Despite all the developments in gaming technology, many traditional games are still as popular as they were in previous generations. Some games will just never go out of fashion. Most traditional games are multiplayer games, which means they are more sociable than other types of games — one of the many reasons they are still so popular. Christmas, in particular, is a time when traditional games come to the foreground.

This is a list of some of those games that will top the Christmas lists again this year.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaws are one of the most simple, yet intriguing games that continue to entertain young audiences and the Christmas lists are chock full of these requests. Jigsaw puzzles range from a handful of pieces for young children to hundreds of pieces for older kids and teens. When the jigsaw pieces are joined together, they create an image or picture. Typical jigsaws include pictures of nature, countries, sports topics and almost any other picture you can think of. In December, Christmas jigsaw puzzles are popular and can be found at puzzle suppliers like Stave Puzzles.


Hasbro’s Monopoly is one of the biggest selling games of all time. It was created in 1903. As Monopoly increased in popularity, more variations of the game emerged to cater for the requirements of different audiences and people in different countries. Millions of units of this money related board game have been sold since the early 1900s, and many more will be on Christmas lists this year.

Checkers or Draughts

What would a Christmas list be without Checkers? Also known as Draughts, this is one of the simplest board games available. It’s a two-player strategy game that any age group can play. Despite its simplicity, checkers has survived the test of time. The rules are simple and all the game includes is a checkerboard and two sets of checkers or draughts. As one of the easiest board games to play, it’s a hit during the holiday season because younger family members can play too.


Ludo is a variation of an old race board game designed for two or four players. Different forms of Ludo are still best sellers at Christmas time. It is suitable for kids aged four and older who can join in on the fun with older family members or play with friends.

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders is a multi-player board game that has existed for hundreds of years. Very few families haven’t had this game in their home at some point in time, and it will be played in millions of homes again this Christmas. This racing game includes a board with a grid on it, playing tokens and a single die.


Scrabble is another best-selling game distributed by Hasbro. This word game was first created in the 1930s, and has been popular with children ever since. It’s a two to four player game that tests a player’s knowledge of the English language. Scrabble is also available in many other languages.

Hundreds of games come and go. Some are a hit for a year or two but are then forgotten forever. However, the traditional games in this list are timeless classics that will be popular with kids this Christmas and for many holiday seasons to come.

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