With Christmas just around the corner, now's the perfect time to start planning some festive activities to play with friends and family. One idea is to play a Christmas version of Pictionary - the classic drawing and guessing game.

How to play Pictionary

While it is recommended to use the official boxed game to get the best Pictionary experience, the truth is: you can set up a game of Pictionary just as easily with some basic materials you might have within reach!

Number of Players: 4+


  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Timer
  • Dice
  • Notecards

Choosing Pictionary words

  • Pick at least five different categories (ex: animals, celebrities, landmarks, actions)
  • On each card, write down words from the categories chosen.
  • Sort each into their matching category, then shuffle.
  • Assign each category a corresponding number when the dice is rolled.
  • Set out the remaining materials.

How to Play

  • Split everyone into teams or two or more (everyone playing solo is also an option). Everyone rolls the dice to see who goes first.
  • Designate someone as the ‘judge’; they will hand out the cards and keep track of the time.
  • Whoever starts rolls the die and is given a card corresponding to the category. They may start drawing at the judge’s cue.
  • The player has 60 seconds to draw, and everyone else must guess what is being drawn within those 60 seconds too.
  • Whoever is drawing cannot talk, make noises/gestures, and cannot draw letters/numbers.
  • Whoever guesses correctly scores a point and can attempt to guess the next word being drawn out. If they are incorrect, the turn passes to the next player for them to attempt to guess.
  • The game ends based on whatever conditions determine a winner(ex: first team/player to ‘x’ number of points)

Playing other Drawing Games Online

We've gathered all the best icebreaker games and put them online for convenience. If you head over to Brightful, you'll find a selection of icebreaker games to play with your friends, family or colleagues. The games are completely free, and a great tool for team building. If you want to play a drawing game like Pictionary, give Draw It a go: exclusively on Brightful.

Christmas Pictionary List of Words

The original Pictionary board game includes game cards with all sorts of different words on them. If you want a Christmas themed version, you will have to improvise. Luckily, it's a simple game that only requires a few implements - pen, paper and a list of words. We've provided the list of words below, so just make sure you bring the rest!

Easy Christmas Words for Pictionary



Candy Cane 




Christmas Lights 


Polar Express 





Ice Skating 








Christmas Tree 

Medium Christmas Words for Pictionary


Hot Cocoa 








Snowball Fight 



Santa Claus 

Christmas Cracker 

Snow Angels 

Home Alone 

Christmas Story 

Christmas Cards 

Naughty or Nice 

Fir Tree 

Three Wise Men

Christmas Show 

Hard Christmas Words for Pictionary

Polar Express 

Christmas Tree Wreath 

Ho Ho Ho 

Christmas Cookies 

Elf on the Shelf 

Rudolph’s Nose 


Yule Log 

Baby Jesus 


The Grinch 

Winter Wonderland 

Advent Calendar


Reindeer Tracks 


Toy Soldiers 

Santa’s Helpers 

Church Service 

Saint Nick 

Nativity Scene 


Silent Night 


List of Christmas Songs and Carols

As a bonus, we also have a list of Christmas songs/carols for you to use to add a musical twist to your Christmas Pictionary game. Or if you want to play a small game of 'guess the song' with your group, that can work as well!

Jingle Bells 

All I Want For Christmas Is You 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town 

O Holy Night 

Silent Night 

I Wish It was Christmas Today 

12 Days of Christmas 

Let It Snow 

Joy to the World 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 

Jingle Bell Rock 

Hark! The Angels Sing 

Driving Home for Christmas 

O Christmas Tree 

Gabriel’s Message 

God Rest you Merry, Gentlemen 

Love Came Down at Christmas

It’s Beginning tTo Look A Lot Like Christmas 

White Christmas 

Santa Baby

Cold December Night 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 

Text Me Merry Christmas 

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas 

Feliz Navidad 

Winter Wonderland 

Frosty The Snowman

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) 

Silver Bells 

A Holly Jolly Christmas 

Little Saint Nick 

Santa Tell Me 

Last Christmas 

Merry Christmas Everyone 

Underneath the Tree 

Masters in This Hall

O Come, All Ye Faithful 

The Rocking Carol 

Deck the Halls 

Holly Jolly Christmas 

Carol of the Bells 

Run Rudolph Run

Christmas Wrapping 

Do They Know It’s Christmas? 

Christmas Rappin’

Step Into Christmas 

Wonderful Christmas Time 

8 Days of Christmas 

I Wish it Was Christmas Today

O Tannenbaum 

Zat You, Santa Claus? 

Father Chrstmas 

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday 

Just Like Christmas 

Merry Xmas Everybody 

What Christmas Means to Me 

I Believe in Father Christmas 

Santa’s Got A Bag of Soul 

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

Further Reading

If you need more ideas for Christmas-themed games to play with friends or family or want to learn more ways to play Pictionary, you may find these articles useful!

Christmas Would You Rather (Fun and Family Friendly)

25 Easy Christmas Games and Activities

30 Best Trivia Questions for Christmas

30 Christmas Words for Taboo

371 Funny Pictionary Words - Best List Ever

Pictionary Rules: How to Play Pictionary? Best Tips and tricks

Random Pictionary Word Generator