25 Christmas Activities for the Whole Family

25 Christmas Activities for the Whole Family

In the chaos of Christmastime, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and disconnected. Between parties, the kids’ Christmas concerts, decorating, shopping, wrapping, and everything else you have on your plate during the holidays, sometimes it’s hard to slow down and connect as a family. Below, you’ll find a list of simple and inexpensive activities (most are free!) that you can enjoy together as a family. Some require a little planning while others can be completed on the spur of the moment. Keep this list on hand and pull it out any time you feel like you need to slow it down and reconnect as a family during Christmastime.

  1. Leave $5 with a note that says “Merry Christmas” in the toy section of a store.
  2. Make handprint reindeer or Christmas tree craft.
  3. Have a Christmas movie marathon.
  4. Drive around looking at Christmas lights.
  5. Donate old gloves, coats, and scarves to a local homeless shelter.
  6. Make paper snowflakes.
  7. Make Christmas cookies.
  8. Leave homemade Christmas cookies on a neighbor’s doorstep.
  9. Have a cookie decorating contest.
  10. Make homemade Christmas cards and deliver them to a nursing home.
  11. Play Christmas charades or pictionary.
  12. Pick out some Christmas books from the library.
  13. Volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bell.
  14. String together some popcorn garland and hang it outside for the birds. (make sure the popcorn is plain)
  15. Arrange a cookie swap with friends or neighbors.
  16. Take a family vote on the best decorated house in your neighborhood, and then make a handmade card or leave a homemade treat on that neighbor’s doorstep. Be sure to thank them for bringing cheer to the neighborhood!
  17. Read a classic Christmas book like The Polar Express or The Grinch and then watch the movie.
  18. Write letters to Santa.
  19. Ask a local hospital or nursing home if there are any patients or residents who don’t have any family. Make them a special gift basket or some homemade cards.
  20. Create and deliver a welcome basket to be given to a baby born on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day–drop it off at your local birthing center or maternity ward.
  21. Put on some Christmas music and have a dance party.
  22. Go to a thrift store and see who can put together the ugliest Christmas outfit.
  23. Have an indoor picnic or sleepover in front of the Christmas tree.
  24. Leave a special treat or thank you card for your mail carrier and delivery people. They get quite the workout this time of year.
  25. Write your favorite Christmas Bible verses on pieces of construction paper. Attach a Hershey kiss or other small treat and leave them around town for people to find.
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