Christmas Murder Mystery: Christmas Catastrophe

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A fun family Christmas murder mystery party for ages 12+! There are 6 required characters and 6 optional characters - 12 unique players altogether! There are two 5 character expansion packs available for this game - click the link below to access them. This murder mystery isn't a 'serious' murder, so it is safe for family fun!

Select the party ready option above, and our staff will fold and slip the clue cards for rounds one, two, and three into the envelopes to prevent you from seeing spoilers on the round cards. If you do not select this option, you will have some assembly required with your kit. The download version is a different product and does not come with the party pack, as they are not seamless and materials should not be used together. 

Four out of ten star difficulty.

Helpful Links:

Click here to view the character list!
Click here for the free, printable invitation!
Click here for the 5 character expansion pack #1 character list - makes a 17 player game.  Invitation for the 17 player kit - click here. 
Click here for the 5 character expansion pack #2 character list - makes the 22 player game Invitation for the 23 player kit - click here. 
Click here to view sample game materials.
Click here for the instant download version of the game
Direct your guests to the corresponding pregame site at 'Your Mystery Party'


Mystery Synopsis:

In Christmas Village, tucked away deep inside of the North Pole, preparations for Christmas happen 364 days per year. Each year, the coveted Christmas Icon award is bestowed upon the hardest working and most effective holiday helper. Most of the time, the award is granted to a toy shop elf. This year, it is rumored to be between none other than Icy the Snowman and the Gingerbread Man. Expect the unexpected, as anybody in the town is a potential winner. The recipient of this award will receive a cash bonus and special privileges such as a year's supply of chestnuts, an added vacation day during the year, power to change one law of Christmas, and a guaranteed spot in the legendary Claus Hall of Fame.

The big night of toy delivery is quickly approaching, and the townspeople are hustling and bustling. Silver bells are ringing, and eggnog and sugar plums are bountiful. Mrs. Claus has invited everybody in town to Santa's Cottage for a quick celebration and official announcement of the Christmas Icon of the year award. The excited townspeople are practicing their carols and preparing their most holiday-spirited attire for this annual festivity. Anticipation is hanging thick in the frosted air. Unfortunately, there is always holiday strife between colleagues this time of year, but hopefully, the townsfolk of Christmas Village can let the year's bygones be bygones and show nothing but their best Christmas cheer – at least for the sake of the children on the nice list.

You are a resident of the North Pole and were invited to this event by Mrs. Claus. There are a few Christmas personalities you'd rather not be in the same room with, but everybody must do what Mrs. Claus wants, or they will pay the price. You never know – you might even win the Christmas Icon award this year, as stranger things have happened in the North Pole! This is where your story begins.

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If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here. 

Minimum age:
12 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 4/10
Gender of character roles:
Co-ed or All female
Minimum # of players:
6 players
Kit sizes:
3 different kit sizes, ranging up to a total of 22 players.
Expandable teams?:
Date of publication:
Last revised on December 2019
Unique content:
Menu suggestions & bonus party games