Sometimes parties can be a little bit awkward, especially office ones, if only for the fact that very few people actually know what to do. Since you can’t really have fun by dancing on top of counters to Nicki Minaj, it’s best that you let your time pass with some fun Christmas party games. That’s right, not only is this a detailed list of office party activities, but it’s also appropriately festive and themed. Before we get started, let’s get this one thing straight: for full immersion, a Santa hat is mandatory.
#1 Christmas ‘Name That Tune’
The best kind of group activities gives the possibility to ANYONE to partake. For this particular game, people must listen closely to a particular tune and then attempt to name it. Whoever gets the right answer first is a round winner. Turn popular activities like this one into Christmas party games by limiting the songs used to holiday-oriented ones only. Beware, though – this is a game that’s pretty known to awaken the competitive side in people.
#2 Three Presents Game
Everybody knows that getting started is always the most difficult part. The first couple of hours at a party are always guaranteed to be tame at the very least, if not utterly awkward. Do you know that phase when everyone is gathered round with a glass of their preferred drink in hand and just muttering things? Break the ice with this fantastic idea: get everyone to talk about their three funniest Christmas presents ever received. Two must be real and one must be invented.
#3 Christmas Charades
Ah, Charades. How many lives did they save when in dire need of something fun to break apart awkward and tense vibes? You can never go wrong with a dose of charades, especially if they’re themed. Good luck trying to determine which of Santa’s reindeers you’re supposed to guess.
#4 Christmas Pictionary
As you may have noticed, we aren’t exactly revolutionizing the world of party activities. Things such as Charades and Pictionary have been at the center of mass socialization since the dawn of time. Now, they work even better when turned into Christmas party games for large groups. Grab some pens and a surface to draw and then illustrate anything you can typically associate with this jolly season.
#5 Christmas Win It In A Minute
Extremely trendy in the past few years, “minute to win it” Christmas games have become a fantastic way of bringing together people in acts of creativity and endless laughter. The popular “win it in a minute” premise isn’t anything new, but if it is to you, might as well take a look over this guide. You will find there the game’s rules, as well as printable cards that you can use for the actual activity.
#6 Mystery Stocking
This is a really fun and harmless suggestion and it doesn’t even need any special prior preparation. All you will need is a stocking. Everything else can be improvised straight from your surroundings. Someone places an object of any kind inside of a stocking, which then starts getting passed around from one person to another. Everyone must make their best guesses regarding what’s inside. Give points to anyone who correctly guesses the stocking’s contents.
#7 Snowball Darts
Here is one of the few Christmas party games for work destined to people lucky enough to be able to spend some time in the frozen outside as well. Assuming there is snow at the time of your party, you can simply host a snowball throwing contest. Make a marker in the snow, one which preferably resembles the target in darts. Team up, give a time limit, and then start throwing those snowballs. For an easy play, give points to anyone who hits the target. For an extra hardness, give points according to the hit area – again, like in darts.
#8 Who Am I?
Correction: Who Am I? but in Christmas edition. Was it even necessary to make this mention? Probably not. We ARE talking about fun work Christmas party ideas, after all. Make use of the many post-it notes that you likely have lying around the office. Write the names of characters and personalities related to Christmas. Pair up and stick one post-it to each other’s foreheads and then try to guess what’s written on yours by asking the other person ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.
#9 Pin The Heart: Grinch Edition
What’s better than something that’s a reference rather than a direct Christmas-related thing? The Grinch had just stolen Christmas again and it’s up to you valiant workers to ensure its safe return by pinning a heart on this dour creature. Use this free printable Grinch, hand everyone heart-shaped notes, blindfold the players, spin them around a few times, and see who manages to pin it the closest to his heart.
#10 Christmas A-Z
If you’d much rather prefer some Christmas party games that don’t involve speed, reflexes, or blindfolded attempts to pin something, try this. Split up into various teams and then attempt to test out your festive spirit by trying to find Christmas-related words for every letter of the alphabet. Whoever has the most accurate list wins!
Change the way you view your festive activities. Next time you’re headed for a company gathering, come prepared with this list of Christmas party games that you can put in motion right from your office.