Crazy Christmas Catastrophe mystery party

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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! This is the instant download version of the game, no waiting, no shipping fees - everything you need is included in the download. For the boxed version, see the link below under the 'Helpful Links' section.

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
5 character Expansion pack #1 - Purchase separately
5 character Expansion pack #2 - Purchase after Expansion pack #1
Boxed version - My Mystery Party staff prepare your party ready kit
Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game 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 players:
Co-ed or All Female
# of players:
6-12 players
Expansion pack:
5 players, and 5 players
Date of publication:
Unique content:
Family-safe murder (not 'serious'), Christmas Icon Award Certificate
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 5
    Family Fun

    Posted by Railene on Nov 26th 2022

    I hosted the Crazy Christmas Catastrophe this week with guests from 9 years old - 74 years old. Everyone had an absolute ball. Was great to see the kids and teens getting into character and also writing down clues, interrogating us all. Highly recommend this for some serious family fun.

  • 5
    It Works!

    Posted by Cindy W on Dec 28th 2020

    I was skeptical that this would provide the level of interaction amongst our group I was looking for, but it did! We played with 12 players. The goal was to do rounds between drinks and meals as recommended, but it was tough with a larger group, so just did all three rounds after dinner. It still worked great. At the end when everyone was sharing their suspect and motive, there was still quite a bit of chatter! Really fun and took just under an hour total in the method we did it.

  • 5
    Fun Game

    Posted by Annette on Dec 19th 2019

    We used this for our office Christmas party. It was fun. I wish there were more characters that were gender swappable. Like Mitzy the Elf, we didn't have enough women so we changed that character to Mitchy the Elf. We downloaded the materials. If I would have ordered in time, we totally would have gotten the box set so no one would know who the guilty character was. We used an angel halo headband and caution tape for the victim. It was a hoot! We had a good time with this product and I would highly recommend this.

  • 4
    Lots of Fun

    Posted by Rebecca on Dec 2nd 2019

    We have done a lot of Murder Mysteries and I was very pleased with this one. I wanted something that would work for 6 people because we planned to do it after our Thanksgiving dinner. We did it with no advance prep, except for preparing the parts and clues to pass out. Even without costumes or characters having advance notice, it was really fun.

  • 5
    Silly and Fun Mystery Dinner

    Posted by Tyrel Somers on Dec 13th 2017

    Great for small parties. Loved playing over the top characters. Created an incredible experience for all!