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Minute to Win it Games are a fantastic addition to your Christmas Party.

Here is a brief look at games you could include at your Christmas Party function.  Ensure everyone is split into pairs to compete, as most games require teamwork. Have a points scoring system (this could simply be a whiteboard or if you want to really get into the Christmas spirit – award mini candy canes which are placed into team jars). Also remember that wind is an unwelcome guest when playing Minute to Win it games so choose an indoor venue as this works best.

Deer Nose Dive
This game is similar to the Nose Dive Game.
Required items:
Vaseline (Petroleum jelly)
Red ribbon cut to length approx 40cm. Red craft pom pom (medium size) stuck on end of ribbon.
Antler Ears

Each contestant, once timer has started, must dip his/her nose into the Vaseline.
Contestant may only apply Vaseline to nose by dipping nose in Vaseline.
Contestant must swing the ribbon/red nose and successfully land “stick” the red nose on his/her nose.
Contestant must land the red pom pom onto the nose without coming into contact with any other body part or object.
If a player touches the red pom pom with the hands they will be disqualified.
Contestants may not touch their face with their hands or any other body part.

To complete the game, contestant must successfully land five red nose pom pom onto their nose as described above, within the 60-second time limit.


Face the Gingerbread Man

This is played in the same manner as Face the Cookie – just simply use a Gingerbread Man cookie.

Wreath Madness
Required Items
Obstacles: Christmas Tree, bucket of baubles, Candles/Matches

Players must place a Christmas Wreath on their head and successfully walk around various Christmas obstacles (this could be Christmas Tree, pick up Christmas baubles from the floor, light a Christmas Candle…use your imagination). This must be completed within the 60 second time limit. Should the Wreath fall on the floor, the Contestant is unsuccessful. Contestants will be disqualified should they touch the wreath with their hands.

Holiday Kiss
Required Items:
String length at least 2mtrs wide hung securely from 2 poles
Table with five large red baubles with bauble wire securely attached to the top of the baubles (located 2mtrs away from string line)

Two Contestants must successfully “pick up” the Christmas bauble by kissing from opposite sides of the ball and transferring it to the string line 2mtrs away.
Should the ball drop, contestants will be unsuccessful at the Holiday Kiss Challenge.
Contestants who successfully hang the five balls on the string win.
A time allocation of 60 seconds will apply.
Contestants must not use any part of their body to support the ball other than with their lips.

Merry Fishmas
Players must use Candy Canes as fishing hooks and hook four candy canes on top of each other. Think Barrel of Monkeys.
Required items:
Santa Hat
30cm plastic pole (think the thickness of say a straw) with a hook on the end
15 cm candy cane which is hung from the bottom of the candy cane (ie; upside down) and securely attached to the end of the pole by fishing line.
4 small candy canes

Jingle Box
This game is played in the same manner as Junk in the Trunk
A player must shake all ping pong balls out of a tissue box that is strapped to the back of their waist. Make the box look decidedly “christmassy” and substitute ping pong balls with plastic Christmas baubles and decorate the box with red Christmas paper.

Christmas Jingle Contestants have to arrange eight drinking glasses filled at different levels of water inside the glass in an order that plays the notes of the song “Jingle Bells” when tapping on the glass with a spoon.

Christmas Bite
This game is played in the same manner as Bite Me

Required Items:
5 Christmas Gift bags of various sizes


Prior to game start, contestant must be in designated start zone with hands at sides.

Once game begins, contestant may use only their mouth to grab, transport and manoeuvre the bags.

Contestant must first place the 25cm, then 20cm, then 15cm, then 10cm, then 5cm bags onto the five podiums.

The contestant may only touch the ground with his or her feet.

If a contestant touches the ground with some body part other than the feet while attempting to grab a bag, he or she must reset by standing up before making another attempt at the bag.

If a player has a bag in the mouth while making an illegal touch, he or she must immediately put it back on the floor with the open end up before making another attempt.

