Christmas is almost here! I love this season of celebrating the birth of Christ.
However, between all the shopping and visiting, it seems like we spend a lot of time in the car every December. If you’re looking for some Christmas cheer while driving, here are seven simple car games for you to play.
Whether you’re heading over the river or through the woods, or are just heading to the store for some extra shopping, these games are perfect. They’ll help keep everyone engaged and cut down on squabbles. That way everyone can still be in the Christmas spirit when you arrive instead of feeling frazzled from a hectic car trip.
And, like my other car games, these don’t require any materials. You won’t have to worry about not having what you need to play!
1. Pick a Word & Sing
In this game, the goal is to think of as many songs as possible that have the key word in them.
One person begins by picking a Christmas word. Then all players (including the person who gave the word) take turns naming songs. The song doesn’t have to be a Christmas song. But, it must include the key word.
You can leave it at just listing if you’d like, but we love singing. So we always sing the verse with the focus word in it. It extends the fun!
We also don’t require the song to be a Christmas song. As long as it has the focus word in it, it counts!
Here’s an example:
Focus Word: Snow
- Let It Snow
- Let It Go
- Frosty the Snowman
- In the Bleak Mid-Winter
- Jingle Bells
Keep going until no one else can think of a song. Then, let another person pick the word.
2. I’m Decorating the Tree
This is a total knock off of the game, “I’m Going to Grandma’s House.” Ever play that that one?
Basically, you go through the alphabet and add something you’re bringing with you.
For a Christmas version, you’ll take turns deciding what you’ll decorate the tree with. Here’s how to play:
The first player says, “I’m decorating the tree and I’m adding an ______” and fills in the blank with something that starts with A. Perhaps an angel. Or an apple. Or an acorn.
They can use their imagination and add whatever they’d like!
The next player says, “I’m decorating the tree and I’m adding a _______” and fills in the blank with something that starts with the letter B.
Continue taking turns until you reach Z. Some letters require a little more creativity than others!
For a harder version with older kids, you can add a memory aspect. That’s when you have to list everything that’s on the tree already before you add a new decoration. So you’d say, “I’m decorating the tree and I’m adding an angel, a bright light, a candy cane, and a ______” before giving a D word.
Most of my kids aren’t ready for this version yet, but it’s definitely a fun twist!
3. Christmas Light Displays
This one only works at night. Thankfully it gets dark super early in December!
Players get into teams based on which side of the car they’re closest to. So everyone on the driver’s side is on one team, and the passenger’s side is on another. Divvy up the people in the middle to keep the teams as even as possible.
The goal is to count each and every Christmas light display that you find on your side of the road. Then you see which team found the most when you arrive at your destination.
Of course, if you see an amazing display you should point it out so the other team doesn’t miss out on its beauty!
If you prefer, you can cut down the competitive aspect by just working together to count displays. Pick a number and try to get that many.
Can you see 30 displays before you get home? Or 15 before you get to the store?
4. Christmas Memories
This one is more activity than game, but we all enjoy it!
Take turns sharing favorite Christmas memories from years past. It’s amazing what sticks out in the kids’ minds. It’s rarely a gift received, but often a favorite part of the Family Christmas Programs from church, a special dish someone brought to Christmas dinner, or a family picture we took for our Christmas cards.
Just take turns sharing your favorite times. It’s a fun way to help the miles fly by!
5. Christmas Movie Marathon
Don’t worry, you won’t a portable DVD player for this game! 😀 Instead, you’ll take turns naming Christmas movies. Everything Christmasy counts.
If a player can’t think of one, just skip them. The last one naming movies wins.
Here are some of our favorite Christmas movies:
- Home Alone (and this one can count as four different movies…1, 2, 3 & 4!)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (There’s the original that we like, and the newer one–two movies for the list!)
- Charlie Brown Christmas Tales
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- A Christmas Story
- Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
Just keep going until you can’t list any more. Then you can play another round with Christmas books if you’d like.
6. Name that Tune
Another Christmas carol game, I told you we like singing!
One person starts humming a favorite, and the rest of the family tries to name what it is.
Feel free to sing once you’ve named it!
7. Christmas Verses
There are so many Bible verses that talk about the birth of Christ! Take turns saying one. For this game, you don’t have to get it word perfect from memory. Just do the best you can!
Luke 2:11-12 (actually all of Luke 2!)
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Do you enjoy any Christmas car games?
I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments.
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