Games to Play with Your Family this Christmas

There’s nothing better than Christmas time.

Everyone is smiling and filled with the spirit of the season, and it almost always means that families (mostly those that are spread near and far) are finally going to take the time out to get together and celebrate one another.

It’s hands down the most special part of the year for millions and millions of people all over the globe, and it’s true that there is a bit of Christmas magic that we all get to experience when we get together with our families.

And though it is a lot of fun to spend some time catching up with our family members, visiting with our friends and family that we don’t get to see early as much as we would probably like to, Christmas is also a time for us to play our favourite games.

Secret Santa

There’s just something about getting your family together and competing (friendly competing) against one another for a silly prize or even just bragging rights that has a tendency to bring people closer together!

If you’ve been looking for a couple of new games to play with your family this Christmas, hopefully you’ll check out the fun and exciting ones that we have outlined below.

Some of them are pretty traditional (and you may have been playing with your family right along), but a handful of that may be a bit “off the wall” and brand-new to you and your family members – the kinds of games to play with your family this Christmas that may become new traditions for years and years to come!

Ready to dive right in?

Let’s get right to it!

Everyone loves a little bit of Secret Santa

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone that isn’t excited at the prospect of a game of Secret Santa being played between friends and family members.

After all, these are the people that know you the most, the people that are going to be able to pick that perfect gift for you – but still surprise you with something that you probably would have expected or anticipated, either.

Secret Santa set up with your family can be pretty simple and straightforward, especially if you have everyone’s email information. Simply collect all of the email addresses of the people that want to participate, stick them in an Excel spreadsheet, and then begin to match people up.

From there, you’ll just have to send the Secret Santa participants their “match” – and then you are off to the races!

If you are thinking about playing this game this coming Christmas, it may be a good idea to establish ahead of time budgetary limits – floors as well as ceilings.

In this way, no one is going to feel put out or like they spent more or less than anyone else, one of the major “sticking points” of this game for a lot of people that haven’t played it in the past.

Just make sure everyone knows the “rules” before you dive right in!

Have your own “Family Tree”

A lot of fun for the little ones around the holiday season (but definitely a chance for some of the “bigger kids” to get in on the action as well), Family Tree is a fun Christmas game that you are definitely going to want to turn into a holiday tradition.

The whole idea of this holiday game is to choose a single member of your family (completely at random or by picking the loser of one of the other Christmas games you play each year) and turning them your family tree.

Christmas Tree

They will have to stand completely still for at least five minutes (or a time limit that you sent ahead of time) while everyone else in the family has the chance to decorate them with any leftover Christmas supplies – or any declarations that have been brought specifically to the party for this purpose.

Once that time limit has been reached everyone has a chance to take their picture with the “Family Tree”, and there are no rules or limitations to what can or cannot be spread on social media!

This is a lot of fun, especially if you choose a good sport to act as the family tree, and it just may become one of your most anticipated and eagerly awaited Christmas time traditions!

Enjoy a “present scramble”

This is going to take a little bit of preparation, but it’s going to be a lot of fun – especially if you have a couple of “scrambles” put together.

At the very least, you’re going to want to at least think about putting together to “scrambles” (one for the kids and one for the adults) so that you can make sure that the winners are getting their hands on something that will definitely excite them!


Start off with a relatively small gift and wrap it in a relatively small box. From there, you’ll want to wrap that small box in slightly larger boxes until you can’t get any larger – and then the game is ready to begin.

Get your hands on at least two dice and hand them to a player to roll. Depending upon the number that they were old they’ll be able to unwrap the presents for that amount of seconds – but there is a bit of a twist to this as well!

They have to do the unwrapping with oven mitts on their hands!

The dice are passed around from player to player until the boxes are finally opened, and that person is deemed to be the winner!

Closing thoughts

At the end of the day, the odds are pretty good that your Christmas is going to be a lot of fun just because you are spending time with your family.

But if you want to add a bit of extra excitement to the mix, and add a little bit of the competitive spirit to your family get together, these games to play with your family this Christmas are definitely going to help you in that area!