ESL Christmas Charades

ESL Christmas Charades

ESL Christmas Charades is a fun and simple no-prep activity for teens and adults on the topic of Christmas. This simple game is a great way to revise Christmas vocabulary and have a little fun while doing it. This game is best suited for adults and teens with a level of intermediate and above.


  1. To play, first you need to print and cut out a copy of the printable activity cards.

  2. Put students into groups of 3/4 depending on your class size.

  3. Students, take turns picking a card and acting it out. The other students in their group have to try and guess what the student is acting out. The student acting out the word should not say anything. They can however indicate:

Number of words in the title: Hold up the number of fingers.

Which word you’re working on: Hold up the number of fingers again.

Number of syllables in the word: Lay the number of fingers on your arm.

Which syllable you’re working on: Lay the number of fingers on your arm again.

Length of word: Make a “little” or “big” sign as if you were measuring a fish.

“The entire concept:” sweep your arms through the air.

“On the nose” (i.e., someone has made a correct guess): point at your nose with one hand, while pointing at the person with your other hand.

“Sounds like”: Cup one hand behind an ear.

“Longer version of :” Pretend to stretch a piece of elastic.

“Shorter version of:” Do a “karate chop” with your hand

“Plural”: link your little fingers.

“Past tense”: wave your hand over your shoulder toward your back.

A letter of the alphabet: move your hand in a chopping motion toward your arm (near the top of your forearm if the letter is near the beginning of the alphabet, and near the bottom of your arm if the letter is near the end of the alphabet)

3.  Continue until either one group wins or time runs out

4. Enjoy and have fun!


  ESL Christmas Charades game for teens and adults Updated: December 20 2022

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