This Christmas enjoy a hilarious game of Christmas charades with your kids. It’s a fun holiday game the whole family will enjoy. All you need are funny Christmas charades Ideas & a word list to set up this easy party game.
It can be really hard to find a Christmas game that the whole family can play together. That’s what’s great about Christmas Charades. It’s an entertaining party game that will keep all ages laughing and having a blast.
Learn how to play a game of charades and the rules. Then print out your free printable Christmas charades word list and you’ll be ready to play. It’s that simple and will keep your kids entertained for hours.
These Christmas charades ideas can be used as a great family game night , school party game or a fun Christmas party game. It’s super versatile and is going to be the game your kids ask to play over and over again all season long.
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Hilarious Christmas Charades Ideas & Printable Word Lists for Kids
You’ll find it’s the perfect game for your holidays because it works well with all different size groups, is simple to organize, and is easily made into a holiday game with our Christmas Charades word lists.
The best part really is how hilarious it is to watch your family act out the Christmas words and the guesses your family comes up with for the answers.
So let’s go over everything you need to know with our Christmas charades ideas to get you ready for your upcoming Christmas party.
How to Play & the Rules
To play charades you are acting out the words with motions rather than talking to get your teammates to guess your word.
It’s important to go over the rules before you start the game so that everyone knows how to play. Similar to if you play a game like a White Elephant exchange that way there is no arguing about the winners.
Teams or Against the Clock
First decided if you want to break up into teams with a larger group or race against the clock individually on a family game night.
Number of Rounds
Decide the number of rounds you will play before you start the game. For instance, each team will let each player go one time or two times. Each time everyone on your team has gone you’ve completed one round.
Cut Up the Word List
Cut up your charades word list and add the pieces in a bowl so no one can see what the words will be.
Choose the Player
Pick the player or actor to start for your team or which individual to start if playing against the clock. The players will all rotate so everyone gets a chance to act out the words.
The first actor picks out of a bowl one of the Christmas charade words.
Act it Out
A player will have 1 minute to use motions and gestures to act out the word on their slip of paper. They may not talk! If they do they automatically lose the point.
Players can use some common Charades signals and hand motions to help act out the words.
Make sure to have paper and pen to write down the score as you go under each team’s name.
Playing in Teams – If the player’s team guesses correctly in under 1 minute they get a point. If they do not guess correctly the other team gets a chance to make one guess. If the other team guesses correctly they get the point.
Playing Individually – The person who guesses the answer correctly in under 1 minute gets the point.
If no one guesses correctly no points are awarded and you go onto the next actor/player.
The team or individual who has the most points after the pre-determined number of rounds wins the game.
Playing with Younger Kids
If you have younger kids who can’t read yet consider using pictures on the cards instead of words. You can cut out our free printable Christmas Bingo cards and use those pictures for everyone to act out.
Ideas for Charades
Here’s how to turn a regular Charades game into Christmas Charades.
Team Name – Give each team a Holiday Name – ie The Elves, Santa’s Helpers, Jolly Jingles, Sugar Plum Faries, Flying Santas
Word List – Use all holiday-related charades words (list included below)
Christmas Prizes – Give out a holiday-themed prize like Christmas Squishes, holiday headbands, light-up Christmas rings, or Christmas glasses. Something silly for the winners to wear throughout the party is always fun.
If the kids are little give everyone a small holiday gift bag with little Christmas toys to play with after the game is done.
Decorate for Christmas – Add fun Christmas decorations to your game area to add a festive atmosphere. We love making DIY Christmas Decorations with Dollar Tree items. You’ll be amazed at what you can make for $1.
Or turn all those Christmas cards you receive into a DIY Christmas Card Display on the wall where you’re playing. It’s a fun way to show off all the cute holiday pictures to your guests.
The most important part of your Christmas Charades game is a good word list. Grab our Free Printable Christmas Charades Word List and check out all our charade word list ideas below.
You’ll find a blank page at the end of the printable word list to add your own Christmas-themed word ideas too.
- Snow Angel
- Nutcracker Ballet
- Christmas Cards
- Home Alone
- Elf on the Shelf
- Decorating a Gingerbread House
- Christmas Stockings
- Making Cookies
- Ice Skating
- Let it Snow
- Little Drummer Boy
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Snowball Fight
- Hot Chocolate
- Mistle Toe
- Christmas Tree
- Mrs. Claus
- Gingerbread Man
- Candy Cane
- Santa Workshop
- Christmas Music
- Advent Calendar
- Letter to Santa
- The Grinch
I hope these Christmas charades ideas and word lists help you create a memorable holiday party game for your whole family.
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Are you ready now for a fabulous Christmas Party? I hope your family enjoys the printable Christmas charades ideas & word list as much as our family has. Have a wonderful holiday season!
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