Best Nintendo Switch Christmas games 2023

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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

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.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Special Toy Day items are on the way! Make sure to visit your island on December 24 to see Jingle and help him out to earn some special presents.

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Stardew Valley

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.

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Stardew Valley

Get to winter in-game and get into the giving spirit! Build up your farm and your relationships with others in the town however you want.

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Cozy Grove

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.

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Cozy Grove

The island is changing all the time and the creatures on it need your help. You are quite literally the light in this world. Explore the festive touches added in the holiday season and bring the cheer!

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Super Mario Maker 2

Part of the joy of Super Mario Maker 2 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.

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Super Mario Maker 2

Create a wonderland all your own in Mario style. With a little bit of creativity and the right items, you can make a magical Christmas level through your perfect vision.

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Fortnite

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.

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Fortnite

Show off your Christmas spirit with the Winterfest event update! Buddy up, gear up, and be prepared to be the last one standing.

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Overwatch 2

Another shooter game offering a winter event is Overwatch 2 with the 2022 Winter Wonderland event. Even though this is the first holiday season with the new game, the events that we're used to from Overwatch have carried over so far and are expected to continue. 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.

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Overwatch 2

It's 6 vs. 6 and it's up to your team to take over the map. It will take all of you working together to get it just right as each character has unique abilities to help each other.

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Cthulhu Saves Christmas

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.

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Cthulhu Saves Christmas

Take on the League of Christmas Evil and help save Santa so he can deliver presents to all the girls and boys, or so you can get your powers back. This will have the whole family laughing all the way.

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Santa's Xmas Adventure

Sometimes there's nothing that hits as good as a satisfying puzzle game. With Santa's Xmas Adventure, players work to slide pieces around to help Santa collect gifts before making it to the finish line. The more gifts he picks up before crossing the checkered line, the more you score. 

There are 720 levels to play through with varying degrees of difficulty available. Get lost in these simple mechanics and see why it's such a great choice for celebrating the holidays. 

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Santa's Xmas Adventure

This simple puzzle game offers 720 levels to work through and each one has a wintery or Christmas-y theme to help celebrate the holidays. 

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Advent Calendar

Just like a physical advent calendar that gives out candy, socks, or some other little gift each day, Advent Calendar for Switch gives players access to a new game every day for 25 days, leading to a total of 25 Christmas-themed minigames. Once every game has been unlocked, you can access them all year whenever you want. There are jigsaw puzzles, tile puzzle games, number puzzles, and even multiplayer. 

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Advent Calendar

This digital advent calendar gives out a new minigame every day for a total of 25 holiday-themed games. Wake up each morning to find out what the newest game is. 

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Have yourself a merry gaming Christmas

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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.

Alex Huebner
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Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.