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Murder at the Ugly Sweater Party

The Snowflake Lodge is all set to bring back the much-loved Ugly Christmas Sweater party this season. The residents of Snow Falls are buzzing with anticipation for this festive event, a highlight where the elite come together to flaunt their most outrageously tacky holiday wear.

Lately, the air has been thick with whispers of blackmail, greed, and plots for revenge among some attendees. Yet, there's a shared optimism that the cheer and goodwill of the holiday season will prevail, smoothing over any rifts just in time for a joyous celebration at the party.

With your ticket in hand, the quest for the ultimate tacky holiday sweater begins. Your adventure starts now, diving into the heart of Snow Falls' holiday festivities.

Guest List


 Petting Zoo Owner

Hailing from Bundenbach, Germany, December Porter is a ruthless petting zoo owner. December’s zoo includes unusual pets like reindeer, camels, turtle doves, penguins, and even a baby polar bear.  December has a slight attitude when things don’t go as planned.

This hypocritical activist has recently joined various animal rights organizations and is organizing a protest in front of a local seafood restaurant with an aquarium full of live lobsters for diners. 

With an undying weakness for rescuing stray animals, December has eight cats, six dogs, four exotic birds, two snakes, two hamsters, and an aquarium of fish. December has a home zoo.

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. Wear an animal hat to show your love for animals. Or wear an animal onesie/costume or a zookeeper costume underneath your sweater.


 Pastry Chef 

Pat Puffs is a friendly baker who is intensely afraid of the government and often rants about conspiracy theories. Pat’s colleagues giggle about this chef wrapping foil around windows, television antennae, and anything else to prevent the feds from spying. Let’s all hope Pat keeps the foil out of the cupcakes.

Pat's bakery is currently on the outskirts of town and has delicious offerings. But it's only a matter of time before another bakery pops up in a more convenient location and shuts down the bakery. Pat's working against the clock to find a better location before that happens.

For now, the bakery's customers are willing to drive across town to listen to Pat's latest rants about how the government is plotting to end society as we know it. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. A chef’s hat or uniform (underneath) is optional. You can bring samples of pastries as props. Bring aluminum foil and wrap random things in it to protect them during the game for more laughs.




Gigi Elfman is a seasoned astronaut who sincerely believes that she has the highest IQ in the entire galaxy. Watch out for this brainy diva, as she’s known to be quite grumpy if things don’t go her way.

Gigi tells everyone she is a genius and goes on and on about her 158 IQ. If she indeed was that smart, why would she need to brag about it? The Snow Falls rumor mill has the thought that she's not what she claims.  However, she did graduate from Harvard with an engineering degree before completing an internship at a top-secret rocket engineering laboratory. 

Gigi strongly dislikes the sound of chewing and will hum loudly to block out the noise if anyone is eating within earshot. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweaterAstronaut uniform/helmet is optional.


Professional Victim

Axi Dente is an imaginative professional victim.  This clumsy diva is a meticulous and impatient woman.  She earns her way in this world by mysteriously causing accidents and winning lawsuits.  The townsfolk of Snow Falls have grown tired of this queen of misfortune.

Many people have tried their best to film Axi while she either sets up a scenario to become a victim or pretends to be the victim. Unfortunately, nobody has caught the right footage yet. Axi wears various bandages and perfects a limping routine—even at home, for she is a serious con artist. 

Axi is a sinister, brooding woman who never laughs. She remains stonefaced in all situations as if she is calculating her next move. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.  Bandage your hands, forehead, etc.



 Food Inspector 

Elizabeth Winter is the blatantly honest food inspector. The food vendors of Snow Falls fear her, as she is a no-nonsense federal culinary detective.  She’s shut down her share of restaurants in town and will hand out costly violations for even trivial infractions.  On a personal level, Elizabeth is known to be unapologetically truthful.

