few ideas for Christmas charade suggestions in this free printable.

It is simple to print the clues and cut them apart, then place them in a container so guests can choose one to act out.

Pass The Parcel

In this version of pass the parcel, you wrap one gift in several layers of wrapping paper.

Everyone those a dice, and the first person to throw six puts on a pair of mittens and tries to unwrap the gift.

The other players continue throwing the dice until someone throws a six, who then gets to put on the mittens and tries to unwrap the gift.

The person who finally unwraps and reveals the gift is the winner and keeps the prize.

Mitten Candy Game

Christmas Hershey’s Kisses
Hershey's Kisses Holiday Milk in Santa Hat Foils, Chocolate, 11 Ounce

Similar to pass the parcel, in this game, the players wear oven mitts while playing.

Divide the kids into two teams. A person from each team must try to unwrap Hershey’s Kisses while wearing mittens.

As soon as they pop the candy in their mouth, the bag is handed to the next player.

The team that completes the task first wins.

Carol Pictionary

Write some Christmas carols on paper, fold and place them in a bowl.

Organize the teens into two teams, have each team member pick a paper from the bowl, and draw the carol on a board or piece of paper.

Each correct answer will earn them a point, and the team with the most points will win.

Blind Christmas Drawing

Each player gets a paper plate and a marker.

They must hold the plate on their head and draw whatever you suggest. For example, they might have to draw a Christmas tree, a reindeer, or even Father Christmas.

It’s a hilarious yet straightforward game that’s fun for everyone.

Ding Dong Decorations

All teens love playing Ding Dong Ditch, so why not change it up a bit and let them play Ding Dong Decorations instead.

Give your teens a basket of Christmas decorations, and instead of merely ding dong and ditching, they must leave a decoration by the front door instead.

Hopefully, your neighbors will actually enjoy this game too. It’s probably best to let your neighbors know in advance what your kids will be up to and avoid the neighbors that are not keen on the idea.

Indoor Snowball Fight

Snowballs
High Bounce Set of 50 Snowballs, for Indoor and Outdoor Fun

Teens love a good snowball fight. If there’s no snow outside, you can always bring the snowball fight indoors with these fun bouncy snowballs. Indoor games have never been this much fun!

They’re super fun to throw at each other and soft enough not to hurt anyone or break anything.

Christmas Trivia Game

Christmas Trivia Game
Tis The Season Christmas Trivia Game - The Classic and Original - Featuring Christmas Trivia Cards & Questions That Make For Great Holiday Games For The Entire Family (1 Pack)

Classic Christmas trivia cards and questions that make for great holiday games.

You’ll find all the best trivia questions ranging from Home Alone, and Elf, to Nightmare Before Christmas.

Christmas Scattergories

Scattergories
Hasbro Gaming Scattergories Game Brown/a

Christmas Scattergories is the Christmas version of this favorite board game.

Each player must come up with Christmas answers for every category without matching anyone else’s response.

Adding the Christmas twist to the game makes it even harder.

Hearing Christmas Things

Hearing Things
Hasbro Gaming Hearing Things Game

A twist on the typical ‘Hearing Things’ game.

You can still use the noise-canceling electronic headset from the original game, but instead of using the cards, you can sing a Christmas carol or use Christmas words like Father Christmas, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, or Jingle Bells instead.

Christmas Rush

Christmas Rush
Christmas Rush - a Family Friendly Holiday Card Game - Fun for Ages 7 to Adult - 3 to 8 Players

Christmas RUSH is an elimination game where you must collect four identical cards and grab a token before the Christmas Rush, or else you’re out of the game.

Each player gets four cards, and tokens are placed in the middle of the table. There must always be one less token than there are players.

The dealer picks up a card from the pack, and either keeps it or discards it to the person on their left. The other players then choose to keep the cards as they come to them or pass them along.

If a player decides to keep the card, they must give another card to the player on their left.

Once a player gets four identical cards, they shout ‘Christmas Rush’ and quickly take a token from the middle of the table.

