13 PC games to play this Christmas before unwrapping your presents

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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As Christmas is getting closer, we can already feel euphoria and joy of the greatest holiday there is. Christmas tree decorating, presents, family gathering, and jolly music that gets you in the mood. You can’t stay indifferent while all this colorful scenery is surrounding you.

Some folks will enjoy watching Christmas movie marathons, others will go outside, third, and they are, in any case, not the minority, will look forward to playing some video games. Naturally, with joint forces of family and friends.

Therefore, while you are enjoying all the blessings of a hard earned vacation, you may want to enlarge the festive spirit by playing some of the games we prepared for you. Primary, we had in mind some Christmas-oriented games but there are also some games that are worth a while. If you are uncertain what game is right for you, you can check out our reviews and choose for yourself.

Primary, we had in mind some Christmas-oriented games, but there are also some games that are worth a while. If you are uncertain what game is right for you, check out our reviews and choose for yourself.

Christmas-themed games to play this Christmas

1. Santa Claus in trouble

santa in trouble christmas

Old but gold, as one would say. This is a 3D platformer made a long time ago, but, still is one of the most played games when it comes to the Christmas theme. As you would suppose, it is all about Santa Claus and his goal to the lost presents. On 10 levels you will try to get all the presents you can in the snowy village. There are 3 different enemies that will give their best to stop you from succeeding in your goal: birds, snowmen, and fierce Trolls.

While Santa is hopping from tile to tile, he’s being followed by 4 different Christmas songs. Songs can get a bit annoying, but you can mute them anytime and play your own soundtrack. Common deceive is that games like this are easy to play because of its childish demeanor. Well, that is not the case. The game is quite challenging.

2. Sam and Max Ice Station Santa

sam and max ice station santa

The world’s favorite animal detectives brought a lot of laugh and fun to our childhood. So, why don’t we relive the memory of Sam and Max this Christmas? But wait, it gets even better, because Sam and Max actually star in a Christmas-themed episode.

Sam and Max Ice Station Santa combines the series’ recognizable humor and gameplay with Christmas thematics. Your goal is to confront a paranoid Santa, who locked himself into his workshop, and threatens his elves with a machine gun. Sounds like a joyful Christmas adventure, doesn’t it. The game also features the puzzle area, where players will need to solve additional mysteries, and a few mini-games.

So, if you feel like solving mysteries on the Christmas Eve, and getting amused by the games eccentric humor, you should definitely play Sam and Max Ice Station Santa. And while you’re there, you can also get back to some of the other episodes of the game, they’re all equally weird and funny.

3. Chicken Invaders Christmas Edition

chicken invaders christmas

As Christmas is the best time to relive old memories, we continue to present you vintage games, that we loved playing as kids. Chicken Invaders is definitely one of those games (well, the first few parts, because the latest installment was released in 2014).

A famous shoot ’em up game takes you on a journey through space, while confronting alien chickens and various space objects. Every single installment of Chicken Invaders has a special Christmas version, so we just couldn’t resist including it to our list.

We’ll leave the choice of the installment to you, because all are similar to each other, and each one of them explores the same thematics – to shoot as many chickens and asteroids as you can. There are just tiny some differences in gameplay and game elements.

4. NiGHTS Into Dreams: Christmas Nights

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While we are in the time travel machine, we can’t skip this title made by Sega 20 years ago. Christmas NIGHTS into Dreams is a standalone level of a popular game from the 90’s, Nights into Dreams. In this action-pumped, colorful game you can play with one of the two main characters – Clarice or Elliot. They are teenagers that enter Nightopia, Land of Dreams, to retrieve missing Christmas Star. Your goal is to collect as many coins before the alarm clock rings.

After you collect all the coins, you’ll fight against the main antagonist, Gilwing, the evil monster that hid the Star in his lair. After you complete the game, you can play with Sonic, a unlockable character.

This game is truly great for all ages, and it’s even better setting for enjoyable Christmas spare time.

5. Winter Bells

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Winter Bells is a simple, zen-like vertical platformer, for those who just want to relax in their spare time during a busy Christmas schedule. The old gaming cliche, “easy to play, hard to master” perfectly describes this game. You play as a cute little bunny who jumps upwards by bouncing off Christmas bells.

And that’s it. All you need to do in this game is to score as high result as possible, by jumping off the bells. You control the bunny by moving your mouse cursor. Once again, extremely simple, not so easy, and sometimes relaxing (depending on your current mood). Also, beautiful music plays during the gameplay. And don’t worry, as high as you jump, when you fall down, the bunny will safely land in the snow.

Winter Bells is a browser-based game, and you can play if as much as you like on this link.

6. Christmas Wonderland 6

Christmas Wonderland 6

If you haven’t heard of Christmas Wonderland, go to Microsoft Store and get the game.

This is a must-have game in the Holiday season. We played it and we really liked the Mini Puzzles. They’re really addictive and fun to play. The best part is that Christmas Wonderland 6 is suitable for players of all ages.

As a player, some of your tasks include finding presents, getting rewards, flying with Santa on Christmas Eve and more.

