Christmas games

5 Games You Can Play on Christmas Day with Your Phone

15 December 2023

Ah, Christmas Day—the time for family, feasts, and of course, fun! While the age-old traditions of decorating the tree and indulging in grandma’s secret stuffing recipe are delightful, let’s not forget to add a modern twist to our festivities this year. Put down those board games and pick up your trusty smartphone, because we’ve rounded up five games that will add a touch of digital cheer to your Christmas celebrations. Get ready for some festive fun at your fingertips!

1. Christmas Pictionary: Draw Your Holiday Spirit!

Who needs pen and paper when you have a smartphone? Gather your family around and let the doodling begin! Use apps like Draw Something or Skribbl to challenge your artistic skills. You can even customise your word list with holiday-themed items, making the game merrier than ever. Laugh at your cousin’s attempt at drawing a snowman or marvel at your grandma’s impeccable gingerbread house - it’s a guaranteed recipe for giggles.

2. Santa’s Run: Dash Through the Digital Snowscape!

Ever wondered what it feels like to be Santa Claus on his sleigh? Wonder no more! Download endless runner games like “Subway Surfers” or “Temple Run 2” and race through snowy landscapes, collecting presents and avoiding obstacles. Challenge your family members to beat your high score and see who emerges as the ultimate Santa’s helper. Just don’t forget to yell “Ho, ho, ho!” as you dash to victory!

3. Christmas Karaoke: Belt Out Your Favourite Holiday Tunes!

Transform your living room into a digital stage with karaoke apps like Smule or Sing Karaoke by StarMaker. Sing your heart out to classic Christmas carols or modern holiday hits. Invite your family members to join you in a musical extravaganza, and may the best crooner win! Extra points for creativity and bonus applause for attempting Mariah Carey’s high notes in “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

4. Christmas Movie Trivia: Test Your Festive Film Knowledge!

Think you know everything about classic Christmas movies? Put your knowledge to the test with trivia apps like QuizUp or Trivia Crack. Challenge your family members to a battle of wits, answering questions about beloved holiday films like “Home Alone,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “Elf.” The winner gets the title of Chief Christmas Movie Buff and, of course, bragging rights until next year’s rematch.

5. Elf on the Shelf: Digital Edition!

The Elf on the Shelf tradition just got a high-tech upgrade! Create a digital version of this festive game using augmented reality (AR) apps. Hide virtual elves in your home, and encourage your family to find them using their smartphones or tablets. Each discovered elf can reveal a fun Christmas fact or a small prize. It’s a delightful way to blend tradition with technology, and the kids (and kids-at-heart) will love hunting for these mischievous little elves.

There you have it—five delightful and digital ways to infuse your Christmas Day with laughter, competition, and holiday spirit. So, grab your phone, gather your loved ones, and let the festivities begin. Who knew that your smartphone could be the secret ingredient to making this Christmas the merriest one yet? Happy gaming, and may your holiday season be filled with joy, laughter, and high scores!