Christmas is just around the corner friends! Every year I come up with a list of fun, simple Christmas activities for families, one for each day of the month until Christmas morning.
Each activity is accompanied by daily scripture verses you can read during family devotion time.
Make sure to download and print your free copy of the Christmas family activity calendar complete with daily scripture readings.
25 Christmas Activities For Families
1. New Christmas Pj’s For The Kids
This is the only time of the year my kids get pj’s. I wrap them up for them to open either on Christmas eve, or at the beginning of December to get the season started.
2. Bake Cookies Together
Bake Christmas cookies together. This recipe is pretty easy to make, not too much mess and soooo yummy!
Or if you have little kids, these peanut butter red nosed reindeer cookies would be fun to make.
3. Christmas Movie Night
Make a giant bowl of popcorn and watch a Christmas movie together.
4. Sing Christmas Hymns
This is one of my personal favorite Christmas activities to do with my family.
We each choose one or two favorite Christian Christmas hymns.
5. Hot Cocoa Bar
Set up a hot cocoa bar, get creative with fun toppings!
Here is a recipe for a delicious homemade hot cocoa mix.
6. Take A Drive Around The Neighborhood To See Christmas Lights
7. Family Game Night
Choose a family favorite board game or try something new from this list of Christmas themed minute to win it games.
8. Deliver Neighbor Gifts
If you still need some neighbor gift ideas check out this list, there’s something for every budget.
9. Give From The Samaritans Purse Catalog
If you’re not familiar with the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gift Catalog, I encourage you to look into it.
Samaritan’s Purse is a non profit Christian organization that helps those who are poor, sick, and suffering all around the world.
Every year they come out with a Christmas gift catalog where you can choose to feed a baby for a year, buy chickens for a poor family, or teach them a new skill they can work at to help support their family. There are over 40 ways to give in the catalog.
After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan’s Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement
Spend a night with your family, together choose how you would like to give this Christmas.
10. Go See A Holiday Production
Check out your local high schools or college, most of the time you can find a school play or Christmas ballet production for very cheap.
Our Little town has a light parade every year. We bundle up and head out to see all the lighted floats our friends and neighbors put together.
11. Find A Service Project
Local food pantries and shelters have needs you can help meet. Whether it’s serving food or providing Christmas for a child or family in need.
You can also call the elementary school in your neighborhood, most of the time they have lists of children that need winter coats and snow boots. Maybe you can provide one or both.
Whatever you do, make sure to get your kids involved.
12. Build Gingerbread Houses
This is fun for all ages.
If you don’t want to buy a gingerbread house kit, we’ve used graham crackers and homemade frosting. Worked just as well for half the price!
13. Host A White Elephant Gift Exchange Party
Make it potluck style and put a $5 to $10 limit on white elephant gifts.
14. Have Breakfast For Dinner
Who doesn’t like pancakes for dinner!
15. Random Act Of Kindness Day
All day long everyone in the family does random acts of kindness in secret.
16. Kids Cook Dinner Night
17. Build A Snowman Or Go Sledding
18. Camp Out In The Living Room
Parents, you choose if you want to camp out with the kids or just let them have all the fun!
19. Wrap Presents Together
20. Write Christmas Letters Or Start A New Family Tradition
This is a family tradition we started about five years ago.
Every year we write a letter to someone in our immediate family telling them what we love or appreciate about them.
We read each others letters at the end of the day on Christmas day. It’s something we all look forward to.
Here are a few other Christmas traditions ideas you could start.
21. Make Christmas Candy
22. Cut Out Paper Snowflakes
23. Bake Birthday Cupcakes
After all, Christmas is the biggest birthday party of the year right? We actually used to sing happy birthday to Jesus before opening presents when the boys were little.
Or if you would rather bake breakfast muffins to enjoy Christmas morning around the tree.