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The holidays are here! If you’re looking for board games to add to your collection, or shopping around for gift ideas and stocking stuffers, you’ve come to the right place. We put together a list of nine of the best board games and trivia games to buy this holiday season. Find our roundup of festive games below, and for more game-night recommendations check out the best movie trivia games for cinephiles and film buffs.
Christmas Rush is a fast-paced elimination game, that lasts around 5-10 minutes. The object of the game is to collect a set of four identical cards and beat the Christmas rush for a game token. If you fail, you’re out of the game.
From “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” ‘Tis the Season Trivia Card Game is a great way to learn fun facts about the holidays, and showcase your knowledge of Christmas movies. To play, each person (or team) answers questions in six categories including movies, TV, songs, history, and more.
Designed for three or more players, Merry Dismass: The Family Holiday Party Game helps you get to know who’s on the naughty or nice list. The family party game will test your knowledge and patience as you go through hysterical trivia about friends or family (use the dry-erase board to answer questions and playfully roast your loved ones). The game includes 250 cards, a dry erase board and marker, and instructions.
Celebrating Hanukkah? The Chosen One Game is a card game that’s designed for adults, and best played with larger groups (4-10 people). The rules are simple: Each round a player chooses a “Question” card while other players share their “Answer” cards, and the best pair wins.
True crime doesn’t take a break on the holidays. Host your own in-person or virtual Christmas murder mystery game night with this office Christmas Sweater Party Game. Taking inspiration from Christmas staff parties and ugly Christmas sweaters, this mystery game kit is perfect for a family game night, a dinner party with friends, or a team building exercise that you can totally play over Zoom. The game is recommended for ages 13 and older.
It’s Monopoly, but with an “Elf” twist. Buy, sell, and trade your way around the board as you follow the journey of Buddy the Elf. In this “Elf” edition of Monopoly, houses are called “apartments,” hotels are “skyscrapers” and Community Chest and Chance cards are renamed Christmas Cheer and Christmas Spirit. The board game includes six custom sculpted tokens: Santa’s sleigh, a polar bear cub, jack-in-the box, mailroom coffee mug, maple syrup, and Santa’s bag.
If you’re familiar with Clark Griswold’s feverish attempts at hanging thousands of Christmas lights, then you’ll want to try out the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Twinkling Lights Game. It’s basically a card game where players lay tiles, create Christmas bulb combos, and more until they score all three matching Pattern cards. The card game is designed for at least two players.
Journey through the icy winter wonderland with this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-themed board game. The game sends players on a quest to find lost toys and return them back to Santa’s workshop so they can be delivered on Christmas.
Gather family or friends to play the Christmas Scavenger Hunt game from Outset Media. This scavenger hunt card game features hundreds of cards with typical objects that can be found around the house during Christmas. The game includes an indoor and outdoor deck so players can run around the house (or the entire neighborhood). Christmas Scavenger Hunt is designed for at least two players ages six years and older.