Christmas Wheel of Fortune Puzzles

Try these word puzzles at your holiday party, or play with the family


Wheel of Fortune is the most popular game show in the United States. The reasons for this are many, but one very big reason is that the game itself is very simple to play. This means that viewers can enjoy playing along at home, without worrying about complicated rules or game twists.

If you're having a Christmas party, adding Wheel of Fortune puzzles to your game repertoire is always a fun way to boost participation.

Even if guests don't want to exert themselves or are afraid of looking foolish playing games such as those from Minute to Win It, they'll be happy to join in playing these seasonal word games.

Wheel of Fortune Puzzles for Your Christmas Party

The easiest way to come up with great puzzles for a Christmas gathering is to create categories like they do on the show. If you're in an office or this is a family party, you can create categories that are unique to your memories and situation. When the guests are varied, however, you'll want to find puzzles that are a little more universal in nature.

Try some of these categories and puzzles:

Christmas Carols and Songs

  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Wonderful Christmastime
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • Blue Christmas
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  • Driving Home for Christmas
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Happy Xmas War Is Over
  • Fairytale of New York

Christmas Movies and Specials

  • A Christmas Story
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Holiday Inn
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • The Polar Express
  • Jingle All the Way
  • The Bishop's Wife
  • The Muppet Christmas Movie
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Frosty the Snowman

Christmas Dinner

  • Turkey with all the fixings
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Green bean casserole
  • Mincemeat pie
  • Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
  • Candied carrots
  • Stovetop stuffing
  • Cranberry relish
  • Pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream
  • Warm yeast rolls with butter
  • Sausage and cornbread dressing

Holiday Symbols and Activities

  • Christmas trees
  • Candy canes
  • Santa Claus and his reindeer
  • Brightly wrapped Christmas presents
  • Hanging the stockings with care
  • Trimming the tree
  • Hanging holiday lights
  • Decorating gingerbread men
  • Singing Christmas carols

Winter Activities

  • Building a snowman
  • Having a snowball fight
  • Sledding down the mountain
  • Going on a sleigh ride
  • Shopping for Christmas gifts
  • Visiting friends and family
  • Baking Christmas cookies
  • Going cross-country skiing
  • Drinking hot chocolate
  • Ice skating on a frozen pond
  • Shoveling the snow
  • Waking up on Christmas morning

Make Them Your Own

Of course everyone's holiday traditions and experiences are different, so go ahead and add your own special touches to your puzzles. Use the above ideas to inspire your own.

Then, make up puzzle boards on cardboard, bristol board, an overhead projector, a blackboard, or any other materials you have available. You can use a spinner and assign point values to consonants, with vowels costing a set number of points. Or, just put your guests in teams and have them take turns guessing letters until someone solves the puzzle. You don't have to follow the exact Wheel of Fortune rules if that won't work with your guests.

If you really want to have fun with this, hold a quick contest for the best-dressed party guest and elect that person as the game's Vanna White, responsible for filling in the letters as they are guessed.

The main thing here is to have fun with it, not to institute too many rules. Make sure you use puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty and let your guests enjoy the games.