The player who doesn’t grab a token in time loses this round.

This video clearly explains how the game is played:

Alternatively, you can play this game with regular cards and candy canes, but you’ll miss out on the fun double-sided action cards, which add a bit of extra Christmas spirit to the game.

Christmas Reindeer Ring Toss

Reindeer Toss
Uniqhia 2 Sets Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring Toss Game (2 Antlers 20 Rings and 2 Red Noses) for Christmas Party Games

It’s a ring toss game, but you toss the ring on someone’s head who’s wearing reindeer antlers.

It’s a game that is easy and fun to play for all ages.

Dirty Santa or White Elephant Gift Exchange

Everyone brings a small gift of the same value (for example, $5 or $10).

You place everyone’s name in a hat and draw the first name. This person can choose a gift from the pile.

The following person can either steal that gift or choose another one from the stack.

If they steal a gift, the person whose gift was chosen may choose another gift.

The next person can again either steal the gift from the person before them or draw from the pile.

Christmas-opoly

Christmas-opoly
Christmas-opoly

If your teen loves playing Monopoly then this game with a Christmas theme is perfect for the holidays.

It features candy cane, reindeer, and scrooge player pieces. You might be run over by a reindeer or end up with a lump of coal.

A twist on one of the world’s most iconic board games brings you all the fun and festive cheer of the season.

Team Sweatshirt Challenge

XXL Sweatshirt
Hanes Men's Comfortwash Garment Dyed Sweatshirt, Crimson Fall, 3X Large

Partners team up and get inside the same XXL sweatshirt, with one arm each out of a sleeve.

They need to complete several tasks as a team to win. Challenges could include wrapping a gift, decorating an ornament, or frosting a cookie.

It’s hilarious as they try to coordinate their arms to complete their challenges.

Stack The Snowman

Grab some white cups and get your kids to draw snowmen on them.

Stack the cups as high as you like and give your teens marshmallows to throw at the snowman.

The teen who throws over the most snowmen wins.

Christmas Minute To Win It Games

If you want to make your Christmas party more exciting, include a round of minute-to-win-it challenges.

In these challenges, participants or teams can gain points quickly by playing mini-games.

The following games are examples of what you could include:

Cookie Chomp

Participants balance a cookie on their foreheads and race to be the first to eat it without using their hands.

Candy Cane Fishing

This is a fun game where you hang candy canes on a string. You can use two chairs, or poles, whatever you can use to tie some string between them. Hang several candy canes on the rope.

Each player gets a candy cane which they must place in the mouth (straight part in their mouth) and try to hook a candy cane using the curved side of the candy cane.

They must then race to put the hooked candy cane into a cup.

You can either play to see who gets the most in a minute or divide the group into teams and see which team gets all their candy canes into the cup first.

Jingle Bell Toss

Jingle Bells
Swpeet 403Pcs Colorful 4 Sizes Christmas Jingle Bells Assortment Kit with 200m Gold Sliver Cord, Jingle Bells and Craft Bells for Christmas Party Decorations Craft Decorations DIY Bells for Wreath

Kids will have a great time throwing jingle bells into cups for this Christmas party game.

It is easy to adapt this game for kids of all ages by varying the distance from where they throw the cups.

Everyone gets a minute to throw as many bells into their cup. The person with the most bells in their cup wins a prize.

Stocking Guessing Game

Christmas Stockings
LimBridge Christmas Stockings, 4 Pack 18 inches Large Size Cable Knit Knitted Xmas Stockings, Rustic Personalized Stocking Decorations for Family Holiday Season Decor, Cream and Burgundy

Fill a stocking with Christmas items. Each player gets a minute to feel the items and guess what’s inside.

They then pass the stocking on to the next person and write down the answers privately.

The person with the most correct answers wins a prize.

Santa’s Marshmallow Beard Relay Race

Mini Marshmallows
Jet-Puffed Mini Marshmallows (16 oz Bags, Pack of 12)

This game will involve a group of players gathering on one side of the room and a table full of small marshmallows on the other.

