Holiday Games for the Whole Family

Holiday Games for the Whole Family

Posted on 12/11/2013

Getting everyone in the family together over the holidays is always wonderful, but also stressful. Here are some activities and games to settle the fun family feuds and really enjoy the time with each other:

  • Holiday themed mad libs.
  • Karaoke to holiday songs
  • Instead of putting all the presents under the tree, create a scavenger hunt for the children and have them search for the presents.
  • Have a gingerbread house making contest.  Gather materials for guests to make gingerbread houses.  Then, have guests vote on their favorite two houses.
  • Make this season a healthy one.  Instead of having a typical cookie exchange, trade healthy desserts and recipes.
  • Get a camera that prints out stickers or a Polaroid camera.  Take a group photo and then have the family members use the photo to make Christmas ornaments.
  • Go around the room and have everyone say what they are thankful for (without repeats).
  • Have an ugly Christmas sweater contest.
  • Drive or walk around town in search of the best decorated house.
  • Make holiday cards for those who may be lonely during the holiday season, such as people in nursing homes, the hospital,etc.
  • Play card games, such as bridge, spades, euchre, or gin rummy
  • Play corn hole, table tennis, or foosball
  • Get to know relatives you rarely see with board games.  Games are a great way to bond with relatives you don’t know very well. Board games such as Apples to Apples are easy enough for the young ones to grasp and, and often result in laughter.
  • If you have just spent hours driving to your relatives house, take off some steam and get moving with an active game such as kubb, croquet, kickball, baseball, or horse shoes.
  • White Elephant Gift Exchanges get everyone involved, and talking long after the exchange has taken place.
  • Name that holiday song.  Play a short clip from different holiday songs.  Whoever guesses the song first wins.  A more challenging version of this game is to write out clips from different holiday songs.  Whoever guesses the most correctly wins that version.