Bonus game: Holy, A Christmas Tale

Christmas PC game: Holy

Grab a cup of cocoa, put on your favorite Yuletide music and play Holly: A Christmas Tale, a wonderful new hidden object game guaranteed to fill you with the spirit of the season!

Find out more Christmas games on Alawar official website.

Non-Christmas games to play this Christmas

We presented you our top picks of the Christmas-themed games for Windows. However, there are many games that don’t have any actual connection with Christmas, but are still suitable for playing during this time of the year. So, stick with us, as we’re going to present you our top picks for the best non-Christmas-themed games to play this Christmas.

1. Minecraft

minecraft christmas

You can associate Minecraft with, well, just about anything. This sandbox building game allows you to build anything that comes to your mind using blocks. So, why not building your own Christmas tree, or if you have more time during the holiday days, the whole winter wonderland.

As Minecraft also has a multiplayer mode, you can team up with your friends to design your own Christmas-themed world. Since Microsoft took over, it made the game cross-platform compatible. This means you can start working on that enormously huge snowman, or Santa’s workshop with anyone, regardless of the platform.

So, all you need is an idea, and you can start building amazing holiday-inspired creations right away. Whether you’re working in a team, or all by yourself, fun is guaranteed.

2. Sport simulations

nba 2k christmas

Another great type of games to play during holidays is sports simulations. We think the explanation for this is pretty obvious. Sport simulation games simply stimulate for hanging out with your friends and family. Have a holiday visit from your loved one? Great, play some FIFA or NBA 2K with your cousin.

In case you’re feeling nostalgic during holidays, you can always download one of the games from previous years. Every big sports simulation game franchise has a single game for every season, from 90’s to this year. Be it FIFA, NBA 2K, NFL, PES, the choice is yours.

All newer sports simulation games have a multiplayer mode. So, you can even play a few matches with your friends during winter holidays.

3. MOBA/MMO games

moba games christmas

If you’ve ever played any MOBA or MMO game, you’re certainly familiar with regular updates. Developers update their games during the holiday season every year. Fresh Christmas-related content is added, the interface is changed, along with some new features.

Playing an online multiplayer game can be a good way to feel the Christmas spirit in the virtual world. Admit it, if you’re currently playing an online multiplayer game, you just can’t wait for the Christmas content to be added.

Additionally, just like it’s the case with previous two games from the non-Christmas list, you play online multiplayer games with your friends. So, playing a MOBA/MMO game during the holiday season is a great way to stay in touch with your friends during the winter break. And feel the holiday spirit at the same time.

4. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Skyrim is a great game to play during the whole year. That certainly doesn’t qualify Skyrim as Christmas-suitable title. However, there are some other elements of this game that make it a perfect choice for the holidays for some people.

We’ll put aside epic battles, dragons, monsters, giants, and other features of this game, and we’ll say just one word – snow. Skyring is definitely the snowiest game of the franchise. Add to that an enormous world for exploring, and you get a perfect winter fun for all you wanderers out there.

If you feel like going in the wilderness during these holidays, but you’re not able to, you can ‘simulate’ the whole adventure in Skyrim. And even better, you’ll encounter some creatures you can’t encounter in real life.

The game is even better if you add up a few mods. You can look for some Christmas-related mode, to actually give Skyrim a dose of holiday spirit. But be aware, if you like to compete for achievements, think twice before installing any mod.

5. The Long Dark

the long dark christmas

The reason we’ve decided to put The Long Dark on this list is similar to the reason for putting Skyrim. So some of you might say that we should have picked just one game, but trust us, both games deserve to be on this list.

If a winter wandering adventure is really what you’re looking for, you can’t choose better than The Long Dark. This open-world survival game puts you in the frozen wild forest, where your only goal is to stay alive as long as possible. There are no magical creatures, dangerous opponents, and stuff like that. Your only enemy is nature, and all the threats it can produce.

The game offers a lot of possibilities, so you might get surprised when you find out that you’re able to do something. You hunt for clues, tools, and various other things to craft, in order to survive the frozen wilderness. There are three game modes, in which you decide whether you want to be attacked by the wildlife or not. So, if you want to make your life in the snow-covered forest harder than it currently is, make sure to play in the mode where wolves will chase you to death.

6. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the most popular game released this year. If you haven’t played it already, take advantage of the Christmas offer and grab this awesome game.

Have you got what it takes to survive the harsh environment that this game throws you in? The motto to guide your actions is survival of the fittest — kill or be killed.

7. Gears of War 4

gow4 Gearsmas

Every year, Gear on War 4 gets new Christmas-themed game content to players‘ delight. Gearsmas lets players enjoy fierce snowball fights and equip their favorite characters with some merry Christmas-theme shotguns.

We still don’t know what the Gearmas 2018 will bring, but we’ll keep an eye on TC’s official website and we’ll update this guide as soon as new information is available.

Get Gears of War 4 from Amazon.

Our list is now completed. We hope you now have a better idea of what you’re going to play these holidays. Be it a Christmas-related game with Santa and elves, or the game that just feels right to play around Christmas. We’ll leave the choice to you.

It’s Christmas, you can play whatever you like, we just gave you a couple of suggestions. Speaking of that, do you agree with our list, or you feel we should have put some other games here? Let us know in the comments below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been since updated for freshness and accuracy.