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The best Christmas games on Switch and mobile

Our list of the best Christmas games on Switch, Android, and iPhone will get you in the festive mood this holiday season, so bundle up warm

Christmas games - a yellow Pikmin holding Christmas lights

What are the best Christmas games? Winter is now in full swing and we’re deep into the most wonderful time of the year. With time off from work and school, icy cold weather to keep you inside, and the potential to receive brand-new games from loved ones, the festive season is undoubtedly the best time of the year for gaming.

Whether you want to play a couch co-op game with family and friends, go on a single-player jaunt through a snow-smothered paradise, or earn special season-exclusive items in your favorite title, there are numerous wintery games to sink your teeth into this Christmas. For more suggestions over your holiday break, take a look at our picks for Switch games of the year and mobile games of the year.

Here are the best Christmas games and winter games:

Christmas games - Mario holding a small penguin up towards a penguin twice his size

Mario 64 – Nintendo Switch

Mario 64 is included in Super Mario 3D All-Stars on the Nintendo Switch and includes the iconic Cool, Cool Mountain area. This wintery level features quests that see you racing with a penguin, reassembling a snowman, and reuniting a baby penguin with its mother.

Cool, Cool Mountain has earned meme status in recent years, as fans of the game admitted to dropping the baby penguin off a cliff rather than returning it safely to its mother. We don’t recommend this unless you want to get on the naughty list this year.

Christmas games - Klee shooting a fire laser at an icy foe

Genshin Impact – mobile

In December 2020, Genshin Impact version 1.2 introduced the snow-covered realm of Dragonspine, and now, there are loads of wintery quests. While you take in the frosty landscape, make sure you keep an eye on your sheer cold bar. This bar slowly fills while you explore the icy tundra, to then slowly deplete your health until you get somewhere warmer.

We have a lot of guides for all you Hoyoverse fans out there, check out our Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact tier list, and Genehin Impact next banner guide.

Christmas games - Undertale's protagonist surrounded by snow and Christmas trees

Undertale – Nintendo Switch

You can take a pacifist, neutral, or genocide route in Undertale, and I’m a strong believer that Santa uses the decisions you make while playing to decide whether you get on the naughty list or not. That being said, the festive village of Snowdin will feel very different depending on how you choose to play the game, but still gives off Christmas vibes even if you’ve chosen the genocide route.

You can find Papyrus and Sans’s house in Snowdin, the property is permanently decorated with a wreath and fairy lights which will have you feeling festive just walking by. As long as you befriend Papyrus during your playthrough, you’ll be able to venture inside, to spend some quality time with the character over Christmas. If you’re looking for similar titles, check out our lists of games like Undertale and the best visual novel games.

Christmas games - Donkey Kong fighting an massive polar bear with a hammer

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Nintendo Switch

The evil Snowmads have frozen Donkey Kong Island. Team up with all your favourite Kongs for some good wholesome couch co-op fun that can be enjoyed with the whole family. Tropical Freeze is full of penguin enemies, so, if you’re one of those Mario 64 players that has a vendetta against the flightless bird, we recommend taking your anger out on them in this title.

Christmas games - Cloud on performing a trick on a snowboard

Final Fantasy VII – mobile and Switch

The original Final Fantasy VII may not be the first game that comes to mind when you think of festive fun, but it has an amazing wintery area with a pretty fun snowboarding mini-game. The mini-game sees Cloud hopping on a snowboard to collect balloons while dodging snow-Chocobo and ice-crusted trees. Sadly, you don’t get rewarded for snowboarding with style, but nevertheless, you’ll still want to play it over and over again.

When you finish snowboarding, you’ll find yourself in the Great Glacier, a huge snowfield where you’re bound to get lost at least once. A thorough search of the area will get you a powerful summon after you defeat an evil snow witch. Take a look at our list of the best Final Fantasy games for more RPGs to play this holiday season.

Christmas games - an Animal Crossing villager rolling a massive snow ball through a wintry landscape

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo Switch

In Animal Crossing, winter starts on November 26 and ends on February 24. During this time you can pick up some attire for the cold weather, take part in Christmas events with your villagers, and maybe even encounter a couple of snow folk around your island.

We recommend you check out all of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards, our guide on every ACNH villager, and our Animal Crossing history lesson to learn all of the important tidbits of lore.

Christmas games - a Piplip and a Chimchar running through the snow

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – Nintendo Switch

Why are Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on our list of Christmas games you ask? Well, Glaseado Mountain, that’s why. This veritable winter wonderland isn’t quite as expansive as Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra, but it’s just as much of a joy to explore as you bump into Snorunt, Cubchoo, and other adorable ice-types. Better still, with the latest Indigo Disk DLC, you might even bump into the legendary Articuno while you’re strolling through the snow.

If that wasn’t enough, the Hidden Treasures of Area Zero DLC offers another freezing retreat, with the Polar Biome taking up a whole quarter of the Blueberry Terrarium. Despite the low temperatures, this is the home of some fiery starter Pokémon like Chimchar and Scorbunny. It might not be Lapland, but if you’re looking for an adventure fit for the holidays, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have you covered.

Christmas games - Honkai Star Rail's Gepard pointing off screen with his mouth open

Honkai Star Rail – mobile

Journey through the snowy plains of Jarilo-VI with your favorite ice characters to really get in the holiday spirit. We recommend you try out Honkai Star Rail’s Gepard, Honkai Star Rail’s PelaHonkai Star Rail’s Jingliu, and Honkai Star Rail’s Herta for a team full of chilly guys and gals.

If you need a little help getting started, you can pick up some in-game currency from our Honkai Star Rail code list and find out who the best characters are in our Honkai Star Rail tier list.

Christmas games - a yellow Pikmin holding Christmas lights

Pikmin 3: Deluxe – Nintendo Switch

The Fortress of Festivity level in Pikmin 3: Deluxe has you maneuvering around Christmas presents, sliding down a beautifully decorated tree, and using Pikmin to steal fruit off of a delicious festive cake.

As well as the Fortress of Festivity, Pikmin 3: Deluxe also has a couple of snow levels, so you won’t be stuck for things to do on Christmas day if Pikmin is your game of choice.

Christmas games - Banjo with some polar bears and a large puzzle piecce

Banjo-Kazooie – Nintendo Switch

My personal favorite Christmas level of all time is Freezeezy Peak from Banjo-Kazooie. This level sees Banjo and Kazooie compete in an epic sled race against Boggy the Polar Bear, protect some adorable Twinklies from the evil Twinkly Munchers, and turn into a pudgy walrus in order to acquire musical notes.

Banjo-Kazooie is one of the Nintendo Switch Online N64 games, so you do need a Nintendo Switch Online+ Expansion Pack membership to gain access, but it is well worth it for the wealth of titles available for you to sink your teeth into.

That’s it for our list of the best Christmas games on Nintendo Switch and mobile, we hope you found something to play this holiday season.