10 Best Christmas Board Games for Families in 2022

For this post, I have created a collection of the 10 best Christmas board games for Families currently available in 2021.

If you’re looking for some family fun to play at Christmas, then here are some festive board games you can all play together. But always remember that the youngest goes first!

Here are my Top Picks:


In this article I’ll go over:

  • My curated list of the Top 10 Best Christmas Board Games For Families.
  • Each board game review will include ‘What the game is about’ , ‘Why we love it’ and some key information, along with an alternative option.
  • What the most popular board games for Christmas?

See my top picks for board games suggestions for younger children – board games for 2 year olds and board games for 3 year olds.

Let’s get going!


The Best Of Christmas

What It Is:  

‘Tis the season for competitive fun! This quirky board game is perfect for playing in the run-up to Christmas (or on the big day itself!).

Players answer festive-themed questions using the cards provided, then take turns hanging decorations on the tree when questions are answered correctly. The first team to the top wins!

Why We Love It:

This is a brilliant game for all the family and I love how everyone can get involved.

I would say it is a little more updated and modern than the original logo game. It is really festive, light hearted and good fun and had all of us in stitches when we played it after Christmas dinner.

We actually found ourselves getting a little competitive too!

  • Reviews: Fantastic Reviews . From 7,427 ratings 76% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A great game” and “good unique questions”.
  • Age Range: 12+
  • Players: 2+
  • Playing Time: 30-60 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy- Medium
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: The Logo Game

Articulate Christmas

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What It Is:  

The much loved Articulate Game with a festive spin. Just 20 minutes to play and brimming with classic Christmas Food, Films, Songs and Traditions to describe.

Why We Love It:

This is a very amusing fast paced family game. I have played this over and over again, and each time I am in hysterics.

It’s harder than it seems, to describe a word without saying the actual word!

What is good about this edition is that everyone can join in, no matter their age because most would of heard of the Christmas items on the cards!

  • Reviews: Brilliant Reviews . From 7,259 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A must-have game” and “loud and interactive”.
  • Age Range: 12+
  • Players: 2+
  • Playing Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Articulate! For Kids

Christmas Monopoly

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What It Is:  

The festive season starts here with this very special Christmas Edition of Monopoly!

Play as one of six bespoke tokens, including Rudolph, a snowman and Santa himself.

Travel around the board collecting your favourite things from the season of goodwill: from Santa and his reindeer, to a full festive feast, via decorating the tree and doing your Christmas shopping, no stocking would be complete with this family favourite.

Why We Love It:

We love a game of Monopoly in our household, so this was a must buy for us.

We had a great game with the family at Christmas and it was made all the more fun with it being Christmas themed. It’s really bright and colourful and everything about the board and the pieces is joyful and festive.

It’s the perfect Christmas game if you love monopoly, a fab festive twist!

  • Reviews: Wonderful Reviews . From 952 ratings 86% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A Brilliant Version” and “Festive Fun”.
  • Age Range: 8+
  • Players: 2-6
  • Playing Time: 30–180 minutes
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
  • Set Up: 2-5 minutes
  • Alternative: Elf Monopoly

Beat That!

What It Is:  

Players attempt to successfully complete 160 ridiculous challenges using cups, chopsticks, ping pong balls and dice.

Can you stack up four dice using only chopsticks in 30 seconds? How about gargling a song for your team-mates to guess in Mouthwash Karaoke?

Collect points by betting on your ability to bounce, stack, hop, balance and roll your way to victory in this hilarious game. Bonkers fun!

Why We Love It:

I was so intrigued to open this box and find out what everything did. The instructions were simple to follow so we didn’t have long to wait. The challenges are absolutely brilliant!

Not only did we love trying the challenges themselves but we loved watching and cheering everyone else on as well and of course trying to pick up tips on how to win. Both I and my husband have loved trying the challenges as well as the boys and it has definitely brought out our competitive side.

We have been keeping a running total and I am sad to say that my husband is coming out on top, I am sure he has been practising in secret. We never get bored of playing this awesome game!

  • Reviews: Highly rated Reviews . From 5,261 ratings 82% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A great game” and “Total thumbs up”.
  • Age Range: 9+
  • Players: 2-8
  • Playing Time: 30-60mins
  • Difficulty: Easy-Hard
  • Set Up: 5-10 minutes
  • Alternative: Charades For Kids

 Ticket to Ride

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What It Is:  

Build your tracks across Europe in this fast-paced and strategic board game.

Connect iconic European cities across a map of the early 20th-century Europe and build your train routes to earn points.

Why We Love It:  

Ticket to Ride is a game is fantastic. With elegantly simple gameplay, the game can be learned in under 15 minutes and enjoyed time and time again.

Whether it’s your first time building a rail empire or an old favourite the components are fantastic.

The train pieces have small details that makes them look like actual train cars. The artwork on the board is extremely detailed and has a weathered look that fits in with the time frame of the game.

