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{pass the parcel | christmas game}

For the past few years I have been in charge of the Christmas party at out church.
Today I was getting things finished up in preparation for it and thought I'd share with you a fun game!
You should all do it this holiday season!
Or... maybe you already do.

Musical Parcel aka Pass the Parcel

What is pass the parcel?
Pass the Parcel is a party game where people sit in a circle and pass a pre-wrapped parcel {present} from one person to the other while music plays. When the music stops, the person with the parcel unwraps one layer. Each layer has a fun activity written on it. This sequence continues until all layers are unwrapped. The last person to unwrap the present is awarded the prize inside.

Since we usually have a large group, I wrap up two presents.
Usually something like a bag of chocolates.
Or any other present that your "audience" might enjoy.

Here's how it goes down...

Wrap the present.
Tape paper with one activity on wrapped present.
Wrap again. Place another activity paper on each layer of wrapping...
and so on, until you are out of activities.
The very outer layer will just look like an ordinary gift.
My struggle every year is coming up with different activities.
So, today I am posting a few ideas for you.
In the shape of a Christmas tree nonetheless.



Make a paper airplane one handed.

Stand on one leg for a whole minute.

List the reindeer in alphabetical order.

What are five different names for Santa?

Hum a song until people are able to guess it.

Name everyone in the room with your eyes shut.

Talk with a British accent for the rest of the game.

Silently enact an animal until any person guesses it.

Pick a Christmas object and talk about it for one whole minute.

Pick a Christmas song and everyone in the circle has to sing it together.

Every time the music stops stand up and say "Merry Christmas!" | “Bah Humbug!”

Sing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer while pressing on your nose from both sides.

 Choose someone to make laugh. You have one minute to make them laugh {without touching them.}

Since mine have been used for a church party, they are pretty tame.
If you'll be playing just for adults, you could definitely liven things up a bit.
Or make them a little more simple if you are going to just have kids play too. :)

Do you play this game?
What are your "activities" you have on the presents?



  1. We used to do this at our kid birthday parties but without the activities. Since it was a bunch of 5 year olds it was enough fun just unwrapping another layer lol.

  2. This game looks like so much fun -- I will be pinning this!

  3. I've never played, but it sounds like so much fun! Always looking for new games to play during the holidays.

  4. This sounds like so much fun! I will defnitely remember this game for future parties.

  5. Lol- so fun! Thanks for the great game suggestions!!


  6. What an absolutely fun idea!! Thanks for posting it! :)

  7. This looks like a lot of fun! I'll have to remember it for future family Christmas parties.

  8. I've never heard of this before but it sounds like so much fun!!


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