Children look forward to Christmas every year, but it can sometimes be a long time until they can open their presents. What could be more fun than Christmas games and fun activities to pass the time together? Here you can find creative ideas for children of all ages, which parents can plan for the holidays. Boredom will be banished in an instant!
Christmas games are the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends and to keep everyone entertained.
Christmas treasure hunt: hide festive items around your home (for example, Christmas decorations) and make a treasure map with clues.
Match contest: all you’ll need for this game is matches and dice. Each player is allowed to take as many matches as they have rolled. The player with the most matches at the end of the game is the winner.
Shell game: for this game, you need four cups and a nut. One of the players places the nut under a cup and then shuffles the cups in plain view. Now the other players must guess under which cup the nut is.
Search and find game: this game is guaranteed to entertain. First some nuts (with shells) are spread out on the floor (for example, walnuts, peanuts and hazelnuts). Now turn the light off and your children need to start looking for the nuts. Before you start, you can define how many points each type of nut is worth (for example, one point for walnuts, two points for peanuts, etc.).
I spy with my little eye: a classic amongst children’s games is the ever-popular guessing game "I spy with my little eye". It’s a delight to play this game in a beautifully decorated living room with different objects to guess on.
Chinese whispers: try whispering festive words like “Christmas jumper”, “Christmas cracker” or “Christmas stocking” to other players and see what garbled combinations come out at the end.
Guess the fragrance: in preparation of the game, fill different items, which you associate with Christmas into small containers. Examples could be biscuits, a twig of pine, Christmas tea or a tangerine. Now let your children solve the puzzle and train their sense of smell.
I packed my bag: equally popular is the memory game “I packed my bag”. How about trying it with a twist this time and only packing festive items? From Christmas socks, an ugly Christmas sweater or a Christmas tree – everything goes.
Categories: with festive categories, you can simply transform this popular word game into a game for winter. Create a festive atmosphere with new categories like “Christmas sweets” or “Christmas carols”.
Charades: this guessing game isnot only popular at parties but also at family gatherings. In this game, the family members play against one another in teams and must act out words with pantomime only. Players then try to guess the word. If you want to play a festive version of this game, you can define a set of specific Christmas words before playing. A similarly popular game is Pictionary, in which a word or phrase being drawn, must be guessed by their teammate.
“Who am I”: a true classic amongst the guessing games is “Who am I”. This game is also easily adapted to a Christmas theme. To do this, the players must think of Christmas characters (for example a snowman, Joseph, or Saint Nicholas). The players must then ask clever questions to figure out who the characters are.
How do you doo: do your kids know a lot about music? Then let them put their musical knowledge to the test with a game of “how do you doo”. The catch: you can only use the word “doo” when you sing. The player who names the most titles wins.
Christmas gift game: if you haven’t yet tried to wrap a gift with one hand, then give this challenge a try. Players of the same team can work together but must always have one hand behind their back. It’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun!
When choosing a suitable game for your children, let their age and energy levels be a guide: for example, games that incorporate movement are perfect for more active children. On the other hand, for a more relaxed atmosphere guessing games are a great option.
In addition to fun Christmas games, there are also wonderful activities that you can do with your children during the holiday season. Naturally, they can all be centred around a Christmas theme. Get inspired by our suggestions below:
Many children love to experiment with different colours and materials. So how about making a funny Christmas character from a handprint or a cute snowman? You can find exact step-by-step instructions in our article “Christmas crafts for kids”.
Suggestion: Baking at Christmas time is guaranteed to be a lot of fun for the whole family. Everyone can get involved with kneading the dough, cutting out biscuits and secretly snacking on the dough. Your child can be especially creative when it comes to decorating the biscuits.
A highlight for children at Christmas time is building and decorating a gingerbread house. You can bake the individual parts yourself or buy a ready-made set that only needs to be assembled. From colourful icing and Gummi Bears to iridescent sprinkles – when it comes to decorating, let your imagination run wild.
There is nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa and listening to Christmas stories? There are many wonderful Christmas stories and fairy tales for children, that will most certainly delight your little ones. In addition, this is also the perfect opportunity to practice reading together.
A Christmas film is a must for many families during the festive season. Prepare pillows, blankets and snacks for a cosy atmosphere. Don’t forget your pair of cosy pyjamas for a Christmas film night. A relaxed pair of joggers and a soft jumper are also a good choice. This way, you are sure to be comfortable for your film night.
In addition to indoor games and activities, exciting outdoor adventures await you. Out in the open, your children can let off some steam, enjoy the fresh air and try new things. There is a fun activity for everyone:
The smell of sugared almonds, the sound of festive music and brightly lit stalls: there is a lot for children to discover at Christmas markets. Christmas markets are very popular with families and they are a wonderful activity that you can enjoy together. A lot of markets also offer special activities for children, such as making candles.
Would you like to do something special for your neighbours at Christmas? How about a little vocal performance? You can rehearse some Christmas carols together and then visit your neighbours. This will help to get your neighbours into the Christmas spirit and make everyone feel Christmassy.
Many children love ice skating in winter and improving their skating skills. An outing to a frozen lake or skating rink is sure to excite and delight.
Tip: You can use the layering principle for ice skating: multiple layers of clothing will help to keep you warm. For this purpose, functional clothing forms a good basis. In addition to this, a pair of well-fitted trousers, a warm jumper and a form-fitting jacket are a good choice.
In winter, there is a lot to discover in the forest, for example, animal tracks from deer, rabbits or mice are easy to find in fresh snow. You can enjoy time outside in the fresh air looking for animal tracks with your child.
Relaxing at a water park
See a Christmas play
There are a lot of fun and creative Christmas games for children that can provide a source of entertainment during the holidays. Classic games are easily adapted to a Christmas theme, for example, charades with a festive word stock. As a family, you can also enjoy great indoor and outdoor activities such as baking biscuits, carolling, ice skating or even following animal prints. There are a lot of fun activities to choose from to get your whole family involved.
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