Holiday Charades! A Game for Young and Old


Mazen Doing Charades

Happy Holidays to one and all!

If you have a houseful, as I do, you may be wondering how you’re going to entertain them.

Play Christmas charades, that old-fashioned game that calls for ingenuity and innovation!

  • Conversation dwindling? Play charades! They’re perfect since no talking is allowed.
  • Can’t get the young people off their new high tech toys?  Play charades. Celebrate the low tech!
  • Is your group a little lethargic from turkey or sugar cookie overload? Step lively with an active game!

My charades aren’t overly original, but I had fun coming up with them.  Categories are Activities, Carols/Songs, Movies/TV Shows,  Foods, and Books/Poems.

Remember, no talking in charades! Actors may act out the entire charade or take it word by word (or even parts of words). Play in teams or as individual players.  (You can also pair a little kid with a teenager or adult.)  Small prizes are recommended for the winners (well actually, prizes might be nice for everyone. It’s Christmas!)

If you copy this list onto a document, you can space it out a bit and then print. Cut the paper into small strips, fold them, and place them in a holiday box or stocking.  You get to be the Grand Marshall.

Photo:  Grandson Maze warming up for our holiday charades. I added “Baby Jesus in the pageant” just for him.

Christmas Charades

Activity: Santa coming down the chimney

Activity:  Rudolph’s nose shining brightly

Activity: The Grinch taking all the presents

Activity:  Decorating the Christmas tree

Activity: Baby Jesus in the pageant.

Activity:  Frosty melting away

Activity:  Christmas caroling

Activity:  Rolling and baking sugar cookies

Activity:  Kissing under the mistletoe

Carol/Song:  Do You Hear What I Hear?

Carol/Song:  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Carol/Song: Feliz Navidad

Carol/Song:  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Carol/Song:  The Little Drummer Boy

Carol/Song:   The Friendly Beasts

Movie/TV: White Christmas

Movie/TV:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Movie/TV:  Charlie Brown’s Christmas

Movie/TV:  Miracle on 34th Street

Movie/TV:  Home Alone

Movie/TV:   It’s a Wonderful Life

Movie/TV:  Love, Actually

Movie/TV:   Prancer

Movie/TV: Elf

Food:  Egg Nog

Food: Cookies and Milk (for Santa)

Food:  Fruit Cake

Food:  Candy Canes

Food:  Gingerbread

Food:  Turkey and stuffing

Poem/Book:  A Christmas Carol

Poem/Book:  Skipping Christmas

Poem/Book:  I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Poem/Book:  The Polar Express

Poem/Book:  The Night Before Christmas

Poem/Book:  Christmas is Coming, the Goose Is Getting Fat

Poem/Book: The Christmas Box

P.S. Before they begin each charade, players should use silent signals to indicate the category:

Activity: Wiggle hands in air.

Carol/Song: Open singing mouth.

Movie/TV: Draw a box in the air

Food: Pretend to eat with a spoon or fork

Poem/Book: Hold out hands to make a book

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