Player may not use the podiums or any other item for balance.

If a bag falls off a podium, it must be reset in the manner described above to complete the challenge.

To complete the game, the contestant must have all five bags concurrently on the five podiums within the 60-second time limit.

Other games to be shown on the Christmas Win to Win It Holiday special include: Christmas in the Balance (maybe this is Stack Attack or Candelier ), Snowball Flight, Deck the Balls, Lolly Pop and more.

Christmas Ball Conveyor
Required Items
5mtr length green ribbon
Bowl full of tree ornaments (baubles plastic with hangers attached firmly)
2 players

Two players spinning in place, transfer tree ornaments using a ribbon looped around their waist. They must transfer via the “conveyor belt” two baubles and place on the tree. Minute to Win It Full instructions can be found at Minute to Win It

Marshmallow Toss
Required Items
One wreath,
Large Bag of marshmallows
One bucket for each player.
Have one person hold the wreath to their side and place the bucket behind the wreath. Players will have one minute to throw marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket. The player with the most marshmallows in the bucket after one minute is the winner!

Wreath Relay
Required Items
2 players
1 wreath (large)
Teammates transfer a wreath using only their bodies from shoulders up from 1 point to another location (Holiday special used a lamp post – I’d use a table)
Full instructions for Wreath Relay

Whipped Cream Tannenbaum
Required Items:
paper plate per player
3 cans of whipped cream per player.
Each player has one minute to spray the whipped cream on the paper plate in the shape of a Christmas tree. The player with the tallest Christmas tree after one minute wins.

Christmas Ball
Required Items
Gift box lid (medium size)
Tree bauble (plastic)
Target area outline

A player must move a tree ornament across the floor and into a target area by fanning the ornament using only the lid of a gift box
Full instructions for Christmas Ball

Do you hear what I hear?
Required items
7 gift boxes of various sizes containing bells varying from 5 bells per box to 35 bells
Table for boxes to be placed upon
2 players
Players must place boxes with different quantities of jingle bells inside in the correct order.
Full instructions for Do you hear what I hear?

Napkin Ring Ornament Madness
Required Items
5 to 10 large napkin rings in a basket/tray
an unsharpened pencil or chopstick for each player.
Set the basket on a table or the floor, a few feet away from a Christmas tree. (A small artificial tree works well.) Players must use the unsharpened pencil or chopstick to pick up a napkin ring, carry it to the tree, and slide the napkin ring “ornament” onto the tree. The player who gets the most napkin rings on the tree in one minute wins!

Christmas Cliffhanger
Required items
12 Christmas Cards placed upright (landscape design)
1 player
Blow standing Christmas cards across a table and get one to hang over the edge.
Full instructions for Christmas Cliffhanger

Raise your Glass
Required items
15 plastic martini glasses
1 table
1 bucket full of small Christmas baubles
1 player

Player must stack three levels of glasses with tree ornaments plus one empty glass on top (four storey tower).
Full instructions for Raise your Glass

Snowball Fight
Required Items
White paper for each player or team.
Place a dividing line in the middle of the room. Players or teams will need to wad up the white paper and have a snowball fight. The player or team who has the least number of “snowballs” on their side after one minute is the winner.


17 Quick Minute To Win It Christmas Games

Game One: Face The Gingerbread Man

How to play:

  1. Before the event, you will need to buy or bake gingerbread man cookies.
  2. Gather 2 or more participants to compete.
  3. Place a gingerbread man cookie on the forehead of each participant.
  4. Instruct the participants to move the gingerbread man cookie down their face to their mouth using only their facial muscles and head movements.
  5. First person to eat the cookie wins.

Suggested Items:
Fox Run Gingerbread Family Cookie Cutter Set
Fred & Friends Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters

Minute to Win It – Games – Face the Gingerbread Man

Game Two: Wreath Relay

How to play:

  1. You will need a few large Christmas Wreaths.
  2. Gather 2 or more teams of 2 to compete.
  3. Place a Christmas Wreath over the head of one team member.
  4. Using only their heads to transfer the wreath to each other, players must travel a certain distance and hang the wreath on a post to win.

