Unique Holiday Themed Games for the Family

  • By Ashley Bechtloff Springible Contributor
  • Reading Time About 3 minutes
  • PostedDecember 20, 2018
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It’s that time of year again… that period of time where the kids are officially on their holiday break from school and all other extracurricular activities are on hold. While it’s always nice to have the family together, it’s no secret that kids get stir crazy when they aren’t on their regular schedule. The extra stress of the holiday hustle may not give you the time you need to take care of everything you need while making sure the kids are occupied. There’s just so much to do!

If you need some new and unique games to help keep your family entertained over the holidays (and you played all the board games you own over Thanksgiving break), we’ve got you covered!

Check out these interactive games, perfect for kids or the whole family.

Group Drawing Game

At summer camp there is a common game played around the fire among the young campers. One person will start off a story with one sentence, and then the next person adds on, then the person after that, until the story goes around the entire group and is complete. The drawing game is just like that, but with drawing, of course!

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Markers

How to play: One person starts by drawing a shape on a piece of paper and passing it to the next player, who then adds their drawing to it. Keep passing around the drawing until everyone has a turn (if it’s a large group), or for a predetermined number of times (if it’s a small group). This can be played with as many players as you wish. 

How Many Ornaments?

You didn’t spend all that decorating for nothing! Have some fun with the kids, and maybe the adults too, while they examine your festive tree.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Pen

How to play: It’s pretty simple!  Give each person a piece of paper and a pen. Have everyone take guesses at how many ornaments you have hung up on your Christmas tree. No one can touch the tree or get too close. For an added challenge, add a time limit and/or distance they are allowed to stand from the tree.

Bonus: How many twinkle lights!


Post-It Game: Who I Am?

This game leads to a ton of laughs and is fun for the whole family since it works best with large groups (even up to 50!). 

What you’ll need:

  • Pens
  • Post-it notes

How to play: Gather the group in a large circle and pass a pen and post-it note pad around, having everyone write down a famous Christmas character (make sure no one else sees what each person wrote just yet). Next, place the post-it note on the person’s forehead to your left. Everyone should have a post-it note on their forehead. Then each person needs to guess what character they are by asking other people yes or no questions. The goal is to not be the last person to correctly guess who they are. Continue to play until everyone guesses their name.

Teamwork Wrap-Up

This game is easy and will make your children and family work together. Plus, you may get an extra hand (or two) with wrapping some of your gifts!

What you’ll need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Presents (or boxes) to wrap

How to play: Have everyone pair up. Each two person team will stand together with one person’s right hand tied to their teammate’s left hand. Each team will then attempt to wrap a gift using wrapping paper, scissors, and tape. The team must work together to wrap the present and whichever team wraps the present first wins the game.