Divide the participants into two teams.

One player from each team must race to the other end of the room, smear petroleum jelly on their face, rub their faces into the mini marshmallows, and try to get as many marshmallows attached as possible.

They get a minute to do this and must then run back to their team.

Once the first player runs back to the group, the next player in line runs across and does the same thing.

The team that accumulates the most marshmallows will win the game.

Remember to take photos of all the Santa beards.

Marshmallow Toss

Jumbo Marshmallows
Sarah's Candy Factory Vegan Jumbo Campfire Vanilla Marshmallow Perfect for S'mores and Snacking (4.5 lb in jar)

You will need a wreath, a large bag of marshmallows, and a bucket for each player to play this game.

Put a bucket behind the wreath and assign one person to hold it.

Players get one minute to throw marshmallows through the wreath into their bucket.

It’s probably a good idea to place a sheet on the floor so that any marshmallows that miss the bucket don’t land on the floor.

This game is won by whoever can land the most marshmallows in the bucket.

Ping Pong Prize Trivia Game

In this hilarious game, prizes are displayed on a ping pong table.

If you don’t have a ping pong table, you can use this kit which turns any table into a ping pong table.

The game involves players answering Christmas trivia questions, and if they answer correctly, they have a shot at winning a prize by hitting it on the other side of the net with a ping pong ball!

Once all the prizes are won, you’ll be sure to find them playing competitive rounds of ping pong as well.

You can make the game even harder by replacing the bat and ball with candy canes and marshmallows.

Shake & Guess

Place some jingle bells in a box and wrap it up like a present.

Teens need to shake the box and guess how many jingle bells are in the box.

The person with the correct (or closest) answer gets to open the box and keep the prize.

Prizes can be small items like candy or inexpensive stocking stuffers.

Blindfold Gift Wrapping

Divide the teens into teams of 2-4 people.

Each team gets a box, wrapping paper, and tape.

They need to try and wrap the present blindfolded, working as a team.

To make it even harder, you can ask them all to put one hand behind their back.

The team with the best-wrapped box wins.

Creative Christmas Party Games

Christmas Cookie Decorating

Christmas cookie decorating

It’s fun to have a cookie decorating contest with the kids.

Set out a table with everything they need to get creative and decorate their cookies.

They’ll have lots of fun and enjoy eating the works of art.

The prettiest, most creative, or most colorful cookies can be rewarded, though everyone wins when they eat them.

You will need:

Craft Christmas Ornaments

You can design and decorate Christmas ornaments using a kit like the ones below.

Just add some extra glitter, paint, or even beads and let them play.

You can award prizes for the most creative, most colorful, or who decorated the most ornaments.

At the end of the evening, they get to take their creations with them and put them on their tree at home.

Kids DIY Christmas Ornaments
OurWarm 40pcs Wooden Christmas Ornaments Unfinished Wood Slices with Holes for Kids DIY Crafts Centerpieces Holiday Hanging Decorations, 4 Styles
DIY Christmas Cross Stitch Decorations
Baker Ross AC505 Christmas Wooden Decoration Cross Stitch Kits - Pack of 6, Christmas Tree Ornaments Made with Rainbow Magic Paper, for Kids to Decorate in Arts and Crafts Activities
DIY Christmas Beaded Elves
12 Pieces Christmas Bead Crafts Bead Elves Ornaments for Kids Christmas Beaded Ornaments Christmas Tree Decorations Christmas DIY Crafts for Christmas Garland Holiday Decorations Party Supplies
Christmas Crafts Sequin Ornaments
READY 2 LEARN Christmas Crafts - Create Your Own Sequin Ornaments - Set of 6 - Christmas Crafts for Kids - Christmas Tree Decorations - All Materials Included
DIY Holiday Snowglobes
Creativity for Kids 1846000 Creativity For Kids Holiday Snow globes - Makes 3 Christmas Snow globes for Kids (New Packaging)
DIY Christmas Ornaments Sewing Kit
QKIYI Sewing Kit for Kids 36 Fun Projects Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Craft Kits for Teens Hoilday Guide Craft Kit for Kids

Salt Dough Ornament Making

salt-dough-ornaments-wholefully

Image: Wholefully

This is a fun, creative activity that older and younger teens can do together.