Suggested Items:
48″ Pre-Lit Canadian Pine Artificial Christmas Wreath – Clear Lights

Minute to Win It – Games – Wreath Relay

Game Three: Snowball Fight

How to play:

  1. You will need a pack of Ping Pong balls and a few styrofoam “snow” balls.
  2. Gather 2 players to compete as at team.
  3. Place up to 4 styrofoam “snow” balls on a pedestal.
  4. Each team member will stand on opposite sides of the pedestal and bounce (preferred method) or throw Ping Pong balls at the styrofoam ball attempting to knock it off the pedestal.
  5. Complete the task in 60 seconds to win.

Suggested Items:
Ping Pong Balls – 144/pk
FloraCraft Styrofoam Balls 12-Pack: 2″ White

Minute to Win It – Games – Snowball Fight

Game Four: Reindeer Nose Dive

How to play:

  1. You will need reindeer antlersred foam nosepetroleum jelly and 12” string.
  2. Gather 2 or more participants to compete.
  3. Place petroleum jelly on the nose of each participant.
  4. Tie the string to their collar with the red foam nose attached to the end of it.
  5. Using only the motion of their body and head, each player must attempt to swing the red foam nose onto their own nose.
  6. First player to complete the task wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Reindeer Nosedive

Game Five: Lollipop

How to play:

  1. You will need a straw, Ping Pong ball and three nuts from a hardware store.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  3. Using the straw as the stem of the lollipop, each player must lower the three nuts down the straw while balancing the Ping Pong ball on the top of the straw to create a Christmas Lollipop.
  4. First player to complete the task wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Lollipop

Game Six: Merry Fishmas

How to play:

  1. You will need a chopstick, large candy canesmall candy canes.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  3. Tie one large candy cane to the end of the chopstick.
  4. Instruct each player to hold the chopstick in their mouth and pick up 4 smaller candy canes hanging over the edge of a table.
  5. The first player to hook 4 smaller candy canes wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Merry Fishmas

Game Seven: Hung with Care

How to play:

  1. You will need A pack of large candy canes.
  2. Hang thin wire between two poles. Make sure it is pulled tight.
  3. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  4. Instruct the players that they will need to hang 3 candy canes on the wire by the edge of the small hooked part of the candy cane.
  5. The first player to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Hung with Care

Game Eight: Jingle in the Truck

How to play:

  1. You will need an empty tissue box, 12 jingle bells and some string.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  3. Place the 12 jingle bells in the tissue box and attach a box to each players lower back.
  4. Using only the motion of their body, they must remove the jingle bells from the empty tissue box.
  5. The first player to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Jingle in the Trunk

Christmas Game Nine: Holiday Hustle

How to play:

  1. You will need a yardstick and holiday ribbon.
  2. Gather 2 teams of 2 participants.
  3. Attached a yardstick to each players waist.
  4. Tape an entire roll ribbon at the end of one players stick and tie the ribbon to his or her teammates yardstick.
  5. Using only their motion, each team must transfer all of the ribbon from one yardstick to another.
  6. The first team to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Holiday Hustle

Game Ten: Do You Hear What I Hear?

How to play:

  1. You will need plenty of Christmas jingle bells and 7 equally sized boxes.
  2. Gather 2 people to play as a team. You can challenge to teams agains each other too.
  3. Place quantities of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 jingles bells in each box ahead of time.
  4. Each player must shake the boxes and arrange them in order from lowest to highest amount of jingle bells using only the sound from shaking the boxes. Wrap the boxes with Christmas paper for even more Christmas spirit.
  5. The players must correctly arrange the boxes to win.
Minute to Win It – Games – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Game Eleven: Extreme Christmas Nutstacker

How to play:

  1. You will need a candy cane, a flat platter and 8 nuts from a hardware store.
  2. Gather 2 people to compete.
  3. Place 8 nuts on one candy cane, and instruct each player that he/she must stack 8 nuts on top of each other on the platter that they will be holding with their other hand.
  4. The player to complete this task first wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Extreme Christmas Nutstacker

Game Twelve: Deck the Balls

How to play:

  1. You will need round Christmas ornaments, a wire line and an empty cardboard tube from Christmas wrapping paper.
  2. Gather 2 players to compete against each other.
  3. Instruct the players that they must grab a Christmas ornament my picking it up through suction with the cardboard tube then hanging it on the line.
  4. The first player or team to hang 5 Christmas balls wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Deck the Balls

Game Thirteen: Christmas Jingle

How to play:

  1. You will need 11 glasses filled with water and a spoon.
  2. Pre fill the glasses with different levels of water so that they play the tune “Jingle Bells” when tapped.
  3. Pick one player.
  4. Instruct the player that he or she has one minute to arrange the glasses in an order so that they play “Jingle Bells” when tapped.
  5. If he/she completes this task in 60 seconds they win.

Side note: You could have one person stand in front of a group of people and let the crowd see if they can instruct the person on stage with the correct order. This is a great way to get everyone involved.

Minute to Win It – Games – Christmas Jingle

Game Fourteen: Christmas in the Balance

How to play:

  1. You will need at least 10 Christmas ornaments, a yardstick and a wrapping paper cardboard tube.
  2. Gather 2 teams of two players each.
  3. Balance the yardstick on the wrapping paper cardboard tube, and instruct the players that they must hang 5 Christmas ornaments on each side of the yardstick.
  4. The first team to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Christmas in the Balance

Game Fifteen: Christmas Ball

How to play:

  1. You will need a rectangular box wrapped with Christmas paper and a Christmas ball ornament.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to play against each other.
  3. Using the wrapped cardboard box as a fan each player must move the Christmas ball across the floor to a predetermined area.
  4. The first player to reach the finish zone wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Christmas Ball

Game Sixteen: Christmas Ball Conveyor

How to play:

  1. You will need Christmas ribbon, Christmas balls, and a small Christmas tree.
  2. Gather 2 teams of two to compete.
  3. Tie 30 feet of ribbon into a loop and place each player inside of it at their waist to form a conveyor belt.
  4. One player must place one ornament at a time on the conveyor belt and they must spin in unison to convey the ball towards the other player who then picks it up and hangs in on a small Christmas tree. At this point the first player starts the cycle again.
  5. The first team to successfully hang 3 Christmas balls wins.
Minute to Win It – Games – Christmas Ball Conveyor

Game Seventeen: Christmas Cliffhanger

How to play:

  1. You will need 10 Christmas cards and a flat table.
  2. Gather 2 people to play against each other.
  3. Set the Christmas cards so that they are standing up.
  4. Instruct each player that he/she must blow the Christmas cards across the table and hang them from the edge of the table.
  5. The player that successfully hangs the most cards without falling off the table wins.


25 funny Christmas party games that are great for adults, for groups, for teens, and even for kids! Try them at the office for a work party, at school for a class party, or even at an ugly sweater party! I can’t wait to try these for family night this Christmas season!




Supplies Needed: Mini marshmallowshot chocolate, and small cups
Eat an entire bowl of mini marshmallows and drink a cup of hot chocolate in a minute (or race to be the first).


Supplies Needed: Christmas tinsel, chairs, and candy canes
Tie a piece of ribbon or twine from one post or chair to another. Players must stand on top of the chairs and try to be the first to drop a candy cane from the chair onto the ribbon and get it to stay there. Play until the first player gets a candy cane to catch on the ribbon or see who can get the most in a minute. This is one of the more difficult Christmas minute to win it games for kids.


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.


