Finding free Christmas comedy skits and plays for your group is as easy as clicking your mouse. Carefully review them before performing to make sure you get one with a storyline you feel is appropriate to the occasion.
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, scene list, and 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, 20-minute play is set in 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, consider the following selections:
A Christmas Reunion
This play, from Apples4theteacher.com, incorporates nursery rhyme characters along with several other holiday events, such as Thanksgiving and New Years. 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.
A Good Thing About Christmas
This Scout skit is perfect for scouting groups and other youth programs. The lines are short and easy to remember, and little to no expensive props, sets, or costuming is needed. You could even expand on the skit with your own funny lines in a similar fashion to incorporate the number of kids you have in your group.
Mr. St. Nicholas
This 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 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
Using a free play requires no money to be initially invested in the production. The kind of activity and group you have will often require different things out of free plays. Your Sunday school class will need to perform an easy Nativity story; the school holiday musical may want to put on a short skit 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 comedy included is appropriate for the group and audience before making a final selection and read the terms and conditions before downloading the work.