17 Quick “Minute To Win It” Christmas Games

17 quick minute to win it christmas games

minute to win it christmas gamesAre you looking for quick and easy Christmas themed games to play for your camp, retreat, Christmas banquet or any other December event?

You’ve come to the right place!

Below you will find 17 quick “Minute To Win It” style Christmas games for your next meeting.

Don’t forget you can alter the rules of these games to fit your specific needs.

Game One: Face The Gingerbread Man

How to play:

  1. Before the event, you will need to buy or bake gingerbread man cookies.
  2. Gather 2 or more participants to compete.
  3. Place a gingerbread man cookie on the forehead of each participant.
  4. Instruct the participants to move the gingerbread man cookie down their face to their mouth using only their facial muscles and head movements.
  5. First person to eat the cookie wins.

Suggested Items:
Fox Run Gingerbread Family Cookie Cutter Set
Fred & Friends Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters

Minute to Win It - Games - Face the Gingerbread Man

Game Two: Wreath Relay

How to play:

  1. You will need a few large Christmas Wreaths.
  2. Gather 2 or more teams of 2 to compete.
  3. Place a Christmas Wreath over the head of one team member.
  4. Using only their heads to transfer the wreath to each other, players must travel a certain distance and hang the wreath on a post to win.

Suggested Items:
48″ Pre-Lit Canadian Pine Artificial Christmas Wreath – Clear Lights

Minute to Win It - Games - Wreath Relay

Game Three: Snowball Fight

How to play:

  1. You will need a pack of Ping Pong balls and a few styrofoam “snow” balls.
  2. Gather 2 players to compete as at team.
  3. Place up to 4 styrofoam “snow” balls on a pedestal.
  4. Each team member will stand on opposite sides of the pedestal and bounce (preferred method) or throw Ping Pong balls at the styrofoam ball attempting to knock it off the pedestal.
  5. Complete the task in 60 seconds to win.

Suggested Items:
Beer Pong Balls – 144/pk
FloraCraft Styrofoam Balls 12-Pack: 2″ White

Minute to Win It - Games - Snowball Fight

Game Four: Reindeer Nose Dive

How to play:

  1. You will need reindeer antlers, red foam nose, petroleum jelly and 12” string.
  2. Gather 2 or more participants to compete.
  3. Place petroleum jelly on the nose of each participant.
  4. Tie the string to their collar with the red foam nose attached to the end of it.
  5. Using only the motion of their body and head, each player must attempt to swing the red foam nose onto their own nose.
  6. First player to complete the task wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Reindeer Nosedive

Game Five: Lollipop

How to play:

  1. You will need a straw, Ping Pong ball and three nuts from a hardware store.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  3. Using the straw as the stem of the lollipop, each player must lower the three nuts down the straw while balancing the Ping Pong ball on the top of the straw to create a Christmas Lollipop.
  4. First player to complete the task wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Lollipop

Game Six: Merry Fishmas

How to play:

  1. You will need a chopstick, large candy cane, small candy canes.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  3. Tie one large candy cane to the end of the chopstick.
  4. Instruct each player to hold the chopstick in their mouth and pick up 4 smaller candy canes hanging over the edge of a table.
  5. The first player to hook 4 smaller candy canes wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Merry Fishmas

Game Seven: Hung with Care

How to play:

  1. You will need A pack of large candy canes.
  2. Hang thin wire between two poles. Make sure it is pulled tight.
  3. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  4. Instruct the players that they will need to hang 3 candy canes on the wire by the edge of the small hooked part of the candy cane.
  5. The first player to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Hung with Care

Game Eight: Jingle in the Truck

How to play:

  1. You will need an empty tissue box, 12 jingle bells and some string.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to compete.
  3. Place the 12 jingle bells in the tissue box and attach a box to each players lower back.
  4. Using only the motion of their body, they must remove the jingle bells from the empty tissue box.
  5. The first player to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Jingle in the Trunk

Christmas Game Nine: Holiday Hustle

How to play:

  1. You will need a yardstick and holiday ribbon.
  2. Gather 2 teams of 2 participants.
  3. Attached a yardstick to each players waist.
  4. Tape an entire roll ribbon at the end of one players stick and tie the ribbon to his or her teammates yardstick.
  5. Using only their motion, each team must transfer all of the ribbon from one yardstick to another.
  6. The first team to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Holiday Hustle

Game Ten: Do You Hear What I Hear?

