Looking for a party game to play with friends or family this Christmas? Tired of playing Old Man Monopoly ? We’ve compiled a list of the Top Board Games for Christmas 2023 in Ireland. “Board Game Al”, Ireland’s number 1 board game expert has picked out his top board games for Christmas 2023 below. All of these are available in our two shops and at online at Cogs.ie.

  • Smash Down


    Smash Down is the fast-paced, simple to grasp family friendly trivia game, where everyone knows the answer, but the winner is the first to find it and smash it!

    A modern twist on the family trivia game without long, boring rules! The question master reads out a question card and the players must race to smash the answer on the gameboards using their finger pointer and shout Smash Down.

    The first player to point to the correct answer and shout wins the card. The first player to collect 6 cards wins the game!
    The perfect game for all the family to play for Christmas 2023.

    Players : 3 +

    Ages: 8 – Adult

    Game time : 5 – 10 mins

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  • Chicken Vs Hotdog

    Chicken Vs Hotdog was the sellout game for 2022 and continues to be very popular in 2023. Introducing a family party game about flipping chickens and throwing hot dogs into the air. Still not convinced? Well, keep reading! It’s a race to flip ‘em and stick ‘em. Just turn over a card and flip your character into the air. Nail the landing and you’ll be one step closer to victory. A fun and frantic family game for the entire family. It only takes 10 seconds to learn… but we guarantee you’ll be flipping and sticking for hours.

    Players : 2  – 10 players

    Ages: 8 – Adult

    Game time : 10 mins

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  • The Sock Game

    The Sock Game board game is the perfect addition to your family game night! In this speedy sensory game, each team has a large fluffy sock filled with thirty different items. One player turns the spinner on the board – once the arrow lands on an object, it’s a frantic race to find that object! The first player to find their object wins a point.

    It’s fun for kids and adults alike!

    Players : 2 +

    Ages: 8 – Adult

    Game time : 5 – 30 mins

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  • Herd Mentality Party Game

    A perfect game for Christmas day, herd mentality is a party game for families, friends and cow rustlers. The aim of the game is simple: think like the herd and write down the same answers as your friends.

    If your answer is part of the majority, you all win cows. Yeehaw! If everyone else writes an answer that is matched by at least one other person, but yours is the odd one out, then you land the angry Pink Cow, and your herd of cows is worthless until you can offload it onto someone else.

    The first player to collect eight cows wins.

    Players : 4 – 10

    Ages: 10 – Adult

    Game time : 20 mins

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  • Beat That!

    Beat that is the  wackiest party game you’ll play. It’s the perfect game to play with a group of family or friends this Christmas.  Limber up and prepare to bounce, flip, stack, hop, roll, blow, balance and catapult your way to victory!

    Win points by betting on your ability to successfully complete a series of ridiculous dexterity-based challenges. All players attempt the same challenges, so prepare to get competitive and tell your friends to “Beat That!”

    GREAT FOR KIDS & ADULTS ALIKE – With a huge variety of funny, tricky and outrageous challenges to test your skills, this board game will have you hooked in seconds, no matter your age.

    Beat that takes 2 mins to learn, guarantees hours of belly busting laughter!

    Players : 2 – 8

    Ages: 9 – Adult

    Game time : 40 – 80 mins

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  • Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza


    Keep these 5 crazy words in mind. As soon as there is a match between a card and a spoken word, race against each other to slap your hand on the central pile of cards. The last one to do so must take them all.

    Be quick to be the first to get rid of all your cards. But watch out! Your mind will play tricks on you. This addictive game is as unique as its name. Enjoy!

    Players : 2 – 8

    Ages: 8 – Adult

    Game time : 10 mins

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  • Cards Against Humanity Family Edition

    Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition is a new party game that’s just like Cards Against Humanity, except it’s written for kids and adults to play together, don’t worry, there’s no adult content. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.

    We didn’t just take the adult stuff out of the original game: we wrote a whole new game from scratch and tested it with thousands of families. If you like to laugh at stuff like “filling my butt with spaghetti,” this is the game for you. If you don’t, go fill your butt with spaghetti!


    Players : 4 – 30

    Ages: 8 – Adult (Don’t worry, there’s no adult content)

    Game time : 30 – 90 mins

    Buy Cards Against Humanity Family Edition
  • Codenames

    Codenames is THE #1 party boardgame (just ask BoardgameGeek) with simple, easy to learn rules and challenging game play.

    Two teams compete to make contact with all their agents first. Two spymasters give one-word clues that point to certain Codenames on the board. Their team mates must solve the clues while avoiding their opponent’s agents and the shady assassin.

    Players: 4 – 8

    Age: 10 to adult

    Game time: 15 min

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  • 30 Seconds Irish Edition

    One of the best boardgames ever. I have never laughed as much playing a boardgame as I have with 30 Seconds.Players take turns to try and get their team mates to correctly guess the 5 names on their card, without mentioning the actual names themselves. The more names they guess before the time runs out the further along the board your team moves. 30 Seconds Juniorversion also available for ages 7 and up.

    Players: 4 or more

    Age: 12 to adult

    Game time: 30 – 40 mins

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  • Azul Board Game

    With beautiful,  Moorish inspired artwork, Azul is a brilliantly clever strategy board game in which players draft different styles of tiles to decorate the walls of their Palace.

    Players must carefully select which types of tiles to collect to win points while ensuring they draft the correct quantity of tiles as surplus tiles cost points.

    Players: 2- 4

    Age: 8 to adult

    Game time: 30 – 40 min

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  • Bainisteoir Board Game

    Bainisteoir Board Game is a new Gaelic Games themed board game.

    This is the family friendly, 2-4 player board game that will test your managerial skills, as you lead your team to All Ireland glory!

    Age: 8 to adult

    Game time : 45 mins – 60 mins

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  • Top of The Class Board Game

    Top of the Class Board Game is the brand new Irish general knowledge & trivia board game for all the family.


    To achieve TOP OF THE CLASS status by cleverly navigating through the school year, and be first to progress once around the board.

    To win, you must answer questions correctly, avoid hazzards, handle Principal’s instructions (good and bad) and pass your 6 summer tests.

    Featuring classic gameplay and gameboard, this game contains 2,700 fun questions broken down into 6 categories, based on school subjects, English, Maths, History, Science, Geography, General Knowledge.

    Game time : 45 mins – 60 mins

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