Christmas Tree Drinking Game

The Christmas Tree drinking game is the perfect card drinking game for Christmas mornings. The idea of the game is for players to deal cards out into a tree shape and then players take turns giving cards from their hands as “gifts” to the other players. Whoever ends up with the most gifts is the winner and gets the prize of getting totally blasted. This game works best with 4-8 players.

What You’ll Need

A standard deck of 52 cards and some drinks.

Setting Up the Game

Before the game starts someone needs to shuffle and deal the cards out. First the “tree” is set up by laying cards face-down in the following formation:


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Now deal out all the remaining cards as evenly as possible to the remaining players. This is their hand they can look at their own cards but should hide them from the other players.

Christmas Tree Drinking Game Rules

The goal of the game is to give away as many of your cards as possible.

The dealer takes turns flipping the cards from the tree. Starting at the base of the tree and going row-by-row until reaching the top.

Whenever a card is flipped anyone with a matching number card can give it to another player as a gift to add to their hand. Players can give away multiple matching number cards if they have them. Whenever someone receives a card from another player they drink once.

After the whole tree is flipped over the player with the most card in their hand “wins” the game and proceeds to the drinking round.

Discard all cards in the tree and all the cards in players hands who weren’t the winner. The only cards left should be the winners hand.

Shuffle the remaining cards and place them face down in a pile.

Now it’s the winner’s turn to try and guess one of the cards. Take the remaining cards and have the winner guess the number of the next card. If they’re wrong they drink the difference between their guess and the actual card. If they’re correct they finish the game. Keep flipping and guessing cards until the winner either gets a correct guess or the deck has been fully flipped over.


The Christmas Tree drinking game can turn into a whole lot of drinking for one person in particular. Especially if they forget which cards they had in their hand. So make sure to drink responsibly and take a break if you think you’ve had enough.