Get the older teens to make the salt dough, and hand out cookie cutters and decorating tools to the younger teens.

Older teens can also create their own or assist the younger kids.

You will need to bake the ornaments for about an hour and let them cool before painting them, so it’s best to start early and finish off later.

Once cooled, they can finish decorating their ornaments and take them home at the end of the evening.

Here’s a great recipe to use for your salt dough ornaments.

Christmas Games For Extroverts

Neon Christmas Dance Off

While many teens are pretty awkward, some teens still love singing and dancing and making lots of noise.

If your group of teenagers loves a good dance-off, then why not turn it into a Glow-In-The-Dark neon party.

Get them to dress in white, rent a blacklight, and get loads of glow sticks and decor.

LED Blacklight
9 LED Black Light, Gohyo 27W LED UV Bar Glow in The Dark Party Supplies for Christmas Blacklight Party Birthday Wedding Stage Lighting, Material Metal Iron
Glow In The Dark Party Pack
240 Glow Sticks Party Pack – Camping Glow Activities For Families – Neon Light Sticks Decoration For Party Favors Kids And Adults - Includes Connectors To Create Glow In The Dark Necklaces, Bracelets, Glasses, Headbands, Balls, Flowers And Much More
Neon Christmas Tree & Reindeer
Christmas Neon Sign 2 Packs Reindeer and Xmas Tree Green Neon Wall Décor Lights USB and Battery Powered Neon Lights for Bedroom Girls Kids Christmas Gifts Home Decoration for Xmas (CMT-DER)
Neon Jingle Bells
Iceagle Neon Sign-Jingle Bell Led Neon Light Wall Light Wall Decor Battery or USB Powered Light Up Neon Sign for Bedroom Kids Room Living Room Bar Party Christmas Wedding,Red

Create a fun Christmas playlist – you can find some more modern songs on YouTube – and you’re ready for a neon Christmas dance-off.

Christmas Carol Charades

Christmas party games like this are great for people of all ages.

There are many Christmas carols, some really popular, some obscure. The songs are acted out in teams, which is trickier and more amusing than you might think.

Teenagers can enjoy this game because it engages their minds, triggers their memories, and allows them to be silly.

Virtual Christmas Party Games

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Zoom calls can be filled with fun and activity when you are on a virtual scavenger hunt.

The activity will increase engagement and excitement and will only take about 15 minutes.

Items such as favorite gifts or an item you’ve had the longest are the best to hunt for because they have story-telling opportunities.

Here is a list you can start with:

  • The best gift you’ve ever received
  • Your longest-held possession
  • Christmas decoration
  • Christmas movie
  • Christmas candy
  • Christmas stocking
  • Christmas star or angel on top of the Christmas tree

Simply fire off prompts, and whoever brings the item back first gets a point.

In addition, you can give extra points if the person explains more about the object.

Sing The Next Line

Christmas party games for teen

Curate an upbeat holiday playlist to get your group into the holiday spirit. The whole team can participate by adding songs to a playlist on Spotify.

The carols can serve as background music, but they can also be turned into games by stopping midway through and asking guests to sing the next line.

The first person to shout out their name and sing the next line correctly can get a point.

Guess The Gift

It’s basically like a holiday-themed game of 20 questions.

Each person thinks of a present, and other players get to ask questions to guess what the gift is. The person to guess the gift wins.

You could add up points across all the virtual games, and the person with the most points could win a treat hamper, for example.

