60 Games and Christmas Party Ideas for Teens

Christmas parties are always lots of fun. For teens, there are plenty of ideas to make the party even more enjoyable. No matter if you are playing with a small group or a larger group, you can always find a funny game or activity to make sure everyone has a whole lot of fun.

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Here is the scoop on the best Christmas party ideas for teens!

1. Make Gingerbread Houses

Make Gingerbread Houses

This activity is great for the entire family, including younger kids. It’s a fun and festive way to spend time together and get creative in the holiday spirit. Plus, you get to eat your creations at the end!

2. Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Another fun game is a Christmas scavenger hunt. Make a list of holiday-themed items for teams to find and take pictures of, with the first team to complete the list winning a prize.

This can also work well for youth group or high school Christmas parties.

3. White Elephant Gift Exchange

This game is always a hit with teens. Have each person bring a wrapped gift and then have everyone take turns picking gifts, with the option to steal gifts from other players. It’s a fun way to exchange small gifts and have some laughs along the way.

4. Candy Cane Golf

Candy cane golf is another great idea! Split your teens into small groups and have each group set up a mini golf course using candy canes as the golf clubs and small holiday treats as the balls. The team with the lowest score wins a prize.

5. Watching Christmas Movies

Another great way to enjoy the holiday season is to have a Christmas movie marathon. Set up a cozy area with blankets and pillows for the ultimate festive movie night. Don’t forget the hot cocoa and Christmas cookies!

6. Ugly Sweater Photos

Ugly Sweater Photos

Everyone loves having a photoshoot at a party! Have your teens dress up in their ugliest Christmas sweaters and take fun photos together.

This also works well as a theme for the whole party. Put on a Santa hat and start posing for social media!

7. Hot Chocolate Bar

Set up a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings. This is a great activity for colder weather and gives teens the chance to customize their hot chocolate. Offer different flavors, toppings, and mix-ins for a tasty treat.

8. Christmas Charades

Charades is always a fun game to play at parties, and adding a Christmas twist will make it even more enjoyable. Make up your own charade ideas or use a pre-made Christmas charades game for some holiday fun.

9. Christmas Pool Party

If you have an indoor pool, or live at the beach, why not have a holiday beach party? Christmas in July is one of the best Christmas party themes, so everyone will love a pool party to celebrate the holiday season.

10. Holiday Coloring Pages

Coloring is a relaxing activity and can also be turned into a fun competition. Print out holiday-themed coloring pages and have teams or individuals compete to see who can create the most detailed and festive masterpiece.

This is a great activity for younger teens as well, and there are lots of free printables available online.

11. Sing Christmas Carols

Holiday parties are not complete without Christmas carols. Gather around the piano or have a karaoke night with your favorite Christmas tunes. This is a great way to bring everyone together and have some festive fun.

12. Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Another classic holiday game is a secret Santa gift exchange. Have each person draw a name and secretly buy or make a small gift for that person, then have a fun reveal at the party. It’s a great way to exchange gifts and show your holiday spirit.

13. Play Board Games

There are so many fun Christmas games, from classic Monopoly to party games like Christmas-opoly. Set up a game night for your teens and have them choose their favorite Christmas or winter-themed board games to play.

This is a great way to have some friendly competition and holiday cheer.

14. Christmas Trivia

Test your teen’s knowledge of the holiday season with a Christmas trivia game. Split into teams and see who knows the most about all things Christmas, from movies to traditions to songs.

You can also let them work in teams writing their answers down on a piece of paper. The team with the most correct answers will win a prize!

15. Marshmallow Toss

For a fun outdoor activity, set up a marshmallow toss game. Use a holiday-themed target and have teams compete to see who can get the most marshmallows onto the target. This is a great way to get everyone outside and active during the holiday party.

16. Christmas Bingo

For some more Christmas fun, you can get some printable cards for Bingo or make your own. Have everyone fill in their card with holiday words or phrases, and play a game of Bingo to see who can get five in a row first. This is a great activity for all ages and can also be played as teams.

17. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Who doesn’t love an ugly sweater party? Have each person come dressed in their ugliest holiday sweater and take funny photos together. This can also work well as a theme for the whole party.

18. Christmas Karaoke

Christmas Karaoke

Get into the holiday spirit by singing all of your favorite Christmas songs at a karaoke party! It’s a fun and interactive activity for everyone to participate in.

You can sing all of your favorite carols like White Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Jingle Bell Rock. Also, don’t forget the eggnog and festive decorations.

19. DIY Winter Wonderland

One of the most fun ideas on our list is to make your very own winter wonderland! You can use white construction paper, Poly-Fil, Christmas lights, and other decorations to make your creation come to life.

Older teens will love this!

20. Change Cookie Swap

Any group of teens will love cookies, so why not have a cookie swap party? Have each person bring their favorite holiday cookies, and do a fun exchange where everyone gets to try different flavors and treats. It’s a delicious activity for any holiday gathering. And it also makes for great party favors to take home.

21. Tree Decorating Contest

This tree decorating contest is another one of the best Christmas themed games. Each teen will get their own small tree and the same decorations. They have to race to see who can decorate their tree the fastest.

The first player to get all of the decorations on their tree wins. They can also get bonus points if it is neat and tidy.

22. Reindeer Ring Toss

This Reindeer Antler Ring Toss game is so much fun! It is the perfect game for any group size. All you need to do is make or buy some reindeer antlers and then try to toss rings onto them. You can also add a festive twist and use candy canes as the rings.

23. Christmas Word Scramble

There are lots of different activities for a teenage Christmas party, and this is a great option for a more calm activity. Print out Christmas themed word scrambles and have the teens race to see who can unscramble them first.

24. Pin the Star on the Tree

Pin the Star on the Tree

Just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, have a Christmas twist with Pin the Star on the Tree. Use construction paper to make a Christmas tree and use small stars for each player to try to pin onto the tree.

The player who gets closest to the top, wins! This is a great activity for all ages.

25. Christmas Hot Potato

This fun Christmas party game is perfect for large groups, whether you are playing with family members or an entire team of teenage girl athletes! Instead of a potato, players will pass a wrapped gift or Christmas ornament around while music plays. When the music stops, whoever is holding the gift is out.

Keep playing and eliminating players until there is one winner left. Don’t forget to open up the gift at the end and see what it is! This game adds a little bit of excitement and competition to your holiday party.

26. Name That Carol

For this easy game, you will split your party into smaller groups or teams of equal numbers. Then, you will play snippets of popular Christmas carols and have the groups try to guess the title. The team with the most correct guesses, wins!

Players can get extra points if they can also name the artist. This is a great way to have a merry Christmas while listening to Christmas music.

27. DIY Ornament Making

Get crafty with a DIY ornament making activity. Have a variety of materials set up for your teens to make their own unique Christmas tree decorations. They can even give them as gifts to friends and family.

28. Holiday Cookie Decorating

Another festive activity is holiday cookie decorating. Have pre-made sugar cookies and all the toppings and icing for your teens to decorate their own Christmas cookies. It’s a fun and tasty activity for all to enjoy.

29. Christmas Slapjack

This twist on the classic card game is perfect for a Christmas party with teens. Players will try to slap down the Jack cards, but instead of regular playing cards, use holiday themed decks of cards. The player with all of the cards at the end wins.

30. Social Media Christmas Photoshoot

Social Media Christmas Photoshoot

Teens love using social media, so why not incorporate that into the party? Set up a holiday photo shoot with festive props and have everyone take photos to post on their social media. This is a fun activity that teens will love showing off to their friends.

31. Christmas Musical Chairs

Just like the classic childhood game, but with a festive twist. Play Christmas music and have players go around chairs (or even holiday themed pillows or blankets) until the music stops. Whoever doesn’t have a seat, is out.

Keep playing and eliminating players until there is one winner left. The last person remaining wins!

