Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a time to gather with family and friends, exchange gifts, and enjoy delicious food. But what about entertainment? When it comes to Christmas, card games are a great way to keep everyone entertained.
Whether you’re looking for something to play with your kids or your adult friends, there are plenty of fun options to choose from. Below I made a varied selection of Christmas-themed games with unique decks, family classics, and standard deck games.
Gremlins: Holiday Havoc
I recently discovered a fun and exciting Christmas card game called Gremlins: Holiday Havoc. The game is based on the movie Gremlins, and it’s perfect for those who love a bit of holiday mischief.
In the game, players must stop the Gremlins from causing havoc around town. The 60-card deck features creatures from the movie, and players must flip over cards to reveal matches. If you see a match, pounce fast to score. But beware, other players are on the prowl, and you don’t want to get caught.
One of the unique features of the game is that you must avoid getting the Gremlins wet. If you do, you risk losing the game. This adds an extra layer of strategy to the game and makes it even more exciting.
The game is super simple to play, and it’s perfect for both kids and adults. The rules are easy to understand, and the gameplay is fast-paced and engaging.
This rummy-inspired game has been around for over 40 years and is enjoyed by millions of players around the world.
The objective of the game is to be the first player to complete 10 different phases. Each phase requires a specific combination of cards to be played, such as two sets of three or a run of seven. The catch is that each player must complete each phase in order, and only then can they move on to the next phase.
To add even more excitement to the game, there are also “Wild” and “Skip” cards that can be played to help or hinder your opponents. And with multiple variations of the game available, including a mobile app and online multiplayer options, there’s no shortage of ways to play Phase 10.
One of the things I love most about Phase 10 is how easy it is to learn. The rules are simple enough for even beginners to pick up quickly, but there’s still enough strategy involved to keep things interesting. Plus, with each game taking around 30 minutes to play, it’s the perfect length for a quick round during a holiday gathering!
Elf Snowball Showdown Card Game
One of my favorite Christmas card games, Elf Snowball Showdown by Funko Games!
In this game, players take on the role of Buddy the Elf and engage in a surprise snowball fight. The objective of the game is to be the last elf standing by throwing a set of like-colored snowball cards at another player. If you get hit, take a snowball “splat” card – three hits and you’re out.
The game comes with 112 cards, 2 jumbo snowball dice, and a rulebook. It is suitable for 3-6 players and takes approximately 20 minutes to play. The game is recommended for ages 6 and up, making it a great option for families with young children.
The game also features cards with characters from the beloved movie, Elf, which adds to the fun and excitement of the game.
Crazy Eights is a classic card game that has been around for many years. It is the non-commercial version of UNO.
The objective of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards.
To start the game, each player is dealt eight cards. The remaining cards are placed in the center of the table and the top card is turned over to start the discard pile. The player to the left of the dealer goes first and play continues clockwise.
In Crazy Eights, the rank of the cards is only important when matching with that on the card face in the discard pile. The player must play a card that matches either the rank or the suit of the card on top of the discard pile. If a player cannot play a card, they must draw a card from the draw pile.
The game gets its name from the fact that eights are wild. This means that a player can play an eight at any time and declare a new suit for the next player to follow. This can cause the game to change quickly and add an element of surprise.
Frosty the Snowman
In Frosty the Snowman, players work together to move Frosty’s friends forward and backward to swap their places in the parade. The goal is to get the kids in the right order and win the game!
One great thing about Frosty the Snowman is that it is a cooperative game, which means players work together instead of against each other. This makes it a great game for young children who are just learning how to play card games.
The game comes with 40 Frosty cards, 12 tiles, and instructions. It can be played with 2-4 players and is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Skip-Bo by Mattel is a sequencing card game that requires skill, strategy, and a bit of luck. The game is played with a deck of 162 cards, and the objective is to be the first player to use all the cards in their personal Stockpile.
To start the game, the deck is shuffled, and each player is dealt 10 to 30 cards, depending on the number of players. The remaining cards are placed in the Draw Pile, and the top card is turned over to begin the Discard Pile.
Players take turns to create sequencing stacks of cards in ascending order (2, 3, 4, and so on) on the Discard Pile. The Skip-Bo wild cards can be played strategically as any number and help to break up static situations.