Looking for some fun winter family activities or ideas for Christmas activities for kids? Or maybe you’re creating some new family traditions at Christmas and New Year’s? There are plenty of ideas for you to choose from here!
My son has been looking forward to Christmas for what seems like forever! We’re going to use this big list of ideas to make a winter bucket list for our family.
Too bad we can’t possibly fit everything in- especially since it doesn’t normally snow in Texas! But whatever we do, I know we’ll have a lot of fun!!
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Plan Out Your Options
It’s really helpful to have a list of winter ideas at the ready for planning. That way you can start adding your favorite activities to your calendar- then have extra options if your plans are thrown off.
We always have a few particular Christmas and New Year’s traditions that never change, but it’s fun to create new ones or change up the current ones a little.
Some people like to do a Countdown to Christmas and have a family activity everyday. You could also choose a few winter or Christmas activities to do each weekend, if it works better for your schedule.
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If you don’t have time to work in extra activities, pick a few fun things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
Of course several of these ideas will work all winter long, even into the new year. Remember, there’s no rule that says you can’t do a Christmas activity after Christmas is over!
Download the free printable to get all 101 fun winter family activities- the first 50 are listed below!
50 of 101 Winter Family Fun Activities
1. Have a Christmas movie marathon.
2. Read a holiday book together everyday!
3. Play card games.
4. Play dominoes.
5. Give presents to teachers, first responders & delivery people.
6. Watch the ball drop for the New Year/count down to the New Year!
7. Set off/watch fireworks on New Year’s Day.
8. Dance to Christmas music or have a family dance party.
9. Do holiday Mad Libs.
10. Go snow sledding or tubing.
11. Watch a holiday parade.
12. Print out free Christmas coloring pages to color together.
13. Visit a Christmas Tree farm.
14. Watch a tree lighting.
15. Go caroling/listen to carolers.
16. Countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar.
17. Write a letter to Santa.
18. Do 7 days of Random Acts of Kindness.
19. Eat candy canes.
21. Go on a Christmas train ride like the Polar Express.
22. Read the Nativity Story in the Bible.
23. Donate toys, blankets & winter wear to others.
24. Make a gingerbread house (or other non-food house like this one- it has rave reviews!!).
25. Make Shrinky Dink ornaments.
26. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
27. Have a tree decorating party.
28. Play family Christmas games.
29. Buy matching family Christmas pjs.
30. Make a DIY Christmas wreath for your door.
31. Hang stockings.
32. Shovel snow for a neighbor.
33. Roast marshmallows.
34. Make handprint ornaments.
35. Make a scarf from an old shirt or sweater.
36. Make trail mix.
37. Have a Secret Santa/White Elephant gift exchange.
38. Play charades. Here’s a great explanation of how to play charades if you’ve never played.
39. Make popcorn balls.
40. Leave out milk & cookies for Santa or reindeer food for his reindeer.
41. Do a jigsaw puzzle together.
42. Make paper snowflakes & chains.
43. Make muffins or homemade bread.
44. Play bingo.
45. Bake a pie.
46. Make s’mores.
47. Attend a bonfire.
48. Collect photos for a winter photo album.
49. Have a scavenger hunt.
50. Drink hot cocoa or apple cider.
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What are your family’s favorite winter activities? Or your most favorite winter tradition you did when you were a child?