12 Christmas Minute to Win It Games for Kids and Adults

We're pulling together some fun  "Minute to Win It" Christmas games for kids and adults this year as part of our family activities & slow down and enjoy the holidays together goal!

Since we'll have LOTS of family in town, we need some entertaining activities for Christmas Day and beyond.

Have you ever watched Rudolph? 

I'm sure you've seen how the reindeer play games -- and we thought it would be a hoot to put together our own themed set of holiday games to do with the relatives. 

You know, to pass the time on those colder days & add a few laughs to the celebration -- and there will be a LOT of laughs with these, I promise!

 

Christmas minute to win it games for the family!

12 Christmas Minute to Win It Games

Our goal -- one or two short & friendly games each day while family is in town -- a fun way to pass the time. 

Some of the activities are for teams and others are done individually.  All are great for everyone from kids to grandparents!

These are also fun ideas to include in your 12 Days of Christmas activities too.

Our kids helped by telling me about some of the minute to win it games they've played at school. 

Then we created a few of our own and also looked online to find a some super cool ones that other families have done.  I've included links to game directions along with affiliate links for other items you might find entertaining to use as you play.

Here's the list of fun Christmas Minute to Win It Games you'll find below:

  1. Snowball Scoop
  2. Away in the Manger
  3. Snowball Toss
  4. Christmas Lights Photo Challenge
  5. Candy Cane Relay
  6. Cookie Eat-off Game
  7. Christmas Word Scramble
  8. Holiday Charades
  9. The Nose Knows
  10. Nutcracker Stacker
  11. Jingle Bell box
  12. Christmas Speed BINGO

Be sure that someone has a timer going as you play each of the games.

And if you're looking for holiday themed games you can play in MORE than a minute, we'd also suggest these awesome board & card games to keep on hand:

We always like to try a few of the ideas out over Thanksgiving and have a great time -- even older kids will love to get involved (and half the fun is watching the rest of the family make feeble attempts at these crazy antics)!

 

#1 - Snowball Scoop Game

Remember that old party game where someone would blindfold you and you had to scoop cotton balls from one bowl to another using a large kitchen spoon? 

Yep, this is it!  

Supplies: 

All you'll need is two large bowls, a bandana (or something to use as a blindfold) a few bags of cottonballs and a large salad spoon

How to Play:

Put all the cottonballs into one bowl and place it next to the empty bowl.  Then blindfold each player, put the spoon in their hand and see how many cottonballs they can move from the full bowl to the empty bowl with ONLY the spoon (no extra hands allowed!)

Each player can either have 3 tries or they can keep trying for one minute.  Not as easy as it looks!

And if you're stuck inside, here are 30 Winter Games & Activities to keep everyone happy!

 

#2 - Away in the Manger

This is a team game and kids love it! 

Supplies:

Gather up an armful of various pieces of clothing, blankets, stuffed animals and knick-knacks from around the house. 

Put all the items into a laundry basket or a large Santa bag

How to Play:

Give each team one minute to use as many props as they can (including team members) to create their own version of The Nativity or manger scene from Jesus' birth. 

Be sure to snap a few pictures!!

And yes, real Nativity costumes do exist if you'd rather not dress up in a sheet ;)

 

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#3 - Minute to Win It Snowball Toss

This was one of our favorite Christmas minute to win it games!

Supplies:

A wreath, a large bowl and some socks rolled up like snowballs (or indoor snowballs :)

2 minute Prep: Hang a Christmas wreath up from a doorway or ceiling -- we just used some burlap and tacked it above the door frame. 

Ball up a handful of white socks to make snowballs or use this fun Indoor Snowball Fight kit

There are two ways to play:

Easy version:  Each person gets to shoot as many 'snowballs' as they can through the center of the wreath in one minute.

Harder version:  Place a large bowl on the other side of the wreath (see ours above) and count how many 'snowballs' can go through the wreath and INTO the bowl.

We awarded one point for each snowball that was shot through the wreath and another 3 points for each one that made it into the bowl.

Psst:  Snowballs bounce just like Bumbles ;)

 

Christmas minute to win it games for indoor and outdoor holiday fun

 

#4. Christmas Lights Photo Challenge

This is a team game that's played outside - bundle up! 

Supplies:

Give each team a list of holiday light displays along with a smartphone.  Then set everyone's phone/watch for 20 minutes. 

How to Play:

Team members need to run around the neighborhood taking photos of as many items from the list as they can find and then head back to home base to see who found the most. 

Kids & teens especially LOVE this game and it's great exercise too!

