Top 12 New Year's Eve Games And Activities For Teens

Teens no longer enjoy the things they did as kids, such as making crafts, blowing the balloons, decorating, or playing a game with their families. So they would want to do something exciting with their peers on New Year’s Eve. In this post, we have combined some New Year’s Eve games for teens. If you are a parent of a teenager, you may be wondering what could keep them entertained in an appropriate manner while making memories. To help you with that, we have prepared a list of teen-approved party games for you. Your teens are going to love these activities, and this celebration party is going to be an absolute hit. Read on to find out what these fun games are.

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New Years Eve Games For Teens

1. Guessing the resolution

Guess the resolution, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Bowl

How To:

  1. Give each teen a sheet of paper and pen.
  1. Make each player write down his resolution of a piece of paper. Put all the slip of papers in a bowl and give it a shuffle.
  1. Pull out one slip of paper from the bowl and read it aloud. Every player has to write down the name of the person who made each resolution. And tell them to write their names on the back of the sheet.
  1. After reading out all the resolution, take the paper sheets from the players and check who has given correct guesses.
  1. The player that gives the most number of correct guesses will win a prize. You can even read out a few of the wrong guesses loud for laughter and fun. This is a hilarious New Year’s eve party games for teenagers.
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You could also ask the players to rank the resolutions at the end of the game.

2. Word guessing

Guess the word, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Pen
  • Stopwatch
  • Index cards

How To:

  1. Write down 100 words on the index cards like a laugh, plate, shoelace, blink, stare, grin or any word that you like. Now stack the cards and place in the center of the room.
  1. Divide the teens into two equal teams and tell them to sit, facing each other.
  1. Set the stopwatch or timer for one minute.
  1. Now have the first player for each time draw out a card from the stack and give clues to his teammate before the end of a minute.
  1. His teammates have to guess the word within the same one minute. If the teammates have successfully guessed the words, they will get a point.
  1. If the timer runs out, and the teammates are unable to guess the word, then the opposing team will get a bonus point.
  1. Take turns until all the cards are covered.
  1. Add up to see who is the winner. This is one of the interesting New Year’s eve activities for teens.

3. Four on the couch

Four on the couch, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • A four-seater couch and a few chairs.
  • At least 12 players
  • Slips of paper and pen
  • Chairs

How To:

  1. Arrange the chairs and couch in a circle.
  1. Divide the teens into two groups. Boys versus girls would be great.
  1. Make everyone sit on the chairs and some on the couch and give each one of them a slip of paper and pen. One seat should be empty.
  1. Tell each of the players to write their first name on the paper and hand it to you. Place the slips of paper in a hat and toss well. Now give each player the slips of paper again. Each player will get someone else’s name. The players have to keep the name a secret.
  1. The player sitting next to the empty seat has to start the game. She has to call out the name of the person written on her paper. The player has to get up and sit in the empty chair next to the former player.
  1. Repeat the procedure until the team gets four of its players on the couch.

4. Cotton ball blitz

Cotton ball blitz, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Two bowls for each player
  • Cotton balls
  • Vaseline

How To:

  1. Put two bowls in front of each team. One should be filled with cotton balls, and the other should be empty.
  1. Now ask the player to apply Vaseline on their noses. Set the timer for one minute and start the game.
  1. The player has to move the cotton balls from one bowl to another using just his nose.
  1. The player who moves most cotton balls will win the game.
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To make the game more challenging, increase the distance between the two bowls.

5. Ribbon dance

You Will Need:

  • Ribbon cut into 3-foot length

How To:

  1. Make sure you have an even number of players and one ribbon for every two players.
  1. Hold a bunch of ribbons from the middle of your hand, so that then ends dangle loose.
  1. Now tell each player to grab one end of the ribbon.
  1. Now let go of the ribbons. The two people who are holding onto the same ribbon will become dancing partners. Be ready for some funny dance pairings.

6. The secret sash

The secret sash, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Sheets of paper with each guest’s name
  • An assortment of small objects

How To:

  1. As your teen’s friends enter, give each of them ordinary objects like a pom pom, ball, and hair clip and so on.
  1. The players have to hide their object, but without concealing them. They have to try to hide the objects in their hair, hands and so on.
  1. At the end of the party, the players have to write down the name of each other’s object on a sheet of paper.
  1. The player with a correct answer will win the game.

7. Word mix

Word mix, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Pen

How To:

  1. Give every player each word that has something to do with New Year’s Eve.
  1. Now the players have to make as many words as they can using only the letters in the original word.
  1. Repeating a letter must not be allowed unless it’s repeated in the original words. Even proper nouns will not be counted as words.
  1. The teen who writes the most number of original words will be the winner.

8. What if

What if, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Pen
  • Index card

How To:

  1. Have the players write a question that starts with “What if.” The question can be related to New Year also. The questions can be funny, silly or even serious.
  1. Now shuffle the card and pass it to each player. If the player receives his question, then tell him to exchange the cards with another player.
  1. Now tell everyone to write the answer to his or her original question on the same index card.
  1. The first player will read the question, and the player next to him will read the answer. It will be fun listening to answers that make no sense at all.
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The funniest question-answer could also be given a prize.

