Here's what people have been saying about The Night before Christmas:
"The Night before Christmas is my 2nd party I've done – the first was A Dead Man's Chest. I am amazed at how great they turn out! The first game, I had people back out, and had to recast for the very minimum crew of people for that party. But this one I had more than enough people -- everyone found out, and I had to promise I'd have another one, for the ones I couldn't invite to this one. Everyone who comes just loves it!"
Carey, United States
"Many thanks for all your help, and for providing such an entertaining murder mystery in The Night before Christmas! The party was a huge success! Definitely takes a lot of planning, but in the end it was well worth it. Other friends found out about the one I held on Dec 15, and they wanted me to do another one for them... so I'm having another one this Saturday! I'll definitely be back for more murder and mayhem! Thanks!"
Larry Weixel, United States
"Thank you very much for your quick response to my question. The Night before Christmas was our first murder mystery game and we had a great time. Everything was well planned and laid out and everything we needed was included in the kit. We enjoyed it so much that we are doing it again (with a different group) for Valentine's Day!"
Extremely Satisfied Mystery Lover, Michigan, United States
"Just before Christmas this year, my sister and I decided to host a Murder Mystery Party for close friends and family. As we had quite a large group to invite, The Night before Christmas was the best solution. We had previously enjoyed many of the boxed Murder Mystery games, but found that the unscripted element made for a more exciting evening (including one rather dramatic death scene). Everyone threw themselves into their characters and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. There were even requests to make it an annual event!"
Liz Gore, United Kingdom
"The Night before Christmas was the first 'whodunnit' night that I had attended, and it was initially a daunting task thinking about how to organise everyone/everything.
The information sent in the pack was, however comprehensive, and the evening went off brilliantly.
Everyone really enjoyed themselves (although they didn't all guess the murderer correctly), and they all want to know when the next one is going to be!
Of the people who attended, a couple had been to other similar evenings, but yours was rated as the best, due to the level of interaction and improvisation involved.
Many thanks for a great night!"
Chris Higginbotham, United Kingdom
"I started having a Christmas party last year with a murder mystery, one you had to read a script and we all had a good time, but this year I tried a freeform game, The Night before Christmas, and everyone loved it. Everyone really got into costume. I sent out everyone's part to them well in advance I knew everyone was coming. I myself gave the welcome speech and a toast I had Dinah the cook set up to scream as soon as I said cheers and everyone came rushing into the kitchen to see why she was screaming and discovered the dead body. Someone said where is the Dr and of course the Dr came rushing in and pronounced our dummy dead, and this was the start of the game. They all absolutely loved it. Before I knew it John was telling Rose how he just didn't know the woman he married and someone called her a slut. I had so much fun myself just watching them acting out their parts. There were times I was laughing out loud and had to cover my mouth. Some of my guests were already talking about next year's party. This type of game is much better then the type you read. We loved it and will play again."
Robin Goracke, United States
"Well, it's done ! I seemed to be permanently scouring my"notes" to check "what next", but everyone was very tolerant! And I have never heard such a wide variety of accents – often from the same mouth!
Food, I'd researched for that period and it seemed to herald the arrival and much use of Campbells condensed soups so recipes frequently contained them in casseroles – so we had Chicken a la 1948, cottage pie and macaroni cheese for the veggies; desserts included American Brownies, made from scratch, but which never set so needed to be spooned out into cups, rather than cut into 32 triangles as the recipe required!
I slept for 9 hours straight last night – never happens! – and now I don't have to think about anyone's night before Christmas, except my own!
Thank you so VERY much for your amazing support and quick responses to my emails."
A. V., Hampshire, United Kingdom
"We loved it and will play again."
Robin Goracke, United States
"Like the other games that I have run, everyone left the house asking when the next one will be run…"
Jeff B., Portsmouth VA, United States
If you would like to tell us how your party went, please click here to send us your story.
The Night before Christmas – a Christmas murder mystery game for 12 to 15 guests and a host
Costs £20.00 (about US$32.90)
Written by Tracy Bose
The Night before Christmas is a dinner party murder mystery
game for 12 to 15 guests and a host – download
the free introductory pdf file.
In The Night before Christmas, the stage is set for an innocent family gathering, with a few friends and strangers added to make the party go with a swing. However, not everyone is as they seem -- some have dark secrets they need to keep hidden... and someone is the killer.
You will be in the middle of the action and it will be up to you to wheel and deal with the
other guests. Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive
The Night before Christmas? It's up to you.
"The Night before Christmas was a terrific party. The story line was sophisticated enough to engage everyone but not so complicated that we didn't all get into it. My family had a blast and wanted to do it again the very next day (not practical). I'm sure we will be doing other events of this type in the future when we can get everyone together. Good fun was had by all."
Nancy Wakeman, United States
The Night before Christmas
It is December 24, 1948. The socialite Evington-Browne family and guests are preparing for the annual Christmas Eve cocktail party, held by tradition at the family's hunting lodge in the White Mountains north of Boston. Snow has been falling for days - a blizzard has now set in - and the party finds itself cut off from the rest of the world. This is unfortunate, as the valet of one of the guests has been found dead in the kitchen! It looks like a heart attack - but is it murder? Can you achieve your goals, keep your secrets hidden and survive The Night before Christmas? It's up to you.
