The Quintessential Holiday Party Game

Today, I’m sharing the Quintessential Holiday Party Game. It’ll test your memory and your reflexes. It’s a real hit for all ages!


This party game is holiday tradition at my house. We’ve played with:

  • cousins
  • siblings
  • aunts/uncles
  • grandparents
  • children
  • adults
  • friends
  • co-workers
  • people we’ve never met before
  • people we haven’t seen in years
  • people we just saw yesterday
  • people we fought with in the car on the way to the party
  • people who hate party games
  • people who love party games

Everyone will laugh…and that’s the real goal!

It’s Holiday Hot Potato
Christmas Bop
Name Game
The name of the game doesn’t matter, so invent your own name for it too.

Call it the Quintessenial Holiday Party Game

I taught the game to this group at co-op. They gave up playground time to do this! None of the participants had played this game before. They learned the rules just a few minutes before the video. This is how it works:

 They played better than my video skills! I realize now that I should have turned the camera sideways.

The players choose a holiday or seasonal word as their name during the game. In the sample video, the players chose:

  • Anna (from Frozen)
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Roasted Pig (prehaps this is from some study of medieval Christmas traditions? I don’t know!)
  • Grinch
  • Saint Nick
  • Elf
  • Snowflake
  • Icicle
  • Snowball
  • Olaf
  • and several others whose names that did not get called during the video.

The players can choose any characters from holiday movies/books or symbols any holiday tradition that they wish. Christmas, Winter, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, St. Lucia, Medieval traditions, or Festivus.

The game names sometimes stick for a while…especially when you might *not* know the person’s real name. So for the rest of the party–and sometimes longer–that’s the name that sticks in your head. I heard this co-op group calling each other by their game names in the next class afterward, too.

I’ll see people later…or refer to them in a conversation…the first thing I remember is the name they had in the game. Sometimes it’s all I can remember. It’s part of the fun–making memories like that.

For the full instructions on HOW TO PLAY, Click here to Life of a Homeschool Mom for my guest post over there.
This game is the “Q” of the series ABC’s of Homeschooling thru the Holidays 2016.

After you play the game, come back and let me know how you like it!
Let me know in the comments.

Read another favorite tradition: Building Graham Cracker Houses:
Step-by-step instructions to build a basic graham cracker house


About Kim Andrysczyk

Homeschool veteran, Association Director, coffee addict, sarcasm expert, and accidental blogger. I’m here to encourage you thru the tough times and inspire you toward excellence. If I can make it, so can you!

  • Tanya @thejoyousfamily

    Love all the laughter. We have restarted spoons game in our house. The neighbor kids drop by to see if we are playing. It is loud and noisy but lots of fun!

  • Mother of 3

    That sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Learn. Pinned.

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