'The Christmas Crimes'  Game Synopsis

8 or 9, with optional adult player.

Bebe Bumbletree is hosting a Christmas party for all her friends and is determined for everything to be perfect. The eggnog has snowman-shaped ice cubes floating in it, she’s borrowed Christmas music from her parents’ CD collection, and she has even hung mistletoe in hopes of catching her secret crush, Barry Broadbarn, underneath. She rented a Christmas movie for them all to watch and has bought and wrapped a gift for each of her guests, which she carefully placed under the tree. Everything is perfectly planned – that is, until strange things start happening, things Bebe is not expecting, and certainly won’t stand for. Before the night is through, the Christmas Crimes will be solved!

A Christmas themed kid's mystery party. Three mini-mysteries: The mystery of the headless snowman, the case of the toppled tree and the mystery of the missing presents. Optional adult player and even the family pet can join in the fun!

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  • Host Instructions
  • Guest Instructions
  • Character Descriptions
  • Character Motives
  • Game Clues
  • Print-able Invitations
  • Email-able Invitations
  • Invitation Tracking
  • Name Tags
  • Pre-Game Clues
  • Suggested Recipes
  • Tips from Other Hosts
  • Bulk Emailing Tools
  • Scripts (Large Group Games Only)
  • Cast Materials (Large Group Games Only)

Team-Building Features (Available only in Team Building version)

  • Facilitator's Instructions
  • Team Assignments Tools
  • Team Building Activities
  • Table Tents
  • Team Building Tips and Suggestions
  • Questionnaires and Team Review Tools
  • Awards

Murder Mystery Reviews

I used this game as an alternative to a Holiday Party at school. The kids had a blast! I split the kids up into groups (characters were duplicated to accommodate for the larger number of children). Parent volunteers were the "parent hosts" for each smaller group and the kids came back together as a whole class for a pizza party, movie and snack. The rest of the time they were in their small groups, in different parts of the school, solving the crimes. They are still talking about it!
Cynthia R. - Hyde Park Elementary School
Sunday, February 01, 2009