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There Might Be No Christmas - 30 Minute Mystery

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$29.95



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There Might Be No Christmas

$29.95
Add intrigue to your next party with this mystery game, set at a the North Pole.
Format: 30 Minute Mystery
Setting: The North Pole
Players: 8-16 (Standard Game)
17-100+ (Expanded Game)
Time: 30+ minutes
Ages: Family / Children
Story
Santa's presents are gone! We need them back tonight!

Backstory

Your guests will play the roles of various inhabitants of the North Pole, including elves, reindeer, snowmen, and other creatures from Christmas folklore. Santa Claus has summoned everyone to his workshop. The normally jolly old man has a stern look on his bearded face as he solemnly tells us that his workshop has been broken into and his magic sack of Christmas presents has been stolen! Without the sack, there can be no Christmas.

Solving the Mystery

Santa has called everyone to gather because they are under suspicion of theft! One of the helpers is responsible, and the group needs to find out who. There's no time to spare; it's Christmas Eve, and if the sack of toys isn't recovered soon, Santa won't be able to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls!

Characters

There are 8 primary characters in this game. Read the "How to Play" section for instructions on how to play this game with more than 8 people.

  • Donner: One of Santa's eight tiny reindeer, Donner is well known for his frequent complaints regarding the difficulty of the Christmas sleigh flight.
  • Ivan Blizzard: Lead Foreman at the Toy Factory, Ivan is an enthusiastic go-getter whose utter devotion to Christmas has never been questioned.
  • Ernest Winters: One of Santa's elves, Ernest's enthusiasm for Christmas has notably waned in the past six months.
  • Kristina Kringle: Also known as the Christmas Fairy, Kristina Kringle was once a famous holiday icon; some suspect that she is bitter that Santa Claus has stolen her glory.
  • Caroline Claus: Mrs. Claus is Santa's wife and second-in-command; she is one of the most beloved inhabitants of the North Pole.
  • Tonya Baum: A beautifully decorated singing Christmas tree planted outside the Toy Factory, Tonya is a gentle soul who always has a kind word and a Christmas carol for any passersby.
  • Jacky Frost: An animated snowwoman brought to life by an enchanted hat, Jacky Frost is responsible for imbuing all of Santa's toys with a dash of Christmas magic.
  • The Krampus: Santa's least-beloved helper, the Krampus is the monster who brings coal and switches to the children on Santa's "naughty" list.

How to Play

Our line of 30 Minute Mysteries is specially designed for fast setup and easy play. All you need to do to get started is:

  1. Print out the party guide
  2. Gather a group of players
  3. Hand out character sheets and name tags
  4. Follow the party guide instructions

Best of all, the party facilitator can choose whether they join in the game and solve the mystery along with the other guests!

Playing the Game

While this mystery has 8 primary characters, it is designed to accommodate any number of additional players. See the "Expanded Game for Large Groups" section below if you have more than 8 players.

Each of the players will be assigned a character and given a character sheet that explains who or what their character is, what information their character knows, and how their character should respond to events that occur during the game.

The game will progress in rounds.

Round One will start with the party's host or hostess reading a script that explains the nature of the mystery that is afoot. After the introduction is read, each player at the table will share a piece of information from their character sheet, and all the other players will have an opportunity to respond to that piece of information.

Round Two begins with the host sharing a clue that should shed further light on the mystery. After the clue is revealed, the players will once again go around the table, providing another piece of information and then responding.

Round Three, the final round, begins with the host sharing the last clue. The players then go around the table a final time, sharing their last piece of information and responding to each other.

By this point, the players should have learned enough information to be able to piece together a theory about who was responsible for the murder. Each player (or team) will say the name of the person who they think is responsible. The host will then read the final page of the mystery aloud, revealing the culprit. Any player or couple who correctly guessed the identity of the killer is declared a winner.

From start to finish, the entire game should generally only require half an hour to complete.

Note: As the host or hostess, there are certain times when you will be called upon to read aloud passages from this booklet. Passages that are meant to be read aloud will be clearly labeled and contained in a gray box.

What Do I Need in Order to Play?

Our 30 Minute Mysteries are specifically designed to not require very much in the way of supplies. All you really need is:

  • a table to sit around (or a large playing area where the guests can sit in a circle)
  • a group of players (minimum 8 people)
  • a printed copy of this booklet
  • a pair of scissors (to cut out nametag placards for each character)
  • pencils or pens for each player

Optional:

  • Scratch paper (for players to take notes on)
  • Folders (to help players conceal their character sheets)

If you wish to do so, you may also choose to provide prizes for the winner or winners (any players who accurately identify the culprit). Some suggested prizes might include candy, bath and body products, homemade treats or any other small, inexpensive gift item; remember that it is possible for multiple players to win, so if you choose to offer prizes, make sure you have enough on hand!

