25 Christmas Activities to Do With Your Kids


A few years ago, I decided to be a little more organized about the Christmas holidays. So with my handy Creative Memories circle cutter, I made some red and green paper ornaments. After cutting the circles, I laminated them, punched a hole in the top, and tied yarn so we could hang them in the entryway of our dining room. With a dry erase marker, I wrote on each ornament a fun Christmas activity to do as a family. I have been doing this since my kids were preschoolers, so some ideas are very simple and can be done right at home. As the kids have gotten older and more busy with school, I’ve pared down the list to include just some of our “must-do’s” since doing a daily activity is not always an option.

This year, I have included some ideas from this blog: lillightomine.com. This blogger has about 100 great ideas for helping others this Christmas. She even includes free printables for tags & notes to go along with your giving. I felt like it was time to really teach the kids what Christmas is all about – celebrating Jesus’ birth and sharing that with others. We have done one of her ideas already. We went to the library this weekend and hid money inside some of our favorite children’s books. My boys loved doing it so much!

If you’re looking for fun ideas for the Christmas season, here are some things we have done in the past and are currently doing:

  1. Have a summertime picnic inside
  2. Make  a Christmas craft
  3. Read the Christmas story together
  4. Help a homeless person by giving them a backpack with supplies (blanket, food, money)
  5. Sing Christmas carols
  6. Hide money somewhere
  7. Write a special message with sidewalk chalk on a neighbor’s driveway
  8. Play Christmas games
  9. Walk someone else’s dog (it’ll do you good to walk off those cookie calories!)
  10. Give a special anonymous gift (food, money, gift card, etc.)
  11. Have a candlelight dinner with Christmas music & costumes (from our preschool dress-up days!)
  12. Sleep in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree
  13. Make hot chocolate w/marshmallows & watch Polar Express in your PJ’s
  14. Visit friends with Christmas cookies
  15. Go to Children’s Museum and ride the big slide! (For Indianapolis residents)
  16. Bake Christmas cookies
  17. Ride around town and look at Christmas lights
  18. Eat ice cream sundaes with Christmas sprinkles
  19. Make a snow monster cave
  20. Read a Christmas storybook
  21. Play in the snow or go sledding
  22. Visit Santa at the mall
  23. Watch a Christmas movie
  24. Run in the grass (the boys came up with this one!)
  25. Put out milk and cookies for Santa (and carrots for his reindeer)

Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone

Co-founders Camp Mommawatchi


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