Christmas may not feel like much this year, as it has been difficult economically and socially. Prices have skyrocketed, and the number of people infected with coronaviruses has increased worldwide. The holiday season is not as glittering as it once was. This Christmas is a bit …… If you are thinking, “I’m not sure what I’m going to do this year,” don’t worry. There is still plenty of time to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the freshness of the New Year. For that, Festive Christmas Video Games will surely help.
From the wholesome exploration and friend-making of Disney’s Dreamlight Valley to the less wholesome Christmas assassination of “Hitman,” plenty of colorful, light-filled gaming experiences will bring you the joy of Christmas.
Here are a few of our favorite Christmas-themed video games (and video game levels) that will bring some Christmas cheer into your life.
- Kingdom Hearts 2
- Yakuza Kiwami
- Overwatch 2
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- The Darkside Detective
- Hitman 3
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Disney Dreamlight Valley
#1. Christmas Town, Kingdom Hearts 2
In Kingdom Hearts 2, Christmas is represented in Halloween Town. As you progress through the Nightmare Before Christmas storyline, you will eventually reach Christmas Town through a special door, where you meet Santa Claus and various elves making presents.
There, Santa Claus and his elves are hard at work making presents. You help them make presents at the “Toy Factory” and defeat “Oogie Boogie” and his minions to save Christmas. Upon completing these missions, players can freely roam around Winter Wonderland dressed as a gothic Santa and armed with a keyblade featuring a candy cane motif.
The Christmas Town boasts one of the best world views in the “Kingdom Hearts” series and is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
#2. Yakuza Kiwami (or Most Yakuza Games)
Yakuza Kiwami” is set during Christmas, and the mood is full of Christmas cheer. Walking around the streets of Kamurocho (a fictionalized version of Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo), you will see elaborate decorations on street corners and Christmas jingles in every store. While the main story does not necessarily focus on Christmas, playing through the story and strolling the streets will allow you to enjoy the sights and sounds unique to the season.
Most of the titles in the “Yakuza” series are released in December and feature lights, wreaths, and Christmas trees so that you can enjoy Christmas in the same way in all games. If you play “YAKUZA 5” during this holiday season, you could dress up as Santa Claus and go on a mission to defeat thugs called “Santa Hunters. Nothing could be more Christmassy than that.
#3. Overwatch 2
Yes, Overwatch 2 is a Christmas video game. In between gameplay, you can spend your Christmas uniquely, earning special Christmas-themed skins for your favorite characters and exploring new game modes. Some of you may have Christmas skins that you created in the past for the original Overwatch, but they should all carry over to the upgraded version of the shooter.
While the Christmas theme is primarily cosmetic, the colorful, vibrant, and festive atmosphere of “Overwatch 2” is a perfect way to ring in the New Year. If you want to venture into the frozen winter wonderland, put on your stockings and elf hats and visit the “Overwatch 2” arena.
#4. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an essential, bite-sized spin-off to Marvel’s Spider-Man and one of the classic Christmas video games. The adventure is in December, with decorations, lights, and missions to match. An entire chapter is devoted to the scene where Miles returns home to enjoy Christmas dinner with his mother and best friend, Ganke. The two talk warmly and sincerely about the Christmas season.
This is a great scene and allows the player to better understand Miles and his world. The scene is also perfect for your holiday dinner and will create a warm and inviting atmosphere. If that’s not enough, why not take a walk through the world of Miles Morales? The gorgeous, glittering decorations will dazzle you. Visit the brightly lit streets. This adventure is sure to evoke the warm feelings of Christmas.
#5. Darkside Detective
Darkside Detective and A Fumble in the Dark, two excellent point-and-click adventure games, offer unique and spooky Christmas-specific case files. Each game consists of multiple supernatural-themed mysteries to tackle. If you’re looking for a strong Christmas video game vibe, check out “Buy Hard” and “Ghosts of Christmas Passed” from “The Darkside Detective,” and “A Fumble in the Dark.
In “Buy Hard,” hapless police officer Dooley investigates a creepy shopping mall while helping his nephew find the last present he’ll ever give him. But Krampus changes the season in terrifying ways, and “Ghosts of Christmas Passed” also tackles the joys of Christmas. This time, they travel through time and space to meet the demands of unruly ghosts. Both adventures are very worthy and hilarious romances, and they present Christmas in a funny, horror-tinged way.
#6. Hitman 3
If you want to express your Christmas joy less wholesomely, jump into “Hitman 3” during the holidays and take on Santa. In the special bonus mission “Holiday Hoarders” (included temporarily in Hitman and Hitman 2 and permanently in Hitman 3), you are tasked with roaming Paris, France and finding the best way to take down two professional thieves named Smokey and Slick.
Coincidentally, the mission takes place during the year-end and New Year’s holidays, when you can roam the colorfully decorated sandbox world and even convince (or kill) a Santa actor disguised in the iconic red suit. If you eliminate the bad guys in suits, you also get a special “Secret Santa” achievement, which is truly a Christmas miracle.
#7. Animal Crossing: New Horizon
Animal Crossing: Toy Day replaces Christmas, and throughout December, you can dress up in special Christmas-inspired clothing, collect gifts for the animals, and decorate your town in shades of green and red. Toy Day is a special event that comes only once a year.
If you have some spare change during the holiday season, go check out the villagers of Animal Crossing: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve. They may smile and nod, or they may appreciate a little gift, and on December 24, “Toy Day,” a special NPC named “Jingle” will arrive to give and wrap presents for everyone in the village. In this way, the game has the same charm as real-life Christmas.
#8. Disney Dreamlight Valley
Like Animal Crossing: Disney Dreamlight Valley aims to create a wholesome, warm, and loving atmosphere, where players are immersed in a cartoon-like world, making friends and undertaking mini-quests on a mysterious island. In Dreamlight Valley, the setting is a bit magical, as everyone you meet is from one of Disney’s most iconic films and needs your help. It is up to you to make a difference in the lives of these Disney residents as you take on new requests and explore this paradise shrouded in darkness.
The latest update unveils the new Star Pass (Season Pass), which comes with various Christmas-themed perks. Earn points to unlock new Christmas dresses, lights, decorations, and more to make your city sparkle. In December, you can also experience snow, castles, and lots of Christmas magic in a special “Anna and the Snow Queen” themed land.