Expanded Game For Large Groups

If you have more than 8 players, there are three ways that you can accommodate everyone:

  • Investigator Role - Using this method, eight guests play the primary characters while the remainder of the guests each play the Investigator role. Players in this role are not suspects and do not have character backgrounds but can question the suspects and try to solve the mystery along with the other players.
  • Teams - Each primary character can be played by 2 or more people that work together as a team. This works well if you've invited several couples to your event, but also works if you break up your guests into eight larger teams of 3 or more guests.
  • Multiple Groups - If you have 16 or more guests, you can break them up into groups of 8 players and run multiple instances of the game on their own. This method is best for large events (e.g. fundraisers) where each table of people can play through the game independently. This method goes well with the Investigator method, which allows you the flexibility to add more than 8 people to any group.

Both the standard and expanded games are included with the purchase of any game kit.

What's Included

There Might Be No Christmas is a 26-page downloadable PDF file that you print at home. It includes the following features:

  • An introduction that explains the basic principles of running a 30-Minute Mystery
  • A detailed party guidebook that will walk you through the event in a simple, easy-to-understand format
  • Nametags and character sheets for each player - the character sheets include special goals and information unique to each character
  • Step-by-step printing instructions
  • And much more!
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01 11 201909:10 PM
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A wonderful family Christmas Party
We did the “There Might Be No Christmas “. It was supposed to happen on Christmas Eve and that is when we played it. It was a family thing and we had ages 9 to 74. We needed 3 more parts so I decided on Ms. Marple, Lieutenant Columbo, and Jacque Closeau the 3 detectives. Our son played Inspector Closeau ( from the Pink Panther) so well that we all laughed historically. We loved the way our parts were written out for us to know what to say. It was great fun!!
  • The house was already decorated for Christmas so we sat around the Christmas tree.
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01 02 201901:11 PM
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We saved the Christmas!
We had a really great time during our Christmas Party at work. There Might be no Christmas is easy to prepare and also it's simple to introduce new players to rules and atmosphere of a mystery party. It's definitely not the hardest and most complicated mystery scenario but it still provides a lot of fun :)
  • Ms Santa baked some of her best Christmas themed cakes. And we also had some Christmas Eggnog :)
  • Costumes and some basic decorations bought from a local shop.
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31 12 201904:56 PM
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Awesome!
We played this game for our office holiday party. It was awesome! We had so many laughs. Instead of inviting everyone ahead of time, this was sprung on everyone, and they each had to pick and play a character from a raffle bowl. They were all great sports and really enjoyed the game!
  • It was a potluck
  • I obtained some fun "costume" pieces for each character which helped everyone get into their roles.
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30 12 201802:09 PM
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Very fun and totally different than our usual
We played this with small children ages 1-7. We dressed them up as the characters but the adults read the parts. It was very fun and the kids enjoyed it but definitely would’ve been better if the kids were older. We will definitely be doing this again!
  • Wē had breakfast before Playing The game
  • I bought outfits For All The children to match The character they were playing.
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28 12 201801:02 AM
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A super fun and easy to host mystery!
I hosted this mystery for our church's small group Christmas party and it made for a super funny and enjoyable night for all. It was so easy to host as everything is scripted and explained step by step. The script was hilarious and we all enjoyed the format of the mystery, better than other traditional mystery formats we have done in the past. To get everyone excited about their roles, I announced we would be having prices for best actor and actress. This made for a little extra competition and lots of laughter. At the end of the mystery, everyone voted and awards were given to best actor/actress, as well as those who guessed correctly. The mystery was a bit easy to solve in our opinion but no one mind at all since we had so much fun. We can't wait to try another mystery!
  • I prepared bags with props, name tag and script for each character ahead of time. This made it for easy for participants to get ready upon arrival and also they had to wear whatever I placed in the bag. ;-)
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16 12 201808:41 PM
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Best Office Holiday Party Ever :)
This event was held as part of our holiday celebration at work-office of more than 65 people. It was a rip-roaring success! Everyone commented on how fun it was and that it was the best party we have had in a long time! I had a part as one of the characters and my co-workers volunteered willingly and we all had a super time (I even had folks attend that usually do not participate)!!
  • Since it was our office holiday party we had a carry in/pot luck: the management staff furnished the meat/cheese trays while staff provided soups, fruits and other sides. Yummy and we had enough to snack the next day too!!
