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Guess the Christmas Carol Game – use the clues to guess the carol. A fun, FREE, game to use at your next Christmas party!

For more fun holiday games, try the Saran Wrap Ball Game, Left Right Christmas Game, or White Elephant Gift Exchange for more Christmas party fun!


Instructions for the free Christmas carol printable game.

Christmas Carol Game

I LOVE Christmas, and I especially love Christmas games! Whip out the Eggnog and a big batch of cookies because this Guess the Christmas Carol Game is perfect for the entire family!

A few years ago, I was in charge of coming up with a game for a church Christmas party. Seemed pretty easy, but then I realized it’s not so easy to do when you have over 150 people involved. 

I found a Guess the Christmas Carol Game online that we modified to be perfect for the night. Everyone played it as they came in and accomplished the task as a table. The table who finished it first and with the most correct won.

We had so much fun and loved that it was a little challenging. Knowing I would probably need it again, I made sure to make it into a cute printable!

Gameplay + variations

The object of the game is to match the clue to a Christmas Carol. Some are easier than others, but it’s a fun game to start the night off with. You may find yourself scratching your head trying to figure some of these out.

Decipher the Christmas Carol Game Play Variations: 

  • Play as an individual, in pairs, or as a group. 
  • Set a time limit, the more players on a team, the less time is given.
  • Depending on the environment of the party, have people put phones in a common basket to discourage help from Siri.
Printable for the guess the Christmas carol game.

Other Christmas Carol Games 

If you’re not a linguist and are more spatial and artistic, these other Christmas Carol Games will be right up your alley.

Here are the basic rules of play:

For both games, write the name of Christmas Carols on different slips of paper (or a Christmas song lyric for more of a challenge), fold the slips and place them in a hat, bag, or bowl. Divide into even teams. 

Christmas Carol Pictionary. Have a large whiteboard or pad of paper along with a drawing utensil for each team.

  • A representative from each team comes forward.
  • One of them chooses a slip of paper from the hat and shows it to the other representatives.
  • When the timer begins, each representative begins drawing out the carol for their team.
  • The first team to guess correctly wins the point.

Variation: Instead of having a representative from each team drawing at the same time, have one team drawing at a time, each choosing a new carol. In this case, assign different point values for how quickly the team was able to guess. 

Christmas Carol Charades. The rules of play are similar to Pictionary, but instead of drawing out the carol, you will be acting out the Christmas Carol for your team to guess. 

Name that Tune.

For those with a musical ear, play Name that Tune. Find the instrumental versions of some Christmas Carols (no words, just music). Play individually or in pairs.

  • Version A: Pass out a pen or pencil and a piece of paper to each of the players. Play a snippet of the carol and have players write down the name of the carol. The one with the most correct wins. 
  • Version B: Traditional bingo draws a ball with a number and letter that coordinates to your personal bingo card grid, but you can make bingo cards with the name of, or a picture representation of, different Christmas Carols in each square. When the tune is played mark off the square on your card that it matches.

Christmas Carols to get you started

To get you started Here are 20 Titles of Popular Christmas Songs you can use for Charades, Pictionary, or Name that Tune:

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Jingle Bells
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Silver Bells
  • Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Silent Night
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Up on the Rooftop
  • All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
  • I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Christmas Don’t be Late/Chipmunk Song
  • Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
  • Joy to the World
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Santa Baby
  • Let it Snow
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • O Holy Night

Fun Prize Ideas

What fun is a competitive game without a prize? Have a large prize for first place and a small prize for 2nd and 3rd place. Some fun gift ideas include:

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  1. Leena says:

    Was wondering approximately how long it takes to finish the game. Have several games planned and would like to know should I have a timer and for how long?

  2. Stacey Schimmel says:

    Can’t wait to play this!

  3. Rachael says:

    So excited to use these games with my 7th graders.

  4. Joyce says:

    HOw do I download the “free” printables without having to download Zip Software that I have to pay for/?????

  5. Kira says:

    I tried the game and it was fun .Thank you for the game!😊

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You are so welcome!! Thank you for playing it!

  6. Jill M says:

    Q1 might be considered offensive to anyone who has experienced mental illness or was brave enough to go to therapy. Please consider removing that one from this otherwise delightful game.

    Thank you.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Thanks for your feedback!

  7. Anna says:

    Love the game and such a pretty presentation

  8. Georgianna E Maurer says:

    5 stars
    This was so much fun. We had 7 people yelling answers. The first one right got a point. The one with the most points got a $10 Wawa gift card.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I am so glad everyone had fun! Thank you for letting me know!

  9. Raynetta says:

    Hello, can I get the answers to the Name the Christmas Carol game please.

  10. Mary Folkins says:

    Have filled in the form 3 times and have not rec’d the Guess the Christmas Carols or answers to same. Please help. Thank you