Santa Says is based on the old game, "Simon Says," the person who is it tells everyone what to do by saying, "Santa says to..." The leader tries to trick the others by not including "Santa says" but following through with the action his or herself. Elimination games can be fun, but those who are out early miss out on the fun. If you have a large class, allow the person who is the leader to be leader for a specific time. Then, choose the next leader from those who remain standing. Make the game fun by letting "Santa" where a hat!
Candy Cane Toss: See the directions for making and playing the game at Classroom Christmas Party Game from the Dollar Store.
Santa's Helper Relay: Divide the room up into teams. If there are uneven teams, have a player go twice. You will need Christmas wrapping paper, tape, scissors and bows. At the sound of "go," the first student in each group rushes to the other side of the room where a box and all the necessary wrapping supplies are located. He wraps the present, puts on the bow and rushes back to his group. The second student rushes to the table, unwraps the present and then wraps it again. The winning team is the first team to have everyone wrap the present and return to their group.
Pin the Nose of Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer is a simple-to-make game based on Pin the Tail on the Donkey. On a piece of white foam board, project and trace a picture of Rudolph. Click here for a template that is free. Color it with markers. Cut out a strip of sticky adhesive Velcro and color it red with a marker. Stick it on Rudolph's nose. Make red nosed from cardstock or felt. Add the soft side of the Velcro to the noses. Color and add more sticky Velcro to Rudolph's body. Blind-fold each child and let them try to pin the nose in the correct place.