Lucky Leprechauns! It’s Saint Patrick’s Day Charades!

On the 17th of March comes a festive holiday largely celebrated by multiple countries all over the world. During this eventful day, parades hit the streets, friends and families frequent the pubs, and both passersby and decor seem to all have unified in the flourishing color of green.

All of a sudden cheers and laughter can be heard from all around, as we take a break from daily life to celebrate the joyous occasion. Does this ring any bells? Of course, we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day!

Now if you’re thinking about hosting a party or a mini get-together with your friends and family, it’s important to be prepared with some fun activities and themed recreations for your celebration. Our number one recommendation? A game of Saint Patrick’s Day Charades!

How to Play Saint Patrick’s Day Charades

If you don’t know how the rules of Charades go, here’s a little refresher for you. Write down a bunch of words you want players to act out, and cut them into small pieces of paper. Continue to fold these up neatly while placing all your answers in a bowl or basket. Then divide the players into at least two groups. 

Once both teams are ready, have each group assign one representative per round to draw a word from the lot and act out whatever word they get as the rest of their team guess the correct answer. Teams take turns guessing each round, and each correct answer is awarded one point. In the end, the team with the most points wins!

Since the general mechanic is very simple, it’s up to you to add in any additional rules or twists to make this game perfectly suited to your liking. Most importantly, since this game is in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to use holiday-themed words that highlight the significance of the occasion. 

30 Saint Patrick’s Day Charades Word List

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Holiday-themed words, you ask? We got you! Feel free to use the following keywords for your game of Charades on Saint Patrick’s Day.

  • Saint Patrick
  • Leprechaun
  • Rainbow
  • Pot of Gold
  • Four Leaf Clover
  • Shamrock
  • Good Luck Charm
  • The Jig 
  • Gold Coins
  • Pipe
  • Irish Beer
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Celtic Cross
  • Ireland
  • Catholic
  • Bagpipe
  • Horseshoe
  • Green
  • Pub
  • River Dance
  • Magic
  • Treasure Chest
  • Lucky Charms cereal
  • Pointed-tip Shoes
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Tri-Cornered Hat
  • Beard
  • Pinch
  • Flag
  • Fairy

Other Party Game Ideas

Whether you’re done playing Charades or you’re looking for similar party games to warm up for the main event, remember that not everyone will be satisfied with just one activity for the entire get-together. 

To help you out, here are some more party game ideas and activities you can use that are just as fun and equally exciting.

Treasure Hunt

The Leprechaun is best known for keeping their mythical pot of gold over the rainbow. On the day itself, what better way to celebrate the holiday than seeking the legendary treasure of the St. Patrick’s Day logo himself?

Is the gold in the kitchen? Inside the washer? Or is it perhaps tucked away in some secret compartment? Have a blast playing this mini Treasure Hunt, complete with riddles and clues for an afternoon of some great friendly competition. Who knows? Maybe you could be taking home the prized treasure after all.

Trivia Questions

Who’s up for a game of wits? Challenge your friends at the party for a fun quiz that can test your knowledge on some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day.

Whether you just learned about it in school or you’ve read up on its origins, this game of St. Patrick’s Day Trivia is great for players of all ages, making it a good fit for your party. Other than giving you a chance to show off your skills, this might even be a surprising way to gauge the family smarts, or an opportunity to discover the hidden geniuses (or hardcore St. Patrick’s Day fans) within the group. 


Feeling like luck is on your side this St. Patrick’s Day? If so, perhaps this crowd favorite party pastime might just be the rainbow to your shimmering pot of gold. 

Better pull out all the stops with your shamrocks ‘cause we’re talking about St. Patrick’s Day Bingo. This game is easy, simple, and can spell hours of fun for all players. It doesn’t even need further explanation, right? That’s how you know it’s a good one.

Crossword Puzzle

Anyone up for this classic word game? If you feel like you’ve got an extensive vocabulary and you’re all about the season’s trivia, then this St. Patrick’s Day Crossword Puzzle is exactly what you need for your holiday gathering with your loved ones. 

With this game, everyone can take their time filling out a sheet filled with questions or facts about this annual celebration. What is the Irish fairy called? What gemstone was Ireland nicknamed after? If you can answer it, you can play it. Not only is this a festive way to enjoy the occasion, it’s also good for brain practice and mental stimulation. 

I Spy

Ever heard of Waldo? Yeah, we’re not going to talk about him here. Instead, prepare for a battle with your eyeballs in this race against each other with this mesmerizing blend between I Spy and Look and Find.

Think you and your friends can spot the correct symbols? Maybe. But this fun interaction has both easy and hard difficulty levels, so you can simply progress or go down a level if it becomes too tedious. Either way, this activity is another one of those incredibly exciting games that’s perfect for your gathering on St. Patrick’s Day.

Are you thinking hide-and-seek, but with festive keywords? Take on this fun mini-game of St. Patrick’s Day Word Search and enjoy an exciting vocab race with your friends and family.

If you think you can spot them all before the others do, best believe they’re feeling the same way. However, this thrilling excitement everyone shares is exactly what makes the game all the more fun. Even if not everyone gets to finish at the same time, consider it as a great opportunity for some problem-solving exercise and good brain stimulation.


Hurray! You’ve made it to the end. Hopefully our charades keyword list and game ideas can help you have a fun and lively St. Patrick’s Day celebration with your loved ones. Which one of these do you think is your favorite?

If you’re interested in seeing more variations of Charades for the next holiday, feel free to check out our Etsy shop for more themes and ideas. Either way, it’s important to remember the essence of this holiday, and we hope that this guide we made has made you feel just that.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Laura is the force behind Gathered Again, transforming family gatherings into unforgettable memories with expert tips and a heart full of passion. Join her mission to celebrate the magic of family connections, one event at a time.

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