She doesn't have many friends and doesn't know how to sugarcoat things or give compliments. Her brutal honesty is off-putting, but she cannot stand to be around fake people. Also, her reputation for putting people out of business certainly doesn't make her likable. 

She sometimes refers to herself in the third person, which makes conversations with her difficult. For this reason, people tend not to take her seriously.

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.



Massage Therapist

Originally hailing from the UK, Meyer Yule traveled to America to fulfill a lifelong desire to own a luxurious day spa.  Meyer made the dream a reality by opening a spa named Tranquility.  Meyer’s a bit of a one-upper, but this relaxation guru makes customers feel like royalty.

Meyer is an entrepreneur and remains open to joining new business opportunities. With a limited income as a massage therapist, Meyer wants to reach the stars but realizes that massaging clients isn't going to be enough to achieve the goal. Meyer is searching for a golden ticket but hasn't stumbled upon one yet. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. Creating and printing flyers with coupons for your spa is optional. 



Town Gossip

Isabella Rudolph is a zany homemaker and neighborhood watch coordinator. She recently moved to the tiny town of Snow Falls, and in no time, she was labeled the town gossip. Everybody is afraid to be around Isabella, as she doesn’t keep secrets. Isabella comes from old money and dedicates her time to charities and party planning.

Isabella wants nothing more than to rise to the top of the social ladder and become a socialite. However, in her short time in Snow Falls, she has already found herself served with papers for a lawsuit. Maybe if Isabella kept her nose in her own business, she would stay out of trouble. Is being popular worth the stress? 

Isabella has a bad habit of compulsively interrupting someone telling a story if she has heard it before and knows what is coming next.  This annoying habit tends to anger others. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater and as many tacky holiday accessories (i.e., a crazy Santa hat, elf ears, etc.) as you can find.


 Choir Director

Alexis Harmony is the clueless director of the Snow Falls Girls’ Choir. She sings like a sick alley cat, but nobody has the heart to tell her about her horrible singing voice. It’s good that she has many other voices in the choir to hide her abysmal crooning—until it is time for her dreaded solo performance.

Alexis is a bit of a humanitarian and tries to do the right thing in most cases.  But Alexis isn't innocent by any means. She is known to spread gossip and start trouble between her mutual friends. Alexis is one of the peacemakers of her family, but she does have a threshold. She can only take so much nonsense. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.  It is optional to have music sheets or use other musical-themed props. 


 Toy Developer 

Tendo Clause is a self-indulgent toy developer who loves to talk about one thing and one thing only—Tendo Clause. A former high school nerd, Tendo openly admits to refusing to grow up. This toy developer is one of the most immature adults you’ll ever meet but is also one of the best toy developers in the country.

Tendo Clause is self-loving but also tender and caring. This toymaker will be the first to support a friend's accomplishments without jealous undertones. Tendo won't hesitate to give food and money to the homeless and frequently volunteers at local animal shelters.

Lately, Tendo has been having trouble at work because information leaked about a toy under development. The toy was kid-friendly but not well-liked by most parents.  Alas, even with all the stress of the job, Tendo is always smiling.

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. It is optional to have examples of toys that you are working on as props.



 High School Principal  

Is it Principal Evergreen or Principal Loony?  Well, the latter is what the kids not-so-lovingly nicknamed her at Snow Falls High School. Teens beware: rumor is that not everyone sent to Principal Evergreen’s office makes it back to class.  However, Eva has a softer side as she is the doting mother of 11-year-old twin girls.

Being an educator, Eva has a strong maternal side for anyone who has ever been a student at her high school. She has open ears to hear about problems and a shoulder to cry on. She is one of the best people in Snow Falls to go to for advice.  

On the other hand, Eva can be a bit preachy at times. She might not come down for a while if she gets on a soapbox. She is judgmental and can take a counseling session too far. For these reasons, some people avoid her, like the flu.

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater  A ruler and apple are optional props.  Underneath, wear a traditional teacher costume or an English Nanny/Mary Poppins costume (optional).



