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December 13, 2022

5 Perfect Albums for a Christmas Board Game Night

A great game needs a great soundtrack!


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Photograph: Taylor Hernandez

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Family game nights are a wonderful way to bring the family together for a fun, cozy evening at home, during the holidays. Once you’ve decided on which game you’re going to play, and which snacks you’ll serve, think about adding a festive soundtrack. Having some holiday music on in the background is a fantastic way to add atmosphere, without being too distracting. We put together a list of five great Christmas albums: play one or play them all, they’re certain to make your holiday game night complete. Just listen and enjoy!

Christmas Eve and Other Stories    Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Exhilarating and joyous, this album of hard rock-infused orchestral Christmas tunes will add just the right amount of magic and metal to your gaming evening. The album’s enchanting songs evoke scenes of wintery wonder and celebration. Your family will love listening while besting each other in some good old-fashion board game fun.  And, it’s free to stream with an Amazon Prime account.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The whole family will enjoy the soundtrack from this Christmas classic. A mix of instrumental interludes and fan-favorite songs like, “What’s This?” and “Making Christmas” will make game night a blast.

The Polar Express

Add some ethereal holiday sounds to your game of Scrabble with the soundtrack to this animated film. Josh Groban’s, “Believe,” the Christmas mega-hit, sits snugly between instrumental tunes and songs like “The Polar Express'' and “Hot Chocolate.” Don’t forget to sing along while rolling those dice!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Kids love this comical soundtrack just as much as they love the film. Filled with dialogue from the movie, Jim Carrey singing multiple songs as the Grinch, and the fanciful notes of instrumental Whoville, this album has everything you need to get your whole family singing.

A Charlie Brown Christmas     Vince Guaraldi Trio

Your family can have a relaxing game of Catan while listening to this familiar, chill Christmas soundtrack. Everyone knows the tune of songs like “Skating,” and “O Tenenbaum,” and the album’s other classic tracks will add a sophisticated element to your night of die-rolling and card playing.