Christmas Games & Gift Exchange Ideas

Christmas party games and gift exchange ideas for a crowd

Christmas Games are a fabulous addition to a Christmas gathering – whether it’s an informal group gathering, a more formal gathering or a family Christmas – Christmas games make for fun times!

I have collected an assortment of more unique Christmas games that I hope you and your friends and family will enjoy!

games to play for gift exchange at christmas

Christmas Games & Gift Exchange Ideas

Host a Mystery Dinner Christmas Party and make the entire evening a night of food and fun! Menu, coded names and printable order forms for the mystery dinner are in the link.

Gift Auction with Play Money – a fun twist on a Chinese Auction or White Elephant gift exchange. Everyone brings a wrapped gift for the gift exchange. Give each person a sealed envelope with a varied amount of play money inside {You can have a few persons with the same amount of money}. Make sure that each player keeps their dollar amount a secret. Have a predesignated auctioneer hold up a wrapped gift and start the auction at a dollar amount close to the lowest amount. Highest bidder wins that gift. Each person may only win one gift.

Taboo –  a fun group game for a larger gathering. Object of the game is to get your team to say a word on the card without you saying the taboo descriptive words.

Story Cubes is the perfect game to cross generations – roll some dice and tell a story from the pictures that are rolled. A few variants are suggested on the game box, and creative family members may offer their own twists. Young and old have enjoyed this in our family and it is well worth owning.

Apples to Apples - a super fun party game for a crowdApples to Apples–  another fun group game for larger gatherings. This is probably the number one game to have on hand for large gatherings as anyone that can read can play, it’s lots of fun, and no one is put on the spot to do something embarrassing!

Spot it! is a fabulous little game that will fit right in your purse for you to pull out when a little fun is needed. It’s an intriguing matching game that any game lover is sure to enjoy – and would work well at a restaurant waiting for your meal or around a table after an enjoyable meal at home.

The flour game - an hilarious group game for families and great for all ages.Play THE FLOUR GAME – an hilarious group game for families and great for all ages.

Holiday Charades –  a game of charades with a Christmas theme!

Pass the Parcel – give everyone a pair of mittens or gloves (we used medical gloves and had each person wear three pairs.) Hand one person a gift wrapped in many layers and well taped and give the person to the left of them a dice. At the word “GO” the person with the gift starts unwrapping while the person with the dice starts trying to roll a 5. When a 5 is rolled they grab the gift and start unwrapping while the person to their left grabs the dice and starts rolling to get a 5. Game continues until the gift is unwrapped.

Back to Back – There are a variety of versions for this game, but my favorite is this: Have two people sit back to back and hand each of them identical lego pieces. Instruct player 1 to create a Christmas ornament with their pieces (does not need to be able to hang on the tree!) Once theirs is completed player 1 gives verbal instructions to player 2 so that player 2 can try to build an identical ornament. Once player two has finished their ornament compare the two lego ornaments and see how similar (or un-similar!) they are. **You can make it a wreath, candy cane or leave it up to player 1 to chose what they wish to create.

Left Right Christmas Game Gift Exchange – Another fun twist for a gift exchange. Have everyone hold the gift they brought and sit in a circle. The narrator can join in the game or stand on the outside of the circle. Read our Left Right story in link or make up your own. Every time the word left is read the packages need to be passed to the left. When the word right is read the packages must be passed to the right.

Mennonite Manners – a really fun dice game. Simple to learn and great for large groups. You need to be able to write from 1 – 100 to play. Not specifically a Christmas game, but fun for large gatherings! Instructions for this dice game can be found by clicking here.

Gingerbread Decorating Contest – Buy enough Gingerbread houses to have 1 for every 2-3 people {or use graham crackers or even just cardboard!} I always stock up at after Christmas clearance if I find them for 90% off. Have a predetermined amount of time for each group to work on decorating their Gingerbread house. Create score cards and have everyone rate each others creations. Highest scored team wins.

Christmas Macaroni Game – Buy a couple bags of alphabet shaped pasta and give each team their own bag. Give them 5 minutes to spell out as many Christmas related words as possible. Make sure the words are left out for all to see. Each pasta letter may be only used once.

An Evening of Games & Giftcards – Ask each person coming to bring a $10 gift card to a store of their choice. Place the gift cards in identical envelopes to hide where they are for. Have an assortment of games to play – traditional board games, brain teases, puzzles, etc. When we played this we included the Gingerbread decorating winner in this.
Spend the evening playing games – the winner of each game gets to chose an envelope with a gift card in it and open it. The next person to win a game can either chose the opened gift card or they can chose an unopened envelope. Each person can only win one gift card – unless you have a very competitive group and want to allow some to leave without winning anything! Christmas party notes
A full post detailing Christmas party notes from a Christmas party we hosted for 30 people ranging from 5-70. With Minute to Win It style games and an Ugly Christmas Accessory Exchange.

Games to play for gift exchange at Christmas - A collection of Christmas games to play at your holiday get together with family and friends.Need some party food?

Make some rootdeer floats {free printable in link}


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Jessica Lynette


  1. For my husband's family, Christmas Eve is game day! We pack in as many games as we can. Coming from a family who never played games, I love it! I am excited to bring a few new games to the table this year – thanks for the ideas!

  2. They were great ideas, thank you!! And may you enjoy God’s blessings always!! <3

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