Fun Event & Activity Ideas

Christmas Tree Scramble

This is a great event to get your kids working together doing something really fun and competitive. You will need transportation (to a surplus store or dollar store for Christmas decorations) unless your church is really close to one already.

Give each team a given time to acquire decorations and decorate their tree. (60 minutes or so . . . enough time to judge the trees at the end, hang out, and eat Christmas cookies.

Each team receives:


  1. A fake tree…all teams must have the same size tree, of course

  2. $5 for supplies

  3. Starter kit of decorations

Goal: Decorate your team's tree. Trees will be judged on Beauty, Economy (money efficiency), Creativity, and ÒPizzazzÓ (over-the-top uniqueness).

You may:


  • buy decorations with your teams money

  • trade decorations with a stranger

  • use only decorations that do not need to be returned to their previous owner

  • make decorations out of recycled materials

  • trade decorations with another group

You may not:

  • take decorations from your house or a friendÕs house (everything must cost you something)

  • use decorations that need to be returned

  • sabotage another teamÕs decorations

  • spend your own money

  • use pyrotechnics

  • damage your tree

Idea by Scott Kobewka

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3 Comments

  1. Kevin kansas
    December 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Kevin , we should play this at the Christmas party and at youth group on Wednesday night.

  2. hamzeh
    May 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thank you

  3. Daisy Hernandez
    November 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

    This is a really good and neat idea. I will recreate this activity with my group.

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