The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List: 45 Fun Holiday Activities
With December upon us and Christmas right around the corner, what better time than now to plan out ideas on what to do this season and add some holiday fun to your month.
If you’re looking to create new family Christmas traditions, here are 45 fun holiday activities to add to your winter bucket list this month.
These are the perfect holiday activities for adults and kids alike!
The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List: 45 Fun Holiday Activities
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1. Go outdoor ice skating
Ice skating is the perfect winter date idea, whether it’s for a romantic date with your significant other or fun time with the family.
2. Go tobogganing in the snow
Find a local hill and start having hours of fun in the snow with a simple magic carpet sled.
3. Decorate a gingerbread house
For the perfect afternoon or evening, build your own gingerbread house and decorate it with tons of frosting, chocolate, and candy.
- Popping Candy Gingerbread House Kit
4. Make hot chocolate with marshmallows
The perfect beverage this winter season is a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on top.
Make your own and enjoy a ton of Christmas movies with your loved ones around the fireplace.
5. Write and mail out a letter to Santa
Want to request a certain present this year from Santa?
Write out a letter and send it out to Santa before Christmas arrives.
6. Watch classic Christmas movies
Christmas isn’t complete without watching all of the classics.
Have a Christmas movie marathon with your family and friends this season and enjoy all of the classics.
7. Plan out Christmas gifts and go Christmas shopping
Christmas isn’t complete without shopping for gifts for your loved ones.
Take a look at my list of holiday gift guides if you’re looking for some fresh ideas.
8. Wrap Christmas gifts
After Christmas shopping, don’t forget to package your Christmas gifts with fun and unique Christmas wrapping paper, tape, and gift tags.
Christmas Trees Forest Wrapping Paper
Pink Candy Cane Wrapping Paper
Pink Christmas Tree Wrapping Paper
9. Sing Christmas carols
Find some friends and go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood.
10. Make DIY Christmas tree ornaments
Decorating the Christmas tree is always a fun time.
Spend an evening making your own DIY Christmas tree ornaments to add a fun, unique touch to your tree.
Christmas Tree Decorating Craft
Snowmen Wool Felt Ornament Kit
11. Go to an outdoor winter light festival
Enjoy the brisk winter air by going out to see an outdoor light festival this season. Don’t forget to bundle up!
12. Read Christmas books before bed
Get cozy under a blanket with your favorite hot beverage and read all of the Christmas classic books this season.
13. Turn your home into a winter wonderland
Create your own winter wonderland by going Christmas tree shopping and hanging ornaments.
Don’t forget to add other cozy Christmas decor items around the house to make it even more festive.
14. Make a DIY ugly Christmas sweater
Have to attend an ugly Christmas sweater party this winter?
Get all of the supplies to make your own DIY ugly Christmas sweater.
15. Paint By Number Christmas Painting
Have fun by following an easy-to-follow Paint By Number Kit to create a festive winter holiday painting. All of the acrylic paint, paint brushes, and canvas will be supplied and no artistic skills are necessary!
16. Create A Christmas DIY Snow Globe
Get creative and create your own DIY Christmas snow globe with this adorable festive snow globe kit. Everything you need is included in the kit, excluding hot glue.
17. Create A DIY Felt Snowman
Create your own cute little felt snowman using this snowman needle felting kit. This makes a great little addition to your Christmas mantle and a fun Christmas craft for an afternoon at home.
18. Make Your Own DIY Christmas Wall Art
Make your own Christmas tree wall art with this beginner’s Christmas punch needles start kit.
19. Make A DIY Christmas Wreath
Don’t want to purchase your own Christmas wreath for your front door? Make your own DIY Christmas wreath instead.
20. Take a festive Christmas portrait with family
The holidays is the best time to get everyone in the family to take a festive Christmas portrait for years of memories down the road.
21. Build a snowman
Take advantage after a snow storm and build yourself an adorable snowman.
22. Volunteer at a food bank or other charity
Making other people’s lives better during a time in need is always welcome but it’s even more special during the holidays.
23. Plan for the new year
Get started on planning a fabulous and productive new year by writing down and manifesting your new year’s resolutions and goals.
Here are 25 goal ideas for the new year you can consider.
24. Watch The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker ballet is always a Christmas classic and makes a great family outing.
25. Host a Secret Santa with your friends
Who doesn’t like receiving presents during the holidays?
Host a Secret Santa get together with your family and friends to surprise one another.
26. Send out DIY Christmas cards
Sending holiday greetings to your family around the world with DIY Christmas cards.
27. Donate to a food bank
Share the holiday cheer by donating non-perishable items to a food bank to help others who are in need.
28. Light festive candles
Make your home more festive by lighting some fragrant winter candles.
29. Hang up Christmas stockings
Add some fun Christmas stockings to your mantle and add some stocking stuffers for each member of the family.
30. Buy new Christmas PJ’s and slippers
Having new Christmas PJ’s and slippers is always a fun tradition so get shopping.
Matching Christmas Family Pajamas
Christmas Reindeer Foam Slippers
31. Bake Christmas cookies
Fill your house with delicious desserts by baking Christmas cookies this holiday so the whole family can enjoy.
32. Drink eggnog
Eggnog is always a Christmas classic so get some at your supermarket today.
33. Go on a winter hike with snowshoes
Take a fun hike outside in the snow with snowshoes.
34. Roast marshmallows in your fireplace
If you have a huge sweet tooth, roasting marshmallows in your fireplace is always a cozy, fun time.
35. Make paper snowflakes
Looking for some fun DIY crafts? Make paper snowflakes to display inside and outside the house.
36. Get a Christmas manicure
We all need a little self-care so why not get a Christmas manicure to get into the holiday spirit.
37. Roast chestnuts
The holidays is the perfect excuse to roast chestnuts around the open fire.
38. Make mulled wine and cider
Make this holiday season more fun and cheerful with a delicious homemade batch of mulled wine and cider.
39. Go to a Christmas concert
Get festive and attend a fun Christmas concert this season.
40. Make a playlist of Christmas songs that you love
A favorite thing to do every winter is to have my Christmas songs on repeat.
Create your own playlist so you can listen all winter long.
41. Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
Gather your family and friends around to celebrate your own ugly Christmas sweater party.
42. Donate to a Christmas toy drive
Donate toys to kids in need who are less fortunate this winter season.
43. Host a Christmas pot luck
The Christmas holiday season is all about gathering with friends and family.
Host a pot luck and bring everyone around the table to celebrate together with delicious homemade food.
44. Visit your local Christmas market
Celebrate your local Christmas market this season and get some awesome, unique gifts and trinkets.
45. Have a snowball fight
In addition to making a snowman, there’s no better time to have a friendly snowball fight.
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What are some fun Christmas ideas you’ll be adding to your holiday bucket list?
I love the idea of donating to a Christmas toy drive as it will also encourage my kids to go through the many toys that they don’t play with anymore. I am really pushing the theme of gratitude this year and trying to find ways for me and my family to give back. I don’t want my kids to only think the holidays is about “getting getting getting.” I am actually trying to be a more mindful gift-giver as well. Happy Holidays!