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20 Super Fun Games to Play on Christmas Eve

These Christmas games are guaranteed to be a hit.

Since your Christmas Eve plans are probably looking very different this year, you may need to find a new way to up the holiday spirit in your house—and we've got you covered! Read on for the 20 best Christmas Eve games and activities that will make even the smallest of Christmas gatherings much more memorable. Most of these Christmas games are entirely family-friendly, but if any adults in your house are seeking a little more devilish fun, we've added a few drinking games as well. So start mixing up those holiday-themed cocktails, or mocktails, and let's get started! And for more ways to stay entertained this Christmas, This Is the Single Most Popular Holiday Movie of All Time, Survey Says.

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Christmas Carol Pictionary

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Everyone knows Pictionary, but this version turns it up a few holiday-themed notches. Split your family up into teams to depict familiar Christmas carols. As soon as the team figures out which carol has been drawn, they have to sing the song to score even more points.

And for some fun Christmas trivia to share at the dinner table, here are 55 Fun Christmas Facts to Get You in the Holiday Spirit.

Christmas Movie Trivia

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Print out some questions about your favorite Christmas movies, then split your small party into teams and test your knowledge of classics like A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

And for another beloved Christmas movie, check out This Is What All the "Home Alone" Kids Look Like Now.

Name That Carol

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In this game, courtesy of, someone from your family would have to look at a clue and figure out which Christmas song it is referring to—and these clues aren't necessarily the easiest to decipher. For example, "A Dozen 24-Hour Yule Periods" is "The 12 Days of Christmas."

And for more Christmas songs that no one really likes to hear, check out The Most Hated Christmas Songs of All Time.

"Snowball" Throw

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No, this is not a traditional snowball fight like you might have had as a kid. This Christmas Eve game involves a person tossing marshmallows into fellow team members' mouths. The team gains a point every time a marshmallow is caught—just make sure everyone washes their hands before and after the game!

And for more Christmas sweets to avoid this year, check out The FDA Says "Please Do Not Eat" This Beloved Dessert Right Now.

Marshmallow Stack

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More marshmallows! Pick up a few bags of large marshmallows and place a coaster in the center of your table. Each person takes a turn placing a marshmallow on the coaster until they have to start stacking them. It's like Jenga: When the stack of marshmallows falls, that person loses.

Holiday Preparedness Pop Quiz

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This Christmas Eve game is a good fit if your family is dressed in full holiday get-ups. Everyone in your household can show off how "prepared" they are to celebrate—earning a point for each holiday-themed item (a Christmas sweater, a gift receipt, red or green socks, etc.) they have on during Christmas Eve. And even though there may not be a lot of people to see your ensemble, your household will still love sharing their holiday spirit!

And if you're still looking for something special to get your loved ones, here are 25 Subscription Boxes That Make Amazing Holiday Gifts.

Candy Canes

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This fun Christmas game is similar to Spoons, only with candy canes. To play this game, grab a few candy canes and a deck of cards and place those mint sticks in the center. Players take turns trying to collect four-of-a-kind and once someone does, everyone tries to grab a candy cane. The player without one gets assigned a letter, and the last player to spell out "C-A-N-D-Y" wins.

And for some outdated Christmas celebrations, here are 15 Weird, Forgotten Christmas Traditions Nobody Does Anymore.

Christmas Guess Who

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This party game is a good way to get your family to learn even more about each other this Christmas Eve. Each person works off a list of Christmas-themed prompts—"Believed in Santa Claus until they were 10 years old," "Returned a gift they received last Christmas," etc.—and they write down which of the other players they think has done those things.

Christmas Charades

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A holiday twist on the favorite party game, Christmas charades requires players to physically act out Christmas-themed phrases, titles of Christmas movies or songs, and characters like Santa and Rudolph, without speaking.

Two Truths and a Lie—Christmas Edition

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Another popular game that will elevate your Christmas Eve this year is Two Truths and a Lie. As an example, you can ask each person to announce the "worst Christmas gifts they've ever received," and they'll describe two actual terrible gifts they've gotten plus a fake story of a third gift. Those who can figure out which is the lie get a point.

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Christmas Win, Lose, or Draw

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You can make use of practically any Christmas carol, movie, or Christmas-related object of your choice, then adapt it into a Win, Lose, or Draw, giving it some extra holiday cheer. For example, one player would have to pick a card that has a Christmas song and the team then has to use the player's drawing to guess what the song is.

Blind Christmas Tree Ripping

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For this game, everyone in the family gets a sheet of paper. As they're holding it behind their backs, they then have to attempt to rip the paper into the shape of a tree. Chances are, it will look nothing like a proper tree, but in this Christmas Eve game, you can award points or presents to those who made it look the most like a classic tree or give a bonus point to those who get the most creative.

And for more Christmas traditions from around the country, check out 20 Ways Christmas Is Celebrated Differently Across the U.S.

Paper Plate Christmas Scene

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Similar to Blind Christmas Tree Ripping, this game asks players to draw a holiday scene on a paper plate—only while it's on top of their head. Points go to those who pull it off!

Christmas Exchange Game

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If you're looking for a new way to give out small gifts and sweet treats to your family this year—like that box of chocolates or Amazon gift card—then this game is just the thing for it. Read the story here aloud while your family stands in a circle, each holding their gift. Every time you say the word "right," everyone passes the gift to the right. Every time you say the word "left," everyone passes to the left. Ditto for "across." If done right, it should lead to maximum confusion and tons of fun!

And fore more small gifts that are perfect for the whole family, here are 20 Amazing Stocking Stuffers Under $20 Everyone Will Love.

Jingle in the Trunk

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The aim of this Christmas Eve game is to bang as many jingle bells as you can out of a tissue box that's hanging over your head. The catch? You have to do it without using your hands.

Take a Bow

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Give every person in the house a handful of bows at the start of the night. Their goal: to secretively stick them on the backs of as many of the other guests as possible (and avoid getting "bow"-ed themselves). When time is called, add up every bow on your back and the one with the lowest tally wins.

Ornament Guess

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This Christmas Eve game involves getting your family to guess the number of ornaments you have on your Christmas tree. It's a pretty straightforward guessing game, but it'll keep everyone entertained for hours.

Christmas Trivia

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Think Trivial Pursuit with a side of Santa. This game has players answering multiple-choice questions about various holiday traditions and famous figures, awarding points for every correct answer.

For Adults: The Christmas Movie Drinking Game

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If trivia doesn't have quite the edge you're looking for, bring on the alcohol. You can create a drinking game for practically any movie. Take Home Alone, for instance: You can drink every time someone gets injured, every time Macaulay Culkin screams (and continue drinking the whole duration of the scream), and every time pizza and/or John Candy is on screen.

For Adults: Hallmark Christmas Movie Drinking Game

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The rules for this game—created by a woman in Fort Worth, Texas, and described in Country Living—make watching those feel-good Hallmark made-for-TV flicks extra fun. The rules include taking a drink when someone disses a fake Christmas tree; when a newcomer takes part in an old family/town tradition; and when a big city person is transplanted to a small town, to name a few. Just remember to drink a lot of water, too!

And for some bad Christmas movies that could be perfect for your next holiday drinking game, This Is the Worst Christmas Movie of All Time, According to Critics.

Alex Daniel
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