Monday, November 27, 2017

Fun Christmas Holiday Games and Activities for Free!

Improv Theatre Games for Christmas Party or Family Get Together

Here are some fun Christmas games to play as a family or with friends:

GAME 1: Wrapping Game - There is a fun game called, "hands through" or "arms race." You can have two or four people come up and wrap presents. One person becomes the arms of the other person and must stand behind them. You can play Santa or a parent trying to teach their elf or kid how to wrap presents or if you have four people you can do a present wrapping race.

GAME 2: Mirror Exercise - you and an audience member do present wrapping and they must copy exactly how you wrap it.

GAME 3: Melodrama - The blank that saved christmas - Have the audience come up with the blank (like the Dog who Saved Christmas) and make the blank the hero. And here is how to play the melodrama game: You narrate a story and have audience members act out the characters as you tell the story. "We have an old fashioned melodrama for you, but with a twist. The twists will be based on suggestions from the audience. We have three characters: a damsel in distress, a hero, and a villain. Audience: you will Boo at Villain, Cheer for Hero, Ahhh for Damsel. Audience will suggest... Damsel: something strange to raise on a farm, Villain: a weird form of torture, Hero: an odd weapon someone might use to stop a villain."

GAME 4: This improv theatre game is called "Rudolf's Flight." It is a foggy Christmas Eve. One player plays Santa and is blindfolded to simulate the fog. Another player is Rudolf and must talk Santa through an obstacle course created by a third player while Santa is blindfolded. Rudolf must talk Santa through the "fog" which is the obstacle course created the third player.  Santa must follow Rudolf's directions without seeing. If you want to make it a contest between multiple Santas, then you can pick a winner by who has the fewest crashes and fewest run-ins to obstacles.

GAME 5: Candy Christmas Story - In this game, you will have someone tell a Christmas story.  Give the people listening little candies (M&Ms or Skittles) and say they are magic. One color candy gives the story more "action."  So if they give the storyteller a red candy then there needs to be more action in the story.   Another color give the action more "background" which means that there needs to be more description of the atmosphere, creating a more dramatic setting (such as a storm and freezing cold). Then a third color creates a "change" in emotion such as sadder or happier or scarier or silly. The game can continue until they run out of magic candy or when the storyteller gets to a good stopping point.  Then you can have another storyteller take a turn.  You could even have a contest to see who gets the most candy by telling the longest story.

BONUS GAME: Emotional Scene (The Night Before Christmas) - 

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