35 Advent Activity Ideas


With just a week until December 1st, I’ve been putting together this years activity advent calendar. I’ve made the kiddos an activity calendar for the past few years, and they love it! It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the Christmas season and spread out the excitement over December. You can see a couple of past years calendars here and here.

I love Christmas and almost all it brings – while the gifts are a lovely bonus, for me, I like to make the focus on the memories – having fun as a family, spending time with friends, making traditions and spreading a little cheer. My kiddos all have a chocolate advent calendar {and so do I}, because, what’s advent without a little chocolate in the morning? I’m not a fan of all of these ‘luxury’ calendars – full of beauty products or toys, for me, I don’t think that is what Christmas is all about.

Here are some ideas for including in an activity advent this year:

  • Decorate the tree
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Bake Christmas Cookies
  • Play Secret Santa with your family
  • Go Christmas Caroling
  • Take an evening walk & see all the Christmas lights
  • Make paperchains
  • Go to a Christmas Market
  • Make Cinnamon Ornaments
  • Go out for Hot Chocolate
  • Make Bottle Top Snowmen
  • Decorate the Tree
  • Make Reindeer Food
  • Make a window garland
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Watch Christmas cartoons
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Make Paper Lanterns
  • Go to a Christmas Concert
  • Watch the Nutcracker Ballet
  • Make Christmas Playdough
  • Make Snow Globes
  • Decorate Pine Cones to make a table centerpiece
  • Make a Pine Cone Birdfeeder
  • Have a living room dance party to a Christmas album
  • Make thumbprint snowmen
  • Colour some Christmas pictures
  • Make thank-you cards for after Christmas
  • Hang some mistletoe and give everyone a kiss
  • Make a popcorn garland
  • Decorate a wreath
  • Visit Santa’s Grotto
  • Make footprint reindeer
  • Make salt dough ornaments
  • Go to a Panto

I’m also planning on printing out this Random acts of Kindness advent calendar – it looks like a fantastic way to encourage your kiddos to think about others over the festive season.

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1 Comment

  1. suzi

    November 24, 2017 at 17:38

    that is an awesome idea, love it!!

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