A great activity for everyone


By Jon Zajac

As someone who loves holiday traditions and events, I find that incorporating Christmas-themed icebreaker questions can add a festive and fun atmosphere to any gathering. One way to do this is by using “This or That” questions that are centered around the holidays. By asking questions related to Christmas movies, music, decorations, and traditions, you can help your guests connect with each other and share their holiday experiences.

How to incorporate Christmas themed This or That questions

To incorporate Christmas-themed “This or That” questions into your event, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare a list of questions beforehand that are related to the holidays. You can find inspiration from watching Christmas movies, listening to holiday music, browsing online forums and social media groups, or asking friends and family members about their favorite holiday traditions.

  2. Print out the questions on cards or display them on a screen or a poster board. Encourage your guests to form small groups of 3-5 people and take turns asking each other the questions. You can also create a rotation system where each group moves on to the next question after a set amount of time (e.g., 2-3 minutes).

  3. Make sure everyone has a chance to answer each question and listen actively to their responses. Encourage follow-up questions, comments, and discussions that build on the initial answers. You can also share your own insights and opinions about the holidays to keep the conversation flowing.

  4. After everyone has had a chance to answer all the questions, gather your guests in a larger group and ask them to share their favorite or most surprising answers. You can also use this opportunity to highlight any commonalities or connections that emerged during the activity.

  5. Consider using some of the insights or stories that came up during the “This or That” icebreaker as a springboard for further conversations and activities throughout the day. For example, you could organize a holiday trivia game based on Christmas movie or music trivia or create a DIY ornament-making station inspired by your guests’ favorite decorations.

Ideas on different themes of questions

To keep your Christmas-themed icebreaker questions fresh and engaging, you can explore different themes and categories that are relevant to the holidays. Here are some ideas:

  • Movies: Ask questions about classic Christmas movies, modern holiday films, and your guests’ favorite movie moments (e.g., “What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?” or “Who is your favorite character from Elf?”).

  • Music: Ask questions about holiday songs, artists, and genres (e.g., “Do you prefer classic Christmas carols or contemporary holiday hits?” or “What is your favorite holiday song to sing along to?”).

  • Decorations: Ask questions about holiday decorations, themes, and styles (e.g., “Which type of Christmas tree do you prefer: real or artificial?” or “What is your favorite holiday decoration that you have in your home?”).

  • Traditions: Ask questions about your guests’ family traditions, cultural customs, and personal rituals (e.g., “Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts during the holidays?” or “What is one holiday tradition that you would like to start this year?”).

  • Food: Ask questions about holiday meals, snacks, and drinks (e.g., “Do you prefer sweet or savory holiday treats?” or “What is your favorite holiday dish that your family makes every year?”).

By incorporating these different themes of questions into your Christmas-themed icebreaker activity, you can keep your guests engaged and entertained while also fostering a sense of community and shared interest. So why not give it a try and see how it can enhance your next holiday event!

