When planning a family game night as part of the holiday festivities, there’s certainly no shortage of games to choose from. Cards, puzzles, board games, strategy games, there’s something new popping up in the gaming space nearly every week! Deciding on which lineup of games will suit your gathering or game night best can be challenging. To help make it easy for you, we’ve found five old-school games you can always count on to deliver hours of fun.
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This is a perfect game for large groups and requires only some paper and a pencil. Team games like this can be the highlight of a festive evening and it’s easy to add a bit of holiday flair. All the words you write down to be acted out can be Christmas-themed, like Santa Claus, a reindeer, or even a Christmas Tree.
A tried-and-true classic, Pictionary will have your family huddled around a table trying to decipher someone’s scribbles in between fits of laughter. Although simple in terms of rules, this can be a difficult one to play with very young kids as it requires a lot of abstract thinking.
Mad Libs is a great choice if your crowd is a bit younger, and there isn’t much interest in genuine competition. With so many different Mad-Libs to choose from, you could pick up a few and even take a vote! To add a little bit of Christmas magic, you could challenge everyone to only fill in the blanks with holiday-related words!
If your crowd is both older and appreciates a challenge, you can have your family or guests split up into two or three teams to compete in crossword puzzles. You could print out multiple copies, or even find ones that are Christmas-themed, and see who completes them first!
Trivial Pursuit is another game that works well with teams, especially if your family is comprised of different age groups and interests. Having kids pair up with adults will fill in any large gaps in knowledge. There are also many different versions of the game to choose from in addition to the original - TV shows, sports, films, video games, you name it, so choose whichever suits your family best!