Christmas Song Charades

Christmas Song Charades is the super fun, super simple game that will get your group moving and laughing. If you’re looking for a no set up, no prep game for the holidays, this is it!

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDED – List of Christmas Songs (suggestions below)

GAME TIME – 10-15 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 2 Teams

INSTRUCTIONS

It doesn’t get much simpler than Christmas Song Charades. Just like charades, there are a few ground rules you’ll need to remind everyone of…

  • No Sounds
  • No Signs
  • No Letters or Numbers

Once you’ve established the basic rules of charades, let each team know that they will have 2. 60 second rounds to guess up 3 songs and a final round to guess as many as possible in 90 seconds.

Each round can have one person acting out the song or you can rotate players after each successful guess or pass. Give them one pass that they can come back to at the end per round. If they pass more than once, one point is deducted.

Round 1 – Team 1

  • Silent Night
  • Away In A Manger
  • I Saw Three Ships

Round 1 – Team 2

  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Deck The Halls
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain

Round 2 – Team 1

  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Joy To The World

Round 2 – Team 2

  • Jingle Bells
  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  • Mary, Did You Know?

Final Round – Team 1

  • Run Rudolph Run
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • The Twelve Days Of Christmas
  • Let It Snow
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  • Silver Bells
  • Carol Of The Bells
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Final Round – Team 2

  • Santa Baby
  • Frosty The Snow Man
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • We Three Kings Of Orient Are
  • White Christmas
  • Please Come Home For Christmas
  • O Holy Night

Alternate Games: Use this list for Pictionary or Win, Lose or Draw style games.

BONUS TIPS

1. Play a dramatic or upbeat Christmas soundtrack in the background (no words) to add to the atmosphere.

2. Extend your round times if teams need some extra time to guess.

3. Take some pics and video to put on social media or even go live to share the fun with your friends.

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$3 in 3 (minutes)

Looking for a fun way to mix it up? We’ve got you covered with our brand new game, $3 in 3 (minutes).

The game requires a bit of leg work ahead of time, but the game itself is super simple and an absolute blast!

PREP TIME – 30-60 minutes

ITEMS NEEDED – $3 per contestant & a trip to the store

GAME TIME – Video time (2-3 minutes) + 1 minute per contestant

PARTICIPANTS – 3 or 4 (you can do more, but 3-4 is the sweet spot)

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you meet with your group, pick a day to take your contestants to the store. Tell them that they will be given $3 to shop for one of the other contestants (you can pick randomly or assign them another person). The catch is that they only have 3 minutes to pick whatever they can find.

We just played with our kids and they loved it! Check out the video here from our Life of Five Channel: $3 in 3

Let them know that they can not tell anyone what they got and not to share with the others who they were shopping for. We went to the Dollar Tree, so I just went in with them and filmed them on my cell phone. You can do the filming if you want or bring someone to do it for you. Once you have all the footage, select about 30 seconds per contestant, edit it together (several apps like iMovie will do this easily if you’re not an editing wizard) and slap our graphic on the front of the video and you’re good to go.

We recommend that you explain the game on camera before they all go in so you can just roll the video. The trick is to not show what everyone got, just what they looked at since everyone will see the video first. Then move to your reveal in person by bringing everyone up front with their item(s).

Our kids bought each other things they like, but for your game they can purchase things that will get a laugh. Have fun with it and let them get creative!

Special Credit to Cody Fort, who helped shape the game idea.

 

BONUS TIPS

1. Put some music in the background of the video to keep it entertaining and engaging.

2. Get creative! Shop at Goodwill or a local thrift store.

3. Make it even bigger! Do $10 in 10 or $20 in $20, or $100 in… well, that might be too much.

4. Tease the video on social media if you have a fun event or share it after you’re done. Remember to catch the reveal if you’re doing it after.

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ANTLER UP

antler-upAntler Up is a fun new Christmas game that you can play today! With some pantyhose, balloons, and a little lung power, you’ll be on your way!

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDED – Panty Hose & 20 Balloons per team

GAME TIME – 3-5 minutes

PARTICIPANTS – 2-4 per team, play with as many teams as you want

INSTRUCTIONS

We love games that are high energy and impact with little preparation, and Antler Up falls into this category!

Before you begin, pick up your materials (pantyhose & balloons) and set them out for each team to grab. Once you’ve assembled teams, simply explain that they will be constructing reindeer antlers using the balloons and pantyhose in front of them.

To do so, they will blow up the balloons and stuff them into the pantyhose. The catch is that they only have 3 minutes to do so (you can give them longer if you feel necessary). You can then either award the winner based upon who completely fills up the pantyhose legs first or judge based upon who you think has the best antlers.

Oh yeah! They need to put the antlers on one of the team members heads for it to be complete. It’s a ton of fun and you’ll get plenty of laughs out of Antlers Up!

BONUS TIPS

1. Play some upbeat Christmas music. We suggest Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry- it’s about 3 minutes long.

2. The “antlers” work better if you stuff smaller balloons in at the ends and get bigger as you move along. Of course, the design is up to the competitors!

3. Use Christmas colors for balloons.

4. Take plenty of pics and video and share on social media.

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An Awkward Christmas

awkwardAn Awkward Christmas is absolutely hilarious and super simple. Not only is the game amazing, but you can build a whole night around the game and make it an awkward Christmas party!

ITEMS NEEDED – Awkward Christmas Photos, 1 Phone Per Team, Area with People

GAME TIME – 30-60 minutes (depends on size of group)

PARTICIPANTS – Teams of 3-5

INSTRUCTIONS

To prepare, you need to find 10-20 awkward Christmas photos. You know, the kind of photos that make you either laugh or cringe. Find your own photos our use these Awkward Christmas Photos.

Once you’ve selected the Awkward Christmas photos you want to you use, text them to at least one person on each team. Their job is then to recreate as many awkward Christmas photos as possible with their team, but there is a catch!

Each team must include at least one person they do not know in the photo (many photos require them to have several extra people in them). Their job is to recreate photos to the best of their ability. These photos will be given points, which break down as follows:

# of People in Photo from Team- 1 Point

Strangers in Photo – 2 Points

OPTIONAL ***

Best Overall Photo Re-Creation (of each photo you sent out) – 3 points (some photos may only have one re-creation depending on the amount of teams, so award them the points)

Give teams 30-60 minutes to go out and do their best job to find people to recreate the photos with. Simply look at the photo, get into place and then have someone snap a picture of your recreation on their phone. Have them text you the photos when they are done and score them.

We highly recommend that you put together a slideshow of photos taken alongside the original for everyone to see. If you have time, show them later that day or post them on social media for everyone to enjoy.

Whoever has the most points at the end of the game is the winner!

We just played this game and our group absolutely loved it! Make sure to share your favorite re-creations with us. We’d love to hear from you.

BONUS TIPS

1. If you’re unable to play in an area with a lot of people, you can simply have teams work together with other teams to recreate photos. Encourage them to have different groups of people in each photo.

2. Throw an Awkward Christmas Party! Have people show up in ugly Christmas sweaters, decorate ugly gingerbread houses and make awkward Christmas trees.

3. Award winners with some delicious Christmas treats!

4. Take pics and video and share the best ones on social media.

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