Christmas Boards Games

Don’t forget the board games. There are so many amazing board games that teens love to play, and some even have a Christmas twist to go with the holiday theme.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Twinkling Lights Game

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation – Twinkling Lights Game

As Clark Griswold prepares to hang 25,000 twinkle lights this Christmas, tangled wires and a pesky squirrel threaten to spoil the mood.

Try to combine Christmas bulbs to score, but it’s tough to spot patterns among twisted light strings!

It’s an easy-to-learn game for 2-4 tweens or teens. Each game lasts about 20 minutes.

The Santa Claus Game

The Santa Clause Game
Zobmondo!! The Santa Claus Game, Great Christmas Board Game For Boys and Girls, Award-Winning Educational Game, Kids’ Game for Ages 3 and Up

The Satna Clause Game is best for very young tweens. Young children will enjoy this Christmas game that teaches them to give and receive gifts, with songs, presents, and silly challenges.

Toys are placed in each player’s sleigh, and the player who distributes them all first wins the game.

Adding singing and twirling like snowflakes and other creative responses to the spaces and cards can make it a lot of fun to play.

Classic Christmas Bingo Game

Christmas Bingo
Anton The Original and Classic Christmas Bingo Game - Have a Very Merry Christmas with Our Popular Christmas Bingo Game, Complete with Bingo Game Cards, Bingo Chips and a Bingo Spinner!

This classic Christmas Bingo set comes complete with 10 bingo cards, bingo chips, and a bingo spinner!

Your favorite Christmas characters and symbols are displayed on the Christmas bingo cards, and the bingo wheel points to the picture you need to complete your board! Christmas Bingo cards have unique designs, so no two cards are alike.

This easy yet fun game is great for everyone.

Christmas Party Decorations

Whatever games your teenagers end up choosing to play, it’s always a great idea to make the room look fun and festive too.

Here are some awesome Christmas party decorations that you could use to make the party extra special.

Christmas Balloon Arch
12 Inch Christmas Balloon Arch Garland Kit 108Pcs Candy Foils Red Green Gold Confetti Balloons for Party Supplies Winter Holiday Birthday Decorations
Christmas Star String Lights
ZTX Christmas Decorations Outdoor Star Lights,11Ft Christmas Tree Toppers Lihgts with Remote,11 Lighting Modes Waterfall Christmas String Lights for Christmas,Halloween,Wedding,Party(Color Changing)
Fun Christmas Glasses
Max Fun 12 Pcs Christmas Glasses Glitter Party Glasses Frames Christmas Decoration Costume Eyeglasses for Christmas Parties Holiday Favors Photo Booth (One Size Fits All)
Christmas Photo Booth
Christmas Photo Booth Props Frame Party Supplies - Xmas/Winter/Holiday New Year Decorations

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep kids entertained on Christmas Day?

You can keep kids entertained on Christmas day by planning ahead and arranging some fun Christmas party games for teens and tweens. Whether they enjoy crafting Christmas ornaments, playing Christmas board games, having a Christmas dance-off, or playing Christmas charades, there are plenty of fun activities to keep them entertained this holiday.

How can I make my teen Christmas special?

You can make your teen’s Christmas special by inviting some of their friends over for a special Christmas party. Get your teen involved by choosing some fun party games and activities that they can play. Don’t forget to decorate the room to add that special Christmas feel, and you know how much teens love to snack!

What games do you play at a Christmas party?

Teenagers can be a bit awkward and often find games childish or embarrassing. Therefore games should be easy and fun to play. Having a little bit of competition is okay and be sure to have lots of small fun prizes for everyone to feel like a winner. Teens can play any classic party game, just add a Christmas twist to it. Scavenger hunts, Minute-To-Win-It games, board games, and creative activities are all great games to play at a Christmas party.

What are some fun Christmas activities?

You can keep your teens entertained with classic party games or get them to be creative and make some Christmas ornaments or decorate Christmas cookies. Scavenger hunts and Minute-To-Win-It games are always fun too. They might even enjoy making DIY Christmas gifts for friends and family.

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