ESL Christmas Game: Stop Santa’s Sleigh

    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


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