Festive games to play for small groups
Having a small group for your celebrations doesn’t mean that your party will be dull. Sometimes have a smaller group can make for a more fun time. Here are some suggestions for great festive games for small groups.
This is a classic party game and most people will know how to play, meaning that you won’t have to spend ages explaining the rules to the players. You can limit the options to Christmas movies, songs and shows to keep it extra festive. Depending on how small your group is, you can either have teams competing for points or do it individually so that the actor and the correct guesser get a much-coveted point.
Another classic party game that won’t take much explaining. Each team (or individual) will be competing to make the others understand what they are drawing to score points. You can limit this one to Christmas themes as well and if it is not your cup of tea, try the variation below.
Blindfolded Christmas drawings
In this game, you are competing for the most accurate drawing. Everyone bar one person will be wearing a blindfold and trying to draw the picture being described by the non-blindfolded person. You can be kind and make the drawings simple, such as a Christmas tree, or you can challenge your fellow revellers and ask them to draw a complicated Christmas scene.
Pairs/Christmas memory game
To play this game, you will need pairs of cards set out face down in a grid. You can have the pairs be identical or related, such as Santa and Elves. You can take it in turns for each team to try guessing a pair or to make it more interesting, only allow a team to turn over a pair of cards when they have answered a question correctly.
Two truths and a lie – Christmas edition
A great icebreaker, this game involves each player in turn saying three statements, two of which are true and one is false. The other guests must either guess or use their knowledge of the speaker to correctly guess the lie. You can do this for points or just for fun to get to know each other. Make the questions Christmas themed by making statements based on Christmas family traditions, strange gifts you’d received or your favourite parts of Christmas.
How many ornaments?
This is a good background/beginning game, as the guests can make a guess of how many ornaments there are on the tree and whoever is the closest will win a prize, perhaps from the tree itself. Just don’t forget to count the ornaments as you’re decorating the tree!
Find a Christmas scarf and either two volunteers or convenient points for tying and see who can go the lowest. Make the game a little more interesting by strapping either a balloon or a cushion to everyone to give them a Santa belly to make the task harder.
Entertain your guests with a Christmas quiz and let them showcase their knowledge. Divide the game into categories, like songs, movies and books, and let the contestants play for themselves or teams. A prize for the winner or winning team wouldn’t be a bad idea for this game, especially as it can be a longer one.
Name that carol
Christmas carols will be everywhere during the festive season so hopefully your guests will have a few in mind for this game. You can play this game in a number of ways, including humming or singing a few lyrics so that others will guess the song or you can make up clues to get people to guess the song, such as ‘it’s starting to really resemble December 25th’ for ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ or perhaps ‘female parent caught in embrace with famous deliverer of Christmas presents’ for ‘I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus’.
Christmas: who am I?
A popular game for icebreakers and dinner parties – each person has the name of a Christmas character or item against their forehead and must ask their companions yes or no questions to work out who they are.
The photobooth is always a popular destination during any party. Why not make it a little more exciting with a competition for the best photo? You can set whatever rules you like, whether that’s that all participants must be wearing headgear or that they must be acting out a scene from a Christmas movie, it’s your competition.
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