‘Tis the season for social gatherings, family, friends and fun. From office parties to family gatherings, seasonal traditions, December birthdays and more, this is the month to appreciate your relationships and celebrate by spending time together. Holiday parties are all about making memories together. If you’re planning a holiday party, you’ll be working on things like the decor, the food, the drinks, the music and the invitations. But don’t forget that the success of the party ultimately lies in how much fun everyone had. Make your holiday party a hit by choosing some fun activities and games! Here are some great holiday party game ideas:
GAMES FOR KIDS:
STOCKING GUESSING GAME
4+ Players: Have a host to put random items in a stocking. Next, tie a ribbon or string around the top of the stocking so no one can peek. Have the kids sit in a circle and pass it around to let everyone feel what's inside. Have them write down their guesses in some notecards. The child that guesses the most correct items wins.
PIN THE NOSE ON RUDOLPH
3+ Players: Draw or print out a picture of Rudolph. Tape it onto the wall. Get a red piece of circular paper (for his nose) with a thumbtack or piece of tape. Then blindfold the child whose turn it is, spin them in a circle, then have them try to pin the nose on Rudolph. Put their name where they tried to pin the circle. Give everyone a chance to pin the nose and whoever pins it most accurately, wins.
4+ Players: Put together a list of Christmas terms to act out. Create some teams, then get one person from each team to do the acting. Like normal charades, the actors are not allowed to talk or make signals of any letters. Each time a team guesses correctly within the time limit, they get one point. The first team to get twenty points wins the game.
Make it a Fitness Party - Great for kids and Adults
We’ve all had plenty of traditional holiday party experiences in our lifetimes. We’ve seen the fireplaces lit, the cocktails in hand, the cozy sweaters on, the soothing sounds of a Charlie Brown Christmas or the bright, festive riffs of the classic Mariah Carey Christmas album; but have you ever been to a fitness themed Christmas party? Probably not. If you like to be a trendsetter and do something a little different, try out a holiday Fitness party! Find a space that can accommodate your friends moving around a lot.
Invite your friends and provide them some refreshing or energizing ‘mock’tail choices, featuring drinks that are good for working out (coconut water, electrolyte waters, natural juices, etc.) Hire an instructor to lead your group or throw on a video and do some yoga or bootcamp sessions. Like to dance? Try doing some Zumba. You can gift cute activewear like printed leggings and matching sports bras, custom printed tees or crop tops or hoodies. Fitness apparel is always great, but if it’s out of your budget, consider fitness accessories in your holiday gifting; things like custom printed water bottles, resistance bands, active phone holders, scrunchies and more will also be perfect for this type of event.
CHRISTMAS MOVIE BINGO
Are you and your crew Christmas movie buffs? Then make some kettle corn, some chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate - then get ready, bake up some brownies, and make some hot chocolate for a Christmas movie night! Create a Bingo game format but fill it with descriptions of Christmas movie scenes, or fun facts about the movies or famous quotes. Things like “My family’s in Florida and I’m in New York?” Incorporate shots into the game if you want to. Winner doesn’t drink, everyone else does, or the reverse.
CHRISTMAS FIND OUT WHO
Help your guests get to know each other! Print out a list of questions, such as "Who has never been snowboarding?" and "Who went to Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party last year?" Give each guest a piece of paper and a pen—they'll have to ask people if they fit any of the questions, which breaks the ice and encourages mingling. The first person to get all of the questions answered wins a small prize. If you want, you can incorporate taking shots for people who guess incorrectly.