For some, the holidays might feel like a never-ending to-do list. For others, boredom can set in rather quickly during a long holiday break. No matter what, it’s essential to have some relief from the stress of cooking an entire family feast or the ennui that accompanies the wait for said feast to hit the table.
Enter family game night. No holiday season is complete without a bit of festive family competition, and games are a great way to keep everyone entertained during those long cold nights when no one dares step outside.
Gather around the table or cozy up by the fire with our picks for the best holiday games the whole family will enjoy.
Holiday bingo is just what it sounds like—a holiday-themed rendering of the classic game bingo. There are plenty of printable holiday bingo cards to choose from online, with dozens of interpretations of the theme “holiday.” Choose from kid-friendly holiday bingo cards, picture-only bingo cards, Hallmark movie bingo cards, or adult-catered bingo cards.
To make things more interesting, make up your own holiday bingo cards using customizable online templates. Fill them out with funny pictures or inside jokes that will get a kick out of the entire family. You can even set your own rules on how to fill out the card or offer prizes to the winner to liven things up.
A holiday scavenger hunt is a perfect way to energize everyone on a lethargic winter day. The possibilities are endless when it comes to holiday-themed scavenger hunts, and you can make the mission as relaxed or demanding as you like. Here are some of our favorite ideas for holiday scavenger hunts:
No holiday party is complete without a game of charades. Break into teams and have everyone try their hand at channeling your favorite holiday characters, films, and activities. There are loads of printable holiday charades cards online, or you can create your own with a pen and paper. Here are some of our favorite holiday charades submissions:
Get the cognitive gears turning with a holiday iteration of the 1979 game Guess Who. The game involves asking a series of yes or no questions about your opponent’s chosen character to help eliminate other characters from the pool and figure out which character card your opponent has chosen.
Questions asked during the game typically pertain to the character’s physical appearance, such as their facial features, hairstyle, and any accessories they might be wearing. The key is to ask questions that will allow you to rule out several characters in one fell swoop to zero in on who your opponent has chosen.
Here are some characters to include in a game of holiday guess who:
If you like, you can create your own holiday Guess Who game and incorporate some of your favorite holiday characters from film and pop culture!