10 Christmas Movie Drinking Games To Help You Get In The Holiday Spirit

Top Christmas Movie Drinking Game - The Chuggernauts

It’s the holiday season again and you know what that means. Time to grab some nog and get festive! These Christmas movie drinking games will be sure to have you in the spirit in no time. So whether you’re into classic tales of Christmas past or watching Tim Allen learn valuable life lessons these games are bound to get everyone merry.


Our top 10 Christmas Movie Drinking Games


#1 – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Rudolph Drinking Game

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer follows the misfit reindeer as he finds his purpose among Santa’s sleigh. This classic claymation film will probably always be heralded as the most classic Christmas movie of all time. Even close to 60 years after it’s released it can still be seen on television screens across the world around the holiday season. And since you’ll probably be watching it this Christmas anyway you may as well grab a few beers and make the experience even better!

Drink one when

  • Someone mentions Christmas
    • Drink twice if it’s mentioned in a song
  • Yukon tosses his axe
  • A Christmas song starts
  • Santa says something mean
  • You hear “ho ho ho”

Chug as long as

  • Rudolph’s nose is lit up

#2 – Jingle All The Way

Jamie coping - the chuggernauts

Sometimes you want to watch a classic Christmas movie with your loved ones. Some other times you want to watch a gigantic Austrian man bumble his way through a flurry of near death situations. So if you’re in the mood for some good ol’ fashioned slapstick comedy as Howard (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tries to get the perfect gift for his son then there’s always Jingle All The Way.

Drink one whenever:

  • Someone says “Turbo-Man”.
    • Drink double if it’s yelled
  • Ted hits on someone
  • Someone gets hit with something
    • Drink double if that person should have died
  • You hear a Christmas song
  • You hear “It’s Turbo Time!”
  • Howard lies to his wife
  • Myran threatens violence

Finish a full drink or take a shot when:

  • Jamie finally gets his Turbo-Man

#3 – Elf

Elf Drinking Game The Chuggernauts

Elf is the story about Buddy who thinks he’s an elf, who then has to learn to act like a human. So if this Christmas season you’re looking to unwind by watching the ever-quirky Will Ferrell in his quest to prove to his cold-hearted father the value of Christmas then look no further than this festive drinking game. So time to get bubbly with buddy and start feeling that “Christmas spirit” thing he’s always talking about.

Drink one everytime

  • Buddy breaks something
  • Someone mentions the naughty or nice list
  • Buddy tries to eat something he shouldn’t
  • Buddy says “Santa” or “Christmas Spirit”
  • You spot maple syrup
  • Buddy does something socially awkward

Chug as long as

  • Buddy is singing

Finish your drink when

  • Buddy gets drunk. No sense in letting him get drunk alone!


#4 – How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Grinch Drunk

Now there’s a number of adaptations of this movie. Most of which should work with this drinking game but we used the Jim Carrey version. Whichever version you choose this game is sure take make it feel like your kidneys are 2 sizes too small.

Drink every time

  • Whoville is mentioned
  • The Grinch plays a prank
  • The Grinch scares someone
  • You hear a Christmas jingle in the background
  • Someone opens a gift and then
    • Drink 2 if they hate it
    • Drink 4 if they love it


  • Drink everytime someone says Who.

#5 –  A Charlie Brown Christmas


A Charlie Brown Christmas was one of the strangest instances of popularity. So much so that even it’s creators thought that they were publishing a terrible movie. Yet somehow through all the audio problems, yelling, harassment and not-so-subtle Coca-Cola advertisements this movie managed to become a Christmas classic.

Drink One Whenever

  • Someone is being harassed or bullied. (by today’s standards this could be every other scene).
  • Anyone shouts when they don’t need to be shouting
  • Someone dances
  • Someone is being materialistic
  • Anyone says “Merry Christmas”
  • There’s a bad audio cut
  • Charlie Brown complains

Finish your drink whenever

  • Someone laughs at charlie brown’s tree


#6 – A Christmas Carol

For those looking for more of a classic tale there’s always Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. Now this may not seem like the ideal movie-adaptation to get drunk to. But hey, if he can drink while writing it why can’t we drink while watching it?

