Make holiday memories together with this list of 80 Christmas activities for families, including acts of kindness, getting out of the house, and much more!
What are you doing with your family this holiday season?
Over the years, our little family has developed a few fun traditions that work well for little kids. Things like going to see Christmas lights, baking cookies, and decorating gingerbread houses are all family favorites. But, I thought it would be good to come up with a list of Christmas activities for families that would help change things up a bit.
Some people may call this a bucket list, but I’m not a fan of that terminology. Who needs any extra stress or pressure during the holiday season? Instead I like to think of these merely as suggested activities to do with the kids.
The activities are separated into four different categories:
- Activities to Do Out and About. Get out of the house and enjoy something different!
- At-Home Activities for when it’s just too cold and dreary to go anywhere
- Ways to Promote Kindness and giving. Because we all need a reminder every now and then that the season isn’t just about what we’re going to get under the tree.
- Ice Breaker Questions to ask each other. These are a great way to add some fun at the dinner table. Answer one a night or do them all at once!
Even if you’ve already got lots of plans for the holiday season, this list of activities to do together as a family will create memories that you’ll remember for years to come.
80 Bucket List Christmas Activities for Families to Do During Advent
Activities to Do Out and About
- Go caroling around the neighborhood
- Visit a local Christmas lights display
- Take a photo with Santa
- Drive around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights
- Go see The Nutcracker
- Go see a Christmas play at a local puppet theater
- Ride a Santa train
- Go Christmas shopping as a family
- Go on a Christmas scavenger hunt
- Go see a living nativity
- Go to a local craft show
- Go visit a relative
- Go ice skating
- Paint ornaments at a local pottery
- Go to a tree lighting ceremony
Activities to Do At Home
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Decorate the Christmas tree
- Sing Christmas carols
- Make cookies for Santa
- Make treats to give to a neighbor
- Decorate a gingerbread house
- Make a popcorn garland for the tree
- Write a letter to Santa
- Make reindeer food
- Read a Christmas story
- Tell Christmas jokes
- Make a special Christmas decoration
- Make a gift for our teachers.
- Play a Christmas game
- Wrap Christmas gifts
- Make a special reindeer craft
- Make paper snowflakes
- Make Christmas themed slime or play dough
- Drink hot chocolate
- Have a Christmas music dance party.
- Play in the snow (or make fake snow if you don’t have the real stuff!)
- Make an Advent calendar or Advent wreath
- Put up lights in your front yard
- Have an indoor snowball fight
- Have an ugly sweater making contest
- Take a silly Christmas-themed family selfie and send it to family and friends
Activities to Promote Kindness and Giving
- Make homemade Christmas cards for someone (grandparents, neighbor, etc.)
- Donate a gift to charity
- Donate unused toys
- Take turns telling each family member one thing that is special about them.
- Donate food to a local shelter
- Make a care package for a soldier
- Put candy canes on all the cars in a parking lot
- Make a blanket to give to the animal shelter
- Do something kind for a family member (and don’t let them know about it)
- Take cookies to the local fire station
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive through
- Make a rock for kindness and put it somewhere to be found
- Hold the door for a stranger
- Make a Thank You card for the postman
- Pick up litter at the local park
- Donate books to the local library
- Spend time with someone at a nursing home
- Put extra change in the poor box at church
- Donate new warm socks and sweats to the homeless
- Write a note to thank someone in your family
- Help around the house without being asked.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line.
- Play with someone new at school or at the park
- Make a casserole to donate to the homeless shelter
Ice Breaker Questions to Ask Each Other
- Share your favorite Christmas memories.
- Share your favorite Christmas song.
- Share your favorite Christmas ornament and explain why it is so special.
- Share the one Christmas wish you would like to have granted.
- Finish the sentence: “It wouldn’t be Christmas without _____.”
- Tell everyone the best thing that’s happened to you so far this Advent
- Tell everyone what your favorite Christmas treat is and why
- Finish the sentence: The best Christmas movie is ____”
- Finish the sentence: The worst Christmas movie is ____”
- Would you rather build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight, or stay inside drinking hot cocoa?
- Finish the sentence: “The true meaning of Christmas is _____”
- Answer the question: “Who is your favorite reindeer and why?”
- You must add a new reindeer to santa’s team. what would you name him?
- if you could spend christmas day with one tv family ~ which one would it be?
- If you had to all your Christmas shopping at pone store, which store would you choose?
Now It’s Your Turn:
Whether you choose to do one or all of these activities with your family this holiday season, there’s definitely no reason for kids to say I’m bored! Now I want to know…
Which of these advent activities for families do you plan to do?
What family traditions do you have?