My favorite Christmas themed This or That questions

  1. Snowman or snow angel?
  2. Wrapped gifts or gift bags?
  3. Classic Christmas movies or new Christmas movies?
  4. Hot cocoa or eggnog?
  5. Christmas morning or Christmas Eve?
  6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or The Grinch?
  7. Ice skating or sledding?
  8. Christmas ham or Christmas turkey?
  9. Outdoor or indoor Christmas lights?
  10. Gingerbread cookies or peppermint bark?
  11. Red and green decorations or gold and silver decorations?
  12. Snowball fight or building a snowman?
  13. Christmas shopping in-store or online?
  14. Four calling birds or five golden rings?
  15. Tinsel or garland?
  16. Secret Santa or Yankee Swap?
  17. Real or fake snow for a winter wonderland display?
  18. Peppermint or gingerbread?
  19. Watching the Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol?
  20. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
  21. Christmas presents or quality time with family?
  22. Sledding or ice skating?
  23. Ugly Christmas sweater or fancy attire?
  24. Christmas cookies or Christmas cake?
  25. Ribbon or bows on Christmas packages?
  26. Christmas caroling or ice skating?
  27. Fruitcake or gingerbread house?
  28. Fruitcake or peppermint bark?
  29. Snowy or sunny Christmas?
  30. Mistletoe or holly?
  31. White or multicolored lights?
  32. Real or artificial Christmas tree?
  33. Christmas brunch or Christmas dinner?
  34. Wrapped presents or gift bags?
  35. Buying gifts in stores or online?
  36. Candy canes or chocolate Santas?
  37. Christmas morning brunch or Christmas dinner?
  38. Spending time with family or spending time with friends?
  39. Christmas morning or Christmas evening?
  40. Christmas vacation at home or abroad?
  41. Christmas stockings or Christmas gift bags?
  42. Christmas pageant or Christmas parade?
  43. Christmas morning or Christmas Eve celebration?
  44. Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
  45. Ugly Christmas sweater or elegant holiday attire?
  46. Fruit cake or yule log?
  47. Silver or gold Christmas decorations?
  48. Eggnog or hot cocoa?
  49. Gingerbread house or sugar cookies?
  50. Gift cards or homemade gifts?
  51. Christmas morning present opening or Christmas Eve present opening?
  52. Peppermint or cinnamon flavors?
  53. Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange?
  54. Advent calendar or Christmas countdown app?
  55. Candy canes or chocolate coins?
  56. Elf or Home Alone movie?
  57. Gleaming tinsel or twinkling garland?
  58. Stockings or presents under the tree?
  59. Santa Claus or Frosty the Snowman?
  60. Wrapped or unwrapped Christmas gifts?
  61. Savory or sweet Christmas snacks?
  62. White Christmas or green Christmas?
  63. Peppermint or cinnamon?
  64. Classic red and green or modern blue and silver decorations?
  65. Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
  66. Christmas morning present opening or spread out throughout the day?
  67. Real or fake Christmas tree?
  68. Decorating the outside or inside of the house?
  69. Naughty or nice?
  70. Wrapping gifts or unwrapping gifts?
  71. Santa Claus or Rudolph?
  72. Red and green decorations or blue and silver decorations?
  73. Eggnog or hot chocolate?
  74. Reindeer or snowmen?
  75. Star or angel on top of the Christmas tree?
  76. Christmas carols or Christmas movies?
  77. Giving or receiving presents?
  78. Christmas carols or instrumental holiday music?
  79. Christmas cards or social media greetings?
  80. Sipping hot cider or hot toddy?
  81. Gift cards or handmade Christmas gifts?
  82. Elf on the Shelf or Elf on a Shelf alternative?
  83. Santas or reindeer decorations?
  84. Real Christmas tree or artificial Christmas tree?
  85. Naughty or nice list?
  86. Ugly Christmas sweater or fancy holiday dress?
  87. Baked ham or roasted turkey?
  88. Pine needles or cinnamon scented candles?
  89. Religious or secular Christmas celebration?
  90. Snowball fight or snowman building?
  91. Classic or modern Christmas songs?
  92. Singing carols or watching a holiday parade?
  93. Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
  94. Ugly Christmas sweater or formal attire?
  95. Christmas lights inside or outside the house?
  96. Real tree or artificial tree?
  97. Holiday ham or turkey?
  98. Mistletoe or candy canes?
  99. Watching a Christmas movie or reading a Christmas book?
  100. Christmas lights or Christmas ornaments?
  101. Giving gifts or receiving gifts?
  102. Hot buttered rum or mulled wine?
  103. Gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies?

About the author

Jon Zajac

Jon Zajac

Founder & Chief Icebreaker

I started Icebreaker Spot because I truly believe that strong connections are the foundation of successful teams. I wanted to create a platform that would make it easy for people to find and share icebreakers and team building activities, empowering them to build trust, foster collaboration, and ultimately, achieve greatness together.