How to play:

  1. You will need plenty of Christmas jingle bells and 7 equally sized boxes.
  2. Gather 2 people to play as a team. You can challenge to teams agains each other too.
  3. Place quantities of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 jingles bells in each box ahead of time.
  4. Each player must shake the boxes and arrange them in order from lowest to highest amount of jingle bells using only the sound from shaking the boxes. Wrap the boxes with Christmas paper for even more Christmas spirit.
  5. The players must correctly arrange the boxes to win.
Minute to Win It - Games - Do You Hear What I Hear?

Game Eleven: Extreme Christmas Nutstacker

How to play:

  1. You will need a candy cane, a flat platter and 8 nuts from a hardware store.
  2. Gather 2 people to compete.
  3. Place 8 nuts on one candy cane, and instruct each player that he/she must stack 8 nuts on top of each other on the platter that they will be holding with their other hand.
  4. The player to complete this task first wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Extreme Christmas Nutstacker

Game Twelve: Deck the Balls

How to play:

  1. You will need round Christmas ornaments, a wire line and an empty cardboard tube from Christmas wrapping paper.
  2. Gather 2 players to compete against each other.
  3. Instruct the players that they must grab a Christmas ornament my picking it up through suction with the cardboard tube then hanging it on the line.
  4. The first player or team to hang 5 Christmas balls wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Deck the Balls

Game Thirteen: Christmas Jingle

How to play:

  1. You will need 11 glasses filled with water and a spoon.
  2. Pre fill the glasses with different levels of water so that they play the tune “Jingle Bells” when tapped.
  3. Pick one player.
  4. Instruct the player that he or she has one minute to arrange the glasses in an order so that they play “Jingle Bells” when tapped.
  5. If he/she completes this task in 60 seconds they win.

Side note: You could have one person stand in front of a group of people and let the crowd see if they can instruct the person on stage with the correct order. This is a great way to get everyone involved.

Minute to Win It - Games - Christmas Jingle

Game Fourteen: Christmas in the Balance

How to play:

  1. You will need at least 10 Christmas ornaments, a yardstick and a wrapping paper cardboard tube.
  2. Gather 2 teams of two players each.
  3. Balance the yardstick on the wrapping paper cardboard tube, and instruct the players that they must hang 5 Christmas ornaments on each side of the yardstick.
  4. The first team to complete this task wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Christmas in the Balance

Game Fifteen: Christmas Ball

How to play:

  1. You will need a rectangular box wrapped with Christmas paper and a Christmas ball ornament.
  2. Gather 2 or more players to play against each other.
  3. Using the wrapped cardboard box as a fan each player must move the Christmas ball across the floor to a predetermined area.
  4. The first player to reach the finish zone wins.
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Game Sixteen: Christmas Ball Conveyor

How to play:

  1. You will need Christmas ribbon, Christmas balls, and a small Christmas tree.
  2. Gather 2 teams of two to compete.
  3. Tie 30 feet of ribbon into a loop and place each player inside of it at their waist to form a conveyor belt.
  4. One player must place one ornament at a time on the conveyor belt and they must spin in unison to convey the ball towards the other player who then picks it up and hangs in on a small Christmas tree. At this point the first player starts the cycle again.
  5. The first team to successfully hang 3 Christmas balls wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Christmas Ball Conveyor

Game Seventeen: Christmas Cliffhanger

How to play:

  1. You will need 10 Christmas cards and a flat table.
  2. Gather 2 people to play against each other.
  3. Set the Christmas cards so that they are standing up.
  4. Instruct each player that he/she must blow the Christmas cards across the table and hang them from the edge of the table.
  5. The player that successfully hangs the most cards without falling off the table wins.
Minute to Win It - Games - Christmas Cliffhanger

Christmas is a time to laugh, cheer, celebrate and enjoy the company of others. With these simple and quick “Minute To Win It” style Christmas games, you will surely make your Christmas event go off without a hitch.

Don’t forget to take pictures and videos to show back at church too!

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