Supplies Needed: Plastic elves, holiday buckets
Players have a minute to try and toss mini plastic elves into a line of buckets (one 5″ away, one 7″ away, and one 10 feet away). Player has to make elves into each of the buckets in the time to win.


Supplies Needed: White ping pong balls or ball ornaments, tissue boxes, duct tape, and panty hose
Decorate white ping pong balls to look like snowman faces. Fill an empty tissue box with the snowmen ping pong balls and tape the tissue box (or use a velcro belt glued to the box) to someone’s backside and the player has to shake all of the snowmen out of the tissue box before the time runs out. Or if you’d rather not decorate like snowmen, use ornaments instead.


Supplies Needed: Balloons (these holiday balloons would be fun!) and winter gloves
Player have to pop 10 balloons using just their hands with winter gloves on before the time runs out. We did this in our Avengers party with hulk gloves, and it was absolutely hilarious! Definitely one o the most fun minute to win it Christmas games for adults!


Supplies Needed: Gift boxesjingle bellsholiday wrapping paper
Before the party, fill five boxes with different amounts of jingle bells than wrap like holiday presents. Player has to shake wrapped presents filled with jingle bells to determine how many jingle bells is in each, putting them in order of the most jingle bells to the least.


Supplies NeededRed and green candiesbowls, pieces of paper that say naughty and nice
Set out bowls full of red and green candies, making sure to have the same amount in each one. Players must quickly go through a bowl of red and green candies and divide the candies (one candy at a time) into separate bowls across the room labeled naughty or nice. Red candies go into the naughty bowl and green candies go into the nice bowl.


Supplies Needed: Brown crepe paper and reindeer headband
Players have to wrap a teammate from head to toe with brown crepe paper and top with reindeer headband to finish the challenge. If player breaks crepe paper, they can continue wrapping to cover them completely.


Supplies Needed: White ping pong ballsfish bowlcotton balls
Player has to bounce (or toss) white ping pong balls into an empty fish bowl  at the other end of the table while other players are throwing cotton balls at the ping pong balls the player is bouncing, trying to knock their balls out of the way. Player has to bounce one ping pong ball into the bowl to win.


Supplies Needed: Red poms, spoons, vaseline, and Rudolph poster

This is one of my absolute favorite minute to win it Christmas games!

Give each player a red pom pom and a spoonful of vaseline. Players have to race to be the first person to put a red pom pom on Rudolph’s nose (make sure to put a bit of vaseline on his nose as well) on the other side of the room. To play, players must dip their nose into the spoonful of vaseline then get the red pom pom to stick to the vaseline on their nose. Once the red pom is on their nose, they must move across the room and stick it to Rudolph’s nose. The catch? They can’t use their hands at any time.


Supplies Needed: Mini Christmas figurines
Before the party, hide mini Santa or Christmas figurines (at least one for each player) all through the house. To play, players must race to search the house to find a mini Santa. This one would be great to play as a team relay, have one player search first and when they find one, they tag the next player who searches. Either the player or team to find Santa first wins.


Supplies Needed: Ball ornamentsgift boxes, and painter’s tape
Give each player an ornament and a gift box and have stand behind a lined taped on the ground with painter’s tape. Tape another line across the room (best done in a large empty room or gym). To play, players must fan their gift box toward their ornament to get it to roll across the room and over the other line. Players can’t actually touch the ornament with the box, just use it to create wind to “blow” it.


Supplies Needed: Christmas tinsel, chairs, and artificial mistletoe
Hang a thin Christmas ribbon or strand of garland across two chairs or posts, low enough to the ground that players can reach it with their feet if they’re sitting on the ground. Give each player plastic mistletoe, two for kids and three to five for teens and adults. To play the game, players must race to be the first to hang the mistletoe on the ribbon using just their toes to hold it.


Supplies Needed: Mini Christmas treesplastic Christmas ornaments
Pick up a handful of mini Christmas trees and place them in a line on the floor. Give each player a bucket full of plastic ornaments that have hooks on them and have them stand on a line of painter’s tape 10 feet away from the mini trees. Players race to be the first to trim a tree by tossing ornaments from the line to try to get them to hang on the tree. First one to get five ornaments on their tree wins.