News Reporter

 Donnor Couric is an ambitious investigative reporter for the RBC Television Station and will stop at nothing to get the scoop. This reporter is the source of breaking news in Snow Falls and often breaks stories as they unfold. Donnor is a workaholic and is rarely seen without a troupe of colleagues from RBC News.  Unfortunately, the rumor is that recently, some marbles may have loosened in Donnor’s cranium.

Donnor's family is worried about the strange behavior lately and has urged this TV personality to go on an extended vacation to relax. Unfortunately, Donnor refuses to take a break from work, fearing the competition will move in and gain an edge. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.  Optional to have a pen and pad as props to take notes on things you hear & see – you’re out for a story. Wear a reporter costume underneath your sweater - i.e., solid suit/dress. 



 Personal Assistant to Roxy Rich 

Parker Mistletoe is Roxy Rich's disgruntled personal assistant.  Parker wears a permanent grimace, as Roxy is not the easiest person to be around. Roxy is demanding, overly emotional, and doesn’t respect Parker.  Parker is currently seeking employment elsewhere but curiously hasn’t accepted any offers.

Currently living with a grandmother, Parker's more than willing to relocate far away from Snow Falls.  Parker's grandfather recently succumbed to an untimely death, and ever since then - Parker has been challenging to be around.

Parker is preoccupied and often forgets the most simple things. A former happy-go-lucky soul, nowadays, Parker hardly cracks a smile. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. A butler costume (black suit)  is an alternative, but wear a Santa hat to be festive.



 Hollywood Icon 

A somewhat late bloomer compared to other big-screen icons, Sam Sugarplum became an overnight sensation with the release of the hit movie Gingerbread Man. Sam is a quirky trendsetter who can do no wrong in the eyes of fans but has declared war on members of the media.

Not too long ago, Sam was a long-time barista in Snow Falls. Everyone in town was shocked to see such a quick rise to fame from the person who was making their morning coffee. Rumors flew around town that Sam had paid someone off to reach that level of fame so quickly. However, no substantial evidence of bribery, blackmail, or other scandal has emerged. It seems that Sam lucked into a movie role and rose to the top like cream.

Sam is a self-proclaimed method actor who was recently cast as the lead role in a movie about a crazed psychopathic serial killer. Sam has been angrily walking the streets of Snow Falls, mumbling and glaring at the townsfolk, refusing to apologize, and claiming to be studying for an upcoming role. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.  Hair (and makeup for a female) should be over-the-top glamorous. Wear something glamorous (sequin gown or tux/flashy suit) underneath. 




Originally from France, Brad Carols is a quiet personal banker at Frost Financial, the largest bank in Snow Falls. Gossip-mongers spread strange rumors about Brad since nobody truly knows him. The Snow Falls grapevine recently received information that Brad might be under investigation, but nobody can confirm if this is true.

The local gossips have concocted crazy stories about why Brad would move from France to Snow Falls - from Brad being a wanted murderer to Brad being a con artist. Brad contends that he just wanted a fresh start, away from family drama, and to have a chance at the American Dream.  

Brad is a nervous person who is constantly distracted and twiddles his fingers.  Is he just overwhelmed or plotting the next scandal? 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. Bank statements, bank bags, and a calculator are optional props. Wear a festive business suit underneath. 



 Homicide Detective

Frosty Jack is a famous homicide detective.  A reality television crew follows Frosty’s every move for the show Snow Falls Cops.  Frosty’s fans love it when he talks in clichés and performs song lyrics while arresting the bad guys!  Frosty is also addicted to karaoke and is a regular at Singsong Night at the Snow Falls Lounge. Frosty has thrown fits if he's not called to the stage in a timely manner. Does Frosty want to be a singer instead of a law enforcer? 

