You’ve probably spent weeks, if not months, counting down the days until it was socially acceptable to do all of your favorite Christmas and winter activities. Wearing your favorite Christmas costume, shopping for fun gifts for yourself and your loved ones, doing lots of holiday craft projects with friends, and generally sparking holiday cheer in every way imaginable. Don’t squander your favorite time of year now that it’s finally here! Light up your Christmas with this list of the best Christmas activities for kids and adults alike.
1. Go to a Christmas Tree Farm
Sure, you could go to the local mega-store or parking lot pop-up to get a Christmas tree, but the holiday season is all about making memories! Visiting a Christmas tree farm and hand-selecting the tree that you think will look best in your home could be a fun Christmas activity for families. Bring a present for the farmer, and they might just let you take a tree home. Cutting down the tree and transporting it back to your vehicle yourself can be tasking but a great way to bond and have fun. While the process takes longer, the memory will last a little longer.
Fun Christmas games for kids can include everything from playing dress-up to memory games. With some of our game ideas below, you can play with just a few people or gather the entire family to split into teams. For some games, you can use household items that you have around to create a fun ambiance. To make the games even more festive, shop for customized card deck orders and Christmas stockings that you can incorporate into each Christmas game. Find great, puzzles, the best stocking stuffers, and explore our Christmas Store for Secret Santa or White Elephant gift ideas for the holidays.
3. Make One-Of-A-Kind Christmas Cookies
What’s Christmas without cookies and gingerbread? Baking cookies is one Christmas activity that evokes a lot of nostalgia and comes with fond memories. Depending on your child’s age, they may be able to assist you in making the cookie batter. Allow them to choose whether or not to include ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, or food coloring. Choose some holiday-themed cookie cutters and let your child play pastry chef. You can even plate the holiday cookies on special holiday plates.
4. Look For A Local Festival
During the holidays, there are numerous Christmas festivals. If you can’t find one in your area, a few Google searches will help. You’d be surprised by how many you’d find. There will most likely be tree lightings, Christmas-themed farmer’s markets, and everything in between to keep you and your friends entertained this holiday season.
5. Throw A Christmas Party
Whether you’re in high school, college, or even have your own family, getting your friends together over the holidays after you haven’t seen each other in a long time is one of the best ways to celebrate the holidays. Whether you choose to dress up with your friends or have a quiet night with your best friends, celebrating the holidays with them will be one of your favorite holiday memories.
6. Organize Your Paint And Sip Party
A paint-and-sip party is a new activity that has grown in popularity over the last decade. A painting class to guide you and your friends step-by-step through painting a work of art while enjoying red or white wine is the perfect Christmas activity. Rather than enrolling in a group class, buy a blank canvas, some paints, and a brush or two and practice your artistic skills at home! There are numerous online video tutorials that you can watch online to help you create your masterpiece. For added fun, look for a tutorial that focuses on a holiday theme, such as Santa’s workshop or a winter wonderland.
7. Begin The New Year A Week Ahead Of Schedule
There is no better time than the present! Many people make New Year’s resolutions only to break them the next day–why not do the opposite? Begin the next year of your life a little sooner. Make a list of New Year’s resolutions and decide how you will grow over the next 365 days (i.e., start looking for a new job, picking up a new hobby, etc.) As a result, you will have several days for the effects to take effect, and not starting a new life on January 1 will not have the same depressing psychological effect on you. Christmas is supposed to be the start of something new–and the best way to emphasize this for yourself and the rest of the world is to make Christmas itself new, different, and unusual.
These Christmas activities for families are a fun way to spice up your holiday and spark holiday cheer. Begin new Christmas traditions by gathering your friends and family for a road trip, bundling up around a campfire and roasting marshmallows, or hosting a movie night watching Christmas classics. Whatever path you take, as long as you have the Christmas spirit in your heart, you can’t go wrong. With these fun Christmas activities, whether you use them all month or just a few to create lasting Christmas Eve traditions, you’re guaranteed to have a merry Christmas.