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5 Family Board Games With A Christmas Holiday Theme

Updated on September 11, 2016

What are some of the board games that you and your family can play during the Christmas holiday season?


This holiday season, instead of being alone, staying in front of the computer or whatever technological gadget you may have, or burying yourself in work and more work, why don't you take the chance to get a break from all these things?

Christmas should be a time spent with your family so why don't you gather up everyone and make use of the opportunity to bond with each other while talking and having fun?

Instead of playing video games by yourself or online, why don't you play board games with your family instead? But what reasons would you have in wanting to do this? And what are some of the different kinds of board games that are actually appropriate for the holiday in question due to having a Christmas theme?

Family Board Games With A Christmas Holiday Theme
Family Board Games With A Christmas Holiday Theme

The Christmas Holiday

Take a break from all your work by playing some board games with your family


All-year-round, it seems that everyone is busy doing a multitude of things with adults working and children focused on school.

As such, it's highly possible that, sometimes, the entire family is much too busy to even meet up for dinner and have the chance to talk and bond.

Some might find it difficult to synchronize their schedules with the rest of the family.

For instance, adults may have to work over time while the children may have to stay after school to work on projects and assignments.

To Bethlehem, the Christmas Game for the Entire Family
To Bethlehem, the Christmas Game for the Entire Family

It's during the holidays that pretty much everyone can get the chance to unwind and relax especially as students won't have to go to school for a while.

The adults might have some work to do, however, perhaps it would be best to postpone said work and move any meetings and other work-related tasks to be accomplished some other time. Instead, take a break to spend it with the family.

The entire family could spend Christmas together, just having fun, relaxing, de-stressing and bonding. There's no need to be alone on this day and there's no need to bury yourself in work, work and more work.

Christmas Games

Play games like this after the holidays are over

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Board Games vs Video Games

For some people, their idea of spending the holidays might be to just play video or online games.

But, instead of being glued to your PlayStations and Nintendos or whatever kind of technological gadget that you prefer, why don't you play board games with the family instead?

There's no need to be so caught up in all things technology-related. After the holidays are over, these things will still be around.

But everyone else might already be too busy with their respective school or work-related tasks to be able spend some time with the rest of the family.

As such, Christmas should be the time that the entire family can play and hang out with each other while bonding and talking. Rather than communicating with people from behind a screen or monitor, why don't you talk with the members of your family face-to-face?

Gather everyone in a place or room and sit in a circle with your board game of choice in the middle. These items can be fun too. But the best part may be the fact that you are able to spend time with your family and even get the chance to talk to them face-to-face.

After the Christmas holiday is over, you can still play games like this one so you won't really be missing out by spending time with your family

You could even have some milk and cookies or whichever kind of food that you want and eat while you all play and have the time of your life.

Furthermore, there are many board games that are multiplayer so several members of the family can play at once.

While you could choose whatever kind you feel like playing, you could also opt for those that actually have a Christmas theme to make it more appropriate and fitting for the holiday in question. So, what are some of the board games that have a Christmas holiday theme?

1. Christmas-Opoly

This is perfect for Monopoly fans and those who are sick of playing the usual Monopoly game. Experience something new and fun with Christmas-opoly

Monopoly has always been a classic and well-loved game, which many enjoy playing. Perhaps many of you have fond memories of playing Monopoly with your siblings, parents, relatives and even friends.

Do you remember the times that you won and felt so proud of yourself as everyone else congratulated you? Do you remember losing and yet still good-naturedly congratulating the winner?

Monopoly may be a really fun game but if you had to play it over and over again, it might lose its appeal and no longer be as enjoyable as it used to be. Of course, this won't be the case if you only get to play once in a while.

Monopoly with a Christmas theme


But if you're a bit sick and tired of the classic Monopoly, then perhaps it's high time to spice things up a bit and get the version of Monopoly that actually has a Christmas theme. This is known as Christmas-Opoly.

This particular board game, which you can see featured to the right is still everyone's beloved Monopoly with the major difference being that it is holiday-themed, which makes it perfectly apt and well suited for Christmas. As you can see, everything is related to the holiday in question, from the properties to the figures to the game board itself. Two up to six players can play at once, which is perfect if you have exactly that many members in your family. If not, then you can all take turns or perhaps people can play as a team of two or even a group.

2. Holiday Scrabble

Word game with a Christmas theme

Scrabble is yet another classic and well-loved game especially for those who are fond of words.

You can make use of the classic Scrabble and have fun playing with your family as you all race to form words and try to be able to form long and complicated words.

However, if you want to put a little spin on things, then you and your family might be more interested in playing Holiday Scrabble, which is Scrabble with a Christmas theme. This is pretty much just like the Scrabble game that many know and love but this particular item does have some differences.

Holiday Scrabble
Holiday Scrabble
Holiday Scrabble
Holiday Scrabble

The image above allows you to see what comes inside the Holiday Scrabble box. You get a red-colored stocking with which to hold and store all the letter tiles.