Supplies Needed: Hershey kisses, mom stickersSanta stickers
Before the party, put little stickers on the bottom of Hershey kisses – some mom/woman stickers and some Santa stickers. To play the game, set out the Hershey kisses in a grid (lined up).

To play, players must pick a Hershey kiss from the grid and look at the bottom. If they pick a kiss with a mom or santa sticker on the bottom, they hold on to it and pick another Hershey kiss. If they pick one with no sticker on the bottom, they must eat the Hershey kiss and pick another one. Players continue picking Hershey kisses until they find a kiss with a mom and a kiss with a Santa on the bottom.


Supplies Needed: Ball ornaments and jingle bells
Place five ball ornaments lined up on the end of a table and give the player 10 jingle bells and have them stand on the opposite end of the rectangle table. To play, players must roll their jingle bells from one end of the table and attempt to knock off all five ornaments from the opposite end of the table.


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.


Supplies Needed: White streamers
Give each player two large rolls of white streamers. Players must hold one roll of streamers in one hand and one in the other. When the timer starts, players have to try to unroll both rolls of streamers, however they can. The only rule is that they cannot use their hands other than to hold the streamers.


Supplies Needed: Green or red poster boardChristmas wreath, and empty paper towel rolls
Get cheap wreaths from Amazon or the dollar store and have players try to toss them onto empty paper towel rolls glued onto Christmas colored poster board. To win, players must land two wreaths on their toilet paper roll.


Supplies Needed: StockingsChristmas tinsel or ribbon, and colored ping pong balls
Hang stockings (1 for each player) from a ribbon or rope tied tightly across from two posts or chairs. Give each player a bucket full of ping pong balls, preferably of different colors then send them across the room from the stockings. Players race to be the first to bounce the ping pong balls into the stockings from across the room. If you have multiple colored ping pong balls, players can shoot for any of the stockings. If you’re using all white ping pong balls, I recommend assigning everyone to one stocking to make it easier.


Supplies Needed: Hula hoops and Christmas cups
Give each player a hula hoop and set up a pile of five Christmas cups at the other end of the room. Players must roll their hula hoop down toward the pile of Christmas cups to knock them down. First player to knock down the top three cups (so all cups are on the ground) wins.


Supplies NeededList of Christmas songs
Give each team a list of Christmas songs that everyone other than one person on the team can see. Teams must race to be the first to get their “guesser” to guess the title of all of the Christmas song titles on their list. Teams can work together like in reverse charades to act out the song title but no words, no singing, and no sign language. It’s speed charades. You can either do the first person to get through the entire list or first team to guess like five of the songs on the list.


Supplies: 12 days of Christmas items, bucket, other small Christmas trinkets and figurines

Give each team a bucket filled with Christmas trinkets, including items associated with the 12 days of Christmas (e.g., partridge, doves, gold rings, etc.). Make sure that there are all of the items for the 12 days as well as other items to confuse the teams. Have teams stand at one end of the room and put a bucket per team at the other end of the room. When you say go, a team member must run to the bucket and find something that fits ones of the 12 days of Christmas and bring it back to their team. Players rotate like a relay, going to the bucket until they find something for each of the 12 days. I recommend giving them a list of the 12 days to check them off as they go.

Ideas for 12 days of Christmas items:


Supplies Needed: Small gift boxespicture of Santaindex cards or small pieces of paper, wrapping paper
Before the  party, wrap up a a bunch of small boxes (about 5 person team playing) and inside some of those, put a small piece of paper with a picture of Santa on it. In the other boxes, put a small piece of paper with nothing on it. To play, players have to choose one present from the table and unwrap it with oven mitts on their hands. If the present has a Santa inside, they’re done. If not, they have to choose another present and continue unwrapping until they find a secret santa.

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