32. Santa Race

This Christmas party game is perfect for larger groups or teams. Split into two teams and have a race to see who can dress up as Santa Claus the fastest. Give each team a Santa hat, beard, and red shirt to race and dress up in.

The first team to fully dress up as Santa, wins! It’s a fun and silly activity for all to enjoy. You can also play this individually, meaning that the first person to dress up wins.

33. Build A Snowman

See who can build the best snowman (or even just a pile of snow) in a certain amount of time. Give each team or player a set of materials, such as coal, buttons, a carrot for the nose, and scarves.

The snowman (or pile) with the most creativity and detail, wins! This is a fun outdoor activity for a Christmas party.

34. Christmas Movie Trivia

Test your teen’s knowledge of holiday movies with a Christmas movie trivia game. Divide into teams and have them answer questions about classic Christmas films.

This is a great teen Christmas party game.

35. Candy Cane Pick Up Sticks

This twist on the classic game uses candy canes as the sticks. Players will try to pick up a candy cane without disturbing any of the others. The person with the most candy canes at the end, wins! This is a great game and tasty activity for your Christmas party.

36. Marshmallow Mouth

Marshmallow Mouth
Malco Jonathan

High schools that are having holiday parties will love this easy game. Teens simply have to toss marshmallows up into the air, and try to catch them in their mouth.

Fun Christmas activities like this are an easy way to get in the holiday spirit.

37. Christmas Relay Race

Another example of fun ways to enjoy Christmas Eve with teens is to have a Christmas relay race. Split into teams and have them do various holiday themed tasks, such as wrapping a present in layers of wrapping paper or singing a Christmas carol.

The first team to finish all of their tasks will win. Each team member is sure to have a great time!

38. Snowball Fight

If there’s snow outside, take advantage of it with a snowball fight. Divide into teams and have them battle it out in this classic winter activity. The team with the least amount of snowballs left at the end, wins! This is a fun and active party game for teens.

39. Bake Off

Teens love to cook and bake, so why not have a Christmas themed bake off at your party? Have each teen bring their own baked good, such as holiday cookies or festive cupcakes.

Then, have a taste test and vote for the best baked treat. This is a fun activity that also results in yummy treats for all to enjoy.

40. Holiday Headbands

Split into teams and give each a set of holiday themed crafting materials, such as pom poms, tinsel, and construction paper. Then, have them compete to see who can create the best holiday headband in a certain amount of time.

The team with the most creative and festive headband wins! This is a fun and crafty Christmas party activity for teens.

41. Christmas Family Feud

This twist on the popular game show, Family Feud, is perfect for a Christmas party. Divide into teams and have them guess the top answers to holiday themed survey questions, such as “Name a popular Christmas treat.”

The team with the most points at the end, wins! This is a fun way to get everyone participating and in the holiday spirit.

42. Santa Sack Race

Santa Sack Race
Massimo Merlini

For a fun and active Christmas party game, try a Santa sack race. Split into teams and have them race while hopping in large red sacks, like Santa’s sack.

The first team to reach the finish line wins! This is a silly and festive activity for teens to enjoy at their holiday party.

43. Christmas Escape Room

Create a Christmas themed escape room for your teen party. Give them a set amount of time to solve holiday themed clues and puzzles in order to “escape” the room. This is a fun and challenging activity that gets everyone thinking and working together.

44. Holiday Costume Contest

Have your teen party guests come dressed in their favorite holiday costumes, whether it’s dressing up as Santa or an elf. Then, have a vote on who has the best costume and give a prize to the winner. This is a fun and festive activity for your Christmas party.

45. Christmas Word Search

For a more low-key party activity, have teens do a holiday themed word search. This is a fun and relaxing way for them to enjoy the holiday spirit at your party. You can even make it a competition to see who can find all of the words in the shortest amount of time

46. Cookie Eating Contest

This yummy Christmas activity is sure to be a hit with teens. Have them compete to see who can eat a certain number of holiday cookies in a certain amount of time. The winner, or the one who eats the most cookies, wins! Just make sure to have milk on hand for everyone to wash down all those cookies.

