Christmas Party Games: Name That Tune

In the late eighties, my mom’s side of the family did a Progressive Christmas Eve party. Each of the families who lived in the immediate area hosted one course and one activity, so we did appetizers at one house, soup at another, dinner at another, etc., ending at my grandparents’ house for dessert and presents. It was one of my favorite Christmases of all time. I can’t tell you exactly what we did at each house, but I remember having tons of fun.

The pictures will back me up on this. 

We went from the usual family Christmas party pictures at the beginning of the night

srsly_we_love_family_parties {The Reluctant Hippie}

to this:

hilarity_plus_vest_n_bangs {The Reluctant Hippie}

Don’t be jealous of how hot I was as a pre-teen. Those bangs took a lot of attention. And hairspray.

When I polled the family about their recollections of that evening, we could agree that my Uncle John and Aunt Claire hosted the most fun activities. Aunt Claire was kind enough to go into the archives and share the games we played.

One of the games was a non-melodious “Name That Tune,” where we worked in teams to decode the names of popular Christmas songs from the synonymous clues we were given.

See whether you can crack these clues:

  1. Array the corridors
  2. Far off in a feeder
  3. Colorless Yuletide
  4. Red man en route to borough
  5. Righteous darkness
  6. Arrival time: 2400 hours. Weather conditions: cloudless
  7. Bantam male percussionist
  8. Monarchical triad
  9. Nocturnal noiselessness
  10. Singular yearning for the twin anterior incisors
  11. Jehovah deactivate blithe chevaliers
  12. Frozen precipitation, Commence!
  13. Advance, loyal followers
  14. Proceed and enlighten on the pinnacle
  15. The dozen festive 24-hour intervals
  16. Delight for this planet
  17. The Quadraped with the Vermillion Proboscis
  18. Castaneous-colored seed vesicated in a conflagration.
  19. Give attention to the melodious celestial beings.
  20. Query regarding the identity of descendant


  1. Deck the Halls
  2. Away in a Manger
  3. White Christmas
  4. Here Comes Santa Claus
  5. O Holy Night
  6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  7. Little Drummer Boy
  8. We Three Kings
  9. Silent Night
  10. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  12. Let It Snow!
  13. O Come All Ye Faithful
  14. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  15. The 12 Days of Christmas
  16. Joy To the World
  17. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  18. Chestnuts Rosting On An Open Fire
  19. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
  20. What Child Is This?

You can download the Printable version below, then print and distribute to individual contestants of teams. Set a time limit, and the team with the best record wins a prize – candy, gift cards, being served first at dinner, bragging rights, or NOT having to take a turn sitting next to Crazy Uncle Gary during the evening.

Click here to download a printable for this game:

Printable: Christmas Carol Name-That-Tune {The Reluctant Hippie}