What are some Christmas activities to do with kids this holiday season? These activities will surely spark joy and excitement, making the Christmas season memorable for the whole family. Feel free to adapt them to suit your family’s preferences and traditions! Here are some ideas to spark the holiday spirit:
Decorate the House
Let the kids help decorate the Christmas tree, hang stockings, and put up lights around the house.
Bake Christmas Treats
Make cookies, gingerbread houses, or other festive treats together. Let them decorate the cookies with icing and sprinkles or make other festive treats. Growing up this was one of my favorite Christmas activities to do with kids. Here are some from our site that you can try:
- Rudolph Donuts
- Reindeer Pudding Cups
- Snowman Cookies
- Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Sugar Cookies
- Rudolph Sugar Cookies
- Oreo Truffles
- The Best Grinch-Themed Desserts
Create a Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of holiday-themed items or clues for the kids to find around the house or neighborhood.
Elf on the Shelf
If your family participates, involve the kids in finding creative spots for the elf each day leading up to Christmas.
DIY Christmas Cards
Set up a station with craft supplies and help the kids make their own Christmas cards for friends and family.
Create Handmade Ornaments
Make ornaments using craft supplies like popsicle sticks, glitter, paint, and beads. These can be wonderful keepsakes.
Watch Christmas Movies
Set up a cozy movie night with classic Christmas films like “Home Alone,” “The Polar Express,” , “The Grinch”, or “Elf.”
Write Letters to Santa
Encourage the kids to write letters to Santa Claus. You can even help them send it to the North Pole!
Visit a Christmas Market
Take them to a local Christmas market where they can enjoy festive music, food, and sometimes meet Santa Claus.
Go Ice Skating
If there’s an ice rink nearby, ice skating can be a thrilling holiday activity for kids.
Read Christmas Stories
Gather around and read classic Christmas stories or books about the holiday season.
Make DIY Gifts
Help the kids create personalized gifts for family members or friends. It could be artwork, handmade cards, or simple crafts.
Encourage the spirit of giving by volunteering at a local charity or participating in a toy drive for kids in need.
Create a Christmas Countdown
Make a countdown calendar or use an advent calendar to mark the days leading up to Christmas.
DIY Snow Globes
Create snow globes using mason jars, glitter, and small figurines. It’s a fun and creative activity.
Sing Christmas Carols
Have a sing-along session with classic Christmas carols. You can even go caroling around the neighborhood.
Build a Gingerbread House
Use a gingerbread house kit or make one from scratch. Let the kids decorate it with candies and icing.
Visit a Tree Lighting Ceremony
Attend a local tree lighting event. It’s often a magical experience for kids to see the lights come on.
Visit a Christmas Light Display
Take a drive around the neighborhood to see beautifully decorated houses or visit a local area known for elaborate light displays.
Make Hot Cocoa
Teach the kids how to make delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows or whipped cream. It’s perfect for sipping by the fire.
Build a Fort or Indoor Camp
Use blankets, pillows, and Christmas lights to create a cozy fort or indoor campsite where they can read holiday stories or play games.
Play Holiday Games
Set up games like Pin the Nose on Rudolph, a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt, or holiday-themed charades.
Create a Family Christmas Playlist
Let everyone in the family choose their favorite holiday songs and compile them into a playlist for background music during activities.
Make Reindeer Food
Mix oats and glitter in a baggie to sprinkle on the lawn for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve.
If you have snow, have fun building a snowman, having a snowball fight, or making snow angels.
DIY Wrapping Paper
Let the kids create their own wrapping paper by using stamps, paints, or drawings on plain paper to wrap gifts.
Holiday Science Experiments
Engage in simple science experiments with a holiday twist, like making a snowstorm in a jar or growing candy canes.
Host a Holiday Tea Party
Set up a fancy tea party with holiday-themed snacks, cookies, and warm beverages for a delightful afternoon.
Create a Memory Book
Encourage the kids to make a scrapbook or memory book with photos, drawings, and stories from the holiday season.
Dress Up in Festive Attire
Have a dress-up day where everyone wears their most festive holiday outfits, complete with Santa hats and reindeer antlers.
Teach kids about giving by participating in a charity or volunteering activity, such as donating toys or helping at a local shelter.
DIY Snowman Bowling
Stack up white cups or cans and draw snowman faces on them. Use a small ball to bowl and knock down the snowmen.
Holiday Coloring Pages
Print out Christmas-themed coloring pages or activity sheets. Spend time coloring and doing activities together.
Christmas Eve Box
Prepare a special box filled with new pajamas, a Christmas movie, snacks, and a book to open on Christmas Eve for a cozy evening together.
Reflect on the Year
Take some time to reflect on the past year and talk about things they are grateful for or their favorite memories.
These Christmas activities to do with kids are perfect for creating festive moments and fostering joy and togetherness during the holiday season. Enjoy making wonderful memories with your little ones!
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