27 Best Christmas Party Games for Adults

When it comes to being the hostess with the most for your Christmas party, you’ve probably already worked on a memorable menu with an impressive array of Christmas cocktails, Christmas desserts, and the best dinner for a Christmas feast. unforgettable vacation. Don’t forget to save room for the best part: the Christmas party games! The tree shouldn’t be the only thing lighting up all night.

Whether you’re hosting friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or have a mix of all of these, every party could use a fun activity. Scratch that! Every party NEEDS fun games for a happy time. While family Christmas games are a good healthy option, especially to fully entertain the children’s table, once the kids are snuggled up in bed, you may want some fun Christmas games for adults only .

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up a range of age-appropriate Christmas party games for adults, including Christmas drinking games that are sure to put everyone in a good mood. Along with involving your favorite holiday drinks, this group of games also features the best Christmas movies, the best Christmas songs and, of course, a sleigh full of laughs. Minute to Win It is sure to please everyone!

From conversation starters during dinner to something fun to play after dessert, these best Christmas games for adults are sure to get everyone talking. May the best (or luckiest) guest win!

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Hallmark Christmas Movie Drinking Game


Christmas bingo movie

Pop popcorn, bake brownies, and whip up hot chocolate for Christmas movie night! Print out a few copies of our Christmas Movie Bingo game to get the whole family involved in the fun. Or queue up your favorite Hallmark Christmas Movie and try your hand at Hallmark Christmas Movie Bingo!


Gift wrapping game

Challenge your guests to see who can wrap a gift the fastest. The problem? They must work in pairs and each can only use one hand!

Get the tutorial at Party Game Ideas.


Game Emoji Christmas Movies

Can you guess these classic Christmas movies just from their emoji description? Put your skills to the test with this clever game.

Get the tutorial on Play Party Plan.


Christmas Alphabet Drinking Game

Go through the alphabet in a circle, while each person says a Christmas-related name, object, song, etc., for the letter they have. If you hesitate or make a blank, you have to drink!


Balderdash Christmas Card

Find out which party animal could be the next Hallmark card writer! This game challenges guests to write the message they think is inside a card. Then everyone guesses which greeting they think is the real one written on the card.

Get the tutorial on Play Party Plan.


Christmas ‘Would you rather?’ Adult edition

Everyone has heard of this classic board game! However, this one is not only Christmas-inspired, but it is also for adults only.

Get the tutorial at Backyard Games.


Christmas edition “Never have I ever”

Have you ever re-gift something? If so, you might lose this match. The punishment? Every time you’ve done something, you need to take a sip of your holiday cocktail.

Get the tutorial on Tea With Gi.


Santa hat game

At the start of the party, each person receives a Santa hat and a piece of paper. However, only one person is “it” and every time she takes off her hat, everyone else has to follow suit. The last person with their hat loses.


Truth or Dare

You know the rules. And they’re basically the same – just add Santa hats – and definitely holiday challenges (think pouring the next beer in a Santa costume or sit on everyone’s lap and tell them what you want for Christmas!).


candy canes

If you’ve played the Spoons card game before, we think you’ll like this version even more. The reason? Instead of cutlery, you use candy canes!


Two truths and a lie

Pick three “facts” (think anything from your favorite Christmas memories to the worst gifts you’ve ever received), and see how many people can pick the lie from three statements.


Jingle Bell Throw

What’s more entertaining than a beer-pong-cornhole hybrid? Hot glue cups to a board and throw bells at them to score.

Get the Playground Park Bench tutorial.


Christmas Limbo

How low can you go? Use a Christmas sash or candy cane prop to make this party game more festive, and for even more of a challenge, slip a balloon into your shirts for “Santa Claus” bellies.


How many ornaments?

As the night begins, have each guest guess the number of ornaments on the tree for a clever take on the candy-in-a-jar game. Jot down the names and numbers on pieces of paper and award the closest person a prize (a special ornament, perhaps?).


Name this Christmas carol

Compile a list of lyrics (which may be obvious or lesser known) from Christmas songs and see how many each team can guess in a minute. Or, instead of the lyrics, hum part of the melody for your team to guess. Warning: things can get noisy.


Elf on the shelf game for adults

Once the kids have fallen asleep, pop the old elf on the shelf and have an adults-only contest to see who can come up with the funniest placement.

Get the details on Mommy Savers.


White elephant

Perhaps the most popular of all Christmas party games, White Elephant keeps gift exchanging exciting by allowing swaps.


Jello Shot Christmas Tree

Alright, so this one isn’t so much a game as it is a challenge. Can you and your friends conquer this watered Christmas tree?

Get the tutorial at My Incredible Recipes.


Who am I?

Also known as “Celebrity” or “HedBanz”, each player draws from a pile of cards featuring the name of a Christmas-related character (from Chevy Chase to Santa Claus) and, without looking, sticks it to their head . The guests ask each other “yes” or “no” questions so that everyone guesses their identity.


Name That Holiday Scent

Holiday candles are superior and really help set the stage for the season. Grab a ton of fun-scented holiday candles, blindfold your guests, and have them guess the scent. May the best nose win!


Sticky Christmas Sweater Contest

Stay cozy this Christmas and don’t be afraid to get extra tacky because the ugliest wins in this game. Start your local savings story, shop online or DIY your own tacky sweater to win.


“Chubby Snowball”

It’s your vacation twist on the classic Chubby Bunny game. See how many marshmallows each guest can put in their mouth while being able to say the word “snowball.” The person who holds the most marshmallows in their mouth is the winner.


Christmas Charades

Who doesn’t love a game of charades? Have everyone write down some of their favorite holiday characters and take turns choosing one. Let’s see who can pull off The Grinch or play as Frosty the Snowman.


20 Questions (Christmas Edition)

Write a different holiday character on pieces of paper, then have each player tape one to their back. As you mingle throughout the night, you have to ask yes or no questions of the other guests to try and figure out which character you are. You can’t exceed 20 questions, so make every one count!

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Joseph K. Bennett