Christmas Reindeer Mystery Party

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A hilarious family Christmas non-murder mystery party game set in the North Pole! A fun Christmas-spirited mystery party for 8-16+ players, ages 12+ due to difficulty. There is an expandable Elf character that can be expanded into a team of however many you need and an expansion pack (purchased separately) with eight more unique character roles and two more expandable teams to cover 80+ players. This is the instant download upon purchase version of the game - no waiting, no shipping fees! Easy to host, easy to prepare. 

If you have done the T'was the Night Before Murder game, this game will be too similar - as this is the 'non-murder' version of the T'was the Night 'murder' game. This is the traditional in-person, mingling format. If you need a virtual game for Christmas to play on Zoom or other video chat platform - we got your back.  Click here for the virtual selection. At this time, we do have a murder and non-murder virtual Christmas game. 


Included: there are four PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file, solution key, and an optional free invitation file.  You must use Adobe Reader (free software that you can download at to view the PDF file, as a PDF is an Adobe product.   

Format: this is a traditional, mingling, clue-based game (downloadable version) for in-person groups. For virtually-formatted games that are ideal for video chat platforms, click here.  

Gifting: the standard game license does not allow transfers, so you cannot purchase a download as a gift. For gifts, click here for gift certificates, or use the link below for the boxed version of the game (party pack).   

Four out of ten star difficulty.

Helpful Links:

Host character list
Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials
8 character expansion pack - Purchase separately
Boxed version - My Mystery Party will prepare your party ready kit
Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at Your Mystery Party


Mystery Synopsis:

It's time for the annual pre-Christmas meeting at Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus's home at the North Pole. Amid the hustle and bustle, the Christmas workers must halt in their tracks to gather and discuss the status of the big toy delivery on Christmas Eve.

Hopefully, everyone will attend the meeting with reports of surpassed goals and deadlines met with ease. There's not a minute to spare since a record number of kids are on the nice list this year.

Rumor has it the sleigh's navigation system is in dire need of repair, Rudy has lost his nose cover, the nice and naughty list needs to be verified, and someone is trying to sabotage the delivery through multiple avenues. We are swimming in dangerous times at the North Pole, as any minor problem could trigger a domino effect that ends with Christmas being canceled.

This is where your story begins.

How to Host a Larger Party:

Invite the following guests to play the roles below:

  • 16 unique main game players
  • Up to 20+ duplicate Bag Stuffing Crew Members (from the main game)
  • 8 unique players from expansion pack #1 (purchased separately)
  • Up to 20+ duplicate Penguin Family Members (from expansion pack #1)
  • Up to 20+ duplicate Arctic Prospectors (from expansion pack #1)

When you use an expandable team, you will assign each team member to the lead character on the character list. For example, invite 16 members to play the role of Gab the Elf. When the guests arrive, they are to assemble into a team and select a lead character. One player will actually play the role during the game and the rest of the members will play along as Gab the Elf's crew.

The expandable players will receive duplicate materials to their team during the game. They will mingle about and play just like everybody else, but they will not have unique clues to their character, but rather to their team leader. These roles are great to expand the guest list while giving everybody a role in the game. Assign the most outgoing players to the unique players and the more shy/reserved guests to the expandable players.

Follow My Mystery Party's board Christmas Mystery Party - Who Kidnapped Rudy Reindeer on Pinterest.

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

Minimum age:
12 years for difficulty. With a family, if you have an under 12 year player, put them into an optional role.
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 4/10
Gender of players:
Co-ed - see the host character list for details.
# of players:
8-16 unique roles
Expansion pack:
8 unique roles and 2 additional expandable teams(purchased separately)
3 expandable teams with main game (1) and expansion pack (2) to add 60+ team players to your game.
Publication date:
2007, last revised in 2022.
Unique content:
Non-murder game. Ransom note and end-of-the-game hunt for Rudy (a sign).
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 5
    It was a lot of fun.

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 2nd 2022

    It took a bit to get the papers, etc. organized, but once we started playing it was lots of laughts.

  • 5
    Fun for All!!

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 1st 2020

    We had a family mystery party with 8 people ranging in age from 12 to 71. We used the game as an evening activity. Since we were all family we did not use the ice-breaker trivia questions in Round 1. But we did share a few and found them to be very entertaining. We also did not do the word scramble from Round 2 due to time constraints. We all loved the evening and would definitely like to try another mystery game.

  • 5
    Great way to get people together.

    Posted by Melissa Grassmann on Dec 12th 2017

    I was looking for something new to do and I think I found it. This was so much fun, my adult children loved it. What a great day!