These Christmas Holiday Minute to Win It Games are guaranteed to be a hit at your holiday party. Be prepared for lots of laughs.
Last Christmas Eve we played several Minute to Win It Games and they were such a hit we had to do it again this year. This year we played several new ones but also a couple of the ones we did last year that were just too fun not to play again. Even though Christmas has come and gone these games would be lots of fun on New Year’s Eve or your next family party.
Holiday Minute To Win it Games
Jingle in the Trunk
Hot glue an empty tissue box to some belting and add a buckle so that people could adjust it to their own size. I made two so that two people could compete against each other and I put 8 jingle bells in each box. The object is to shake your hips so that you bounce the bells out of the box. The first one to empty their box wins.
This game was hilarious and probably my favorite of all the ones we played!
- Two candy canes
- 12 bolts big enough to fit onto the candy cane
- Two plates
Each person holds the plate in one hand and in the other hand is the candy cane with the bolts slid onto it. They must stack the nuts one on top of each other onto the plate without them falling over. First one to do it wins.
- 2 chopsticks
- 2 large candy canes
- 6 small candy canes
I attached one end of the string (about 10 inches long) to the chop stick and the other end to the large candy cane. Place the three small candy canes on a table with the hook end hanging over the table. Place the chopstick between your teeth and pick up the three smaller candy canes with the larger candy cane.
The winner is the first person to pick up the three small candy canes on their larger candy cane.
Christmas in the Balance
Two people work together to hang their ornaments on the yardstick and keep it balanced so it doesn’t tip over. This was pretty easy if they work well together.
Our two repeat games were:
Face the Cookie
- A cookie for each person. A round, flat cookie like an Oreo works best
Player places the cookie on their forehead and with their facial movements moves the cookie down to their mouth.
This one is pretty funny to watch!
- 36 plastic cups
Be sure and use cups that slip apart easily. Ours didn’t and made it harder. With one hand the person must stack the cups in a pyramid and then take them down into a single stack in less than a minute. Only using one hand! We didn’t have 36 cups so just use a number that will form an even pyramid.
- Christmas Cards.
Place cards horizontally along edge of table. The players can not touch the card at any time. They may not bang on the table or attempt to knock card over. They may only blow on the card to get it to the other side of table. To win the card must hang over the edge of the table.
15 empty cans
4 dinner size paper plates (sturdy ones)
Stack 5 levels of cans, starting with 1 on the bottom, next level 2, adding one can each level until you have 5 on the top, inserting a paper plate in between each level. Candelier must stay standing until the clock runs out.
- Ornament tied to a string and then to a belt or to a belt loop at the waist.
- 4 empty aluminum cans (or more if desired)
Player must move their body to swing the ornament to knock the cans off the table. They may not use their hands, arms, or legs and may not hold onto the belt. No part of their body may touch the table or the cans.
- 4 pedestals (we used stools)
- Ping Pong Balls
- 4 snowballs (Styrofoam)
Players stand on opposite sides of podiums. You can establish a foul line around the podiums. They must knock the snowballs off the podiums with the ping pong balls. They can only throw one ping pong ball at a time and they must bounce before hitting the snowballs (can bounce on the podium) To win all four snowballs must be knocked off in 60 seconds.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
7 Gift Boxes
140 Jingle Bells
Before the game fill each box with a different number of jingle bells, anywhere from 5 – 35 and then tape the boxes closed.
Players must use their sense of sound and judge the weight of each box and stack them in order of heaviest to lightest in 60 seconds. Players may only shake the boxes.
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