  • I put together costumes for each of us-ordered through Oriental Trading so not so costly but excellent. Had a snowman, X-mas tree, elves, Mrs. Claus and a fairy. Found other costume ideas on sale at Kohl's, Goodwill, etc. Ben our narrator/investigator wore a suit/tie (from his closet) and he was wonderful at his part. The costumes really brought it to life and folks ad libbed which surprised everyone so it didn't appear scripted. Since we couldn't build sets I put together areas in the break room to make it look like Santa's Workshop--Cookie/Cocoa station, Gift Wrap Table, Toy Building area, etc. Fantastic party is all I can say!!!!!!
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13 12 201805:40 PM
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Loved the Mystery!!
Played with 16, they partnered up. It was a huge hit. High School Girls loved it. They want to do another one and dress up for the part.
  • snacks to share and pizza
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12 12 201801:55 AM
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Fun and laughter!!
My boyfriend and I hosted a murder mystery dinner and in out case it was a missing Santa toy bag!! We had a blast, we laughed so much as some of the characters were like kindergardener's reading the wrong lines!! I would definitely host another one. The only thing I would change is that we would eat all dinner courses except the dessert, play the game, then eat the dessert instead of eating one course and playing one part of the game, then eating another course and playing another part, etc.
  • It was in December so we had a Christmas theme and wore Santa hats to keep it simple but fun.
  • Since it was December, I had my Christmas decorations out and people wore Santa hats.
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12 06 201801:23 PM
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Lots of laughs at a corporate event
We did this at our team Holiday party (about 35 people) and it was very engaging and lots of laughs. The members that were selected to play active roles really got into their parts and were great at improvising which further engaged the "investigators". We grouped investigators to work as teams by tables and they really got into it as well.
  • Was fun way to end our Holiday team meeting.
  • Provided bio of character the day before the team meeting to each of the participants; provided hats for each of the participants and some even brought their own props and improvised.
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12 04 201804:49 PM
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Everyone had a great time this year!
At our Company Christmas Party this year, we used this as the entertainment mixer. It worked really well. We had two males and two females on each of the eight character "teams" to allow all 32 people to play. No couple was allowed to be on the same team so it worked as a great mixer. Some teams had one person who played the character throughout and others that all team players took lines. Both concepts worked well to get all involved. We will definitely try this again in the future!
  • People drew the character they would play when they walked in the door and were given a headbands for their character and it worked well.
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26 11 201803:12 PM
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Fantastic
We did this for a department party and it was perfect! Everyone had a blast and laughed so hard.
  • We did a traditional Thanksgiving Feast
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18 01 201809:01 AM
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Christmas presents gone on a Christmas Party!
It was such a successful Christmas Party with playing this game . We had a lot of fun..
We got some equipment for the roles like hats, masks, wings etc. and it was a perfect way to play it like we did. We were 39 people and I put envelopes under the seats without any purposes so in total 8 as there are 8 roles for “There will might be now Christmas”. So, we started the welcome, explained and then told them to look if they have an envelope under their seats, so these persons had to play the roles and put on their equipment’s. It was also so funny as a man had the role of the fairy and he had to wear wings and a face mask. It just went and we laughed so much.
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16 01 201812:32 AM
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There Might Be No Christmas
First time to do one of these and best time we have had as a family in a long time!
  • We all brought finger foods so we could nibble all during the game.
  • For us dressing the parts was the most fun. Some people went all out! Hilarious!
    Letting the kids dress up as elves and reindeer was so cute! They loved getting to ask questions of their own too! We took short breaks between each round so the kids could get a better understanding of what was happening. Then when the toys were found they went wild! We all loved it!
    We made signs and put them up on doors to designate Santa's workshop, toy factory, etc. Bought a saint sack and put the toys in them to bring out at the end. Santa was the star of course! This was perfect for our family Christmas Eve gathering!
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15 01 201810:21 PM
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There might be no christmas
Played this on Christmas Eve. Exactly 8 if us, so it was perfect. I went to the Dollar store and purchased Costumes to wear to get all participants “into character”. Very easy to follow the script for each character. We all had a great time.
  • Purchased little costumes for each character.
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01 05 201801:57 AM
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Christmas Party Fun
I run an after school program at a school with children from four to twelve. We decided to do a mystery party for something different. What a success!!! The children loved it. We had a few parents arrive early and the children refused to leave. We had lots of fun accents tried out and lots of fun acting. The children embraced their roles and thoroughly got into the storyline. After Christmas vacation I had several parents tell me how their children didn’t stop talking about the mystery they solved. We will definitely be doing another one soon.
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