The game doesn’t bog down with complicated calculations or actions. With four simple choices for actions each turn, game play moves at a lightning pace

  • Reviews: Outstanding Reviews . From 16,701 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Unexpectedly brilliant” and “Wonderful to play”.
  • Age Range: 8+
  • Players: 2-5
  • Playing Time: 30-60 mins
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Ticket To Ride USA

Labyrinth

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What It Is:  

Labyrinth is the race for treasures in a moving maze! Be the first to collect all your treasures by shifting the walls of the labyrinth to create a clear path.

Players take turns to search the Labyrinth for their magical objects and characters by carefully moving through the constantly changing maze..

Why We Love It:

This is a wonderful, strategic game for all the family. I love that every time you play it, every game is completely different giving it a huge replay value.

This is a great game for children as it gets them thinking and solving puzzles. It’s perfect for younger children as it has a moderately short playing time.

It is definitely one of them games that provides families with the chance to sit down and compete while having fun at the same time- anyone can play and is perfect for when you want something lightweight and quick.

Overall I think it’s a great game, It’s fun and educational, there is no real skill required to play other than the ability to tackle the puzzle and the rules are so simple!

  • Reviews: Brilliant Reviews . From 8,841 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Super Fun” and “Awesome family fun”.
  • Age Range: 7+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Enchanted Forest

Catan

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What It Is:  

The legendary game of trading and development! Travel to a rich island and put down settlements, harvest and trade resources and invest in upgrades to become the most prosperous colony around.

Why We Love It:

I wasn’t sure about this game, building settlements isn’t really my thing, but oh how wrong I was. This game is awesome!

It’s fun and challenging on multiple levels. It’s a highly absorbing game, and tying to build the biggest settlement is actually pretty exciting.

This game is addictive and fun and can be played again and again. The pieces are beautifully made, as is the board tiles. The game’s rules are streamlined and the game has a quick pace which is great when playing with your family.

Highly entertaining! 

  • Reviews: Superb Reviews . From 10,645 ratings 87% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “One of the best games” and “Phenomenal”.
  • Age Range: 10+
  • Players: 3-4
  • Playing Time: 60-120 mins
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Pandemic

Pandemic

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What It Is:  

Pandemic tasks you with nothing less than saving the world; a clutch of diseases threaten to overwhelm civilization as we know it, so the odds are against you from the start. 

Why We Love It:

Firstly, I love that this is a collaborative game, working together on the same side to battle the virus. It’s refreshing to play a game that’s different to a player on player game.

Pandemic heavily relies on communication, It’s a compelling chase and has a huge emphasis on teamwork. I would describe it as the the ultimate cooperative game.

I found the game very exciting to play , there is no choice but to pull together as a team to have any chance of winning. The pace of the game can really pick up when you least expect it, making it great for families to play-the perfect after-dinner game, especially as it can be played within an hour. I was instantly hooked.

This deserves to be on every ones shelf!

  • Reviews: Super Reviews . From 8,962 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Full of twists” and “A fab Cooperative game”.
  • Age Range: 8+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 60 mins
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Set Up: 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Splendor 

Beat the Parents

What It Is:  

Beat the Parents is the family showdown game where kids compete against their parents for household supremacy!

There are more than just bragging rights at stake – each team must pick a wager before the game can begin. What are you willing to do if you lose? Wash the dishes? Treat the other side to movie night?

Use the dry erase marker and wager board to put the stakes on display, and then start the competition!

Why We Love It:

This is a great board game to play with your children, it’s fun, family oriented and allows the children to make optimum involvement in the game.

The questions are pitched at the correct level for the children allowing them to score point and stay engaged with the game and the parent questions are a lot more challenging, so you really have to think!

I found there is a good mix of general knowledge questions and hilarious challenges, which makes it a fun interactive game for all ages. Highly recommend.

  • Reviews: Amazing Reviews . From 2,241 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Hysterical” and “Fun to Play”.
  • Age Range: 6+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Pictionary Air

Santa’s Rooftop Scramble

What It Is:  

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa needs to make sure all the presents are delivered on time, and to the right addresses.

Sounds easy enough, but in this game – you are Santa. You start in the workshop, preparing all the presents, and as soon as you have everything ready, you can start making your way across the rooftops, dropping the correct presents through the letterboxes.

There are a few stumbling blocks to look out for, and although there is some strategy involved, the game is mostly relying on luck. The first player to deliver all their presents is the winner.

Why We Love It:

What a wonderful and fun way for the whole family to get into the Festive Spirit, and I imagine it to be a sure family favourite year after year.

The rules of this game are easy to grasp so even the youngest players can skilfully play with the older ones.

I like the fact that you’re on the spinner to start with, then when you’ve collected all your presents you then go on to the board with a dice, so this has optimum appeal to the younger player!

  • Reviews: Wonderful Reviews . From 126 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “A great game” and “Simpl”.
  • Age Range: 5+
  • Players: 2-6
  • Playing Time: 30-60 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Christmas Eve

What Are The Most Popular Board Games For Christmas?

Top 10 family board games to play this Christmas

  • Pandemic
  • Pictionary
  • Twister
  • Jenga
  • Articulate
  • Cluedo
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Monopoly
  • Catan
  • Ticket To Ride 

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