Charades Ideas for Christmas - the Complete List (118 words and phrases)

If you’ve never played charades with your family at Christmas time, you are missing out on a great time to laugh a lot and have fun together. Charades is one of the best holiday time family games because it doesn’t require anything but imagination and people to play; and there is also no limit to how many people can play at the same time!

Read on for 118 Christmas charades ideas in 4 different categories and includes printable cards in PDFs. However, if you'd like even more words to choose from and want them now, click below to use our Christmas charades generator:

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Everyone enjoys a good game of charades at Christmas!
Everyone enjoys a good game of charades at Christmas!
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Contents

  1. How To Play Charades during the Holidays
  2. Why Charades is the Perfect Christmas/Holiday Game
  3. List of Ideas for Playing Charades at Christmas
  4. Printable Cards of Christmas Charades Ideas
  5. Charades for Christmas Ideas Generator

How To Play Charades during the Holidays

For a quick recap, charades goes like this: one person acts out an action without talking (like lying on the floor) and everyone else (usually divided into two teams) tries to guess what that person is doing. The acting can be as simple or complicated as you like; usually when it gets ridiculous is when the most fun is had.

Click here for a full guide on how to play charades.

Generate Some Charades Ideas for Christmas!

Why Charades is the Perfect Christmas/Holiday Game

Charades is a wonderful game to play as a family because it makes everyone act a little goofy; that makes it more fun! No one can try and be “cool” when they are trying to act out a dog peeing on a fire hydrant; it’s a time to laugh together! Charades is simple, cheap, and there are no limits to the number of players! You can also play as a competition between two teams (if your family has a heavy competitive streak!) or you can just play all together… It can be a contest or not, depending on what your family is feeling at the moment.

Furthermore, some of the best memories your family will ever have are times when you are doing something together that makes you interact. Sure, you could get together and watch “A Christmas Story” for the 45th time, but that doesn’t have the same bonding experience. Lots of nostalgia, to be sure, but not much bonding. Playing a game together shows you sides of your family that you wouldn’t see otherwise… Who KNEW that your aunt was so competitive? Charades is the perfect game to play together, because you don’t have to pay for it! You have everything you need for the game in any room where there’s more than 1 person!

List of Ideas for Playing Charades at Christmas

People enjoying a game of charades during the holidays
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Christmas Words and Characters Ideas

Here are a few ideas to get you started on your Christmas charades shenanigans. You can take whatever you want from this list and use it as a jumping-off point to start getting your own ideas!

As you can see so far, these are goofy and lighthearted and will hopefully make your family laugh along with you as you (and they!) perform these types of acting clues. For more, use our online charades generator.

Christmas Movie Charades Ideas

Ah, now for most people’s favorite part… The Christmas movies! Here are a few movies to get you started on your Christmas movie charades (and we've included suggested acts for some of them!):

For more, use our online charades generator.

Christmas Books Ideas

Books are another staple of Christmas time, but they can be a bit hard to act out sometimes… Once again, really sell your gestures to make sure people are laughing along with you.

Christmas Carol (or Song) Ideas

Everyone loves a good Christmas carol! Here are some of the more popular ones you can act out:

And again - for 100s more, use our online charades generator!

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Printable Cards of Christmas Charades Ideas

You can download the ideas listed above in PDF format by clicking the links below. You can print them and cut them up to use for a physical game. If you'd prefer to go green, head to the next section!

Charades for Christmas Ideas Generator

If you would prefer to be environmentally friendly and use an online tool to come up with ideas to play charades for Christmas, then use a generator like this one here. It contains all of the word and phrase ideas on this page, plus 100s more. One other useful feature is it reveals how many words are in each idea - very helpful when playing with young kids.

Generate Some Charades Ideas for Christmas!

It's Christmas - Go Play Charades!

I hope you’re starting to get the idea of how much fun Christmas Charades can be! At one time charades was one of the most popular parlor games in the world among the upper class… But it sadly has lost popularity over time, being replaced with TV watching and time spent ignoring each other while looking at your phone. Hopefully your family can get some real connection and have genuine fun together while playing games that make you have to work together, laugh together, and bond all the while. This Christmas, think about turning off the TV for a while, putting your phone down and picking up a mug of hot chocolate; sit around in your living room and watch each other try to act out different scenes and words, and laugh together as a family.

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Generate Some Charades Ideas for Christmas!