Packing Party Ice Breakers

Mix & Mingle Games

You can hold your packing party at any time throughout the year. Some people have a “Christmas in July” party; others try to hold their party in the fall to have boxes packed and ready for National Collection Week in mid-November. Another option is to make your party a Christmas event, preparing gift boxes for children at a time when Christians around the world are focusing their thoughts on the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift to all mankind.

No matter when you hold your packing party, icebreaker activities with a Christmas theme are always fun and they fit right in with the Operation Christmas Child gift box concept.

Who or What Am I?

Play this game as guests begin to arrive. Below are suggestions for words with a Christmas theme to use. Write these on self-stick labels before the party and put them on people’s backs after they have received their nametags.

You may ask one person only three questions at a time. You must ask questions that can only be answered by “yes” or “no.” For example, “Am I a Christmas animal?” “Am I a Christmas carol?” “Do I hang on a tree?” The winner is the one who guesses who they are first. You may have second- and third-place winners if you wish, depending on how long you want to play the game.

  • Ornament
  • Christmas Carol
  • Wise Men
  • Shepherd
  • Manger
  • Star
  • Gifts
  • Baby Jesus
  • Christmas Tree Silent Night
  • Angel
  • Candy Cane
  • Peace on Earth

Christmas Carol Quiz

Make copies of this master for each group of four or five people you plan to invite. Groups use the following clues to guess the Christmas song titles. The first group to correctly complete the titles wins!

  1. A quiet evening
  2. Happiness on earth
  3. One letter missing from alphabet
  4. A running event through thick white stuff
  5. Small town in ancient Israel
  6. Us two, plus one male crowned rulers
  7. It arrived at 12 p.m. uncluttered
  8. Far off in a barn
  9. Hallowed evening
  10.  A certain bird in a tree

Answers to Christmas Carol Quiz

  1. Silent Night
  2. Joy to the World
  3. Noel
  4. Dashing Through the Snow
  5. Little Town of Bethlehem
  6. We Three Kings
  7. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  8. Away in a Manger
  9. Holy Night
  10. Partridge in a Pear Tree

Christmas Pictionary

Prepare in advance: Gather a large pad of paper and pens or pencils. Write down all the Christmas or seasonal items to be drawn on 3-by-5 cards. Decide on a few places in your home where groups can gather, preferably where it is easy to draw and the team can see.

Divide the group into teams of four to seven people (depending on the size of the crowd). Form teams by counting off: women versus men or a clever “neighborly” way (i.e., odd house numbers versus even). One person from each team is assigned to be the “artist” for that round; you show that person the clue. At the word, “Go!” groups race to guess first what Christmas article is being drawn. The winning group gets a point. The first team to ten points wins. Obviously, you as host should not play, but give the clues and referee.

  • Ornament
  • Caroling
  • Nutcracker
  • Tinsel
  • Snow
  • Angel
  • Shepherd
  • Wise Men
  • Manger
  • Jesus