During the holiday season I love nights at home, but sometimes my whole family just needs to get out of the house, even if it is snowing and unbearably cold outside. We get everyone into pajamas, make some hot cocoa, snuggle them up into their carseats and go for a little Christmas light bingo adventure. This is a perfect game for all ages from preschoolers to adults. Our family is big into fun family game nights so this Christmas lights bingo game is always a hit!
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What You Need
This activity is awesome because you only need the following 3 things:
- Bingo boards
- Marker or pen
- People who love Christmas 🙂
There are 2 sets of free printable bingo sheets below.
The first set is a 3×3 board and has both words and pictures. These boards are perfect if you are playing with young children who are not yet reading or are emerging readers. There are 12 unique cards, so most people won’t have the same board or template, this makes it a great option for large groups as well.
The second set are 5×5 boards and are only words, so geared towards older kids and adults. If you wanted the challenge of the 5×5 board but have little kids with you I would recommend you partner an older child up with a younger one to work together. There are 6 unique 5×5 boards included below.
Both the 3×3 and 5×5 versions come in a pdf file and are free to print. You can either print them at home or at a local print shop.
How To Play
There are lots of different variations on how to play bingo. Some classic ways include:
- A complete line (either horizontal, diagonal or vertical), this is the most traditional bingo game
- Blackout bingo (when the entire board is filled)- this is often my first choice because it leads to longer games
- 4 corners
- Full outside square outline
- Completing the inside boxes to create a square
The first player to complete the variation you choose wins! Each card has a free space in the middle- don’t forget to remind your younger kids to cross that off as well.
This can be played with just 2 people, small groups or an entire family! It is a fun activity for kids of all ages and adults too. It is such a simple activity that allows for quality time with family and loved ones.
Tips & Tricks
- Laminate your cards- this allows you to use them multiple times throughout the season and keep them for years to come. We often will complete one game in the car and will erase the boards and switch them up among us and play again. Don’t forget dry-erase markers!
- For a little extra fun, have a fun prize for the winner, this could be candy canes or little ornament for the tree
- Build up the excitement of the game! Get hot chocolate, a few Christmas cookies to share, snuggle up in cozy blankets, play Christmas music and put on your Christmas pajamas before you go.
- If the weather is warm enough, go for a walk instead of a car ride, this is a great way to get outdoors during the winter months!
- Bring clipboards for everyone, this makes crossing off squares easier, especially for little ones
- Map out some houses that you know will have awesome Christmas decorations. It can get frustrating if you hit dud neighborhoods so I always try to make a plan before we go so I know we will be able to play this game multiple times during our drive.
Your Free Printable Christmas Lights Bingo Cards
Here are the 3×3 pdf game boards. This is a free download that you can print off to use for home and classroom use!
Here are the 5×5 pdf game boards. This is a free download that you can print off to use for home and classroom use!