The wooden letter tiles themselves actually come in red and green colors whilst the board game definitely fits the holiday edition of Scrabble, considering its beautiful Christmas-themed design complete with candy canes and gingerbread cookies.

With this item, you can also get bonus points for spelling words that are related to the holiday in question. You even get these gift tag cards that add even more customization to Scrabble so all of you are sure not to get bored or feel that you're simply playing a regular game of Scrabble, only with a Christmas-themed board and letter tiles.

3. To Bethlehem

The Christmas Game for the Entire Family

Some might think that the title To Bethlehem, the Christmas Game for the Entire Family is just way too long a title for a board game while some might think that said title doesn't sound very appealing, considering its length.

However, this particular item is certainly interesting and fun and is really meant to be played by the whole family.

It is creative in that it really encourages the whole family to interact with each other, to talk, to bond, to laugh and just have fun and enjoy themselves. With 10 plastic figures, this product can be played by up to 10 players. This makes it a superb choice for all those with large families so everyone can play together instead of having to wait for their turn or having to play a second board game.

To Bethlehem, the Christmas Game for the Entire Family
To Bethlehem, the Christmas Game for the Entire Family

The name may be long, but don't let that deter you from checking out this interesting product

To Bethlehem, the Christmas Game for the Entire Family
To Bethlehem, the Christmas Game for the Entire Family

With To Bethlehem, everyone can really play together and, one of the best parts is that this game is really meant to be played by people of all ages, whether you are young, old or somewhere in between.

As you can see in the images here, the basic premise or objective is to go through the path laid out in the board game, moving your piece depending on the number you roll with the die, until you reach the very end.

Of course, it's not really all that simple because you have to follow the directions written on the square that you land on.

There are also cards known as Campfire Cards. If you land on the appropriate square, you'll have to pick one of these cards and answer whatever question is written there. To Bethlehem is a really highly-rated game in Amazon as it has garnered a total of 5.0 out of 5 stars, consisting mostly of 5-star reviews and one 4-star review (as of this writing), which is an impressive feat indeed.

4. The Elf on The Shelf Naughty or Nice Game

If you have younger children or if some members of your family consists of little kids, then consider playing The Elf on The Shelf Naughty or Nice Game, which is a fun and enjoyable board game.

It's a pretty simple game that may appear childish to some especially if they're not exactly little kids anymore but if it makes the young ones in the family happy, then there shouldn't be any reason not to indulge them for a while and play a few rounds of this interesting product.

The main objective of the game is to be able to reach the elf, whereupon you will get an elf token worth either 1, 2 or 3 points. The player with the most number of points at the end will be declared the winner.

Elf on The Shelf Naughty or Nice Board Game
Elf on The Shelf Naughty or Nice Board Game

As you can see in the image to the right, there is a spinner that is included.

If you spin and land on Naughty, you won't be able to move on this particular turn but if you spin and land on Nice, then you get to move by 6 for this turn.

Regardless of how simple this game might appear to be for adults, you will surely still have fun since you get to hang out and bond with the rest of the family. It's the Christmas holiday after all and, since you are taking a break, why not let your inner child play and have fun together with the kids?

5. Memory Challenge

Holiday Edition

This is a matching game but with a holiday twist to it so it doesn't appear to be just like the usual Memory Challenge board game.

The picture cards number over a hundred and they each wonderfully depict holiday scenes and themes such as the ones you can see in the image below.

Another thing that makes this holiday edition of Memory Challenge different is the addition of Naughty and Nice cards to add a new spin on things. You can see an example of a Naughty and Nice card below. With these cards, Memory Challenge should be even more challenging and enjoyable as you aren't just limited to matching similar picture cards.

Memory Challenge Holiday Edition
Memory Challenge Holiday Edition
Memory Challenge Holiday Edition
Memory Challenge Holiday Edition

Instead, you and your opponents can also get Nice cards like "reveal 3 cards in a straight line from this card" and even Naughty cards that allow you to steal a match from another player.

This item can actually be played by one person but why would you want to do that when you can play with the rest of your family instead and have even more fun?

It would be so melancholy and even rather depressing to be playing such a festive and holiday-themed board game all by yourself. It's best to call the rest of the family, gather around and start playing and having fun together.

What kind of Christmas Holiday-themed board game do you want to play with your family?

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These are just some of the Christmas Holiday-themed board games that you and your family can all play together.

Any one of these products can help you all have fun as you spend time with each other, just talking, laughing and bonding the way families should be.

Regardless of who wins or loses, it's important to remain good-natured and just relax and enjoy yourselves.

There's no need to get mad or feel frustrated if you happen to lose. Just congratulate the winner and then maybe play another round. Perhaps you'll get to win this time.

And remember, if you don't feel like playing board games that have a Christmas Holiday theme, you can always play other kinds such as the regular Monopoly or Scrabble. What's really important is getting to bond with the entire family.

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