There comes a point on Christmas Day when the present swapping is over, the Queen’s speech has been and gone and everyone is sick of the sight of food (even chocolate!). But instead of fighting over the remote and debating what to watch on TV, round up the family for a fun game instead.
Although we can’t promise there won’t be any tears or accusations of cheating during the game, we guarantee it will give you some quality family time together. Take a look at our list of top family games below.
The history of Monopoly dates back to the 1900’s and the USA where the board game originates from. However, most of us will be familiar with the UK version which features locations from our capital city London. Whether you choose one of the themed sets such as Star Wars, Games of Thrones, Disney or the original version, the real estate trading game is favourite family game.
Moving with times has led to Scrabble being available in numerous formats including a Scrabble app for Apple and Android devices. But it’s still the iconic Scrabble board that’s stood the test of time and is a popular family game. An up to date dictionary is a must-have as there’s always one player who makes up a random word, but with the rules being updated a few years ago proper nouns can now be used.
Known to spark a few arguments between families, and that’s only over whether the wedges represent cheese or cake, Trivial Pursuits is a classic Christmas game. Allowing you to prove how much or how little you actually know about general knowledge and popular culture, Trivial Pursuits confirms who’s the know it all of the family.
Full of deception and guile, Cluedo see’s players don their detective caps in order to track clues and solve the murder in this classic murder mystery game. Who’ll be the first one solve the murder.
An alternative choice to the other classic board games we’ve listed. Twister sees players tie themselves into knots, matching their one of their hands or feet to either a red, yellow, blue or green dot. The perfect game for those who are flexible, which always ends with everyone in heap on the mat laughing.
A long-lived game not only fun at Christmas but also parties, Charades is a game for everyone. Players act out a word or phrase of a particular topic for example a film, whilst other players shout out their guesses. Can be played with or without teams, but with widely varied rules it might be best to clarify the rules before you start.
If you’re drawing skills aren’t up to scratch this might not be your game to win. But you’ll have the whole family engaged and most likely in fits of giggles trying to guess the word or phrase which relates to your drawing. Budding artists this is definitely the game for you.