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STAFF PICKS: Games to bond over

Snowball fights are a great winter activity, when there's enough snow on the ground.
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December 23, 2014 - 10:52 AM

During the holidays, when the family gets together, full out war can ensue around the dinner table. Or you can pull out a board game to keep busy.

Some games are better for families with younger children, others are more suitable for an older crowd. Some make you think and others are perfect for drinking games. No matter your favourite, playing games is a great way to spend time with family over the holidays.

Our newsroom has a wide variety of favourites but they are all a good way to kill time, so you don’t kill each other. Though be warned, if your family is competitive you may need to set a few ground rules before you start.

If you enjoy indoor activities but board games are not quite your style, maybe give Cards Against Humanity a try (definitely not for all ages) or set up the computer for a few rounds of Civilization V. According to our editor Marshall Jones it is the "Best. Computer game. Ever." You could also pull out the old cribbage board and challenge your family to a good old-fashioned game of cards.

If sitting around isn't your style you could head outside and get in a couple geocaches, or maybe a snowball fight. Still prefer to stay indoors? Get out the Wii and get playing some Wii Sports. Or do as our Kelowna reporter does, and throw around your nieces with total disregard for their safety. It's the privilege and joy of being the aunt or uncle, instead of the parent.

Here's a look at what boardgames our newsroom thinks are best.

Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, two classic games that pit strategy and brains against each other, both made our top list of board games, along with two versions of Risk.



Think a game geared towards a child isn't for you? Try one of these two. Both Canadian Trivia and Banagrams are truly great for the young and old alike.


Looking for something a little different. Huggermugger is not well known but it's a fun way to test your vocabulary while Trailer Park Boys is, well, Trailer Park Boys. Again, maybe keep the kids away though.


What is your favourite game to play with family and friends over the holidays? Let us know!

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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