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 are expandable characters 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.  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.

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 free invite including the expansion pack. 
Click here for the instant download version of this game.
Direct your guests to the corresponding pre-game site at 'Your Mystery Party'

This game has pre-game announcement cards instead of tasks, given the family format.

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

Minimum age:
13 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 4/10
Gender of character roles:
Minimum # of players:
8 players
Kit sizes:
5 different kit sizes, ranging up to a total of 46 players.
Expandable teams?:
Yes, kits C (5), D (10) & E (20) have expandable team players.
Date of publication:
Last revised on 8/25/21
Unique content:
Family-safe murder (not 'serious.') No pre-game tasks - there are announcement cards.
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 4
    What a Fun Evening!

    Posted by Allison on Nov 25th 2019

    We did this mystery for our office Christmas Party! We had so much fun and the guests had a great time with their roles! It was easy to prepare for and set up for the evening at a restaurant. Of course, it was better that we had the private party area since we were a bit loud with all the laughing! I'm still getting texts from people telling me how much they enjoyed the game. We will definitely be doing this again!

  • 5
    Merriest Christmas of them all!

    Posted by Connie on Jan 5th 2017

    Our family of 12 played this on December 25, 2016 and it was a scream! Will be doing this again. Super easy to put together and fun to play.