Christmas is a magical time for everyone, but it’s even more special for your kids! With the kiddos out of school and the winter break here, we’re on the lookout for fun and budget-friendly activities to keep them buzzing with excitement.
With some creativity, you can easily turn the holiday season into an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Check out these 12 super fun Christmas activities for kids that you can do at home or outdoors without breaking the bank!
🎄1 - Visit a Christmas Tree Farm
Start the holiday celebrations on a high note by taking a trip to the Christmas tree farm! Watch your kids light up with joy as they run around the field, looking for the perfect tree and giggling with excitement.
Christmas tree farms often offer fun activities like hayrides, toasting marshmallows around crackling bonfires, sipping on steaming hot cocoa, and other festive adventures.
You’ll definitely feel the holiday spirit at a Christmas tree farm!
🎄2 - Make a Prismic™ Star Lantern
Build-Your-Own Prismic™ is a 3D puzzle tweens and teens assemble into a beautiful star lantern that will fill any room twinkle with holiday magic!
It’s a craft meant for older kids and parents to do together, and it’s a challenging craft that takes time and patience to build. But Prismic™ lanterns are a showstopper once it’s done! You can hang it in your kid’s room, display it on your porch, or make it the star topper on your Christmas tree!
You’ll also be choosing a winner when you craft with Purple Ladybug. Prismic™ is a National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA) winner, so you know it’s a hit for kids and parents.
🎄3 - Go Caroling
There’s nothing quite like the joy of caroling to spread the holiday cheer! Gather your family and friends, bundle up in your warmest winter gear, and head out into the night!
As you and your kids walk through your neighborhood and sing classic carols like Joy to the World and Jingle Bells, you’ll bring smiles to everyone you bump into. You don’t need to be a perfect singer – just have a good time together!
🎄4 - Make a Wreath
While decking the halls for the holidays, don’t forget to hang a wreath on your front door. But instead of a store-brought wreath, making your own is a creative way to personalize your space and spread the holiday cheer.
Gather materials like pinecones, ribbons, and ornaments. Get the whole family, especially the kids, involved in the process. This hands-on activity becomes a special tradition for everyone, making your holiday décor more meaningful.
🎄5 - Bake Christmas Cookies
Bring the whole family together to bake warm and delicious Christmas cookies! Let your kids mix the ingredients and shape the dough into Christmas trees, snowflakes, or snowmen. Your kitchen will smell amazing as the cookies are baked in the oven.
Once the cookies have cooled, your kids can decorate them with colorful sprinkles and frosting! It’s a sweet way to spend time as a family and bake yummy treats for the holiday season.
🎄6 - Volunteer at a Local Charity
Instead of just giving away presents, give your kids the gift of giving back. Volunteering at a local charity is a heartwarming way to celebrate the spirit of the season and make a real difference in the lives of others.
Find a cause your family cares about, like animal shelters, food banks, children’s hospitals, or soup kitchens. To help you get started, you can find volunteer opportunities near you through VolunteerMatch.
Volunteering teaches your kids valuable lessons that will stay with them long after the holidays are over.
🎄7 - Drive Around and Look at Christmas Lights
Jump into the car with your kids, snuggle up, and drive around the neighborhood to enjoy the dazzling Christmas lights! Explore the streets to see all the sparkly lights and fun decorations. Sing along to Christmas carols, laugh at silly décor, and watch your kid’s eyes light up with joy!
Play some holiday tunes, enjoy the lights, and have a jolly good time!
🎄8 - Have a Christmas Movie Marathon
Nothing says cozy like curling up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and a pile of blankets, watching Christmas movies with your kids!
Gather your family and friends, dim the lights, and put on your favorite Christmas classics like Home Alone, Klaus, or Elf. It’s a simple and joyful way to spend time together, share some laughs, and feel the warmth of the season.
Make this your most memorable movie night yet!
🎄9 - Build a Gingerbread House
Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel and their magical gingerbread house? Bring that story to life with your kids! Building a gingerbread house is a classic Christmas activity, and it’s a whole lot of fun for the entire family.
You can mix up your own gingerbread dough from scratch or grab a pre-made kit. Decorate your house with gummy bears, peppermint swirls, chocolate buttons, candy canes, and more!
🎄10 - Read Christmas Stories
Snuggle by the cozy fireplace, grab soft blankets and read Christmas stories with your kids. The warmth of the crackling fire sets the perfect backdrop. You can read classic tales like A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, or The Night Before Christmas!
Find a comfy spot, open up those storybooks, and let the holiday magic weave into your hearts as you read, laugh, and share the joy of the season!
🎄11 - Adopt an Elf
Elf on the Shelf has become a beloved tradition for many families. This little prankster arrives every December, hiding with twinkling eyes on your shelf.
Your kids can wake up every morning to a new surprise: the elf eating the cookies you baked, dangling from a lamp, or having a snowball fight with your toys.
Just position the elf somewhere every night, leaving clues about his mischievous escapades so your kids can find him in the morning!
🎄12 - Make Christmas Ornaments
Getting crafty and making Christmas ornaments with your kids is a fantastic way to have fun together. You can use different materials like clay, fabric, paint, or paper to make Christmas ornaments like paper snowflakes or paint wooden ornaments in vibrant holiday colors.
With 12 merry and bright activities on your list, this holiday season will be super fun for your kids! Let the magic of Christmas fill your hearts and homes, and make this holiday one to remember.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with lots of laughter, love, and fun! 🎄☃️