A worker-placement game, taking place over 9 rounds, players use their elves to collect materials in order to build gifts, and tend to the reindeer. Players may customize their workforce by sending elves to be trained in certain aspects of the game, which provide a benefit for the rest of the game. For some gifts, plastic may be substituted for the standard materials of fabric, wood or metal. This will cause those gifts to score fewer “Christmas Cookies”, but may allow a player to build more gifts in a shorter amount of time. This can be helpful when Santa comes around 3 times during the game for an inspection, to see which team has made the most gifts.