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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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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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30 12 201709:47 PM
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FUN AND LAUGHS
Family get together, we had lots of fun and everyone got into character. It was nice because it was not too long and just enough to keep our attention and we had time to get to church service.
It was great to include our teenagers.
  • We had chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes and green beans.
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30 12 201704:33 AM
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There Might be No Christmas
This was a family get together that included both adults and children. First time mystery party for all but two, but after the first round even the kids got into role playing their part. All had a good time and can't wait to do another.
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30 12 201703:56 AM
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Church Christmas Party
I was put in charge of the church Christmas party and wanted to do a mystery dinner (but not a murder mystery, because I didn't want to scare any children). This worked out perfectly! Instead of passing out multiple packages to each table I recruited 8 "actors" from the church congregation to be each of the suspects and narrated myself in front of everyone (making everyone else investigators). I put the clues on each table in envelopes, so they could open them after I shared what we found to make it a little easier to retain the information and so they could review it after the round. The actors looked at their lines beforehand, but still did not know who the culprit was. We spaced out the mystery over the course of the evening - so at the beginning, I announced someone stole Santa's sac of toys and we needed everyone's help to figure out who. Once dinner started I announced the suspects, why each one was on the list, and went through round 1. After most people were through the food line, I announced that we found a clue and did round 2. After another 15 minutes or so announced we found another clue and did round 3. I allowed 15 minutes or so for people to make their guesses, and then shared the more funny guesses along with the correct answer with everyone. It was a lot of fun and I think people enjoyed doing something a little different.
  • We did a Christmas dinner and had lots of desserts!
  • The suspects all dressed up in character - Reindeer Antlers for Donner, elf ears for Ivan and Ernest, wings for Kristina, etc...
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28 12 201702:41 PM
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There might be no Christmas!
I did a test run at home with a few friends and my spouse before using it at our employee Christmas party. When we finished, I asked the test group and got the same response....it just fell flat of exciting. I didn't feel like it would work for our group. I'm willing to try again with another group, and see how it goes but this time it was a no-go. I also wish there had been a way to change who was the culprit so it could be used more than once but I'm not sure how that would be possible. I do think it was a great idea and wished that it had worked for better enjoyment!
  • None. Only did a test run at home.
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24 12 201702:32 AM
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Girl Scout Troop Party
Our Girl Scout Junior troop (eight 9 & 10 yr. olds) hadn’t done anything like this before. I got costumes at the dollar store and printed each characters profile for them. I stapled their profile and a sheet of paper for notes inside manila folders for each girl. My husband played the starting part of Santa. It took the girls through Round One to really get into the roles and follow where to see the parts they were to read and their responses. But after that, they followed it just fine and changed their voices and started improvising questions and alibis. Only one of the seven (other than the guilty character) figured it out, and she had logical reasons for her accusation. All in all it was a good experience and we may do another mystery party in the spring.
  • Appetizers, munchies & sodas after introducing everything but before Round One let the girls think about their parts and get into character.
  • Costumes for each character were easy to find a the dollar store, and everyone asked to take their costume home. When we do this in the spring, I’ll send out parts ahead of time and they’ll get their own costume. I would definitely recommend this game for a fun party!
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18 12 201704:44 PM
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Family Christmas Party
We had our Family Christmas this year centered around enjoying "The Experience" of fun with each other rather than the stress of present giving for a such a large family as ours. The Mystery Party was a perfect addition to our Family Christmas this year. Everyone was given their parts ahead of time, so they showed up in full costume for their character. Everyone fully embraced their role with accents that reflected their person...Ivan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Jack Frost (Ted "Theodore Logan) Ernest ( Gruff voice) Kristina ( High pitched fairy ) Donner (lazy slow- no energy) Tonya (sings all her lines) Krampus ( sounds like Groot) We all laughed so hard while saying our lines...Needless to say We had a Blast! This was a Christmas we will all remember!!!
  • after dinner
  • Costumes and voices of characters
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12 11 201702:55 PM
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CWL Christmas Party
Catholic Women's League of Canada, Prince Albert Council held their annual Christmas Party with around 55 attendees. It was a mix of middle to senior women and men.

After Dinner, we heard several greetings, and thank-yous from various sources. We then played a few quizzes and games.

We presented "There Might Be No Christmas" in its simplest form, with 8 Characters and the Hostess. The balance of the quests were the Inspectors and had every opportunity to ask questions of the suspects.

It was the highlight of the evening. The characters played their parts to the hilt and the "inspectors offered penetrating questions and insights.

I am very pleased with the results and all the happy feed back. Thank-you.
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12 08 201702:14 PM
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Staff/Spouse Holiday Party
At our annual holiday party we wanted to do something a little different than a trivia game. But we needed something that could be done in 30-45 minutes with 45+ people. This was perfect. No prep work on the participants part and each dinner table became its own game. Prizes awarded to 1)if the culprit was able to fool eveyone and 2)those that guessed who the culprit was.

Overall great night. Everyone enjoyed the story and acting out their characters around the tables. Hope other story lines can be developed that don't center around murder.
  • No props. Just handed out envelopes for everyone to read their character when the game began.
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23 11 201706:00 PM
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Christmas Time
We had so much fun we did two parties. The game was perfect for family of all ages as well as friends during a cocktail party.
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16 11 201706:23 PM
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Investigators in Training!
Brought this on my annual Christmas trip home to play with my nieces and nephews. We paired up some non-readers with a couple of aunts and included uncles and grandparents as well! I was surprised how seriously the kids took the task of finding out who stole Christmas - even writing notes and pointing fingers!! Such a great Christmas activity - it will be a new tradition for our extended family!
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27 10 201704:34 AM
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Family "who dune it" event
We had a blast! We had people from all different age groups. Grandparents, grandkids, & great grandkids! It was great for everyone. We are trying to do more "intergenerational" events at our church and this worked great. I will be using this company again.
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