These printable New Year’s Eve games are perfect for any New Year’s Eve celebration! Simply print out one of the five New Year’s Eve trivia games and see how much you can remember about the year’s biggest news, pop culture, and sporting events! These are definitely our favorite best New Year’s Eve party games to play each year!
New Year’s Eve Trivia Games
One of my favorite traditions each year is creating printable New Year’s Eve games based on pop culture, sports, and news events from the year.
I’ve been creating New Year’s Eve trivia games for the last ten years, and they’re always a big hit for New Year’s whether you’re doing it in person or virtual this year!
I like to put one in each of our New Year’s Eve countdown boxes and play all night long!
While you could play these possibly with teens or young adults, the questions will likely be tricky for kids! If you’re playing with kids, these New Year’s Eve minute to win it games or really any of the New Year’s Eve party games on this list would work!
So grab a glass of new years punch and get to playing!
2023 New Year’s Eve trivia games are now available to download at the bottom of this post or to purchase in my shop here.
Printable New Year’s Eve Party Games
Let me start by saying that 2023 was a year full of loss, heartache, and struggles for millions of people around the world. I know this, I understand this, and I acknowledge this. It was a tough year for me personally as well.
Know that these games that mainly focus on the good parts of the year and avoid the really sad and controversial are not meant to make light or ignore any of the hardships of this year. These are solely meant to be used for a little entertainment at a New Year’s Eve party.
They use pop culture, sporting events, and celebrity news because those are things that are shared and known by most people universally. That doesn’t mean that any of those things are any more important than the hundreds of thousands lives lost this year – they’re just what I used in my games.
The other thing you may notice is that some of the trivia questions or facts are used on multiple games. I tried hard this year to not use the same events across all the games (more than years in the past) so hopefully you can play multiple games!
Oh and this year there’s a special bonus game called “Where Did 2023 Go – Taylor’s Version” because well I think everyone agrees this was the year of Taylor Swift.
Where are the Answers???
Before we get into the games, I’m going to answer the #1 question I get about these printable New Year’s Eve games every year – where are the answers??
The answers are in the PDF file that you get when you enter your first name and email address in the pink form toward the bottom of this post. You have to fill out the form or buy a copy of the game in my shop to get the answers.
New Year’s Eve Game #1 – 2023 Movie Match
I brought back my popular pop culture matching game even though this year was a little weird with the writers and actors striking for a good portion of the year. There were still enough good movies to make this one worth doing – Hi Barbie!
If you’ve never played this one before, all you do is match the movie to the quote. There are a lot of movies on here (and I know I skipped some) so hopefully players will be able to get at least a few, even if they didn’t see all the movies!
New Year’s Eve Game #2 – 2023
This is one is just what it sounds like – trivia from the year. No matching, no fill in the blanks, and no shortcuts – you either know the answer or you don’t.
I’ve heard from a lot of teachers that they like to use this with their students on the last day before winter break so honestly while it’s great for New Year’s Eve (and one of my favorites), it’s really just fun any time you want some year end trivia!
This is probably the toughest of all of these New Year’s Eve party games because you actually have to know the answer, no hints or clues. This is also a fun one to play just to remind people that there are some good things that happened this year!
I also include a section at the bottom for big awards and events of the year to give people a chance who may not be able to come up with answers to all of the 2023 trivia questions!
New Year’s Eve Game #3 – Celebrity Death Match
I created this game as a way to remember the celebrity icons that passed away this year. This does not mean that the lives of any of these celebrities are more important than the other hundreds of thousands who died this year, it’s just because they’re celebrities that universally people may know.
And I know each death hits people a little differently. I’m still having a hard time watching Friends without being sad.
In this game, I’ve put together 23 of the most famous celebrities who passed away in 2023 on the left side. On the right side, there are words and phrases – each one is closely associated with one of the celebrities who passed away.
Match the celebrities to the correct phrase on the right side to get a point. But be careful, some of them are a little tricky! There’s only one celebrity match per phrase.
New Year’s Eve Game #4 – Fill in the Blanks
One day I’m going to come up with a better name for this game but for now it’s just fill in the blanks. And this my friends is my very favorite out of all of the New Year’s Eve games I make each year for one reason – I get to rhyme.
I have a thing for rhyming and putting together this fill in the blank couplet game is one of the most fun things I do every year. Weird, I know, but I love it.
The game is simple.
I’ve put together a bunch of rhyming lines that spell out events that happened this year. Those lines have blanks that players have to fill in. When lines are filled in correctly, they’ll rhyme.
This year’s game has everything from the year’s top movies to books and more!
New Year’s Eve Game #5 – Whodonit 2023?
I added this game last year for the first time and had good feedback on the game it’s now a new staple!
In this game, you just have to guess the person that the statement fits. It’s not necessarily easy or hard, just depends on if you can come up with the right names. I personally think it’s a fun one and a good addition to the New Year’s Eve trivia collection for this year!
New Year’s Eve Trivia Game #6 – Where Did 2023 Go, Taylor’s Version
Okay so in the past I’ve done a where did you go game that includes a list of events for the year but with this being the year of Taylor Swift (don’t think anyone is arguing with that), I decided to create this game dedicated to Taylor Swift or Taylor’s version.
While true Swifties will likely do better with this game, there are plenty of questions that people who don’t care about Taylor Swift will likely be able to figure out as well since she pretty much took over movies, music, and even the NFL this year!
The idea is to put the happenings in order from January to December and if you can guess the exact date, you get an extra point!
More New Year’s Eve Games
Want something other than trivia? Try one of these fun New Year’s Eve games too!
- Would You Rather Game
- New Year’s Eve Dice Game
- Saran wrap game
- New Year’s Eve Scattergories game
- Who can ring in first?
- New Year’s Eve minute to win it games
- 20+ New Year’s Eve party games
Get the Free Printable Trivia Games
Enter your first name and email address below to get the free printables – both the games and the answers.
If you’d rather not fill out the form, you can get a copy in my shop here as well.
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The file includes all six games mentioned above for 2023 and answer sheets.