It's that time of year again, time to entertain yourselves and the little ones! Whether it's a Christmas party, the last day of school or just a get together and catch up to celebrate getting all your shopping done, we all need activities to do this year. Why not play a wonderful, joyful game of Christmas bingo? You can even make it virtual too!
There are lots of things you can do to take your bingo night and kick it up a notch, making it a festive and cheery party that can bring your whole family and all your friends together for the holiday season.
Follow the tinsel through our guide to find out how to upgrade your bingo night and get you and your friends full of the holiday spirit!
Don’t forget to share screenshots, photos, and videos of your (maybe virtual) bingo night with us on social media. Use the hashtag #OBChristmasBingo and we’ll share some of the best ones.
Playing 90-ball bingo is simple and easy, and doesn’t take long to set up! For full details on how to set up the game check out our guide on how to host a virtual bingo night! But remember, this game doesn't just have to be online, you can play it with your friends in the same room too.
You can get your game together in 4 quick steps.
Bring your reindeer and elves down from the North Pole for a night of celebration and joyful spirit! Whether you play the game virtually over Zoom or decide to play as a part of a Christmas party with work colleagues, friends or family, everyone will find it easy to take part and follow the game. Bingo is one of the oldest and easiest to play pastimes in the UK, so people of all ages can get involved with the fun without needing to explain any rules.
Remember, this is a Christmas bingo night, so to add an extra layer of tinsel and glitter you might want your bingo cards to be themed. Think baubles and snowflakes, gingerbread men and snowmen, scattered around the card. These symbols could even take the place of some of your blank squares!
You could craft your own cards as a part of the fun, by using an online bingo card generator to get the randomised numbers and getting to work decorating. Just want to get dabbing? Why not download our beautifully themed Christmas bingo cards further down this page!
Using a random number generator or a bingo calling app, have someone shout out the numbers to the players! Remember to mark off your own numbers if you are the one calling.
To make this more of a party activity, you can have some christmas songs or questions between number calls. This would be especially fun for little elves!
There are usually 3 winners in a game of bingo! The first person to mark off all the numbers in a line wins the first prize, which is usually the smallest. The first person to fill in two lines wins the second prize, and finally the first person to mark off all their numbers and call BINGO is the big winner!
What you decide to give out as a prize is up to you. If you're playing bingo for charity, you can offer a portion of your donations as a prize. However you could just as easily all chip in on a bottle of wine or a pizza voucher!
Have you got young kids joining your Christmas party? Or you're looking for a game for kids to play in school? Don’t have them feeling left out or struggling to follow along! We’ve got the perfect bingo cards for your young elves. Simply download these festive picture bingo cards and let them get daubing and partying alongside the seasoned adults.
Check out and download the cards below!
Make sure everyone is equipped with a dauber or pen and a ticket. These are the only items needed to play this game so it will be quick and easy to set up and play before your party.
Once you all have tickets and daubers it's time to play! Use the calling sheet and a random number generator to call out the pictures. The aim is to complete a pattern, chosen before the game starts - remember Santa in the middle is a free space so you can cross him off straight away!
When your young ones have completed the pattern they can call out ‘Jingle Bells’ to claim the prize! We've designed some fun patterns for you to try, check them out below! Or, let the kids design some patterns before the game starts.
As this is a super-special Christmas themed game of bingo, you want to make sure your game is full of jolly, holly, holiday fun! Here are some of the simplest ways that we think you can make your bingo night extra jubilant.
Why not make things Christmas-themed and have people call out ‘Jingle Bells’ for a line and ‘Xmas’ when they have a full house? This is a fun way to make things merry, and you could even penalise people if they don’t make the appropriate Christmas call!
Another quick and easy way to inject the holiday spirit into your game is by using festive backgrounds. We've put together a whole host of fun and merry backgrounds for you to try, but if none of these tickle your tinsel, a quick google search will bring up loads of other options! Check out our Christmas Zoom backgrounds and get the whole gang rocking around the Christmas tree with glee.
You may choose to generate bingo cards online using a number generator easily found with a quick search, but to keep in the Yuletide mood, think about using themed bingo tickets that you can print off. This way, there’s no preparation in generating your tickets and you can have tickets that will get the whole family in the mood for some Christmas celebrations.
When it comes to bingo calls, there are the traditional ones that you’ll be familiar with from regular bingo games, but this is a Noel bingo event so you should try and make your calls festive too, so you’ll all be rocking around the Christmas tree!
We’ve put together a list of rocking Christmas calls as a guide, but feel free to make up your own! The more the merrier. Check out our Christmas bingo calls cheat sheet to use to amp up the holiday spirit of your bingo night.
We’ve put together some decorative tickets for you to download and print off, so why not check them out and get daubing on a Nativity ticket?
You could turn your bingo night up to 11 by turning it into a full fledged Christmas bingo party! Why not dress up in your finest Christmas jumper, make sure everyone’s got a Buck’s Fizz, and of course, put up lots of tinsel and baubles! You want to feel like you’re all together, albeit virtual, so you have the best and most connected Christmas possible.
Why not make it a competition and award a prize for the best dressed? You, your family and friends, and your best elves can compete to see who pulls out the best Christmas jumper - or go all out and add antlers and tinsel to your outfit! With a prize for the best dressed you’re sure to see more outrageous and decorative outfits than ever before.
We've created 30 themed bingo tickets and a calling sheet, complete with festive variations on the traditional bingo calls. Download for free below!
For the little ones, why not try our fun game of picture bingo? We've put everything you'll need to keep the kids occupied this Christmas into one free download pack. This includds 30 picture bingo tickets, an easy to follow rules sheet and a callers cheat sheet for the parent or teacher!
Remember, we want to see how much you enjoy your Christmas bingo night, so remember to post photos to social media using the hashtag #OBChristmasBingo!
Hannah has written news articles and lifestyle blogs for three years. Venturing into the gambling industry Hannah is writing gambling content for Online Bingo and has written content for Lodgis Paris.
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