New Year’s Eve Charades Game (AND Free Word List)

Today, we’re talking about: 3 words, and 4 syllables. Can you guess it? New Year’s Charades! New Year’s Eve Charades if you want to be really technical. In this article, you’ll find free Charade word lists, game tips, and a link to our printable game of New Year’s Charades!

Why Is New Year’s Charades A Great Party Game?

Firstly, you can play it with any number of guests. In fact, the game gets even funnier the more people you have. It turns into hilariously chaotic fun when you have someone flailing around while a huge crowd of guests is shouting words at them.

When it comes to hilarious games, Charades is pretty tough to beat. Another thing that makes Charades a fun game is that it’s infinitely reusable. Sure, the same words are on the cards, but the things people do to get you to guess the word is almost always different. Frankly, this sets it apart from other party games like Trivial Pursuit where the same questions get asked repeatedly and you always need new cards to keep the game fresh and interesting.

Charades is a surprisingly good way to get guests talking and laughing. It’s also a wonderful way to break the ice with new guests or just get everyone in the party mood.

Finally, New Year’s Charades is an easy game to set up. All you need are some cards with words on them and you’re ready to go! Plus, we’ve got free printable word lists that you can use to make your own cards.

Introducing: Our New Year’s Eve Charades Printable Game

For those who want to know they have their entertainment covered, we have a convenient ready-to-print Charades word list printable. With 80 words related to New Year’s Eve and the New Year, this printable game will be the cherry on top of your New Year’s eve event. Leaving your guests laughing and gasping for air.

The only thing you need to worry about is not missing the countdown because you’re having so much fun. Head over to our Etsy shop and check one more thing off your to-do list this year. It couldn’t be any easier.

How To Play New Year’s Charades

The rules of New Year’s Charades are easy-peasy. Each player takes a word slip or Charades card with a word or phrase on it and acts out the word without speaking. Their teammates have to guess what the word is before time runs out. If the team manages to guess correctly, they get a point and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Tips For Playing New Year’s Charades

  1. Make sure everyone understands the rules before you start playing.
  2. Give each team a time limit to guess the word or phrase. This will keep the game moving and make it more exciting.
  3. Encourage players to be creative with their acting! This is no time to be shy!
  4. Make sure everyone takes turns acting out words and guessing them.

Where To Find Free Word Lists For New Year’s Charades

We’ve got you covered! We have a word list below that you can use to create your own printable game cards. Just arrange them in a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs, then print them on paper and cut them out.

I suggest you laminate them to make them reusable, but that part is optional. If making your own printable sounds tedious, then don’t worry, we have one that’s designed cutely, and ready for you to download and print in minutes from our printable Etsy shop.

Now, let’s get to the free word list!

Free New Year’s Eve Charades Word List Ideas

  1. Times Square
  2. Ball Drop
  3. Countdown
  4. Celebrate
  5. Singing
  6. Cold
  7. Snow
  8. Success
  9. Resolution
  10. Fireworks
  11. Big Apple
  12. Champagne
  13. Midnight
  14. Kiss
  15. Noisemaker
  16. Cheers
  17. Party
  18. Cork
  19. Wishing
  20. Laugh
  21. Dancing
  22. Big Ben
  23. Concert
  24. Tuxedo
  25. Ball Gown
  26. Cuff Links
  27. Confetti
  28. Cheering
  29. Scarf
  30. Hoodie
  31. Beanie
  32. Gold
  33. Silver
  34. Peace
  35. Luck
  36. Shrimp
  37. Steak
  38. Tinsel
  39. Horns
  40. Bells

Ways to Jazz Up Your Game of Charades

If you’re looking for ways to make your game of Charades even more memorable, then here are a few suggestions.

  1. Add props – Props can add an interesting layer of fun and silliness to the game. Have each team choose a prop that they must use when acting out their word or phrase. This could be anything from a hat to a stuffed animal or even a balloon.
  2. Make it a competition – Turn your game of Charades into a competitive free-for-all by giving each team a certain amount of time to act out as many phrases as they can. Tally the points and the team with the most points at the end of the competition wins!
  3. Add music – Music can a lot of ambience and fun to a party, but you can also use music to hype up the energy in your New Year’s Eve festivities!
  4. Add a limitation – Give everyone the same limitation, or give each team their own limitation. For example, everyone has to act with one hand behind their back, or while standing on one leg. If someone forgets, then deduct a point.

Other New Years Games To Play

I’ve always fondly remembered my New Year’s eve parties growing up, and games were one of the most fun parts. Below are even more New Year’s Eve activities from our Etsy shop for you to consider.

New Year’s Eve Taboo-Style Word List Game

Taboo is a great way to get everyone in the party spirit on New Year’s Eve. To play, the first player will receive a word card that lists the “taboo words.” They then need to describe the word on their card and get their team to guess, but they aren’t allowed to use any of the “taboo words” to describe the clue word. For instance, if the chosen word is “party,” and the “taboo words” are “celebrate,” “dance,” “drink,” “music,” and “birthday,” then the player might say something like “a fun event to commemorate someone’s first year being born.” With the hopes that their team will guess the word “party.”

New Year’s Eve Left Right Game

The New Year’s Eve Left Right Game is a gift-giving game that will leave guests on the edge of their seats. To play, guests sit in a circle and a gift is handed to one of them. The host will read a story aloud that contains the words “left” and “right” throughout. Whenever participants hear the word “left,” the gift must be passed to the person to their left. Whenever they hear the word “right,” the gift must be given to the guest on their right. The game continues until the host finishes reading the story and the player left holding the gift wins it!

New Year’s Eve Scattergories-Style Game

New Year’s Eve Scattergories is a game that will have your guests wracking their brains to think of words to score points. To play, each guest needs a pencil and paper, and the categories card. The first player will choose a letter of the alphabet out of a bowl or bag and then everyone has to come up with words or phrases for each item on the category card that starts with that letter within a certain amount of time (usually three minutes).

Final Thoughts

No matter what type of game you choose to play on New Year’s Eve, the most important thing is to have fun and make memories with your loved ones. Whether you decide to play Charades, Would You Rather, Scattergories, Taboo, or our Left Right Game, it’s sure to be a night full of laughter and good times.

Jennifer Taylor brings a vibrant flair for storytelling to the Gathered Again team, having joined us in 2023. With a profound love for writing and a knack for capturing the essence of family moments, Jennifer crafts content that inspires and connects, making every reader feel right at home.

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