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. If you are looking for inspiration, great news - we have some great Christmas Pictionary ideas down below!

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 games similar to Christmas Pictionary 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.

Printable Christmas Pictionary List (PDF)

If you want to have a list of printable Pictionary words - all focused on Christmas and the holiday season, we have what you need right here. You will find plenty of great ideas for words you can utilize for your next Christmas party, which can make for a fun and entertaining holiday-themed take on Pictionary for your group!

In addition, read on and check out some great examples of Christmas Pictionary words below! They are sorted by varying degrees of difficulty, as well as a separate list of names for Christmas Carols to offer a unique challenge if you think your group is up for it! No matter what you choose, any of these will make for great Christmas Pictionary ideas. Best of all - all of these printable Pictionary words and ideas are free for anyone to access and use!

Easy Christmas Words for Pictionary

These Christmas words should be simple and easy to draw out! If you want to start your Pictionary game with some easy words as a warm-up, start here. Everyone should be able to recall or know these in some form.



Candy Cane 




Christmas Lights 


Polar Express 





Ice Skating 








Christmas Tree 

Medium Christmas Words for Pictionary

These Christmas words are not too difficult to figure out, though they will need a little more creative thinking to illustrate them!

Here's an idea if you want to offer a unique challenge to everyone: see who's the cinephile in your group and knows the most about all of your favorite Christmas movies with several rounds of Christmas movie 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

Really want to challenge yourself and the rest of your group playing Pictionary? These are some complex Christmas-themed words that will require you to think outside of the box on how to draw out and give everyone the best chance to guess what the word is.

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 


Christmas Carol Pictionary Ideas

As a bonus, we also have a list of Christmas songs/carols for you to add a musical twist to your Christmas themed 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)

Christmas Pictionary Word Generator

If you are having a hard time deciding on what words to choose for your Christmas-themed Pictionary game, you can use this random word generator to make setup less stressful! All you need to do is select 'Generate Word' and you will be given a word from our Christmas word bank for you to use.

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