Nearly everyone can sing along to the first verse of "Jingle Bells" -- but what about the second? And is it true that "White Christmas" is the song that first appeared in White Christmas the movie? Holiday music trivia is a great way to get party attendees to have fun with one another. Find out how much your friends and family know -- and how well they can sing! -- with a spirited Christmas game of Holiday Tunes.
Holiday Tunes Game Rules
Holiday tunes is an adaptable Christmas game, which makes it easy to set up and play. You can make all the questions about music that you play on your stereo, or you can do a mix of trivia questions about music and songs without ever playing a tune.
If you're going to include actual music in your game, start by assembling some well-known and not-so-well-known Christmas songs -- you should have a mix of classics and newer tunes. Next, create questions and scenarios to structure your Christmas game around. Some questions could ask people to sing the second (or third) verse of a song. Others could play a portion of a song and ask people to identify either the singer or the full name of the song. For more questions, you could play a song and ask the person trivia about the song, such as who the original singer is or what holiday movie it appeared in.
All questions have to be written or printed on slips of paper, and the host serves as the game director. Have your guests divide into teams or play individually, and then establish an order of play -- draw numbers, youngest to oldest, etc. Give each person/team a turn: play the song and ask the question or ask them to sing, then award a point for the right answer.
How many people do you need?
Holiday tunes works as a Christmas game with a minimum of four. Divide larger gatherings into teams (for even more fun, let guests create team names), and let guests at smaller parties decide whether they want to play in teams or individually.
Does the game have any limits?
There are no set limits, but you can customize the game to fit your group. Setting a time limit for answering questions might be a good idea, or creating a fun point structure -- a half point for an almost-right answer -- could work for your group.
How does someone win?
At the beginning, establish a winning point level. When one person or team reaches that, the game is over. You can award cardstock plaques for first, second, and third place in points; or give small treats or presents for prizes. Bags of holiday cookies or candy make great take-homes, as well as ornaments, to commemorate the party.
Try these fun holiday tunes game variations:
- Play songs based on a theme: for example, only kids Christmas music for a sing-along or tunes recorded before 1960.
- Have party guests bring their most obscure Christmas songs to share in an extra-credit section of the Christmas game.
- Play a popular nonholiday song and have guests write new holiday lyrics to it.
- Have a piano? Try extra credit for teams that can sing a song live.
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