Best Family Games to Play This Holiday Season

While relatives come over to your house this holiday season, think of some family games that you can all enjoy. With the right game, everyone can relax while they leisurely sip their drinks and consider second helpings.


monopolyMonopoly lets up to six players acquire wealth and property. The game board has properties along the periphery. When a player’s piece lands on a property, he or she has a chance to purchase it. If someone already owns it, they have to pay rent.

The game can last up to four hours, which is a bit much for some families. If you have highly competitive guests coming over, they could play this game for as long as it takes. You can also choose to set a time limit. The person with the most money and assets after the time limit expires wins the game.


euchreEuchre is a fun card game enjoyed by people all over the world. To play euchre, you will need two teams of two players. That’s a total of four players (although some people play a version that allows more teams).

Unless you have a special Euchre card set, you will need to remove the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s from a standard deck. The remaining cards are ranked highest to lowest: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7. When dealing, each player receives five cards.

The goal of Euchre is to win as many tricks as possible. The team that wins at least three out of the possible five wins the game. Of course, it gets much more complicated than this in real life, so you might want to hone your skills by playing online before you face your guests. Still, it’s a rather relaxing game that will let you talk as you play.

Trivial Pursuit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you have a lot of brainiacs in your family, set up a game of Trivial Pursuit. That way, you can find out whose brain has stored the most useless knowledge.

This board game comes with dice and a deck of cards. Each player rolls the dice to see how many spaces he or she advances. The space determines the topic of the question. Traditional versions of the game include Sports and Leisure, Science and Nature, Literature, Geography, Entertainment, and History.

To win, a person or team must answer a question correctly from each category. Once they do this, they move to the center of the board to answer a final question. This question, however, is chosen by the opposing teams.


craniumCranium is one of the most entertaining board games that you can buy. The game is similar to Trivial Pursuit in that you often have to answer questions to proceed through the game. Unlike Trivial Pursuit, though, Cranium will have players doing everything from drawing blindfolded to posing other people in an odd version of charades.

With Cranium, you can get the whole room involved. It’s a very active game, so it’s probably not the best option if you want to catch up through conversation. If you want to laugh a lot, it’s a good game to consider.

What other games does your family enjoy during the holidays?



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  1. We played a new game to us called smash-it during Christmas. It was a lot of fun, reminded me of the old Simon game we use to have when I was younger.

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