Here are a few free printable lists you can use:

Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt -- The Dating Divas

Christmas Scavenger Hunt (with inside & outside items) - Tightwad Blog

Another alternative is this free printable Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunt -- just cut out the game pieces, hide them in the yard or around your house & let teams loose to see who can find the most gingerbread people in 1 minute!

 

 

#5. Candy Cane Relay

Team game: Kind of like the old version of 'link the monkey's' game.

Supplies:

Large size candy canes!

How to Play:

Split your family/group into 2 teams and have them stand in a line. 

Each person gets one (large sized) candy cane to hold in their mouth.  Then hang a new candy cane off the end of the first person's candy cane and have the team pass it from player to player using only the canes that are in their teeth.

First team to get the candy cane all the way down the line without it dropping wins!  If it drops, the team must start all over. 

Be careful - candy canes break easily ;)

Play, Party Plan has another fun twist on this game called Candy Cane Catch -- all you need are a few chairs and some string to set it up.

The Happy Home Fairy has another version of this - Candy Cane Pile up - along with more fun ideas for quick Christmas games.

 

Minute to Win It Christmas Cookie game

#6. One Minute Cookie Eat Off Game

This is a hilarious way to serve your Christmas cookies -- all players place a cookie on their forehead and without touching it, have to get it into their mouth using only facial movements.  

Supplies:

Your favorite Christmas Cookies

How to Play:

Catching Fireflies has a fun look at the Cookie on the Face challenge along with other games.

Another fun edible idea is a Gingerbread House building challenge!  Just pull together some graham crackers and decorative items, grab your timer and see who can create the best house in minutes! 

And then, of course, eat it :)

 

#7. Christmas Word Scramble

A quick Christmas minute to win it table game -- just print off this free Christmas Word Scramble and see who can solve the most words in a minute!

Also check out these 25 Free Christmas Games & Activities for more printable Christmas activities.

Or if you're looking for a more educational game, try this Christmas Geography Challenge -- choose one or two of the questions on the list and have teams work together to map their answers.

 

Christmas charades cards for minute to win it game

#8. Holiday Charades

Another Team Game:  Print off this free list of holiday-themed Charade phrases and see which team can guess the most items within a minute or two. 

Or grab this 2-game pack of Christmas Charades & Pictionary cards -- one set has Holiday Movie titles and the second set includes traditional Christmas activities!  This is the BEST way to play since you have 2 sets of cards so the team that goes last will have a new set of words to use!

How to Play:

Place all the cards into one Christmas bag or Santa hat.

Players can either act out each item on the list or you can draw each item (like Pictionary).

Split your group into 2 teams & set the timer for one minute (or more if you enjoy the game!) -- the team that guesses the most items within the allotted time wins points!

Also a great game to play without a timer ;)

 

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#9. The Nose Knows: Minute to Win It Sensory Challenge

This is actually an adaptation of a kids science activity that everyone enjoys!

Supplies:

Some of your favorite smelling holiday foods or items!  You can see what we used in this Amazing Scents of Christmas science activity for your game.

How to Play:

Place seasonal food items in empty tissue boxes and have each person take a sniff to see if they can identify the item in the box. 

No peeking!

Plus 30 more quick & easy Christmas Science Activities your kids will enjoy over winter break!

 

#10. Nutcracker Stacker

There's a few great versions of this one -- it involves a pile of hardware nuts, one candy cane and some engineering skills! 

A Beautiful Vibrant Life has details about their Christmas Nutstacker game and more fun ideas.

 

#11. Jingle Bell Box Game

OMG!  This looks so funny and I can't wait to see the grandparents 'jingle' their rears to shake out the bells! 

Supplies:

You'll need some individual jingle bells for this game but they're easy to find at most craft stores.

(UPDATE:  This was TOTALLY the biggest hit!  The kids still talk about Grandpa shaking his booty for this game :)

How to Play:

Visit Your Homebased Mom for the 'Jingle in the Trunk' details along with more fun minute games!

 

#12. Holiday Speed BINGO 

You can play this as a regular BINGO game or just limit it to one minute.  Kind of like speed BINGO :) 

See if any player can score a BINGO in just one minute -- the caller needs to be lightning fast for this! 

Here are a few free holiday-themed BINGO boards to get you started:

Christmas BINGO - Crazy Little Projects

Vintage Christmas BINGO - Crafting Chicks

 

 

More Christmas Games & Fun:

25+ Free Christmas Printable Activities

40 Totally Useful Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers to Teens

12 Days of Christmas Activities {with printables!}

 

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Guest - Jodie on Friday, 19 December 2014 21:48

Oh my gosh, this would be so fun to do with the family. Such a great idea!

Oh my gosh, this would be so fun to do with the family. Such a great idea!
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