5 Holiday Party Games That Stand Out in NJ, NY, PA

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Lisa Lawrence

Written by Lisa Lawrence

Lisa Lawrence. is a certified facilitator and team building expert with over 12 years of experience in the field.  She has a passion for helping to build stronger teams and has worked with a wide range of fortune 500 businesses to improve communication and boost morale in the New York City Metro Area.

June 5, 2023

This the season to introduce 5 holiday party games that stand out!  Get festive, have some fun planning that special holiday party.

Are you looking for some fun holiday party games that are completely different from the norm?  Look no further!

The article presents a wide range of game ideas for holiday parties, including both traditional and unique options. This variety can cater to different preferences and interests within your organization.

There are so many fun activities you can do to make your holiday party stand out from the rest.  Each game is accompanied by detailed instructions, making it easier for event organizers to understand and implement them effectively.

This level of clarity can save time and effort in planning group games and activities.

It’s may take some creativity on your part, but if you truly want to do something memorable, these games should be considered.

If your organization comprises teams from different departments or new hires, consider adding fun activities can serve as an icebreaker.  Employees will interact with colleagues they may not usually engage with, fostering networking opportunities and building cross-functional relationships.

From winter Minute to Win It Challenges to Holiday ‘Family Feud’ showdowns and Wordplay Christmas puzzles, you’re sure to find something that will liven up any party.

We’ll also tell you how to host Jeopardy Jingle Bells and a Tis the Season Lip Sync Challenge. So, let’s dive right in.

5 Holiday Party Games That Stand Out

Winter “Minute to Win It” Challenges





Holiday parties are an opportunity for employees to relax and enjoy themselves. Minute to Win It challenges offer a fun and entertaining way to relieve stress, break the ice, and create a positive and lighthearted atmosphere during the event.

Winter-themed Minute to Win It Challenges are sure to add a special touch to your holiday party.  These challenges will have everyone in the room laughing, competing and having a blast.

Try a game of ‘Snowball Fight’, where teams compete to be the first to successfully launch a snowball across the room using a spoon. Or ‘Icy Tower’, where teams race to build a tower of plastic cups in less than a minute.  These games often require fast motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Engaging in these challenges can improve these skills, creating a positive impact on employees’ motor abilities.

Everyone will be thrilled to take part in these holiday-inspired games.  With the right Christmas supplies and a little bit of creativity, your party will be one to remember!


Holiday “Family Feud” Showdown

Family Feud for corporations

Corporate Family Feud

Gather the gang for a festive ‘Family Feud’ Showdown – a surefire way to make the holidays memorable! This classic game show pits two families against each other in a battle of wits. It’s perfect for livening up any holiday party. Whether you take turns lip syncing your favorite holiday tunes or answering questions about festive traditions, you’re sure to have a blast with this game.

Here are some fun ways to make your ‘Family Feud‘ Showdown stand out this holiday season:

1. Make it interactive – Have guests participate in the game show as the hosts or as members of the families.

2. Get creative with the questions – Ask questions related to the holiday season that will challenge your guests.

From the competitive to the creative, the ‘Family Feud‘ Showdown is an easy and entertaining way to bring some cheer to this winter season. So why not gather the gang and get the fun started?


“Wordplay” Christmas Puzzles

wordplay puzzles

Wordplay Puzzles – Replica of Wheel of Fortune


Word Play is a “Wheel of Fortune” style game where you customize it in the spirit of the holiday season.  It’s an experience that celebrates the magic of Christmas and the delight of solving puzzles related to this cherished time of year.

Bring the fun of the holidays with some winter-themed wordplay Christmas puzzles, phrases and songs to get your guests’ minds working.

Teams will compete and take turns spinning, guessing letters, trying to solve the puzzle before their opponents.  With each spin, players will weigh the risk of spinning again for a bigger reward against the potential of landing on a “Bankrupt” or “Lose a Turn”, just like on TV.

As the game progresses, the puzzle slowly unveils, and contestants eagerly anticipate their chance to solve it. The first player to correctly guess the complete phrase wins the points.   The team with the highest score at the end of the rounds will win the grand prize.  Cash prizes, a day off or a vacation are the most popular choices.

The possibilities are endless.


“Jeopardy” Jingle Bells


Replica of Jeopardy-game-show

Test your Christmas knowledge with a round of Jeopardy Jingle Bells!  Create an entertaining and educational Jeopardy-style game that centers around the holiday season.  It’s an excellent way to bring festive cheer and knowledge-sharing to any gathering during the holidays.  Start by creating teams that can play instead of having 3 people per round.

Then you may want to brainstorm different categories that revolve around the holiday season.  Examples could include “Christmas Traditions,” “Holiday Movies,” “Festive Foods,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Holiday Songs,” or “Santa Claus.”.

Create the Questions/Answers.  For each category, develop a list of questions and corresponding answers.  Ensure that the questions cover a range of difficulty levels to challenge participants. You can gather questions from various sources, such as holiday trivia books, websites, or your own knowledge.

Determine the game format where contestants select a category, point value, and the host reads the corresponding question.  Participants must respond in the form of a question. For example, if the answer to a question is, “Who is Rudolph?” the participant should respond with “Who is Rudolph?” or “Who is the reindeer with the red nose?”

Assign point values to each question based on their difficulty.  For example, you can have categories with point values of 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500. Adjust the point values according to the complexity of the question.


Tis the Season “Lip Sync” Challenge – Karaoke


lip sync challenge

Replica of Lip Sync Battle


We have something quite different on the menu when it comes to having a Lip Sync Challenge added to your holiday party activities.

This activity encourages individuality and self-expression among employees.  Allow your employees to show off their festive spirit and showcase their talents.

Participants can take turns by choosing a favorite carol or seasonal song.  Pump it up by adding their own choreography to the act.

Get creative with props and costumes and award prizes to the team with the most points.

Lip Sync Battles provide a safe, silly, yet supportive environment for individuals to boost their self-assurance and public speaking abilities.  Performing in front of colleagues can help employees build confidence and overcome stage fright as well.

It’s sure to be a fun, silly, and memorable way to celebrate the season.

With all the laughing, singing and dancing, your staff are sure to have a blast.  Turn up the music and get your party started.

Frequently Asked Questions


frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions

How much space is required to play the games?

When it comes to playing holiday party games, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough space to accommodate your chosen game. Depending on the type and size of game you’re looking to play, you may need anywhere from a few square feet to a large room.

With the right amount of space, you’ll be able to keep your guests entertained and having a great time.  Be very choosy when picking the location and make sure you have enough space to play these games.

Are the games appropriate for all ages?

Whether you’re hosting a holiday party in NJ, NY, or PA, you want to make sure your games are appropriate for all ages in the group.

These festive games can be customized to fit any age group.  All generations are covered.

Luckily, they can be enjoyed by everyone without any fear of embarrassment or awkwardness.

What is the maximum number of players for each game?

When it comes to holiday party games, the number of players can make or break the fun. To ensure maximum enjoyment, make sure the game you choose is suited to the size of your group.

For larger groups, some great games can accommodate up to 12 players per round, while smaller gatherings may only need a game that supports three players. Whether you have a large or small group, divide the teams in equal amounts and add rounds to the equation.

How long does each game take to complete?

The length of time it takes to complete each game varies, depending on the complexity of the game and the number of players. Generally speaking, most holiday party games can be completed in 60 minutes or less.

Some of the more intricate games can take up to 90 minutes.  .

No matter how long it takes, the fun won’t stop!

What materials or supplies are needed to play the games?

When it comes to fun holiday party games,  it’s important to not only think about how long each game will take to complete, but also what materials and supplies will be needed.

Depending on the game, you may need items such as cards, dice, paper, pencils, and even small prizes.  If you really want to get fancy, you may want to add technology and hire an outside company to facilitate the games.

Be sure to think ahead and make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand so your party can get off without a hitch.

you're never too old to play

you’re never too old to play

Final Key Takeaways

By participating in these fun-filled games and challenges, employees can strengthen their relationships, foster a sense of camaraderie, and develop a team-oriented mindset.

You’ve got five unique and exciting holiday party games to think about.

From “Winter” Minute to Win It Challenges to a Holiday ‘Family Feud’ Showdown, you’re sure to keep your guests entertained.

Wordplay Christmas Puzzles highlights problem solving while Jeopardy Jingle Bells will give a since of nostalgia.

Last but not least, the Tis the Season Lip Sync Challenge will have your guests singing and dancing like never before.

With these five holiday party games, you’ll be sure to have a memorable and enjoyable holiday celebration.

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