10 Christmas-Themed Video Games to Play Over Winter Break


Aaahh Christmas, it’s that time of the year again where it’s all about love, family, peace, hope… and video games. The holidays are awesome. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Festivus, there’s bound to be a few traditions you find yourself enjoying every year. For me, it’s always been playing games with either a holiday or winter setting.

If you are also planning to play some good video games over this winter break but you have no idea what to choose, this list is just for you! Here are 10 video games –and more–  that I consider best Christmas-themed and you should play over this holidays.


Daze Before Christmas (SNES/GEN)

What would Christmas be without a Santa Claus video game? While not the easiest game to find due to its limited distribution, Daze Before Christmas is actually a pretty decent platformer. In this game you have the power to help Santa take back Christmas. You are up against a wicked snowman who has committed the awful crime of taking  Santa’s reindeer and all of his elves captive. Your role as Santa is to use defenses such as power ups, collecting energy hats, magic, and turning into Anti-Claus the invincible evil alter ego of Santa in order to fight back. Also, Daze Before Christmas has single and two player capabilities. Without a doubt the perfect video game for Christmas Eve.

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Saints Row IV “How The Saints Save Christmas” DLC (XBLA/PSN/PC)

Only in Saints Row IV do you get to do battle all in the name of stopping a demonic looking Santa Claus from putting “the universe on the naughty list.” This hilarious DLC includes new quests, 3 christmasy weapons, and 2 new vehicles including the Flying Reindeer. “How The Saints Save Christmas is also Saints Row IV’s final DLC, and was released last week, so let’s try it!

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It’s time for some nostalgia. While the plot of the film revolved around Kevin McCallister trying to defend his home from the Wet Bandits during Christmas Eve, by laying out and constructing a series of elaborate traps, the game tasked Kevin with defending several houses in his neighbourhood. The player was required to protect the houses for twenty or forty minutes, depending on the chosen difficulty level, until the police arrived. Somewhat christmasy.

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Borderlands 2 “How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day” DLC (XBLA/PSN/PC)

- Snowmen are causing problems, but now you can fight Abominable Mister Tinder Snowflake all while trying to spread holiday cheer with large, fire damaging weapons. Just in time for the holidays a new Borderlands 2 DLC dropped a couple of days ago. There will be lots of gift-giving and loot hunting as you collect new festive heads and skins. An amazing DLC, especially if you’re playing with friends.
Don’t forget that Borderlands 2 is currently available for free for Playstation Plus users, which makes it that much easier to pick up the DLC.

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The Grinch (PS/SDC/GBC/PC)

There can not be a Christmas without a Grinch! The game follows the basic premise of the classic animated cartoon, where the Grinch is out to steal Christmas from Whoville. The game also takes material from the film that the game was released with. The Grinch has to collect items and blueprints for inventions in order for his execute his sinister plan. Make use of strange weapons and gadgets like the Rotten Egg Launcher, the Slime Shooter and the Love Shield. The Grinch’s faithful friend Max the Dog is a useful companion along the way, either distracting the Whoville inhabitants or reaching those otherwise inaccessible areas. The Grinch is definately a fun game, especially if you love Dr.Seuss series.

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Costume Quest: “Grubbins on Ice” DLC (XBLA/PSN)

This DLC essentially offered more of the same trick-or-treating and turn-based battles that fans enjoyed from the original game but in a new setting. There are new costumes to collect too. “Grubbins on Ice” takes place in the world of Repugia as returning Costume Quest characters Reynold, Wren and Everett attempted to rescue their friend Lucy after she stumbled into a portal to the Grubbin home world. If you  enjoyed the original, this DLC will be a worthy expansion and for those looking for something festive it’s great.

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Christmas NiGHTS Into Dreams (Sega Saturn/PS2)

 I know a guy who loves this game, and honestly, I can kind of see why. The colors and background capture the feeling of the holidays perfectly. Everything about it screams Christmas. The gameplay might be the same as Nights into Dreams  but it was dressed up so well for the holiday season. The story is a bit rushed but it ties in to christmas. It’s a short game but definitely worth playing on the holidays if you can get your hands on a copy.

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Elf Bowling 1&2 (PC/NDS)

Yup.. you read right. The game most of you played on your old windows 95 or windows 98 PC had handheld console counterparts. I’m not really much of a bowler, but I’m pretty sure most of you agree with me that you don’t need to like bowling to love this game. I find Elf bowling a therapeutic experience. You play as Santa and you have to knock all his elves down. I guess Elf Bowling is good as an amusing Christmas Game, and also easy to find online.

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Animal Crossing series (GC/DS/Wii/3DS)

There’s always Animal Crossing, which is all Christmas-themed during December. Jingle appears once a year on the 24th of December for Toy Day, a made-up event in Animal Crossing in place of Saturnalia, Yule, Christmas or any similar celebrations. There’s also the Jingle Series furniture from the Nookling’s Store during the month of December. And Snowman! Between December 11 and February 24 there will be two snowballs in your town each day to build a snowman! You can receive many rare items based on the snow people you create. Depending on the size of the snowballs, you can build Snowman, Snowmam, Snowboy, and Snowtyke. *Sigh* Oh Animal Crossing, you’re always there…

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***Bonus: Some Add-Ons to customize your favorite game***

  • Dead or Alive 5 “Christmas  Set” (XBLA/PSN) – Get all your characters dressed in Santa suits. This Add-On contains 12 costumes from “Nice Girls”, “Naughty Girls” and “Lil’ Santas”.

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  • SoulCalibur IV “Customization Equipment 3” (XBLA/PSN) – If you like to customize your characters on fighting games, this is perfect for you. The Add-On includes Santa equipment set, it can be used for both female and male characters.

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  • Rock Band “Rockin’ The Holidays Pack” (XBLA/PSN) – If you are throwing a Christmas party Rock Band works great, believe me. This pack includes: “Blue Christmas” by The Pretenders, “Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You” by Billy Squier, and “Hanukkah Blessings” by Barenaked Ladies.


What are your favourite Christmas video games? Share your comments below!
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