The Christmas count down has begun–are you ready to have some fun with your kids over the next month? Don’t miss these 10 fabulous, easy, and budget friendly holiday activities to enjoy with your kids.
I love the holidays. Bring on large family get togethers, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, and eating way too much homemade Almond Roca.
The countdown to the holidays is the perfect time to enjoy some special Christmas activities with your children. Well it was in our house. Once I figured out how to simplify our holidays I finally had time to savor the days leading up to Christmas.
10 Fabulous Holiday Activities to Enjoy With Your Kids
- I love Christmas
- I want to see you having loads of fun with your kids
I’m going to share with you a some super fun Christmas activities that were favorites in in our household.
It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do it together and have fun.
1. A New Ornament
Every year I would buy each of my boys a new ornament. It is a lovely tradition. Make it easy on yourself and take a family trip to a craft fair or Christmas store. Invite everyone to chose a decoration.
You may want to set a budget or you could end up taking home a life size Star Wars nativity set.
2. Gingerbread houses
One of our favorite family traditions during Advent was making gingerbread houses. This is something that continued for many years, even when the boys grew older.
Sometimes we would have a party and each boy got to invite a friend. We used the recipe and instructions from Canadian Living Magazine.
If you want to make things easy on yourself skip the gingerbread and use Graham Crackers.
3. Making gifts
Making gifts together is a wonderful family activity. One year we made cinnamon sugar to give to the boy’s teachers.
It is super easy to do and was very much appreciated by the recipients. You can find an easy recipe here.
Another idea is to make coupons for family members.
4. Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
A fun thing to do with your family is to pile into the car just before Christmas and drive around the town to enjoy the Christmas lights.
Karen from Layers of Learning has created a printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt to make this activity into a game.
5. Host a game night
I know this isn’t the most original idea. Still most kids love board games and the Christmas break is the perfect time to dig them out. Let each family member choose their favorite.
6. Making Ornaments
Every year the boys and I would make ornaments together. It was a lovely afternoon activity and we still hang many of these decorations on our tree.
I found that simple is best, so I really liked this jingle bell wreath ornament over at Jinxy Kids.
And this Cinnamon Stick Tree from Crafts Unleashed.
7. Do Something Kind
Christmas can so easily become a gimme holiday. Some simple acts of kindness help shift the focus from getting to giving. YES!
8. Have a Movie Night
- Something a little special: The Dating Divas have created a special movie night inspired by the movie The Polar Express—complete with (free!) printable “train tickets,” games, and yummy snacks and beverages. Get the details here.
- Make it super easy: Make some popcorn and put on your favorite holiday movies. Honestly your kids will enjoy it just the same either way.
9. Make some wrapping paper
I wish I had thought of this. Grab some brown paper and red paint and let your kids go wild. They’ll have fun and you’ll walk away with some unique wrapping paper. Get the details here.
10: Read a Christmas classic at bedtime
Choose a holiday classic and read it aloud to your kids each night. My boys loved snuggling under blankets by the Christmas tree to hear the story.
I made it super easy on myself by buying audio books, so we could sit by the twinkling lights of the tree and listen to Patrick Stewart reading aloud to us. FANTASTIC.
Bonus Activity: Make some really scrumptious hot chocolate or set up a hot chocolate bar. Get some AMAZING recipes here.
I’d love to hear from you
What is your favorite Christmas activity at this time of year? What special family traditions do you enjoy?
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