Holiday party games for New Year's can take a teen party from 0 to 60 in a matter of minutes! If your friends seem bored with just hanging out, introduce the idea of a fun New Year's party game. Any one of these activities will get your friends laughing and having a good time in an instant!
1. Christmas Carol Charades
I played this with my choir class and it was a lot harder than you might think! One of the most traditional holiday party games is charades, but you can take it to the next level by making it Christmas carol charades. Choose some really hard ones to make your friends work extra hard to figure out the answer, or really silly ones just to make a fool of themselves for you to post on Snapchat!
2. Snowman Building Contest
If you live in a snowy area, take the party outside for a few minutes and build a snowman! It might sound like something you used to do as a kid, but some things never get old. Divide your party into teams and compete to build the best snowman the fastest! The losing team has to stay outside for an extra two minutes while the winning team gets to go inside and drink hot chocolate to warm up. That really puts on the pressure, doesn't it?
3. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
Some teenagers might consider themselves too cool, but secretly everyone loves Frozen! This year at your holiday party, play "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" and wrap up your friends in toilet paper! It'll be silly, fun, and competitive when you break it into teams. So bring out the toilet paper and blast your Frozen soundtrack!
4. White Elephant Gift Exchange
Even if you're hosting an after Christmas holiday party for New Year's, you can still have a white elephant gift exchange. No one ever really gets tired of receiving gifts, after all! Have everyone bring a gift that cost between $5 and $10 and wrap it up. Then have guests come up one at a time to choose a gift, but allow others to steal the unopened gift. Check out this link for ideas on how to do a white elephant gift exchange: wikihow.com.
5. Snowball Toss
For this game, you don't need actual snow, which is good news for those of you enjoying a sunny winter like me! All you need are marshmallows, a wreath, and a bucket to play this game! Hang a wreath from the ceiling with a bowl of marshmallows near you and a bucket on the other side of the wreath. Try to toss as many marshmallows as you can through the wreath into the bucket within one minute! Prepare a prize for the winner!
6. Face the Christmas Cookie
This is a rendition of the "Minute to Win It" game, "Face the Cookie." Place a leftover Christmas cookie on your forehead and try to move it down to your mouth and eat it within one minute. The catch—no hands! Watch your friends look ridiculous and enjoy a few tasty cookies playing this game!
7. Scavenger Hunt
Are you ever too old for a scavenger hunt? The answer is a definite no! There are two ways to go about a scavenger hunt. First, you can divide your guests into two teams and give each an identical list with holiday objects on it. Then send them out into the neighborhood to go from door to door looking for the items on your list, but only do this method if you really trust your neighbors. Otherwise, give each group a list and have objects already hidden in your house, then have them go around trying to find them all night!
New Year's is my favorite holiday! But a New Year's party can get kind of boring without anything to do, especially for teens who can’t drink or go to clubs. Fortunately you can still have plenty of fun with your friends by playing some of these games! Which of these looks like the most fun to you?