Drink one whenever

  • Scrooge says “bah” or “humbug”
  • A bell rings
  • Scrooge does something mean
  • Scrooge flies
  • You see money of any kind
  • Somebody mentions Christmas

Finish your drink when

  • Scrooge first meets the next ghost

#7 – The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause Drinking Game - The Chuggernauts

The Santa Clause follows Scott in his slow and awkward transition from dead-beat dad to Santa Clause. This film follows the successful formula of watching Tim Allen learn the meaning of Christmas. Since the movie basically follows the ever sarcastic Scott around it’s fairly easy to incorporate drinking rules to this one.

Drink One When:

  • You hear a Christmas song start
  • Charlie whines about something
  • Scott makes fun of Charlie’s step dad Neil
  • Someone says Santa
  • Scott says something sarcastic
  • Scott acts like a deadbeat dad
  • Charlie asks a question
  • Someone uses magic
  • Scott gets another physical characteristic to look like Santa Claus
  • Bernard says something mean
    • Drink 2 if it’s to one of workers

Drink 5 every time:

  • You notice sexual innuendo

#8 – Home Alone

Home Alone Drinking Game

If in the mood for a tale about a bratty child and his horribly neglectful parents, there’s always Home Alone. This movie follows Kevin McCallister as he wakes up in a home all by himself. Somehow his parents have nearly reached Paris before realizing they forget Kevin. From there Kevin is faced with the oddly comical task of fending off a couple of robbers until his parents return.

Drink one everytime

  • Someone insults someone
    • Drink 2 if it’s Kevin being insulted
  • Someone falls for one of Kevin’s traps or tricks
    • Drink 5 if it could be considered ‘Attempted Murder’
  • Kevin screams
  • Someone opens a door slowly
  • Kevin says the name of one of his family members. (This includes “Mom” and “Dad”)
  • Kevin eats junk food
  • Anyone mentions Christmas
  • Someone gets scared and runs
  • The burglars refer to themselves as burglars. (or any variation of that such as bandits, cat-burglars etc…)
  • You see the cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan
  • Someone is on the phone

Finish your drink when

  • The statue in front of their house is hit by a car



#9 – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington Drinking

For those looking for something a little more strange there’s always Tim Burton’s classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s always tough to say if this is a Halloween or Christmas movie. I suppose it’s both. This movie follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington as he sets out to either destroy or save Christmas. Or Halloween. Or something.

Drink every time:

  • Jack cackles.
  • Zero barks.
  • Someone says “Happy Halloween”.
  • Someone says ” Merry Christmas”.
  • When any character removes a body part.
  • When the mayor rotates his head.
  • You hear the word “Halloween” within the “This is Halloween” song.

Finish your drink when:

  • Oogie meets his demise.


#10 – Die Hard

Die Hard Drinking Game

Most people don’t think of Die Hard as a Christmas movie. But hey, it happens on Christmas and it’s just the right type of movie that goes better with a few cold drinks. This movie follows John McClane as he tries to thwart the plans of an entire terrorist group by himself. Their supposed routine terrorist plot very quickly becomes a blood bath. Not the most “merry” movie but sometimes you just wanna see someone kick some ass.

Drink everytime

  • John McClane kills someone
  • Someone shoots at John
  • Someone swears
  • There’s an explosion
  • Someone speaks German
  • You notice the Nakatomi Logo
  • John talks to himself
  • You hear a Christmas song
  • Glass is broken

Finish your drink when

  • Someone says “yippee-Kai-Yay motherfucker!”


We hope you all enjoyed our list of Christmas movie drinking games to help you through the holiday season. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to send us an e-mail via the Contact-Us page above. Always remember to Drink Responsibly. These are only games and are not worth causing yourself any physical harm or sickness.