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Best Nintendo Switch Christmas games 2022

Switch Christmas Tree Hero
Switch Christmas Tree Hero (Image credit: iMore)

For those who love Christmas, this is the most wonderful time time of the year. If you want to be all in on Christmas and bring some jolly experiences to your Switch gaming too, we've got the games for you. Get a full on Christmas experience with some Christmas time titles or see how developers bring a jingle bell touch to an evergreen game. Here are our favorites.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Acnh Toy Day Delivering Presents

Acnh Toy Day Delivering Presents (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, villagers get to enjoy the change of the seasons in real world time. In addition to the snow beginning to fall on the island, fans can look forward to the famed Toy Day that happens on December 24. Music, presents, ugly sweaters, snow, and a special Toy Day event with Jingle the reindeer really immerse you into the Christmas spirit in paradise.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Feast Of The Winterstar Switch

Stardew Valley Feast Of The Winterstar Switch (Image credit: ConcernedApe)

While this game doesn't work in real time like Animal Crossing, from within the game during the winter season on the 25th day there is an event called Feast of the Winterstar. Players are given a villager at random to buy a gift for and the whole village does a gift exchange. There is snow and a beautiful Christmas tree in the center of Pelican Town giving all the vibes of the season.

Cozy Grove

Cozy Grove Winter Switch

Cozy Grove Winter Switch (Image credit: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild)

This adorable indie title may be about camping in haunted territory, but that doesn't mean you can't catch any winter feelings from it! It runs based on real time so there are seasonal things available based on the time of year. The game just released in March of 2021 so we will be seeing their version of the winter season for the first time. While we aren't sure exactly what to expect yet, the Cozy Grove Twitter page indicated that the winter update will drop on the 20th of December.

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker Christmas Switch

Super Mario Maker Christmas Switch (Image credit: Nintendo)

Part of the joy of Super Mario Maker is the ability to create your own levels. This means you can get really creative with your designs and play on colors and items to create a winter wonderland of your own! Bring together objects in a new way to make your own Christmas in-game.

Fortnite

Fortnite Winterfest 2021 Switch

Fortnite Winterfest 2021 Switch (Image credit: Epic Games)

What can make you feel more jolly than taking it to the battlefield with your buddies? This free-to-play battle royale offers players new skins, new challenges, and more. These are all offered with a winter theme and are given as part of a free update.

Overwatch

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2021 Switch

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2021 Switch (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Another shooter game offering a winter event is Overwatch with the 2021 Winter Wonderland event. Special Christmas skins for characters as well as winter-themed objectives will appear for players during the event. Players will also enjoy some new decorations around the maps for an extra touch of winter.

Cthulhu Saves Christmas

Cthulhu Saves Christmas Switch

Cthulhu Saves Christmas Switch (Image credit: Limited Run Games)

Bringing back the old 8-bit style games and mixing horror and Christmas is Cthulhu Saves Christmas. If we can depend on a flying reindeer with an inexplicably glowing nose, why not count on an Eldritch Terror who has to save Santa to regain his powers? This is a short and funny adventure that has you fighting the evils of Christmas and laughing all the way.

Have yourself a merry gaming Christmas

There are plenty of games to enjoy on your Switch with a Christmas flare. If you'd like to customize some things and add your own set of decorations, build your own island and deck the halls to your desire in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. But if you'd rather have a jolly good time taking down other teams with just a dash of Christmas spirit try the winter events in Overwatch or Fortnite. For a quick adventure with a lot of laughs, dive into Cthulhu Saves Christmas and enjoy the classic 8-bit style while you take down Krampus and other Christmas evils. No matter what you do, have yourself a Merry Little Christmas with your Switch in hand.