Get into the holiday spirit by taking a break from shopping and decorating, and try playing a fun Christmas game on your computer. There are dozens of Christmas games available online, and each is catered to a different age group and game preference. There are puzzle games, action games, Christmas satire games, just to name a few. The best thing about these games is that they are free and can be played within a web browser.
Visit Miniclip.com's "Winter Games" category. Along with snow-themed games are plenty of Christmas-themed games that will put you in the holiday mood. Miniclip is a popular free arcade gaming website, and it has some of the best Christmas games available.
Play "Snow Line 2." This challenging puzzle game puts you in the shoes of an elf who must collect all of Santa's lost presents. To play, click and draw a line path that the elf should follow to collect all of the presents and make it to the checkered flag. Click the "Play" button at the top of the screen to test your line and use the "X" to clear it and try again. There are more than 10 levels of challenging line puzzles in this game.
Play "Wrap Attack." Move the elf through multiple stages and collect candy canes, stockings and other Christmas items that an evil doctor stole. Bypass evil nutcrackers by using the keyboard's arrow keys and press "Alt" to throw snowballs that temporarily freeze them. The game is fast paced and is a great online platform.
Play "Merry Christmas." This simple game is a test of speed and uses only the computer mouse. The object of the game is to click as many times as you can within 10 seconds. With each click, a present will drop into the snow. The faster you click, the higher your score and the more "presents" you receive.
Play "Santa Launch." This comedic game places Santa in a cannon, and it is up to players to launch him as far as possible. This game is all about timing, and it is hilarious to watch Santa fly through the air. Click on the cannon to start it, and let go right before it reaches the edge of the cliff to launch Santa.
Visit Northpole.com's game section. All of their games are dedicated to Christmas and specifically are geared toward younger computer users. Look under the "Free Things to Do" list on the left side of the page. Click on the "Games to Play" link to load the list of games.
Play "Christmas Crosswords." These simple crosswords show clues and require players to use their keyboard to type in classic Christmas words like "Tree," "Santa," and "North Pole."
Play "Christmas Checkers." Use your mouse to control Santa's pieces as he battles Rudolph in a spin-off of the classic board game. The last person remaining is declared the winner.
Play "Build a Snowman." Use an assortment of funny-looking decorations to create a custom snowman. Simply click and drag each piece onto the snowman, and show it off to family and friends.
Play "Christmas Coloring Book." Choose a Christmas-themed page and then click on different colors and sections of the page to fill it in. Start a new page or print your creation when complete.
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