When you’re hosting a holiday party, besides serving great food and cocktails, the pressure’s on to make sure everyone has a good time.  No worries…Just add a holiday theme to popular games that everyone knows how to play.  The games twists below offer some “Ha, Ha, Ha,” before Santa brings the “Ho, Ho, Ho.”

Who Am I?: This party game is a great way to promote mingling.  When your guests arrive, stick a nametag with a Christmas character’s name on their back.   Each guest asks questions of the other guests to try to find out who they are Ex: Prancer, Ellen Griswold or the Grinch.

Holiday Pictionary: Create a holiday version of this lively game, where teams compete to be the 1st to identify the picture their team’s artist is drawing.  All you need to do to customize the game is to prepare holiday topics for the teams to draw.  Here’s a few examples of what team artists could be asked to convey: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Carolers, North Pole, Santa Down the Chimney, Black Friday.

Jingle Time Word Find:   Using Christmas words—Christmas, Poinsettia, Candy cane, etc.—have each person make as many smaller words from it as possible before the timer runs out.  The person who finds the most words at the end of all the rounds, wins

 

For the more daring, these 2 are a bit move involved:

Christmas Charades: Create a holiday version of this game by preparing folded sheets of paper with holiday movies, songs and phrases for your guests to act out.  Here’s a few examples: Movies – Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life,  Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone.  Songs –  All I Want For Christmas Is You, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland,.  Phrases – Naughty or Nice, 12 Days of Christmas, Coal in My Stocking,

Jolly Time Scrabble: No one needs a super vocabulary to play Holiday Scrabble.  If you have this board game, just modify it by requiring the words spelled be holiday related.  You can modify the rules if you like by accepting proper names like Rudolf or allowing 2 words that make a term like Stocking Stuffer.  Just figure these details out in advance and let the competition begin.