Having company over? In our “Hosting How-tos” series, we’ll teach you how to entertain like a pro. Make your annual shindig one that your guests won’t soon forget with these Christmas party ideas that are fun for the whole family.

Make your holiday party one that your guests won’t forget. Spruce up your party with these family-friendly games that everyone will enjoy!

How many cookies?

Holiday cookies are a staple at any party during the season. Fill a clear cookie jar, seal it, and place it for all to see. Have everyone guess how many cookies are in the jar, and the person with the closest guess wins the cookie jar AND the cookies! You can make your own chalkboard cookie jar labels and make it festive for the holiday season! View our holiday gift collection for cookies to fill the cookie jar!

Cookie Jars

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ gift exchange

This is a great way to incorporate a classic Christmas poem into your gift exchange parties. Select one person to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Everyone else stands in a circle with their wrapped presents. Each time the reader says the word “the,” gifts are passed to the left; when the reader says the word “and,” gifts are passed to the right. When the story ends, everyone has a new present!

Pin the nose on the snowman

Similar to “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” this game is perfect for younger children.

What you will need:

  • 3 sheets of white poster board
  • Tape or glue
  • 1 piece of orange construction paper
  • 1 piece of black construction paper
  • 1 bandana

How to make the snowman:

  • Take three sheets of poster board and cut three different sized circles (small, medium, and large)
  • Tape the circles on the wall, one on top of the other, starting with the largest on the bottom
  • Cut out seven small black circles out of construction paper (two for the eyes and five for the mouth). Glue or tape them to the snowman’s face.
  • Make a hat for the snowman (optional)
  • For the nose, cut out orange triangles, one for each participant.

How to play:

Blindfold each child with a bandana, gently spin them in a circle, and have them try and place the nose in the center of the snowman’s face. The child that gets the closest wins!


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