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Put the Baby in the Manger Game

Our entire family loves Christmas and parties and games — and Christmas party games. In this post series, I’m sharing a dozen of our favorites:

12 Days of Christmas Party Games

Remember the old “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” activity that was such a mainstay of birthday parties when we were growing up? This game is a spin-off of that one, only in our version, the goal is to “Put the Baby in the Manger.

Away in the Manger

Our original version of this game was a little larger and made out of construction paper, but I’ve since designed a printable version to make it easier for you to do this activity with your own children.

Just print it out, tape the manger to the wall, and cut out as many babies as you have children playing.

put the baby in the manger printable

Our “Put the Baby in the Manger” Game makes a particularly good activity for guests to play if you host a birthday party for Jesus this time of year. We’ve done many times over the years, much to the delight of our little ones and their friends.

put the baby in the manger game

To play, tape the manger to the wall, then cut out copies of Baby Jesus, mark each one with a player’s name, and affix double-sided tape to the back.

Each child is then blindfolded in turn, spun in a circles, then given a baby to place in the manger. The party guest who sticks the Christ child closest to the center of his makeshift crib wins.

put the baby in the manger game

“Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus, laid down his sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.”

Merry Christmas, Readers! And Happy Birthday, Jesus! Have fun celebrating!

And check out all our other Christmas games (linked below) or visit my Christmas Party Games Pinterest Board.

  1. Ice Breaker Bingo
  2. Christmas Word Scramble
  3. Christmas Timeline Challenge
  4. Who Gets What? Matching Game
  5. Put the Baby in the Manger
  6. Merry Christmas Word Find
  7. Christmas Carol Quiz
  8. 12 Days of Christmas Sing-a-Long
  9. Who Wore It Best? Matching Game
  10. Holiday Photo Scavenger Hunt
  11. Christmas Travel Bingo
  12. How Well Do You Know Your Christmas Carols?

Want more? Then follow the link below to download 12 of my newest Christmas party games (with answer keys) in a single click!

12 Days of All New Party Games

Can you think of a holiday game we should add to our collection? If so, leave a comment below and tell us about it!

Know friends or family who’d enjoy playing our Christmas games? We’d love it if you’d send them our way by emailing a link or sharing on social media (see share buttons below). Thanks!

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  2. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful game! I work at a religious based day school and this is a perfect game for my class to play at our “Happy Birthday Jesus Party”. thanks again for sharing it, I know my kiddos will have a blast! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!

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