Frosty Jack takes social media seriously and boasts about the number of followers on various accounts. He is angry that the accounts haven't been verified with blue checkmarks but keeps hounding the show's producers to assist with that, to no avail. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.  A toy detective badge and a toy gun are optional accessories. Wear a Sherlock-inspired costume underneath.




If you looked up narcissism in the dictionary, Greg Jingles’ picture would be plastered by the description.  Greg is a self-loving neighborhood jeweler with an exaggeration problem.  Greg’s great-grandfather founded the store Jingles’ Jewels, and the business has great family pride. Greg’s father recently retired, and Greg is now the managing owner.

Greg's elders have all retired from the family business, and Greg is under much pressure to protect the family's reputation as the go-to place in town for fine jewelry. 

Greg's grandmother has nothing but time on her hands and has infiltrated the town's gossip rings. For that reason, Greg is a great resource if you are looking for the skeletons in someone's closet. 

Greg is constantly snapping his fingers. Those closest to him say it helps him think.

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.   Costume jewelry pieces to show the other guests as optional accessories.



Local Actor 

Ebenezer Nightshade is a brilliant actor on stage, but in person, he’s the most reserved person you’ll ever meet!  Ebenezer’s sultry Italian accent wins over the ladies, but the theater is Ebenezer’s true love.  During social gatherings, Ebenezer can’t help but break out into random Shakespearean monologues!

Ebenezer's name is often left off the guest list of the parties in town. When Ebenezer later hears about the missed fun - smoke billows from his ears.  For this reason, Ebenezer has vowed to start hosting exclusive VIP-only bashes. However, on an actor's salary, he's finding it difficult. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. Or, opt for a Scrooge costume - suit or nightgown. 



 Radio Disc Jockey

Noel Vibes is a hard-working radio disc jockey and a master of deceit.  A compulsive liar even when the truth is better, this fast-talking record spinner is also a cheater at board games.  Noel is a klutz, so give this accident-prone radio personality some space.

Noel will lie when the truth is better, so believing anything that Noel says is not suggested. 

Noel gets angry when locals call the morning show and comment or ask questions. This controlling DJ prefers to stick to programming and only talk about current events. Noel isn't good with improvisations, despises the town gossips, and refuses to laugh.  A rumor has circulated about town that Noel gets the giggle snorts, which is why laughter is suppressed.

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.




Walter Wonka is the super-paranoid chocolatier.  Walter is the founder of Wonka Chocolates, a world-famous line of candy.  Walter is convinced that someone nefarious is watching his every move, but what interest would anybody have in a quirky chocolatier?

Walter often spews conspiracy theories about pending alien invasions. Many of the townsfolk claim Walter has lost his mind, but those closest to Mr. Wonka disagree. Walter has many folks who agree with his line of thinking. Maybe there is some truth to his theories - only time will tell. 

Walter often makes terrible jokes about things, followed by a noisy fit of laughter. Walter might be the only one in the room who finds himself funny. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater. Chocolate samples are optional props. You can also opt for a Willy Wonka costume with a Christmas accessory, like a Santa hat. 



Roxy Rich is a heiress, and her iconic family owns most of the real estate in Snow Falls. She is a drama queen, so have tissues on hand for this emotional diva! Choose your words carefully around her if you don’t want to make her cry or throw a tantrum! Roxy gets what she wants and is always seen with her assistant, Parker Mistletoe.

Roxy often pretends she doesn't know people she has been introduced to. This is her way of making others feel small. Roxy also isn't close to her family, which has caused strife and disdain among them over the years.  Maybe Roxy is a bit of a chaos junkie?

Roxy loves to flaunt her money and makes jokes about those who aren't as affluent as her. This certainly doesn't make people want to be friends with her.  Albeit, many ladder climbers in town will take anything she dishes out. 

Suggested attire: Tacky Christmas sweater.  However, you will remove the sweater moments after your arrival and unveil a fabulous holiday dress. Wear elaborate costume jewelry (of course, you'll say it's real), and have fake money pouring out of your costume.

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