One of the perfect opportunities to create lifelong memories with your loved ones is when you’re all together for the holidays. Having everyone under one roof lets you catch up, relax, and have some fun. Creating a space filled with joy and laughter can be quite easy, all you need are the right activities. Snowball fights, gingerbread houses, and board games are just a few things that the entire family can enjoy – But if you’re looking for something new, you’ve come to the right place. 

Here are a few of my personal favourites that will leave you and your loved ones in stiches… They are great for the whole family as well! 

Toy Touchdown

Supplies Needed: Christmas figurines or plastic Christmas ornamentsChristmas basketduck tape, and panty hose

Players must pass small toys or ornaments under their legs like they’re hiking a football and have a teammate catch them in a small Christmas basket that’s attached to the second player’s back.

Teams race to be the first team to catch five or see who can get the most in a minute.

Let It Snow

Supplies Needed: Plastic spoons, cups, cotton balls, and bowls

Give each player a plastic spoon and a cup full of cotton balls. On the other side of the room, place an empty bowl for each player.

Players must race to get 10 cotton balls from the cup to the bowl on the other side of the room, using just the plastic spoon. The plastic spoon must be held in the player’s mouth. If they drop a cotton ball, they should leave it and go back and get another one.

Candy Canes (Holiday ‘Spoons’)

3+ Players

You’ll need a deck of cards and 3+ people circled around a pile of candy canes, one less than the number of players. Everyone takes turns pulling cards with the goal to be the first to get four of a kind (ex. four Kings). Once you do, take a candy cane as stealthily as possible. Once that happens, everyone else races to grab on of the remaining candy canes. The person who doesn’t get a candy cane is eliminated. Do this until one winner remains.

Christmas Carol Pictionary

Write down this list of Christmas carols on separate flash cards. Divide players into teams. One person draws from the pile of cards and has one minute to illustrate the Christmas carol. If their team guesses correctly, they get one point. Make sure to alternate the team artist. Teams take turns until one reaches twenty points.

Family Feud Christmas

Players are broken up into teams. They answer questions from this list of holiday-themed survey responses. Each team is given an allotted time to write their three guesses on a piece of paper. The judge then reveals if their guesses were on the list and the value of their answers. The number one ranked survey response is worth 50 points, 40 if it’s number two and so on. Once all the questions have been answered, the points are tallied to determine the winner.

Find Santa’s Helpers

Hide a variety of plastic or stuffed elves and reindeer throughout the house. For the younger kids, make the items easy to find and give them a head start. Hide Santa’s friends in trickier places for the older kids and let them look after the younger ones have had a chance. Consider giving prizes based on how many of Santa’s friends each participant finds.