47. Christmas Mystery Stocking

Fill a stocking with different holiday items, and have the teens reach in without looking and try to guess each item by feeling it. After one person guesses, they pass the stocking to the next player, that next person takes their turn guessing and so on.

After the whole guest list takes their turn, you can show off the items from the stocking!

48. Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

Another good idea for Christmas time activities is making paper snowflakes! All you will need is sheets of white paper and pairs of scissors.

Everyone can design their own snowflake and have fun cutting them all out together.

49. Christmas Mad Libs

Mad libs are one of our favorite Christmas party games! You can design your own, or print some out from online.

Mad libs are a great activity for getting your guests to have a fun time and laugh ad silly stories. You can write mad libs with different holiday theme ideas like Christmas morning or looking for a Christmas tree.

50. Christmas I Spy

One of the best Christmas games is Christmas I Spy! If your guests like to play games, they will love funny games like I Spy.

All you need to do is have the teens look around and describe holiday items they see, while others guess what the item is.

51. Santa Puzzle

Building a puzzle is always a hilarious game with your friends, so why not try putting together a Santa Claus puzzle? All you need to do is print out pictures of Santa and cut them into smaller pieces.

Then, give the pieces to your guests and have them race each other to reassemble the image as fast as they can!

52. Christmas Two Truths and A Lie

The best way to get to know people is by sharing things about each other, so why not play Two Truths and a Lie?

Have guests take turns sharing two truths and one lie about themselves, that have to do with Christmas! These may include telling the best parts of your favorite Christmas memories or talking about what you want for Christmas.

53. Holiday Pictionary

This classic game can easily be holiday themed by using Christmas words and phrases as the things to draw.

Split into teams and have each person take turns drawing and guessing the holiday themed words, and the team with the most guessed correctly wins!

54. Christmas Minute To Win It Games

Christmas Minute To Win It Games

Have a series of fun, holiday themed challenges for your party guests to compete in, like bobbing for candy canes or stacking Christmas tree shaped cookies. See who can complete each challenge in under a minute and have a prize for the winner!

55. Christmas Powerpoint Night

Have your guests make Christmas themed powerpoints, and then have everyone present their creations to the group. This is a creative way for teens to showcase their holiday spirit and show off all of their hard work! It’s also a great excuse to eat some yummy Christmas treats while watching the presentations.

56. Left Right Gift Exchange

To add a twist to your traditional gift exchange, try playing Left Right Gift Exchange! Have everyone sit in a circle with their gifts and pass them to the left or right based on the story that’s read aloud. It adds an element of surprise and excitement to the gift exchange, and your guests will have fun trying to keep track of their gifts.

57. Jingle Bell Toss

This game is perfect for those with a competitive streak. Set up multiple buckets or bowls with points labeled on them, and have your guests toss jingle bells into the buckets to earn their points. Whoever has the most points at the end wins a prize!

58. Pin the Nose on Rudolph

Play a holiday twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey by having your guests try to pin the nose on Rudolph. This game is always fun and adds a funny element to your Christmas party.

59. Heads Or Tails Gift Exchange

Another twist on the traditional gift exchange is Heads or Tails Gift Exchange. Have your guests sit in a circle with their gifts and have everyone flip a coin. If it lands on heads, they pass their gift to the left. If it lands on tails, they pass it to the right. Keep flipping until everyone has a new gift!

60. Christmas Riddles

Create or find holiday themed riddles for your guests to solve. This is a great brainteaser activity and can even turn into a competition with prizes for the top solvers. It’s also a good way to mix up the party and have some quieter moments while still keeping everyone entertained.

Final Thoughts

There are so many creative and fun ways to have a holiday themed party for teens. Whether you choose one of these ideas or come up with your own, your guests will be sure to have a memorable time celebrating the holiday season together. Happy partying!

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  1. Fantastic ideas! My daughters typically have 15 kids over for their annual Christmas party. I’ve been searching for some fresh new ideas for this year’s party. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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