ESL Christmas Game: Stop Santa’s Sleigh

11 Dec, 2018

ESL Christmas Game: Stop Santa’s Sleigh

Stop Santa’s Sleigh is a simple festive activity that works well with teens and even adults. In this activity students play in pairs. The teach gives students a category such as ‘Name three Christmas traditions” and then the students have to write three Christmas traditions and then say ‘Stop Santa’s Sleigh’  are the winner of that round. Keep reading to find a printable list of categories and the full instructions.

Activity time:  10 minutes +

Level: Teens and adults  (B1 +)

Skills practiced: Vocabulary and speaking


  1. First, put students in pairs.
  2. Tell your students that you are going to give them a category related to Christmas and they must write 3 things that answer the question. 
  3. Do one practice round with students and then start the activity.
  4. Find a list of categories below.



Three Christmas decorations

Three Christmas traditions

Three Christmas Carols

Three Christmas movies

Three things you eat at Christmas

Three Christmas presents

Three things on your christmas table

Three green Christmas decorations

Name three of Santa’s reindeer

Name three things you would decorate a snowman with

Name three bad presents


Don’t forget to comment with any ideas, suggestions or successes!

More Christmas activities
Discover more Christmas activities for kids, teens and adults.

ESL Christmas Quiz – This great no-prep Christmas quiz is great for teens and adults and covers Christmas cultural knowledge, vocabulary, Christmas music.

ESL Christmas Tongue Twisters – A collection of Christmas tongue twisters to practice pronunciation with young learners and teen and even adults.

Christmas Story Recall – In this activity, students watch/listen to a short Christmas story and then they try and rewrite/tell the story later.

ESL Christmas Charades – This activity is a great no-prep game for teens and adults to practice Christmas vocabulary.

Just a minute Christmas Challenge – In this activity students need to speak about a Christmas photo for one minute. This activity is great for teens and adults who are preparing for the B1 Exam (PET).

ESL Christmas Debate – In this activity, students have a debate on different statements related to Christmas. This activity is great for teens and adults with a higher level.

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David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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