The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List: 45 Fun Holiday Activities

The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List: 40 Fun Holiday Activities
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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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Before we begin, do check out my printable Christmas Bucket List Planner.

With tons of checklists and schedules all included in this nifty 26-page planner, you’ll be able to get all of your Christmas activities organized this season without the overwhelm.

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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.

calendar with marshmallows


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.

Godiva Chocolate Holiday 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.

editable letter to santa

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.

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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.

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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.

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Snowmen Felt Ornament KitSnowmen Wool Felt Ornament Kit

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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!

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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

christmas tree

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

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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

diy christmas snow globe craft kit

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

snowman diy kit needle felting kit

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

christmas punch needles start kit

Make your own Christmas tree wall art with this beginner’s Christmas punch needles start kit.

19. Make A DIY Christmas Wreath

diy handmade christmas wreath kit

Don’t want to purchase your own Christmas wreath for your front door? Make your own DIY Christmas wreath instead.

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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.

planner with red ribbons

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.

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26. Send out DIY Christmas cards

Sending holiday greetings to your family around the world with DIY Christmas cards.

paint your own holiday cards watercolor kit

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.

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.

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christmas reindeer slippersChristmas 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.

christmas cookies and biscuits

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.

christmas tree with presents

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.

christmas presents with scissors

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.

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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.

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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.

>> Want a printable list of these Christmas activities all in one place? Get your Christmas bucket list planner now. <<

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What are some fun Christmas ideas you’ll be adding to your holiday bucket list?

One Comment

  1. 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!

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