Not all games linked to will be suitable for all groups, or even any youth group. Always check the game and complete a risk assessment. Do use these to springboard to different ideas. And if you've got ideas for games or know of other resources, please let me know.
Christmas games and activities
Emma Jackson from YTH CHRCH in Southampton has created a great resource for all of us who throw in a quiz at our Christmas parties. Creative Christmassy vibes.
Loads of different ways to play charades, but you can play in teams, with each team having a number of clues as a relay, which makes it really fast-moving. First person acts out first clue, second runs up to get second, then continue until they've gone through all the clues. First team to finish wins.
other Christmas games and activities
Paper plate Christmas scene. Give each young person a paper plate. They put that on top of their head and use felt tips to draw a Christmas scene / snowman / Christmas trees / whatever you like. Anything recognisable wins a prize!
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Nativity in one minute. Ask young people in teams to act out the Nativity story. You can give points for Biblical accuracy, humour, whatever you want. Rules are that the whole story needs to be told in one minute and everyone needs to be involved. You could give each team a couple of quotes from Christmas movies or carol lyrics to slip in (other teams could try and spot them to win bonus points). Add any more rules you want. Give them five to ten minutes to prepare.
Idea from Anya Bowker, Youth Minister at St. James Muswell Hill, London
After Eight game. Put an After Eight (other square, flat chocolates are available) in the middle of your forehead. Try and get it into your mouth without touching it. Hilarious.
Sprout and spoon race. You can work that one out! If you want to spice it up, make it more difficult by hopping or crawling. And if they drop it, they have to go back to the start. Hop till you drop!
Christmas bingo charades. Give each person a bingo card with each box of the card having a Christmas-themed idea e.g. Santa getting stuck up the chimney, building a snowman, Queen's Christmas message, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, whatever you like. Every bingo card has to be different. As well as that, each young person starts with a card with a Christmas idea. Choose young people at random, or have them volunteer to act out their idea. When someone recognises it, they cross it off if they have it on their bingo card. Eventually, someone will be able to cross off everything on their card and shout, 'Bingo', hopefully!
Name that Christmas tune. Read out clues to different Christmas songs / carols e.g. We - Richard II, Lear and the Lion. First person to sing it wins the round. You could just convert this into a quiz round.
Do let me know if you have a great idea for a Christmas game!
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