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A party theme like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a romantic thought and one that many quickly get excited about planning…at least the idea of. Often times, though, the ideas can run a little dry in coming up with all of those wonderful ideas to truly pull the party off. Here are some fun Christmas Carol theme party games and activities to help the fun along.

Charlens Dickens A Christmas Carol Party Games

Decorate candles. You can provide small votive candles that children can paint simple pictures on the sides, or get tapered candles and wrap them with ribbon. For older children, you can provide STRONG toothpicks (i.e. not the thin, flat ones that come a thousand to the box) so that they can lightly carve images and words into the sides of their candles. These make for great party favors for the children to take home with them at the end of the party!

Marley chain making contest. Provide two teams (or more depending on the number of participants) with scissors, black paper and staplers/tape. When you say GO, each team is to begin cutting the paper into strips to create links in a chain. After three minutes, the team with the most links in their chain is declared the winner (using the tape and stapler to connect the links.) Teams will need to work together to figure out who will do what task as an assembly line approach is typically the strongest strategy. At the end, take the two chains and hang them as part of your party decorations!

In the story, Scrooge is taken to his Nephew Fred’s home by the Ghost of Christmas Present where he watches them play a game of 20 questions. This is an easy game to facilitate. The concept is simple: The person who is ‘it’ thinks of an object. Everyone in the room sits in a circle to begin the guessing. The first person asks a question that must be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Once the question is answered by the person who chose the object, the person who asked the question is allowed to make one guess. If they guess correctly, they are now it and get to choose the object and the NEXT person in the circle asks the first question. If the person guesses wrong, then the next person is allowed to ask one question and make one guess. Play continues around the circle until someone guesses correctly. The game can continue with new guests choosing different objects as long as they are enjoying the game.

In the story, Scrooge is taken to his Nephew Fred’s home by the Ghost of Christmas Present where he watches them play a game of 20 questions. This is an easy game to facilitate. The concept is simple: The person who is ‘it’ thinks of an object. Everyone in the room sits in a circle to begin the guessing. The first person asks a question that must be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Once the question is answered by the person who chose the object, the person who asked the question is allowed to make one guess. If they guess correctly, they are now it and get to choose the object and the NEXT person in the circle asks the first question. If the person guesses wrong, then the next person is allowed to ask one question and make one guess. Play continues around the circle until someone guesses correctly. The game can continue with new guests choosing different objects as long as they are enjoying the game.

On small pieces of paper write short quotes from the story (not more than one sentence) This can be done quite easily by thumbing through the book in a variety of scenes – the story is actually shorter than most people realize so it won’t be too difficult to thumb through the pages for relevant scenes. Hide these small pieces of paper throughout the party area. Provide each party guest with a blank sheet of paper and allow them to not only find all of the quotes you’ve chosen, but they must also put them all IN ORDER of the story. Give ONE point for each found quote and TWO additional points if they were able to put the quote in the correct spot.

Tiny Tim relay! This is for the more rambunctious crowd…and a lot fun at that! Split the group of participants into two teams in the traditional relay race fashion. The trick is that they must CARRY one of their teammates as part of the race (one teammate is chosen to be the one carried for the entire team.) You can devise any number of relay courses depending on the agility and strength of the participants. Just make sure that the runners keep Tiny Tim off the ground at all times. If for whatever reason the person they are carrying touches the ground, they must go back and start over!

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