Who Slayed Santa murder mystery party

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A fun Christmas murder mystery party game for ages 13+! There are 8 required characters and 17 optional characters - 25 unique players altogether! This is the instant download upon purchase version of the game - no waiting, no shipping fees! Easy to host, easy to prepare and you will have everything you need to play with the download - just print, prepare and play. Want the boxed set? No problem! Click on the link below under 'helpful links,' and have our staff prepare your kit. 

Note: Santa isn't the only one that kicks the bucket in this game - this is a traditional murder mystery game with a victim player. 


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). 


 Five out of ten for difficulty.This game was updated on 8/18/21.

Helpful Links:

 Host character list
Free, printable invitation!
 Sample game materials
 5 character Expansion Pack #1
 5 character Expansion Pack #2
 Boxed version - My Mystery Party staff prepare your game kit
Direct your guests here - the corresponding pre-game site at 'Your Mystery Party'


Mystery Synopsis:

Christmas City is a charming city in the North Pole dedicated year-round to the Christmas holiday. Popular businesses include Santa’s Workshop, which is the largest toy store in the world. Another fabulous hot spot is The Gingerbread Shop, which is known for the most fashionable Christmas couture, and of course, people flock from all around the world to spend a day at the awe-inspiring Winter Wonderland Amusement Park. Last but not least is The Egg Noggery which is a sweet shop world-renowned for their scrumptious gingerbread cookies and eggnog. Christmas City is also a popular vacation spot for the rich and famous as their ski slopes are the absolute best in the world.

Noel’s Tavern is the place to be in Christmas City where the locals relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of their lives in the city. Each year, Noel’s Tavern hosts the annual Christmas Jamboree to celebrate the hard work of the laborers in town that make Christmas around the world possible.

This year, an exciting list of guests have RSVP’d for the party, and the manager of Noel’s Tavern has high hopes that this will be the biggest holiday celebration ever! Unfortunately, the spirits of the citizens are dampened in Christmas City with the recent news of a heinous murder on Snowball Street. None other than Old Saint Nick was gunned down in cold blood! Currently, a vigorous investigation is underway, and the residents of Christmas City have become increasingly suspicious of each other.

Mayor Rudolph held a press conference and mandated the townspeople maintain business as usual. The mayor announced the annual bash at Noel's Tavern must go on, as Santa would have wanted it that way. You have RSVP’d for the party and have your perfect holiday inspired outfit picked out. 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
Gender of players:
Co-ed or All Female
Number of players:
8-25 players
Available expansion packs:
5 players, and 5 players
Date of publication:
2007. Last revised on 8/18/21
Unique content:
Quick fingerprint match-up for 'who slayed Santa' in addition to the actual murder mystery game.
Game license:
Single, private use. For the game license's Terms and Conditions, see below.


  • 5
    Always a fun event

    Posted by Noel on Oct 2nd 2021

    The characters are fun. And premise is entertaining. I always tweak the format a bit because it suits our group better. I do an introductory round where we go around and each person introduces him/her self to group with a prewritten line or two. This will be our group’s 4th murder mystery and a party that everyone looks forward to. (We actually won’t be doing this party until Jan 2022…the house will still be decorated from Christmas). Also I have found that it is easier if my husband and I don’t take an official role. For this one I will be Noel and he will be the bartender.

  • 5
    Very Entertaining!

    Posted by Vanessa on Jan 10th 2021

    We had a blast with this mystery! Only thing I could say negative was the instructions were unclear at times on the order of events. Made hosting a little difficult. Other than having to wing a couple times it was awesome! ------------------------------------------------------------ FROM MY MYSTERY PARTY STAFF: We hate to hear the instructions were not clear. We'll be contacting you for more details. We are glad you had a blast! Thank you for your feedback!

  • 5
    Super Fun!

    Posted by Evie Wright on Dec 21st 2020

    Highly recommended distraction in this (covid) time of reduced sized gatherings. Boosted everyone's spirits, even a advance thanks to pre-game tasks, costume and menu suggestions

  • 4
    Who Slayed Santa

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 26th 2019

    I ordered this for a company Christmas party and it was a hit. The only reason I am giving this a 4 star is for this reason: I think you should have a blank line where it tells you to hide the victim sign & murder weapon so that people have the option to decide where to hide it and so that the victim knows where to grab it as well. Our office has bathrooms (like the instruction) but our bathrooms are not co-ed and with having both males and females playing this game with trying to keep everything a surprise, it was hard to place the objects. Other than that, the game itself was very organized and everyone had fun! ------------------------------------------------------------- From My Mystery Party Staff: We truly appreciate your feedback! Glad you enjoyed yourself at the party! We're always here via email/phone to give you options when you meet a stumbling block such as having co-ed restrooms. We've come across company parties with co-ed bathrooms and have seen that making a simple announcement at the start of round two for the victim to contact one of the hosts to find out where the kit will be is a quick and easy fix. And, the host can play without knowing the victim until round two.

  • 5
    Very enjoyable

    Posted by Brendan on Dec 11th 2019

    Loved playing this game! Certainly one I would recommend, but would also recommend people really get into the detective element, it was definately for serious people!

  • 5
    Fabulous Office Christmas Party

    Posted by Amanda on Dec 6th 2019

    We used this party pack to host our office Christmas party and it went FABULOUS. Everyone had a blast, and everything we needed was included to make it go smoothly. Highly highly recommend.

  • 5
    Laughed the whole night

    Posted by Chris on Dec 22nd 2018

    Our group laughed the whole night. Thanks for making such a fun game!

  • 4
    Standard formula, I did like the extra trimmings

    Posted by Matthew Skinner on Nov 21st 2017

    The last time I played I was the murderer, this was a great choice for my work do. I would recommend this one to anyone.

  • 5
    christmas in july

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 31st 2017

    I had a Christmas in July party with the Who Slayed Santa murder mystery theme. SOOO much fun! All the instructions were thorough and easy to follow. The characters were interesting and fun and the story line was easy to follow. Also loved the bonus games included. We even had my 85 year old grandma up and doing the elf and reindeer dance challenge! Recommend MyMysteryParty to everyone! I am planning on buying a scavenger hunt from this site as well to do at our annual family campout! Fun for all ages!!