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Quick And Easy Christmas Games For Your Youth Group


According to the old Christmas song, "Tis the season to be jolly." But when many youth workers start trying to put together a youth event around Christmas, the jolly quickly turns sour when looking for a good game or fun activity.

Well, help is here.

I have a file folder (a real file folder not one on the computer) just packed with great Christmas games I've used over the past thirty years. I've pulled out four of my favorites that are guaranteed to add that extra sparkle to your fellowship or get together. Here are four favorites I've had great success with over the years:


Purchase different types of inexpensive Christmas wrapping paper. Cut out squares from the wrapping paper based on the size of your group. Make sure you have two squares that match but make all the others different. Fold each square and place inside a separate plain envelope. Let each student pick an envelope then say, "The first two people who find matching squares will win a prize." If your group is larger you can have more than one set of matching Christmas paper squares. Tell them to start then award the prize to the matching team. An alternative idea is to have one or two matches for every square and give out a prize to the FIRST two people who match their squares. Another twist is to do this game in the dark and let students use a flashlight or the light from their cell phones to find matching Christmas paper squares.



Take two 3x5 cards and write "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" on one card and "Joy to the World" on the other. Next take nine 3x5 cards and write one of the following songs on each card so that you have a different song on each one:

  1. Silver Bells
  2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  3. We Three Kings
  4. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  5. White Christmas
  6. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  7. Oh Holy Night
  8. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  9. The Little Drummer Boy

Repeat the process until you have enough cards for everyone in your group but make sure you only have one card with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and one card with "Joy to the World." Next lead the group in a time of singing Christmas carols and say, "If we sing the song on your card, stand up and you will win a prize." Sing songs in the following order:

  • The First Noel, Jingle Bells, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

You should have one winner after the 5th song and one after the last song.



There was a story passed around youth ministry circles years ago that that Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas was created centuries ago somewhere overseas to teach the Bible to children who were not allowed express their faith. That has been proven to be a myth. However, the numbers one through twelve ARE very significant in Scripture so this is a matching game that pairs the items in the song with something in the Bible that has the same number. Each pair of items below corresponds to a number 1 through 12. Match the items with the number. Each number is used only once:

  • Geese A-Laying, Days of Creation (6)
  • Drummer's Drumming, Points of the Apostles Creed (12)
  • Partridge in a Pear Tree, True Gods (1)
  • Golden Rings, OT Books of Law (5)
  • Turtle Doves, Testaments in the Bible (2)
  • Lords A-Leaping, Exodus Commandments (10)
  • Maids A-Milking, Beatitudes (8)
  • Swans A-Swimming, Gifts of the Holy Spirit (7)
  • French Hens, Persons of the Trinity (3)
  • Pipers Piping, Faithful Apostles (11)
  • Ladies Dancing, Fruits of the Spirit (9)
  • Calling Birds, New Testament Gospels (4)



You can create your own unique word search puzzles online by clicking here. You can use whatever Christmas words you choose to create your own puzzle. I especially like using the names of all my students for an extra twist. Give a prize to the first person to find all the words.

I hope these games work as well for you as they have worked for me. Enjoy your Christmas season!  



About the Author

Richard Parker

Richard Parker has been a student minister for the past 35 years and has written the book OT Encounters for YM360 as well as the Reach Bible study series along with many other lessons in the Elements and Jesus and Me series. He also contributes the Boost devotion for the YM 360 blog each Wednesday. Richard speaks in schools as well as at various church and civic conferences and is currently the creative director and student minister for Branches.Church in Russellville, Alabama.

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Thanks for the post. I will try them out. We always play a stage game where one person comes up and has to sing a classic christmas song. While they are singing they have noise cancelling ear muffs on and ipod ear buds in, so they can't hear themselves sing. It is really funny.
by: kolby November 29, 2011 2:20 am
We used your Christmas study last week. I think the students will look at giving a little differently this year. Thank you so much for the wonderful free material. We are planning to purchase Vivid to start the new year! May God continue to bless your ministry as you have blessed ours. After the study we had students wrap a member of their small group then we judged them. (They can be the gift by giving of themselves.) Students really had fun with it.
by: Sandy Crenshaw December 10, 2011 11:40 pm
Sandy, It's a privilege to be able to serve and equip you. And, we think you'll love Vivid! It's an awesome resource. If you have any questions, shoot us an email or give us a call. We're always happy to help in any way. God bless!
by: andy@ym360 December 11, 2011 8:24 pm
just logged on to put the final plans together for our Christmas Party on Friday. Will definitely be using some of the game ideas. Thanks for the free content and all the support you offer during the year!
by: Angela December 13, 2011 1:47 pm
Our pleasure, Angela! Thanks for all you do for students. Let us know how we can help in the future.
by: andy@ym360 December 13, 2011 2:09 pm
Great Christmas Idea, will be using the Christmas Carol Plus with my youth group today :)
by: Celina December 16, 2011 11:01 am