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A Parent's guide to children's Christmas party games at school or at home

Christmas Games, Party Ideas, Crafts, Books, Movies, Present Ideas and Recipes

As a girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom parent for both of my children I have planned many school Christmas Parties.  You will find some great games, recipes, movies, crafts, books, present   and decorating ideas for kids parties listed below.




Donut Bite

Wrap an old mop handle up in red and green crepe paper with matching ribbon.

Purchase enough donuts for each child.

Loop ribbon through the donut hole.  Tie the other end of the ribbon to the decorated mop handle.  Hold mop so that children have to kneel to reach the donut.  The object is to see who can grab the donut with their teeth -- without hands! Don't let kids use masks here. For older kids you may want to cover their eyes with a bandana.  Hang a new donut for each player. If you want you can time each player to see how long it takes. Shortest time wins.

Candy Ring

Drop a plastic table cloth on the floor (preferably red or green).  Cover it with candy and Christmas trinkets such as toys, erasers, pencils etc.   Have the children stand a distance from the table cloth and toss one or two rings.  Whatever their ring encompasses they get to keep.  Be sure to have goodie bags available.  This game has always been a great hit with the kids.

Candy Relay

Divide the kids into teams and have them form lines. Give the first player in each line a pair of mittens. Give everyone a piece of wrapped candy. At a signal, the first player in each team puts on the mittens, unwraps the candy, and pops it into their mouth, they then pass the mittens to the next player and the second player does the same and it continues down the line. , The team that finishes first wins.


Balloon Bust

Divide the group into two teams.  Blow up red or green balloons and tie one to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams trying to burst the other team's balloons first. The team with the last balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw from the game.

Air Balloons

Keep the balloons floating in the air while thinking and saying words from a chosen category. 

To begin get everyone into a circle and start the balloon going around from player to player keeping the balloon in the air at all times. The catch however is before he can bat the balloon each player must call out a word (no repetitions, please) to fit an agreed upon theme. The theme could be Christmas songs, Christmas decorations, Christmas presents etc....

Stuff the Santa

This is a great game that I played with my daughter's 4th grade class and they loved it.


  • Balloons  (The exact number depends on the number of groups you will be having)

  • One piece extra large Santa suit  or large red tee shirt.


  • Inflate balloons in advance. 

  • Divide kids into teams of equal number of players.  Have one of the group put on the suit or tee shirt over their clothes.

  • Teammates are given the task of stuffing the suit with balloons. Set a timer for two minutes and see how many balloons the team can stuff into the outfit before the time is up.

  • The next team of Santa stuffers must try to top the previous record.

Create a Song

For this activity the kids will need to be very creative.  They must select their favorite holiday song and then write new song lyrics for it.
the catch is that the new song lyrics must be connected to the holiday.

Guess the Smell Game

Fill jars or containers with evergreen, candy canes,  eggnog, candles, chocolate etc.  Blindfold the player and have them smell each jar and see if they can identify the object in the jar.

Holiday Spy Code

Use the code system below to create a holiday message for the kids to decipher.
Numbers Stand for Letters: For example 1 stands for A, 2 stands for B, 3 stands for C etc...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J   K   L  M 
 1   2   3  4  5  6   7  8  9 10 11 12  13

N  O   P  Q   R  S   T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z 
  14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Your code could be:

8,1,16,16,25        8,15,12,9,4,1,25,19







  • Styrofoam balls

  • Plastic spoons

  • Set of mittens


Play this game as you would any relay race. Divide into teams. Each player takes turns putting on mittens and balancing a "snowball" on a spoon while racing to the other side of the room. Drop the snowball into a bucket, return to the team, pass the mittens and go to the back of the line. First team to complete the race wins!




Note: Two players per team

Party favors


Wrapping paper



Put out two party favors, one box, a sheet of wrapping paper, tape and ribbon for each team.

Each team must race to wrap the favors in the box and tie a bow. Of course there is a catch  --  they must hold one hand behind their back, The object is to make the partners communicate and work together to complete the gift wrapping task. The first team to finish wins the gift or the team with the best time wins.


Start with cutting out footprints from construction paper.  Be sure to use colors that fit with your theme.  Label each footprint numerically.

Select goodie items like raisins, M&M's, Cheerios or Chex cereal, chocolate chips, bite size pretzels, and anything else that you think the kids would like.  Set each item out in a separate bowl.  Strategically place the bowls around the room.  Place the footprints in numeric order to guide the kids from one bowl to the next.

Give each child a plastic spoon and a Ziploc bag.  Have them follow the footprint "trail" to make their own trail mix.  Remind them only one spoonful per bowl goes into their bag.