The best board games to play with your family over the festive period

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Charades may be a classic, but if you ask us, nothing beats a good old fashioned, post Christmas dinner family board game. Whether they bring your family together or (momentarily) rip it apart, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best games to play this Christmas. 

Monopoly

A Christmas classic, this board game can get heated, but we can’t stop/ won’t stop playing it. The perfect mix of strategy and luck, get round the board and buy up as many London landmarks as possible.

What Do You Meme?

The perfect adult party game for our social media-obsessed generation, the rules of the game are to create the funniest meme by matching one of your caption cards to the photo card in play. A rotating judge picks the funniest one and voila, that person wins the round. Keep playing until you’re hungry enough to get the second round of turkey out…

Ticket to Ride Europe

Ticket to Ride is a railway-themed cross-country adventure whereby players collect train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities across Europe. The aim of the game is to get as many points as possible, by creating the longest routes. With so many different route combinations possible, this game is fun to play over and over again!

Speak Out

Get ready to LOL as your family take on the Speak Out challenge. Try to guess what they’re saying as they put in a mouthpiece that doesn’t allow them to close their mouth. Yes, it’s as ridiculous (and hilarious) as it sounds…

Pictionary

A favourite amongst those with a penchant for drawing, the aim of this charades-inspired word guessing-game is to draw a word/phrase and have your team guess what they see! Simple yet hilarious, this one’s even funnier when you’ve had a few Baileys…

Cluedo

Was it Professor Plum in the Drawing room with a Candlestick? The aim of this popular murder mystery game is to eliminate suspects and catch the culprit. If you’re as addicted to murder mysteries as we are, then this one’s a must buy. 

Scrabble

Scrabble celebrated it’s 71st birthday this year, and what more of a reason to dust off your board and get in on some of the word-building action?! For those who have been living under a rock, Scrabble involves picking out a selection of tiles with letters on, and making words (as long as you can!) from said tiles. Each letter has a value so players need to be both strategic and lucky to be victorious. 

Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

With 6 iconic categories – geography, entertainment, history, art and literature, science and nature, and sports and leisure – and 2,400 questions in total, Trivial Pursuit is a great game to play to get those cranial muscles working. Available in this Family Edition, with alternative questions that everyone can have a go at answering, this is a great game to get everyone together. 

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