Top Christmas Themed Board Games for 2017

There’s no better feeling than hearing the opening notes of Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song soar on the violins as the weather gets colder and colder, and the day wanes ever sooner in the winter months. When it’s too cold to go adventuring outside, and when you’re tired of the modern “thrill” of video games, the family always turns to the board games to see them through. Don’t waste your time with all of them though, but rather read what We feel are the best Christmas-themed board games, as well as some of the most entertaining Christmas card collection games, available to anyone during the festive period.

Ticket To Ride: Nordic Countries Board GameTicket To Ride: Nordic Countries Board Game

Rating: 4.9/5

Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries takes you on a Nordic adventure through Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as you travel to the great northern cities of Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm. Visit Norway's beautiful fjords and the magnificent mountain scenery on the Rauma Railway. Breathe in the salt air of the busy Swedish ports on the Baltic Sea. Ride through the Danish countryside where Vikings once walked. Hop-on the Finnish railway and travel across the Arctic Circle to the land of the Midnight Sun. Players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes and pass through tunnels and onto ferries, as they connect cities throughout the Nordic Countries.

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Letters to Santa Board GameLetters to Santa Board Game

Rating: 5/5

Letters to Santa is an award-winning, card-based Christmas game adored my millions across the world. It involves doing your best to get to Santa by utilising the cards at hand. A game of mild strategy as well as well as Christmas cheer, this Christmas version of Love Letter is enjoyable for anyone aged 6 and over!

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Christmas Monopoly Limited Edition Board GameChristmas Monopoly Limited Edition Board Game

Rating: 4.8/5

£26.95 for a board game may sound steep, but when you take into account that it’s a Limited Edition, Christmas-themed version of the archetypal board game, it starts to sound a bit more reasonable. This Christmas edition keeps everything that makes Monopoly worthy of the name: 6 player tokens, the classic square game-board, Monopoly money, and of course houses and hotels. What makes it Christmas-y, though, are not only the Christmas playing pieces (including a Turkey and Snowman), but also the replacing of standard London streets with festive equivalents! This is a must for a fan of Monopoly at Christmas, and its Limited Edition status means it’s also a collectible item, and therefore great as a gift!

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Destination Christmas Board GameDestination Christmas Board Game

Rating: 4.8/5

Part of a long line of Destination Games, Destination Christmas takes the fun and drapes it in festive frivolity. Santa’s had a considerable disaster, crashing down and getting trapped on the village green. It’s up to you, the player, to help him deliver the presents via taxi, but the gameplay experience is filled with challenges and pitfalls along the way. The mechanics include fuel considerations, weather conditions, and present location of presents to make things more challenging.

Destination Christmas is one of the more beautifully-designed games on this list, too. The box itself feels like an old-fashioned Christmas card, and the snow-covered paths and frightful weather comprising the game board should make you feel like the fire include is truly delightful.

Features:

  • Your chance to help santa and save Christmas with your trusty snow cab
  • Move round the Village finding the right address and delivering present while avoiding hazards
  • Have you got enough petrol? Is the road clear or is there a snow drift? And has Santa actually got the present or do you have to collect it from the toy shop?
  • Beautifully illustrated game board
  • A board game is for life, not just for Christmas.

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The Christmas Board GameThe Christmas Board Game

Rating: 4.3/5

Here’s a board-based adventure with more of a party-game emphasis than the rest. The Christmas Board game promises to be a much more interactive experience than most on this list, involving multiple players utilising wooden pawns as their pieces, and also a CD to deepen the interactivity! The gameplay itself is based around card-collecting, with your journey around the board allowing you to complete your card set. This isn’t recommended for the younger audiences, though not because of profanity or lewd content: it’s simply a little bit too engaging for the young, and is best enjoyed by audiences that will appreciate the interactivity and mental engagement of the game!

Features:

  • Christmas party board game with music CD with wooden pawns
  • Christmas party board game providing enchanting and hilarious fun for all the family
  • Played every Christmas and beloved by family and friends alike
  • A completely new and interactive family game that uses a music cd for dance in conjunction with an innovative board game to involve all members; original music tracks add to the fun!
  • Each player travels around the board collecting special cards to complete their game-set, landing on unique squares that send them to new and exciting experiences. This interactive approach allows for loads of fun and enjoyment for all the players!

