- Christmas Activities For Families
- Christmas Activities For Kids
- Fun Christmas Activities For Adults
- Christmas Eve Activities
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- Other Fun Christmas Activities
1. Take a Holiday Card PhotoGet your family Christmas card squared away early in the season to give you plenty of time to enjoy the holidays. Stage family members in funny ways, include clever props, and experiment with wardrobes. Are there certain rooms or locations in your home that could create an interesting backdrop? The more creative the better! Feature the finished photo in your annual holiday cards, in text messages to friends, virtual backgrounds for video calls, and emails to extended family.
2. Visit A Christmas Tree FarmSure you could pick up a Christmas tree at the local mega-store or parking lot pop-up, but the holiday season is about creating memories! A fun Christmas activity for families could involve driving out to a Christmas tree farm and hand-selecting the tree that you think will look best in your home. In some cases, you may even need to cut the tree down and transport it back to your car. While the process takes longer, we have a feeling the memory will last a little longer too.
3. Decorate a Gingerbread HouseTrying to figure out what you can do for Christmas from home again this year? Nothing beats a craft that you can eat when you’re finished! Many supermarkets will sell a gingerbread house kit around the holidays. These kits will usually include the bare essentials to build four walls and a roof. Make it personalized and festive by heading to the candy aisle of the supermarket to select a few custom treats that will add to your child’s design of the gingerbread house. The kids are sure to love decorating the house with all their favorite sweets.
4. Bake Unique Christmas CookiesThis is one of those Christmas activities that evokes a lot of nostalgia and makes heart-warming memories. Depending on how old your child is, they may be able to help you make the cookie batter. Let them decide if they want to add in chocolate chips, coconut, cinnamon, and even food coloring. Pick out some holiday-themed cookie cutters and let your child play pastry chef. You can even plate the festive cookies on custom holiday plates.
5. Plan a Family PhotoshootNeed an excuse to get the whole family dressed in their holiday best? Plan a fun family photoshoot for an activity you’ll look back on for years. Just remember to bring hot cocoa and treats to keep the kids smiling through the end of the activity. If you’re looking for the perfect family photo idea to send to family and friends, use these pictures to create a custom photo Christmas card to share with your loved ones.
6. Host a Holiday Game NightRound up your friends and family and get your competitive energy on! You can include an ugly sweater contest if you like, but we’ve compiled a great list of Christmas games for adults with a few kid-friendly options included, as well, that get everyone into a festive spirit. From secret Santa, white elephant, and jigsaw puzzles, there are plenty of Christmas games to start new traditions with.
Finding the right Christmas activities for your children can feel stressful. After all, you want them to experience the magic of the season, but many activities are expensive or too time-consuming. The following Christmas activities are not only affordable but something you can do from your home:
7. Host a Christmas Craft PartyGet the Holiday fun started by hosting a Christmas craft party. Set up stations with various crafts, invite your child’s friends, and prepare a few seasonal snacks to carry them through the party. For specific craft ideas, make sure to visit our post on Christmas crafts for kids.
8. Write Letters to SantaWriting letters to Santa is a time-honored tradition. Make it a part of your kids’ holiday celebration by making use of our letters to Santa generator and template.
9. Make Personalized Christmas OrnamentsPersonalized Christmas ornaments are a festive and easy craft to pull together. Browse through our vast collection of ornament templates, upload your pictures, and customize the colors, format, text, and fonts. These photo ornaments will double as special keepsakes you use for Christmases to come.
10. Create Snow Globes From Mason JarsSnow globes are great seasonal gifts from kids, and they make a fun Christmas time craft. Help your kids build the ultimate winter DIY craft with the instructions found on mason jar snow globe ideas.
11. Break Out the Coloring PagesColoring pages remain a long time favorite among children worldwide. That’s why we created a set of Christmas coloring pages, just for you. Check out our post and download the images for a fun Christmas activity the little ones are sure to love.
Looking for Christmas activities you can do without kids? Whether it’s for an adults-only party or for something you and your significant other can do together, the following activities are plenty of fun.
12. Make Spiked Hot Cider/Hot CocoaWarm up this holiday season with a festive cocktail that will put you in the Christmas spirit. Just add a touch of peppermint schnapps to your favorite hot cocoa recipe and top it off with whipped cream and your favorite custom photo mugs. Pair your potent potable with other fun Christmas activities, like watching a holiday movie or singing Christmas carols.
13. Set Up a Christmas Photo BoothPhoto booths make great activities at any Christmas party. Simply find an appropriate holiday background, add a few props like selfie frames, and set up a camera to get the party started.
14. Host Your Own Paint and SipA new activity that has grown in popularity over the last decade is a group painting class that will guide you step-by-step through painting a work of art. Rather than attending a group class, purchase a blank canvas, paints, and a brush or two, and test your artistic ability at home! There are plenty of online video tutorials you could play on your smart television or computer that will guide you through creating your own masterpiece. For even more fun, look for a tutorial that focuses on a holiday theme like Santa’s workshop or a winter wonderland.
15. Enjoy a Drive-In MovieDrive-in movie theaters are making a comeback and just in time for the holidays! Check to see if any local venues will be hosting one of your favorite Christmas movies like Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, or Love Actually. We have even seen some large stadiums in major cities convert their parking lots into make-shift drive-in theater locations. This is one of those fabulous Christmas activities for kids of all ages, especially us grown-up elves!
16. Host an Eggnog TastingLove eggnog? Consider hosting an eggnog tasting party for your loved ones. Or ask guests to bring their favorite holiday beverage for a wider tasting menu.
Christmas Eve is a special day meant to be spent with family. The following activities will help you make the most out of your holiday and family time.
17. Host a Cookie ExchangeCookie exchanges are fun parties where you can catch up with friends and family while getting to express your creativity. It’s especially perfect if you’re planning on involving your little ones.
18. Throw a Christmas PartyChristmas parties are a great way to spend time with friends and family during the holidays. For inspiration and decoration ideas, make sure to check out our guide on Christmas party themes.
19. Create a Santa KeyDo you live in an apartment or home without a chimney? If so, you may be wondering how to explain Santa’s arrival to the little ones. Turn their questions into a fun Christmas Eve activity by making a Santa key.
20. See Some Christmas LightsTake the family on a tour of the local lights this Christmas Eve. Pack everyone into a car and include some fun holiday snacks for the road such as hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and candy canes.
21. Attend a Church ServiceMany churches offer a special service on Christmas Eve, making it a great activity for religious families. It’s also a great excuse to dress the whole family in their best Christmas attire to celebrate the meaning of Christmas.
This big day is here and you’re looking for some special activities to help you feel the Christmas spirit. The ideas below range from helping others to getting a little pre-Christmas dinner exercise, perfect for any family.
22. VolunteerLooking to give back during the holidays? Take the family to a local shelter or other volunteer organization. This is also a good opportunity to teach the little ones about the spirit of Christmas.
23. Set Up a Hot Chocolate BarWho doesn’t love hot cocoa during the holidays? Celebrate that warm and fuzzy feeling of Christmas time with your favorite chocolate beverage by setting up a hot chocolate bar. This is a perfect addition for Holiday parties or for visiting family.
24. Take the Family Ice SkatingIce skating is a Christmas tradition for a reason. It’s active, fun, and a chance to spend some time on the ice (even if you live somewhere that doesn’t get snow.
25. Go on a Hike or WalkIf you’re looking for a way to walk off a Christmas meal, a family walk or hike is a great idea. It also gives you the chance to check out local Christmas decorations and lights along the way.
Still looking for a little more inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Check out our additional fun Christmas activities below to help you fill your holiday planner.