9. Adverb charade

Adverb charade, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Nothing

How To:

  1. Divide the teens into teams.
  1. Now send one team member to another room. The rest of the teammates have to decide an adverb to act out to their ‘it.’
  1. After the teammates have decided on the adverb, ask the ‘it’ to come back to the room.
  1. The ‘it’ now has to guess the word. She can pick any teammate and give him a scenario to act out the word. The game will be real fun when the player has to give a silly scene for the others to act out.

10. Dancing with the mate

Dancing mate, New year eve games for teens

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You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Pen

How To:

  1. Write the names of different animals on each piece of paper. Each animal’s name needs to be written twice.
  1. Now tell the teens to stand in the middle of the room as you toss the slips of paper in the air.
  1. Once the paper falls, the players have to scramble to grab one.
  1. As soon as they grab one, they have to start acting like the animal in their paper while looking for their mate.
  1. Once they find their partner, they have to hurry up and sit down.
  1. The last pair standing will be out.

11. Ball drop game

Ball drop game

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You Will Need:

  • A bucket or a large container
  • Small balls (like ping pong balls)
  • Blindfold

How to:

  1. Place the bucket at a fixed spot.
  2. Blindfold a player and spin them around a few times.
  3. Hand them a ball and guide them to stand a few steps away from the bucket.
  4. The player tries to drop the ball into the bucket.
  5. Each successful drop earns a point.
  6. Take turns and tally scores to find the winner.

12. Name the celebrity game

Name the celebrity game

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You Will Need:

  • Sticky notes
  • Pen
  • Timer

How to:

  1. Write the names of celebrities on sticky notes.
  2. Stick a note on each player’s forehead without them seeing the title.
  3. Players ask yes/no questions to guess the celebrity on their note.
  4. Set a time limit for each player’s turn (e.g., two minutes).
  5. The player who guesses correctly in the least amount of time wins.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there any virtual New Year’s Eve games suitable for teens?

Games like virtual scavenger hunts, trivia games, Never Have I Ever, Bingo, and escape rooms are some examples that can be played with teens virtually on New Year’s Eve by changing and modifying some rules.

2. Can you suggest some easy-to-learn games for a New Year’s Eve party with teenagers?

Pictionary, Never Have I Ever, Sort Out, Pop the Confetti, Guess the Resolution, and Word Guessing are easy games with few to no rules. Even dancing your heart out to your favorite music can be a good idea. These games can be quickly learned and played among teens on New Year’s Eve.

3. Are there any New Year’s Eve games that involve technology or social media that would be popular with teenagers?

Online virtual reality games and social media New Year challenges, like collecting New Year-related coupons and items, solving and posting New Year puzzles, and other virtual games, like Bingo and charades, are some fun teen New Year’s Eve games, involving technology or social media.

4. Can you suggest any New Year’s Eve games with teenagers that could be played outdoors, weather permitting?

Games like flashlight tag, musical chair, dance party, New Year’s Eve Scattergories, passing the ball, and capturing the flag are some exciting games for teens that could be played outdoors on New Year’s Eve.

5. What are some prizes or rewards I could offer for winning New Year’s Eve games for teens?

Some prizes or rewards you could offer for winning New Year’s Eve games for teens include gift cards, coupons, stationeries, accessories, movie tickets, snacks, drinks, and small tech gadgets. However, the type of gifts may vary with the budget.

It is essential to plan some New Year’s Eve games for teens since they may no longer be interested in games they enjoyed as kids. Guessing the resolution, word guessing, four on the couch, cotton ball blitz, ribbon dance, karaoke competition, the secret sash, dancing with mate, and word mix are some games preferred by adolescents. You may organize games and activities that are more interactive for teens than making crafts or arts to make their new year’s eve memorable. You may also set up a photo booth for everyone to take a memorable picture to remember the day. Choose activities based on the interests of your teen and their peers and ensure to provide refreshments to keep them entertained and energetic even before the countdown begins.

Infographic: Interesting Games For Teens To Play On New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is about spending time with friends and family and making the occasion even more exciting. Adding fun games to the celebration could be a great option. Check out the infographic below for some excellent game ideas to suggest and include for your teens to make New Year’s Eve memorable.

exciting new year s eve games for teens (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Teenagers love activities that are fun and exciting.
  • Fun games like What If or The Secret Sash can keep them engaged.
  • Popular games like Guessing The Resolution or Word Guessing encourage active communication and involvement of all players.
  • Physical activities like Cotton Ball Blitz and Ribbon Dance can make the party a hit.
New Years Eve Games For Teens_illustration

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Ring in the New Year with these 10 fun and unique party games! From charades to scavenger hunts, get ready for a night of laughter and fun!

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Elisa Yi
Elisa YiEarly childhood educator
Elisa has 17 years of experience in early childhood education as a teacher and a director. With a passion to work with young kids, she did her post graduation in Education and received her online teaching certificate from California State University, East Bay.

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