Get a group together to perform a free funny Christmas skit or play this year. Talk about a surefire way to add some Christmas cheer to the air! Whether you're looking for something that younger kiddos will find hilarious, or something that would get Santa's belly jiggling like a bowl full of jelly, we've got you covered.
Free Printable Comedy Plays
To download the scripts below, click on the printables to the right. You'll need the free Adobe Reader to view the download. Each includes a cast list, costume suggestions, props, a scene list, and an approximate running time.
Santa's Cookie Problem
This 25-35 minute Christmas comedy play would work well for a play put on by children. It features Santa and his elves, who all love to play practical jokes. This time, however, the joke is on Santa. His elves have swapped out his regular Santa costume for a smaller one. Santa and Mrs. Claus think he is eating too many cookies, but the elves know better. The skit is filled with a lot of action as the elves and Santa chase each other and goof around. Characters include:
- Mrs. Claus
- Earl the Elf
- Elf # 2 and Elf # 3
The audience for this play could be kids, families, or adults.
This short vignette is not a full play and runs 20 minutes. The setting is an office. One of the workers has given a gift to the boss, which he doesn't want. He tries to regift it several times, but no one else really wants the gift either.
The characters in this play will be familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office environment and include:
- The boss
- The cranky co-worker
- The brown noser
- The nerd
This play is best for an adult audience because children may not understand the office antics.
More Free Plays for Christmas
If the two plays above don't suit your drama group, you can find other plays. A good variety of funny plays can help you find the perfect one.
The Thirteenth Cookie
The Thirteenth Cookie is a lighthearted play about a stingy baker who refuses to give a customer a baker's dozen. Soon after, everything goes wrong threatening his very business until he recognizes building goodwill with customers is more important than the bottom line.
A Christmas Reunion
This play about Father Christmas and Mother Goose, from Apples4theteacher.com, incorporates nursery rhyme characters along with several other holiday events, such as Thanksgiving and New Year's. Several songs are within this play, so have a piano or other accompaniment available. Although not overtly comical, children will get a kick out of seeing storybook characters interact with holiday figures. This would be a good play for a school group to do.
Someone Is Coming to Our House
This religious-based play is done with animal puppets. Young kids will find it quite funny to hear a child ask if they can bathe in the baptismal font and hear the barnyard animals discuss Jesus' birthday. Use old sock puppets, make your own out of paper bags, or find plush animal puppets to use for this free skit. This is a good play to perform for a preschool or at church.
Mr. St. Nicholas
This entertaining play would work well for any group, including adults. The lines are a little too advanced for grade school children to memorize, but they would still enjoy viewing the play. The play centers around Santa trying to fill stockings and leave presents, but with a humorous twist.
Behind the Pageant
This short play is a light-hearted look at a Christmas production, but from backstage. The characters have the wrong costumes and anything that can go wrong will go wrong. This is well-suited for adult actors.
A Christmas Crisis
This Christmas play follows a group of people on a night when a bus breaks down. If they want to get the bus going again, they're going to have to change their attitudes and work together in the true spirit of Christmas. This play is suitable for adults and needs adult actors as the lines are more involved.
Requirements of Free Plays
There's no need to put any money down as you decide which free play you want to perform. But, the kind of activity and group you have might determine what kind of play you choose. Your Sunday school class will need to perform an easy Nativity story, the school holiday musical may want to put on a short play of Christmas around the world, and your adult book group may want to seek out something more theatrical to present at the library. Make sure the type of comedy you go with is appropriate for the group and audience, and you'll want to (actually) read the terms and conditions before downloading and using the work. Whatever free Christmas play you choose, it's going to be a smash hit!