Murder at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

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A hilarious ugly Christmas sweater themed murder mystery party game for 8-20 guests, ages 14 and up (due to difficulty) - instantly downloadable upon purchase. There are 50 unique players available with both expansion packs (purchased separately) and the game may be expanded to 200+ players (see the breakdown below on how to host a large party and the host character list). This is the instant download. You will have instant access to everything you need to play the game - nothing needs to be shipped, so you avoid shipping fees. For the party pack version (boxed set), free invite, and free player pre-game site, click on the link below in 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). 

6.jpgThis game was updated on 08/24/21.

Helpful Links:

 Host character list
 Free, printable invitation
 Sample game materials
 10+ character expansion pack#1 (Purchased separately)
 20+ character expansion pack#2 (Purchased separately)
 Boxed version - our staff prepares your game
 Prop Emporium - there are many fun props, invites, etc.
 Free pre-game site for your players at Your Mystery Party
 Gift Certificates - give a gift of fun.



Murder Mystery Synopsis:

The Snowflake Lodge is hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party again this year. The townspeople of Snow Falls are excited about the holiday celebration, as the lodge is where the who's who of society will flock to show off their not-so-fashionable holiday attire.

Unfortunately, sparks have flown between some of the guests lately with rumors of blackmail, greed, and revenge.  However, everyone has high hopes that the holiday spirit will be enough to quench the scandals - at least long enough for everybody to have a good time at the party.

You've received your ticket to the party. Now it's time to hunt for the tackiest holiday sweater you can find. This is where your story begins.

How to Host a Larger Party:

  • 20 characters with the main game
  • 10 characters with expansion pack #1 (purchased separately)
  • 20 characters with expansion pack #2 (purchased separately)
  • Up to 25+ additional duplicate players as RBC News reporters with Donnor Couric (main game player - you do not need to purchase the expansion pack to expand the game unless you want more unique player roles.)
  • Up to 25+  additional duplicate players as Snowflake Lodge Staff with Olly Joy (expansion pack #1 player)
  • Up to 25+  additional duplicate players as Harold Flake's mooching friends (expansion pack #2 player)
  • Up to 25+ additional duplicate players as Employees of The Gingerbread Shop with Ginger Breadman (expansion pack #2 player)

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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:
14 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 6/10
Gender of players:
Co-ed or All Female (most)
# of players:
8-20 players plus expandable team (non-suspect team)
Expansion packs:
10 players, 20 players (both purchased separately)
Expands to over 200 players with teams (including expansion packs)
Date of publication:
November, 2013. Last revised on 08/24/21
Game license:
Single, private use. See the game license's Terms and Conditions below.


  • 5
    Perfect December Birthday Party

    Posted by Angela on Dec 19th 2023

    I purchased this for my son's 30th birthday party and it turned out to be the best party ever. The suspects arrived in all their ugly Christmas sweaters and they remained in character until the end. Great fun and fellowship. Thank you.

  • 5
    So much fun was had by everyone!

    Posted by Monique Pruitt on Dec 14th 2023

    We purchased the Murder at the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party to use at their Ugly Sweater Party. It was great! People who normally would not interact outside of their departments were talking to everyone. I appreciate that the cards tell each character who they need to find, and who they should talk too, and the game was so good that nobody actually guessed the killer! They were so surprised when the "killer" confessed. This is the second kit we have purchased and it was excellent. I definitely recommend this kit.

  • 5
    Great fun!

    Posted by Amanda Johnson on Dec 3rd 2023

    I purchased this for my classroom to have my seniors in high school play. I used it to teach argumentative writing and it was so much fun. The students dressed up and played along and it was hilarious when they found out the murderer. I completely recommend it.

  • 5
    Perfect Office party

    Posted by Holly Spooner on Dec 28th 2022

    This was the perfect office party game. Everyone came in their ugly sweaters and the game was easy to follow. All participated and had a great time. I recommend for parties where you may not know everyone. I found that people really got into it!

  • 4
    Murder at the ugly Christmas sweater party

    Posted by Sheila on Dec 19th 2022

    It was very reasonably priced and the directions were easy to follow and getting things ready was simple and didn't break the bank. We are doing this mystery on Christmas eve and all invited can't wait for everything to play out. Others I have told about it are very interested in having a party too and the best thing is I can organize all of it for them to enjoy too. Can't wait to try other ones!

  • 5
    Great fun with students!

    Posted by Amanda on Dec 5th 2022

    To provide something fun for my students to write and argumentative essay, I decided to try this mystery out. It was so much fun! The kids had a blast and even dressed in ugly sweaters. It was a great way to get them to write.

  • 5
    My holiday office party was a blast

    Posted by Courtney on Dec 20th 2021

    I ordered the Party Ready Pack for my office holiday party this year and everyone had a blast! We had 20 people so it was the perfect number. I would recommend the host go over the forensic report a few times before the party and just give a summary to your guests because it's a lot to take in at first. About half our group guessed the murderer so it wasn't too easy or too hard

  • 5
    Great cast - fun for our small work group party!

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 18th 2021

    We just might make this a holiday tradition. Our small group and our significant others had a great time at the Snowflake Lodge!

  • 5
    Absolutely Perfect

    Posted by Taylor B on Dec 16th 2021

    I was nervous hosting my first murder mystery party but this company helped me pull off an amazing event for my birthday!! Everything was so easy to plan and facilitate. I had about 20 guests and they all came ready to play with ugly sweaters and suggested props. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone even considering it. I wish I had used the pre-game feature, but everything was perfect even without it. I chose to do appetizers throughout the night instead of a sit down dinner and that too worked out really well. Only one person was actually able to solve the mystery. Overall the game was excellent and we all had a great time!