10 Festive Themed Games To Play This Holiday Season
We’re just a week and a half until Christmas and the holiday season! Whatever you celebrate during this time it’s hard to escape the wonderful visual festivities this time of year. Garlands, mistletoe, fairy lights and snow-frosted streets. It’s a beautiful visual and one that we may want to frolic around in, in our virtual life. Some of the more obvious games to enjoy this time of year are ones like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which covers your entire island with snow and festively lit trees. While some others such as Crimson Snow certainly look festive, but is disturbingly unsettling.
We’ve also got a good amount of Christmas indie titles that you might have missed out, on but definitely shouldn’t have. Such as Everybody Wham Wham, a snowman-building competition and mystery game. Or the new Lake DLC that takes place exclusively during this festive time of year. Whatever game you’re in the mood for to have you enjoying the holiday season we hope you find it here!
Lake – Seasons Greetings DLC
Lake is a cosy postman simulator where you follow the story of Meredith Weiss who is temporarily taking over as the town’s mailman while her father is out of town. While driving your van and delivering parcels and letters, you’ll learn more about this beautiful lakeside town, the people that live there and about yourself and your family.
In Lake: Season’s Greetings DLC you’re taken back to the town during the winter of 1985. This is set about a year before Lake. This time however we play as Meredith’s father, Thoman Weiss. Along with delivering mail to Providence Oaks residents, we meet and interact with some old and new friends and foes. Get answers to questions that were teased in Lake, meet new characters, and find out the role you play in delivering the Christmas spirit to Providence Oaks.
Platforms: PlayStation 4|5, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam
SantaCraft is a little festive-themed crafting game where you play Santa rebuilding the North Pole. A massive blizzard has struck the North Pole and wiped out Santa’s Village. His reindeer and sleigh are being held by the Abdominal (not a typo!) Snowman. Dig your way through the snow, cut down gingerbread trees, and mine candy canes as you try to rescue your missing reindeer, rebuild Santa’s Village, and save Christmas!
Rebuild Santa’s Village with gingerbread houses, toy stores, Christmas trees, balloons, and more. Complete quests to rescue Santa’s reindeer from the Abominable, Abdominal, and Adorable Snowmen (among others). Collect birds, teach puffins to sing, bake cookies, race the tortoise and even play the bagpipes?? SantaCraft is a very cute and silly game to enjoy during the winter holidays!
Platform: PC – Steam
Sam And Max: Beyond Time and Space
Before it made a name for itself with games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, Telltale Games was known for its cartoonish point-and-click series entitled Sam and Max. In the first episode of its recently remastered second season, Sam and Max are on a journey to the North Pole.
Sam is a six-foot canine detective with a nose for justice. Max is a hyperkinetic rabbity-thing with a taste for mayhem. Together, they’re the Freelance Police—an irreverent comedy duo whose esoteric crime-fighting style has been entertaining comic book and video game fans for more than thirty years. In Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space, the Freelance Police save Christmas from a gun-toting Santa, take a splash in the Fountain of Youth, face off with an emo vampire… and then things start to get really weird.
Platform: PC – Steam
Everybody Wham Wham
Everybody Wham Wham is a story-driven, winter adventure where you compete to build the best snowman. Make friends at the festival, tune in to the Wham Wham Radio Station and uncover the hidden truth behind Wham Wham the Snowman-man. Can you build, decorate and sabotage your way to the festival grand prize?
Three competitors go head-to-head in an exciting snowman-building match! Roll your snowballs and decorate your snowman within the time limit, but don’t forget to match the criteria. Impress the jury and you just might score a perfect 10. Hang out and chat with a cast of zany characters like Koenraad the runaway ice cream cone and Bentworth the wooden snowman! Join Piggy and Snailmn at karaoke night, drink a cup of cocoa with Rudy the washed-up reindeer, and join the Pumpkin Prince for a campfire song.
Platform: PC – Steam
Marvin’s Mittens is a 2D platformer with a focus on exploration and collection. With gorgeous, hand-drawn art, Marvin presents a soothing world to explore, free from enemies and danger. Collect magic snowflakes to increase your jump height and race your sled across the landscape to reach new areas before your mother calls you back home. Learn the secrets of snow elf magic and traverse the world beyond Marvin’s backyard to solve the mystery of the missing mitten.
Set on a beautiful winter landscape with charming characters. Marvin’s Mittens presents a soothing world to explore, free from enemies and danger.
Platform: PC – Steam
The Escapists 2 – Santa’s Sweatshop DLC
If you haven’t played the original The Escapists before it’s a sort of action/puzzle sandbox experience with lots of crafting elements that have one goal. To break out of prison. The guards are out to stop any escape attempts, so you’ll have to avoid suspicious behaviour by attending roll calls, working a prison job and hiding your stolen craftables. In this free holiday DLC – Santa’s Workshop you’re an overworked elf who has had enough with Santa’s cruel regime.
It’s time you got back home to enjoy Christmas with your *real* family. . . Sick and tired of bad working conditions and rubbish pay, you decide to hit Santa where it hurts most and escape Santa’s Sweatshop!
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC – Steam
Ooblets – Wintertime Event
Ooblets is a farming, creature collecting and dance-off minigame that is not to be missed! And during the Wintertime, it gets extra special because all of Badgetown starts celebrating the festive spirit. From November 28th to January 10th, you’ll be able to enjoy exclusive festive time events, items and clothes.
During the time of this event, Badgetown gets a healthy dose of snow and every day explore around town you’ll be able to find and collect Festive Bobbles. Use these Bobbles in the Gotsapon machines in town to unlock wonderful winter-themed items for yourself and your Oobs. This includes cosy winter hands, Candy Cane canes, Snowplop costumes, sweaters and more!
Platforms: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam
Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star
A game that needs no introduction, but really should is the pigeon dating game Hatoful Boyfriend. In the Holiday Star edition all your favourite avian boyfies are back with a festive makeover! Travel to fantastically styled worlds, meet interesting new chickadees, and find romance in the elegantly designed winter wonderlands. Dust the snow off your wings and take flight with familiar faces and new friends alike in extraordinary adventures hatched from the whimsical mind of the series creator Hato Moa and developer Mediatonic.
All-new stories and adventures starring your favourite feathered romantics from the original game alongside a whole new flock of lovable birdies. But that’s not all, in this festive-themed version there is someone who is trying to steal Christmas. As well as a mysterious King of the Holiday Star.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC – Steam
For those who want to celebrate the festive season but want something a little more heart racing then check out Crimson Snow. Christmas is a joyful time, but this time something dark is hiding behind the holiday decorations. Your actions will determine whether you and your girlfriend survive Christmas night.
Crimson Snow is a story-driven horror game about the dark events of one Christmas night. Make your way through the strange house lighted with Christmas decorations and hide from the otherworldly stalker obsessed with you. Your girlfriend, Joyce, will help you escape or… she will become another victim herself — your fate depends on your words and decisions.
Platform: PC – Steam
No Straight Roads: Christmas Edition
Love music? Love EDM? Or are you more of a rocker? No Straight Roads is a rockin’ action adventure where you can explore Vinyl City and fight musical megastars. On your journey to defeat the oppressive EDM empire ‘NSR’, in an action-packed adventure that mashes together rhythm-infused third-person combat with a kick-ass soundtrack!
No Straight Roads: Christmas Edition is a free update that introduces brand new content, an expanded collection of tracks, a new opening cinematic, quality of life improvements and over 500 pieces of fan art available to view and collect throughout Vinyl City.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam