Let’s face it, the holiday season can get repetitive, even boring after a while. Once you’ve opened all the presents and eaten until you can’t, what else is there to do? That’s why you need a few funny Christmas party games for adults in your back pocket, to keep the excitement going.
Some would argue that Christmas is really for kids. Everything from the present-buying, festive television, even the games you end up playing. ‘Where the heck are some fun games for adults at Christmas?’ you might be quietly screaming in your head.
Let’s us help you right this festive ship with our favorites.
To kick off this list of funny Christmas party games for adults, you will need props: pairs of nylon stockings, balloons and tubes of red lipstick to play this one. Break everyone into teams of 3 to 5. Each team is given a set of the above props (which includes 8 balloons per set).
On Go!, the teams race against each other to inflate the balloons then stuff them down the nylon stockings. Once the balloons have firmly stiffened the stockings, one of their team places the stockings on their head (aka their reindeer antlers). Someone then uses the red lipstick to draw a shiny red nose on their face.
The first team to yell “Rudolph” and present their “reindeer” is the winner.
The Stomping Game
Before you start this game, get a few people to help you blow up some balloons, then tie a piece of string to the end of each one.
Each player ties a balloon around one of their ankles. Then on Go!, all the players use only their feet try to burst other players’ balloons. They do this while also trying to prevent their balloon from being popped. Anyone whose balloon is burst leaves the game. Last player standing, with balloon intact, wins.
To ensure a fair game, make sure everyone knows they’re only allowed to use their feet to burst the balloon. Stamping on other people’s feet or kicking is not allowed; anyone who does is kicked out of the game. You also have plenty of playing space.
Guess Whose Christmas
We’ve all had embarrassing Christmases at various times in our lives, and this game is the perfect excuse to wheel them out.
Give everyone 2 strips of paper and ask them to they write out 1 embarrassing story on each. Collect up the strips, shuffle in a large bowl, then make sure everyone takes 2 each. Players take it in turns to read out their strips, while the rest of the group is left to guess the owners. In a second version of the game, players to act out their strips of paper instead of simply reading what they see.
If you like team games for adults at Christmas, here is another one worth adding to your list.
Pair people up, then ask the pairs to sit back to back, so neither can see what the other person is doing. Give one player from each pair a bag of weird items (e.g. a plastic chimpanzee, a tooth sharpener, a broken Barbie).
On Go!, the player with the bag pulls out an item and describes it for their partner to draw, all without giving away what it is. Once the item is drawn, this partner gets to guess.
The partner must draw as many correct items as they can within a certain time span.
All At Once
Looking for funny Christmas party games for adults with a bit of music? Here’s all of those games rolled into one.
Get everyone up on their feet. On the count of 3, everybody sings their favorite Christmas carol (or favorite Christmas song) – all at the same time. Anyone who messes up their lyrics needs to stop singing at once. The person who is still singing and can keep going without messing up is crowned the winner.
As the game host, make sure you keep your ears open for anyone messing up their song. Anyone who tries to restart their song or skip the lyrics, tap them on their shoulder so they stop.
Guess The Filling
If you want more guessing games for adults at Christmas, here is another one.
In advance of playing, fill each stocking with awkwardly-shaped objects, for players to guess what they are. You can choose Christmas-related objects like pine cones or star-shaped items. Or, for stranger fun, choose differently-shaped objects, such as a can opener, a pair of sunglasses, a padlock, slime sealed in a ziplock bag.
Kick off the game by sending one stocking around the group. Get everyone to jot down their guess. The player with the most correct stocking guesses wins.
The Christmas CC
This game is one we like to call the Christmas CC, but to everyone else it’s the Christmas Chopstick Challenge.
You will need a large plate and a selection of Christmas items – for example, roasted chestnuts, a bauble, a Christmas cracker toy, candy cane, pine cone, etc. You’ll also need a stopwatch and a pair of chopsticks.
Place all the items on the plate. Players now take it in turns to grab as many items as they can in 30 seconds – using only the chopsticks. The winner is the player who can grab the lot the fastest or the most items in the allotted time.
Need some energetic and funny Christmas party games for adults to motivate your friends? This game has it all.
First of all, everyone breaks up into even teams and send each team to a corner of your room. Give each team a large cardboard box, the contents which contain a complete Santa costume (boots, hat, tinsel, beard ‘n all). On Go!, the teams race against each other to dress one of their players in the full Santa gear. Give them only 10 minutes to do that.
To win, the teams must use up all the items they’ve been given and produce the tidiest-looking Santa. Another version of this game is to decorate a Christmas tree the fastest. Use medium-height plastic trees for this, complete with a box of many baubles and ornaments.
Before you start this game, compile a playlist of your favorite Christmas carols. You play these songs as a backdrop to your game to keep everyone in a dancey mood. Here’s a list of the top Christmas carols to get you inspired.
Have everyone standing up in a circle, and the person chosen to start the game creates a simple easy-to-copy dance move. This dance move can be as easy as waving a hand in the air, doing a kick or doing a start jump. The next person to their left then copies that move before adding a single move of their own. Then the next person to their left copies both moves before adding one of their own, and so on.
Make sure everyone knows to keep their dance move simple, so everyone else can copy it. Once the entire move has gone around the circle, everyone should dance the whole thing together at least once, for the entire game to end.
Christmas Flip Punch
You can also add a few drinking contests to your list of funny Christmas party games for adults. For Christmas Flip Punch, you’ll need a long wooden table, plastic drinking cups and soda pop. Line up the cups along the edges of the table, filling each with the soda, so there’s one cup per player.
Divide your group into equal teams, each on their own side of the table, with one player behind each cup. Then on Go!, the first player must drink their soda as fast as possible, set the empty cup upside down, then try to “flip” the cup off the edge of the table, so it lands right side up.
As soon as they do, their teammate takes their turn. First team to flip all their cups wins. For added drama, you could use vodka punch instead of soda.
Having a few funny Christmas party games for adults in your back pocket can be a lifesaver at any holiday party. You will give your friends something to do after the presents have all been opened and the food and drink have gone. Have a great time on us!