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Fun Christmas Party Games for All Ages

Every Christmas party needs a little "spice." Try these fun Christmas party games to give your holiday bash the extra oomph it needs. Plus they're a great way to get people who don't know each other to mingle.

Christmas Games for Adults and Kids

Christmas Relay Race

After indulging in all that hearty holiday food, get everyone moving by revamping the traditional “egg on a spoon” race! Balance PLASTIC, UNBREAKABLE ornaments on a spoon while running as fast as you can without dropping them.

Speed Decorating

Who doesn't love decorating for Christmas? But how about decorating on the clock?  Put out miniature Christmas trees and a plethora of ornaments, ribbons and décor. Set your timer to 1 minute and let the contestants go to town trimming their own mini trees as fast as they can. Award prizes for "Most Creative," "Most Festive" and any other superlatives you would like to use. The loser has to take home all the decorated Christmas trees!

Wrap Superstars

Like decorating, if you need help checking "wrap presents" off your to-do list, this game is just what you need. This holiday party game involves a race to see who can wrap presents the fastest, which means you'll get all that last-minute present wrapping done with friends and cocktail in tow.

Pit two teams against each other in a race against the clock to see which team can wrap presents faster. Begin by dividing the party into two wrapping teams.

Give each team their supplies and give one minute for strategizing before letting the teams begin their mad wrapping. The first team to wrap all three of their boxes completely with wrapping paper and ribbon are the winners.

Have plenty of wrapping paper, ribbons, scissors and tape on hand for this game. Make sure you make this a party - bake up a batch of holiday cookies , mix up some Christmas cocktails and get the holiday music blaring.

Drinking Games – for Adults Only

Christmas Movie Drinking Game

Everyone has a favorite Christmas movie, whether it's A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, or my personal favorite, Christmas Vacation

This year, instead of screening a holiday movie in the background, incorporate it into a drinking game to play along with your other Adult Christmas Games.

For example, choose a phrase in a movie that is repeated often (like "You’ll shoot your eye out!" from A Christmas Story). Each time that phrase is said, everyone drinks!

Be sure to make a signature Christmas cocktail for the occasion based on the movie theme ( i.e. the “Red Ryder Spiced Rum,” to pay homage to the Red Ryder BB gun featured in the movie).

Check out our top Christmas movies if you need some help deciding on a movie to use.

Christmas Songs Drinking Game

Just like Christmas movies, classic holiday songs present another opportunity for a fun drinking game. The best Christmas games for adults need just 2 elements - alcohol and music.

People may think they know Christmas music, but I guarantee, most of them don't know all the correct words.

Test your friends to see if they really know the lyrics and when they make a mistake – they drink!

Get ready to laugh as you try "The 12 days of Christmas" or "We Three Kings".

As with the movies game, use festive Christmas drinks to play with. Eggnog shots anyone?

So next time you have a holiday party, don't just put out food and turn up the music – weave these party games into the mix for even more fun.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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