Christmas Activities for the Whole Family

This year, I wanted to make a very special advent calendar for my little man who is almost 4 years old! A calendar that is about sharing family time and creating special memories rather than receiving gifts. So, I gathered some of my favourite ideas for family activities, and I am sharing them here with you. My plan is to pick 24 of these ideas, write a little note to accompany each one, and craft all these little notes together into a Christmas calendar. If you need ideas for your own family oriented advent calendar, look no further. I would love to hear some of your ideas as well. Share them with me in the comments below!



  1. Bake and decorate gingerbread men
  2. Bake and decorate a gingerbread house
  3. Make Christmas cookies
  4. Invite a few friend over for a cookie decorating party
  5. Make chocolate you can gift for Christmas
  6. Prepare a plate with a carrot, a cookie, and some milk for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas eve... Make sure to eat and drink a piece of each, so when your little one wakes up on Christmas, you can tell him Santa and Rudolph loved his/her presents!
  7. Make eggnog
  8. Make hot apple cider
  9. Roast marshmallows


  1. Decorate the tree
  2. Decorate a wreath together
  3. Hang some mistletoe and give out kisses. Can’t find mistletoe, we got you covered! You can make your own by following this tutorial:
  4. Make a paper garland to decorate the tree or your house
  5. Make a star to put on the top of your tree


  1. Go to a Christmas show (The Nutcracker, for example)
  2. Take each child on a Christmas shopping trip for their sibling, parent, or grandparent
  3. Get the kids in pyjamas and go on a late night drive to see the neighbourhood Christmas lights
  4. Visit Santa!
  5. Cut or pick out a Christmas tree
  6. Attend a Christmas parade
  7. Attend a Christmas concert
  8. Check out books from the library about how people celebrate Christmas in other nations.
  9. Attend a holiday themed story time at the library or bookstore
  10. Go pick out a special ornament for the tree
  11. Ride a Christmas train


  1. Go sledding
  2. Build a snowman with the whole family
  3. Go sleigh riding
  4. Go ice skating
  5. Go on a sleigh ride
  6. Make a snowball fight
  7. Go hiking in the snow
  8. Make snow angel


  1. Make salt dough ornaments
  2. Wrap special gifts
  3. Make colored ice sculptures
  4. Craft snowflakes
  5. Make a gift for a teacher
  6. Make Christmas cards
  7. Make a Christmas ornament
  8. Write a letter to Santa
  9. Make your own Advent calendar 


  1. Adopt a family for Christmas and go shopping for them
  2. Fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child or any other children's charity
  3. Write a letter to a loved one that lives far away
  4. Sort through your old toys and donate to a local charity
  5. Take a few small gifts to a shelter for women and children
  6. Make thumbprint snowmen 


  1. Have a Christmas movie night
  2. Make special hot cocoa together 
  3. Read a Christmas themed book
  4. Have a living room dance party!
  5. Let everyone in the family choose a country, and then google that country to see how they celebrate Christmas there
  6. Unwrap and read a new Christmas book
  7. Have a family story night, and read all your Christmas storybooks while enjoying a plate of cookies and milk
  8. Have a funny Christmas photo shoot (80’s Christmas sweaters?!)
  9. Make a “pillow bed” on the living room floor, and watch some classic Christmas cartoons (Rudolf, Frosty, etc.) together
  10. Let each child choose a friend to invite over for a Christmas-themed tea party 
  11. Implement a "fancy dress code" for a special dinner one night
  12. Check your shoes on Saint Nicolas Day – December 6th [Leave the kids a few pieces of candy]
  13. Do story time under the tree
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