Christmas Murder Mystery: T'was the Night Before Murder

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A fun family Christmas Murder Mystery Party set in the North Pole! A fun Christmas-spirited murder mystery party for 8-16+ guests ages 13 to 112! There is an expandable Elf character that can be expanded to as many optional characters as you need!

If you have done the Rudy Reindeer game, this game will be too similar - as this is the 'murder' version of the Rudy Reindeer 'non-murder' game. 

 This is the instant download version of the game, no waiting, no shipping fees - everything you need is included in the download, so nothing needs to be shipped.  For the boxed version, see the link below under the 'Helpful Links' section.

You will receive a host instruction file, printables file, and a solution file with this game. The free invitation is below, under helpful links. 

Game revised on 8/25/21. 

Four out of ten difficulty.


Helpful Links:

Click here to view the character list!
Click here for the free, printable invitation!
Click here to view the sample game
Click here to view the 10 character expansion pack.
Click here for the boxed set: have My Mystery Party staff prepare your game kit!
Direct your guests to the corresponding pre-game site at 'Your Mystery Party'

How to host a large party with this mystery game: 

    • 16 unique character roles from the main game
    • 10 unique character roles from the expansion pack (purchased separately)
    • Up to 15 players as members of Gab's Bag Stuffing Crew to play with Gab the Elf (main game)
    • Up to 15 players as members of Pong the Penguin's family (expansion pack #1


      Therefore, you have 26 unique player roles and the ability to expand your guest list with two expandable characters - cover over 56 players in your game.  

Mystery synopsis:


It's time for the annual pre-Christmas meeting at Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus’s home in the North Pole.  This is the bustling time of the year when Christmas workers need to stop working for a moment and come together to discuss how Christmas is unraveling.  You must attend this meeting, as you play an essential role at the North Pole!  This is where your story begins!


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Minimum age:
13 years
Number of players:
8-16 players
Available expansion pack:
10 players
Available expandable teams?:
Expandable to over 55 players with duplicate player teams
Gender of players: