Thanksgiving has always been a time for family. Whether you spend your holiday traveling or at home, there’s something wonderful about the reunion of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends each November. Once the meal had been served though, and the initial conversation exhausted, things can sometime run the risk of getting a little dull. When that happens there’s only one thing to do, break out the party games! Here are ten fun games for a family Thanksgiving.          

 


 

Just Dance
Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360, PS3
Number of Players: 4

Be sure to put several hours between this game and your last helping of stuffing. With dozens of songs to choose from, you and three other dancers can duel it out while rocking to your favorite playlists. The game’s colorful avatars will help guide players through the proper dance moves as you progress, making Just Dance an easy game for the experienced ballerina or those with two left feet. This game is a sure way to shed those holiday pounds and maybe get a few fun pictures of the family as well.             

 

Risk
Platforms:
Board Game
Number of Players: 7+

If you have a large family and time to burn then Risk is the game for you. The game can seat up to seven players, and with an entire world to conquer, you’ll still be rolling the dice long after the pumpkin pie has been served. Risk is a good game for a family that just wants to relax. Its rules are pretty simple, and aside from the tactical elements it’s a fairly easy game to follow, a perfect choice for a family of casual gamers looking to fill the evening.          

 

Mario Party
Platforms:
Wii
Number of Players: 4+

No one can throw a party quite like Nintendo’s portly plumber. Make your way around one of the game’s many levels, form alliances with other players or try to win solo, and whatever you do don’t land on the “Bowser” space. With a multitude of mini-games and the entire cast of the Mushroom Kingdom at your fingertips, your family should have no trouble filling your holiday evening with this classic party game.

 

Ticket to Ride
Platforms:
Board Game
Number of Players: 2-5

It’s a race to the finish, and no one has to take a step. In Ticket to Ride, five players attempt to traverse the United States using an intricate system of railroads. Players will get points for every city they visit, but stretch yourself too thin and you may end up losing points instead. With a nice mix of simple strategy and teamwork, Ticket to Ride is a great game for adults with older children.

 

Scene it?
Platforms:
Xbox 360
Number of Players: 4

Does your family like movies? Do they quote their favorite films? If the answer is “yes”, then Scene It? for the Xbox 360 will have you hooked in no time. Once you and three other players have signed in, you’ll be treated to a series of puzzles, video clips, and trivia questions designed to test your blockbuster prowess. Be sure to stay on your toes though, the game features almost 250 of the most recent blockbusters, family favorites, and Hollywood classics.