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Pass the Pud Board GamePass the Pud Board Game

Rating: 4/5

Gibson games’ Pass the Pud injects some serious variety into standards Christmas proceedings. Far from your average board-based game, Pass the Pud revolves around an electronic Christmas Pudding that’s interactive and forms the central pillar of the fun in this game. It’s a little like pass the parcel, only with a Christmas pudding dictating the pace and the cut-off time of the word-based puzzles of the game.

With the game you get a set of cards, and of course the hilarious burping Christmas pudding as its centrepiece. Because of its unusual format, comedic nature, and team-based approach, this is a game to be enjoyed by all ages and sizes of family, bringing together older and young generations at Christmas for some word-skills fun.

Features:

  • Belchingly good after dinner word game
  • Jingling Christmas pudding with integral variable timer
  • Suitable for four or more players aged 8+
  • Part of the Gibsons Pass the Bomb family game range
  • Four mouth-watering categories to choose from, plus a pot-luck variation

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Christmas Surprises Board GameChristmas Surprises Board Game

Rating: 4.5/5

A game for the younger audiences now, catering for the 3-6 age group. Christmas Surprises is designed to be an educational tool as well as a fun, Christmas-themed board-game experience. It includes a variety of colours and shapes in its gameplay mechanics, which primarily involve helping Santa to decorate his Christmas tree.

Christ Surprises allows Children to choose whether they wish to play a shape-matching game that ends up with them revealing presents from Santa’s sack, or a colour-matching one involving baubles on the Christmas tree. Both games facilitate cognitive development for the 3-6 age range, making this a fun educational experience for the younger audiences.

Features:

  • Suitable for children aged 3 - 6 years
  • A fabulous Christmas themed game with two ways to play
  • Encourage social skills and observation
  • Improve manual dexterity
  • Link with Early Learning Goals

Help Father Christmas to decorate his Christmas tree and collect presents for his sack. Throw the dice to match colours or shapes to complete the festive boards and find out what surprises Father Christmas may bring this year.

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Christmas-Opoly Board GameChristmas-Opoly Board Game

Rating: 4.5/5

It may look a lot like Monopoly, but rest assured, it’s not Monopoly in any official capacity. Christmas-opoly’s gameplay is very similar to Christmas Monopoly, though, and it involves buying a variety of Christmas properties, accruing money, and moving around the boards whilst experiencing all of the benefits and pitfalls of the various squares on the board! It’s designed to be played by up to 6 players (with a minimum of 2), and its action could involve you being a successful property owner, or have you run over by reindeer or receiving a lump of coal!

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Ravensburger Santa's Rooftop Scramble Board GameRavensburger Santas Rooftop Scramble Board Game

Rating: 4.5/5

One of the more expensive games on this list at £34.98, Santa’s Rooftop Scramble has you assuming the role of Chris Cringle himself, tasked with delivering a massive quantity of presents to eagerly-awaiting children. Each player is dealt a series of “Letters to Santa” detailing the name, photo, and location of the specific children to which they must deliver. From here, you’re racing other Santas on the board to get to the correct address first!

This is most definitely a game for the younger audiences, though initial setting up is required and may require some parental intervention if it’s all to go smoothly!

Features:

  • A fun Christmas-themed game for the whole family
  • Perfect for ages 5 and up, for 2 - 6 players
  • Easy and fun game, which needs a little strategy and lots of luck
  • A lovely game that can be played over and over again
  • High quality game board and contents ensures the game will be enjoyed year after year

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Monopoly Nightmare Before Christmas Board GameMonopoly Nightmare Before Christmas Board Game

Rating: 4.4/5

By far one of the most popular games on this page, as well as one that’s been gorgeously designed in the gothic Tim Burton style. This is classic Monopoly in its gameplay structure of course, but with a Burton-esque, Christmas-themed reworking that includes players pieces from the actual Nightmare Before Christmas Movie: Jack Skellington’s skull, Oogie Boogie, and Sally are included, as well as Evil Teddy, Zombie Duck, and the Mayor’s Hearse! Fans will also recognise the many locations on the board from the Nightmare Before Christmas movie. Otherwise, it’s classic Monopoly, though this edition is also highly collectible.

Features:

  • Fun for children and adults alike
  • Best Family Game
  • Suitable for everyone over the age of 8
  • Roll the dice to begin your property building empire in this new version of Monopoly!
  • Best Gift

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