In The Night before Christmas you will discover the following:
- Who has been wearing a Santa Suit to sneak around?
- Who will inherit the Brilliant Diamonds?
- Would the infamous cat-burglar 'the Puma' dare to strike here?
- Are the Evington-Browne family in danger of losing their money, their reputation in society and their sanity?
- Can anyone keep control of Tracy's pet monkey?
- ... and, of course, who killed the valet?
Find out in The Night before Christmas!
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The Night before Christmas lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening.
It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible to allow guests to circulate
and talk in private.
"I loved The Night before Christmas – the pdf packet included everything I could have possibly needed to run the game smoothly. And I liked that there was more to the story than just solving the murder. With the multiple storylines, everyone got the chance to have a key role."
Kylie Speirs, United States
The free introductory pdf file
contains an introduction to the game, a list of all the characters, the Boston Times – plus details of how to buy the game.
Important note: The Night before Christmas is an alternative version of one of our other games, Dazzled to Death. The characters and the plots are the same, so if your guests have previously played Dazzled to Death, they'll know the secrets of The Night before Christmas too! The difference is that The Night before Christmas is written specifically for a Christmas setting, while Dazzled to Death is suitable for any time of year.
These are the characters in The Night before Christmas:
- Agatha Marbles – Priscilla's elderly English friend and allegedly famed detective
- Charles Pemberton – James's son, currently a student at Harvard
- Christy Crompton – Young fellow-student friend of Patrick
- Dinah Peters – Cook (temporary stand-in for usual cook)
- Dr. Bruisyard – Retired family doctor and friend
- Evie Evington-Browne – John and Rose's 21-year-old and wilful daughter
- James Pemberton – Rose's brother. Art dealer and traveller
- John Evington-Browne III – Respected businessman and head of the family
- Miles Earnshaw – Unexpected guest, friend from Rose's youth
- Patrick Evington-Browne – John and Rose's 20-year-old son
- Priscilla Evington-Browne – John's elderly and often forgetful Aunt
- Reggie Haven – Young socialite friend of Evie's
- Rose Evington-Browne – John's much-loved wife
- Soames – Butler / housekeeper
- Tracy Evington-Browne – John and Rose's youngest (16 years old) and mischievous daughter
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||Characters that can be played by either sex
How Freeform Games Murder Mysteries Work
The Night before Christmas is unlike many murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a death, most of the characters have more important things to do than to investigate it. And the killing may not be over – it is unlikely that everyone will survive the remainder of the evening!
The Night before Christmas is played just like a murder mystery game.
You may be trying to solve the murder, but primarily you are (initially
at least) concentrating on your own goals and objectives. Unlike most
boxed murder mystery games, The Night before Christmas lets you decide
how to achieve your goals and thwart your enemies.
"The Night before Christmas was brilliant! Our first murder mystery game, but definitely won't be our last."
Trish Thornby, United Kingdom
On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Waiter, and welcomed to the party. They then receive their detailed backgrounds - including dark secrets, goals and items. The fun then begins as players form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items and maybe even resort to murder! Depending on what the players choose to do, there are several different possible endings, but finally everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.
Click here to visit our forum and see some ideas that our customers have had when hosting The Night before Christmas and our other murder mystery games.
Sometimes you have too many guests and you need more characters. So we've written a free extra character
for each of our games that you can add in, and some of our customers have created their
own characters for their parties and are kindly willing to share them.
Please note that we haven't tested these and they may not tie in exactly with our games.
IMPORTANT – if you've bought the game, you can download the files for these characters
from the download page where you got your main game files. Contact us if
you need the link and password to get back to that page.
ALSO IMPORTANT – you shouldn't add too many of these characters in to your game as they haven't been designed to work together (unlike the main game characters). If you add in several, they may make your game chaotic and incoherent. You should probably instead choose a larger game. If you still want to add several extra characters (four or more), we recommend having an extra host to help.
- 'Ginger' Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (M/F)
(by Freeform Games)
- Angelique Gemini – Priscilla Evington-Browne's paid companion. (F)
(by Michele Scott)
- Beryl Sutton – Rose Evington-Browne's cousin. (F)
(by Jenni Malloch)
- K C Warburton – internationallyacclaimed artist. (M/F)
(by Steph Mann)
- Mephisto Lustig – Harvard friend of Charles Evington-Browne. (M)
(by Michele Scott)
Purchasing The Night before Christmas
The Night before Christmas costs £20.00 (GB pounds). That works out at about USD 32.90
at today's exchange rate, although the rate charged by your credit card may vary slightly.
Otherwise, to purchase The Night before Christmas, follow these three steps.
Step 1: Download the free
introductory pdf file. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this.
If you do not already have Acrobat Reader, click here.
Step 2: Read our terms and conditions of purchase.
Then come back here and click on the button to buy the game!
Step 3: Our orders are processed by WorldPay – we don't actually see your
credit card details. After you have entered your credit card details you will be emailed
the location of the main pdf files, plus the password required to unlock them. You can
then download those files and enjoy the game!
Or, buy now!
|The Night before Christmas
||£20.00 (about $32.90)
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Cast Iron Guarantee
We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If
you're not completely satisfied with The Night before Christmas then please let us
know within 30 days and we will refund you.