50 fantastic family Advent activities

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50 Advent Activity Ideas

The past couple of years at Christmas I have made the kiddos an advent calendar full of fun advent activities. Each day has had one fun, festive thing to do – decorate the tree, go to the Christmas market or bake cookies for example. The girls have loved it – it’s a great way of spreading the fun out through the month and building the excitement {even more than it already is!} One thing IU’ve learnt is to make a ‘cheat sheet’ – so when I assign the activities to each day, I keep a master list of what we’re doing on what day. That way I always have the things I need on hand, and I can check what we’ll be doing each day in case I need to make a last minute switch!

Some things are day specific – say, going to a Christmas market or the panto – and others I can just pop in wherever I feel like it! You can see last years calendar here and the year before that’s here.

This year I picked up this advent stocking garland in town – I was going to reuse last years envelopes but I couldn’t’ resist this when I saw it! I’m just putting the finishing touches to my 24 activities and working out what is going on each day.

Here are 50 ideas for advent activities to put in your family advent activity calendar:

  1. Take an evening walk  look at the Christmas lights
  2. Read a Christmas Story
  3. Make Christmas Paper Dolls
  4. Make a Gingerbread House
  5. Celebrate the Solstice
  6. Make a button ornament for the tree
  7. Make paperchains
  8. Go to a Christmas Market
  9. Make Cinnamon Ornaments
  10. Go out for Hot Chocolate
  11. Make Bottle Top Snowmen
  12. Decorate the Tree
  13. Make Reindeer Food
  14. Bake Christmas Cookies
  15. Make a window garland
  16. Make paper snowflakes
  17. Watch Christmas cartoons
  18. Make Christmas cards
  19. Make Paper Lanterns
  20. Swap me for the Christmas Eve Box
  21. Organise a Secret Santa with your family
  22. Go to the winter funfair
  23. Go Christmas Caroling
  24. Go to a Christmas Concert
  25. Watch the Nutcracker Ballet
  26. Make Christmas Playdough
  27. Make Snow Globes
  28. Decorate Pine Cones to make a table centerpiece
  29. Make a Pine Cone Birdfeeder
  30. Have a living room dance party to a Christmas album
  31. Unwrap and read a new Christmas book
  32. Check your shoes on Saint Nicolas Day – {December 6th [Leave the kids a few sweets hidden in their shoes.}
  33. Watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
  34. Watch Elf
  35. Watch The Polar Express
  36. Watch The Grinch
  37. Watch A Christmas Carol
  38. Watch Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
  39. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
  40. Make a Poinsettia Bouquet
  41. Make thumbprint snowmen
  42. Colour some Christmas pictures
  43. Make thank-you cards for after Christmas
  44. Hang some mistletoe and give everyone a kiss
  45. Make a popcorn garland
  46. Decorate a wreath
  47. Visit Santa’s Grotto
  48. Deck the halls with boughs of holly
  49. Make footprint reindeer
  50. Make salt dough ornaments
  51. Go to a Panto

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3 thoughts on “50 fantastic family Advent activities

  1. I love love xmas! I need to do more with Wilf but am feeling so knackered lately. Hopefully the baby will arrive soon as Tom will have time off to do things with him, I’ll point him towards this list x

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