1. Ring the Reindeer Antlers
Consider this game the holiday version of ring toss. Pick up a reindeer antler headband or make your own if you’re feeling crafty. Twist red and white pipe cleaners together to make candy cane-striped rings, then have one person put on the headband, while the rest try to toss the rings onto the antlers.
2. Christmas Scavenger Hunt
You can’t go wrong with a Christmas scavenger hunt. Bonus points if you come up with items that have special meaning for your family.
3. Christmas Guess Who
Personalize the Guess Who and give it a holiday twist by making cards that relate to various family members or using Polaroid photos as cards for an easy, vintage twist.
4. Christmas Movie Bingo
Turn your marathon watching sesh into a game with this Bingo board to turn it into a fun family activity.
Save a stack of uniform-sized containers, like tissue boxes or shipping packages, then paint them like a snowman and add a paper hat and nose, painted features and some other accessories. Grab a ball and you’re ready to bowl! The kids will have a blast putting it together, and you can recycle some of that holiday packaging.
6. Gingerbread House Competition
Challenge each construction team to build a replica of their own home or one from a favourite movie or to craft the best structure they can. Don’t eat too many of your materials along the way!
If you already have candy canes lying around for decorating or eating, then you’re already equipped to play this game.
8. Cookie Decorating Contest
Turn one of your holiday baking chores into a game for the whole family by turning up the heat with a little friendly competition. Whoever makes the best cookie wins.
9. Holiday Charades or Pictionary
Whether your crew is filled with amateur artists or theatre buffs, you can add a holiday twist to your favourite bonding activity. Just swap out your charades or Pictionary prompts for holiday movie titles, songs or themes.