How are you going to make this Christmas a little different? What can you do to spice up more than just the punch? Sure, go ahead and eat until your buttons pop off and drink until you…shouldn’t drink anymore. But that’s the same old same old. This year, you’re going to gather the gang and play Christmas party games for adults! You’re going to be naughty and nice all in the same evening! Okay, go ahead and pass around the fruitcake you nabbed from this list of the Top 10 Best Fruitcakes to Buy for Christmas. Or gorge on some of the candy you scored off this list of the Top 10 Traditional Christmas Candies. But the key this year is that you’ve procured a Christmas game for adults and you’re performing one of the greatest services to friend-and-family kind that you can: you’re sharing your great game with them! The list below does include some games that the younger members of the clan can take part in (perhaps), but it also includes games that will prompt you to want to send the kids far away to grandma’s so you can get your thing going with these Christmas party games for adults.
1. Cards Against Humanity: 2014 Holiday Pack
If you’ve ever played the game Cards Against Humanity, my condolences. Or my deepest respect. Because it’s not a game that’s for the faint of heart. It is, though, almost unbelievably funny (most of the time) and a lot of fun (most of the time). Cards Against Humanity describes itself as “a party game for horrible people,” if that gives you any indication of the game’s mojo. This is definitely a Christmas party game for adults and the 2014 Holiday Pack does require that you already have the original Cards Against Humanity game. You can nab that here. Bonus for those of you who believe in transparency in government: Cards Against Humanity donates 100 percent of its profits on the 2014 Holiday Pack to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all. As for the game itself, don’t say you haven’t been warned.
2. Humanity Hates the Holidays Card Game
This game is in the same vein as the first entry, but it is not affiliated with Cards Against Humanity. However, they both have similar DNA in those veins. This Christmas party game for adults bills itself as “the holiday card game that Santa did not make.” One reviewer says “My husband and I played this expansion deck with my brothers on Thanksgiving night over a bottle of good whiskey. It was a fantastic night crying from laughter with my family.” Also, this can be used as an expansion pack for the regular Cards Against Humanity game (although, again, Humanity Hates the Holidays is not affiliated with CAH). There’s also a “love edition” of the Humanity Hates the Holidays game here.
3. Santa VS Jesus, The Epic Party Game
In keeping with the theme, here’s another Christmas party game for adults. In fact, the Santa VS Jesus people explicitly say “this game is not suitable for children.” In this game, two groups separate into Team Santa and Team Jesus and, then, fight it out with categories like “There’s something about the Virgin Mary” and “Have yourself a merry little quizmas.” You can get a good idea of how this game works by looking at this video:
Price: $19.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
4. The Christmas Conundrum Murder Mystery Game
This one is a six player game, with each person taking a persona that is slightly based on the characters in the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol. (The characters have names like Jacob Barley, Bob Scratchitt, Tiny Tom, etc.) This game is rated “mature” and is for players 17 years old and up, according to the manufacturer, Red Herring Games. The company’s “mature disclaimer” says the game contains drug themes, sexual and mature relationship themes and that it centers on a murder and that violence is suggested. Sounds like a Christmas party game for adults.
This is a very simple Christmas party game for adults: fill the shot glass with the beverage of your choice, spin the red arrow and whomever the arrow lands on has to drink the beverage. V-More Bar Tools, the maker of the game, says this is a game for holidays, and who are we to argue? The shot glass is made of clear glass. The spinner is durable plastic and it has an anti-skid bottom on the heavy base. We’d say “take it easy” with this one but…it’s the holidays!
6. Paper Clever’s Christmas Party Trivia Game
This is billed as a game for “all ages” but, really, it’s going to be the adults who will know the answers to questions like “What color was the Christmas that Elvis had?” It’s a set of 25 cards, each featuring a wide variety of trivia questions. Another game made by Paper Clever is the Red and Gold Christmas Word Scramble party game. As for the trivia game, the manufacturer says you have “11 minutes to guess and win Christmas trivia game, could possibly be the cleverest game we have designed to date.” Get the game, you be the judge.
7. Christmas Charades Board Game
Another Christmas party game for adults that’s billed as being for the whole family, but it’s going to be tough for the younger players to act out “Sleepless in Seattle” or “Salvation Army Santa.” The game comes with a pack of cards and you simply draw a card and then act it out. There are some reviewers who say the cards are too tough for kids, but other reviewers say their entire family enjoyed the game. Says one reviewer: “My youngest daughter thought that the “Ghost of Christmas Present” was a monster who opened Christmas presents.”
8. ’Tis The Season Christmas Trivia Game
This, too, is a family friendly game that has enough tough questions to be a great Christmas game for adults. The 1,800 trivia questions are from categories like Christmas movie trivia, TV trivia, song trivia, world trivia, Christmas carol trivia and more. It does get very good reviews, with a 4.4 out of five star rating. As one reviewer says, “The questions vary from too easy to real Christmas buff. It is easy to make a few changes to the rules to allow everyone to have a level playing field.”
9. Drink If Ugly Sweater Game
Christmas sweaters and they each start with the heading “Drink if….” Then each card completes the challenge with things like “…You hate Christmas music” or “…You’ve kissed someone under the mistletoe.” You could make it even more interesting by getting yourself these humorous holiday plastic cups that have somewhat irreverent sayings on them. As for the Ugly Sweater game, there are 24 cards to a pack. Clearly, this is a game that gets more interesting and, perhaps, truthful, as the game goes on.
10. Monopoly Christmas Edition Limited Edition
What else is there to say about one of the all time classic board games? We’re including it in this list of Christmas games for adults because, well, it’s Monopoly and there may be some writers who write about Christmas party games for adults who never really figured out how to play Monopoly. For a slightly different take on the game, there’s another board game called Christmas-opoly that is described as a “festive twist on one of the most well known board games.” Christmas-opoly says “watch out players, you may be run over by a reindeer.” That leans more adult, doesn’t it?
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