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Christmas Cracker – Free Icebreaker

Duration: 10 - 15 minutes

Intended for:

This variation on a simple ice breaker has a festive theme that makes it ideal to run during the Christmas period. Participants usually enjoy taking part in this and it sets up any training event in a very positive way.

The free icebreaker will work equally well whether or not participants already know each other.

Training course contents:

You can download the instructions to help run the icebreaker, ‘Christmas Cracker’ from the link at the bottom of this page or follow the notes below.

Resources Needed – enough Christmas Crackers for each participant and for course facilitators to have one each.

Make sure everyone in the room has a Christmas cracker.

Explain that you will be asking participants to pair up in a moment. When they pair up you will ask them to introduce themselves to each other by giving their name, department, job role and any other information you want them to exchange.

Say that you then want them to pull their Christmas crackers and put on their novelty hat. They should then read the riddle, motto or joke to their partner.

Finally, ask them to tell the other person what is the best or worst ever Christmas present they have ever had (and why). Alternatively you could ask them to say what Christmas present they would buy (and who for) if money was no object.

Check that everyone understands the instructions and then ask them to start. After two minutes or so ask them to find another partner and to repeat the process of introducing themselves, reading the motto from their Christmas cracker, and then talking about their best/worst/ideal present.

Keep going until all participants have spoken to each other or after a few goes if the group is too large to allow this. Make sure you join in the activity yourself as this will help to maintain the Christmas spirit.

Some festive background music works well whilst this activity is underway.


Use this icebreaker to help break the ice at the beginning of a festive training session.

Christmas Cracker – Free Icebreaker


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