50 Ideas for A Family Activity Advent Calendar

I have been making activity advent calendars for the last decade, ever since my girls were little. It’s a really fun tradition that I love as much as the kids. I’m glad that I can continue it with the boys, even now the girls are grown up, although they still join in with some of the activities!

We love the Christmas season, and always do lots of fun activities and crafts in the run-up to the big day – this is a great way to spread the fun throughout the whole month. Christmas gifts are a lovely bonus but they are not what I like to focus on. I’d rather think about the memories that we make – having fun as a family, spending time with friends, making traditions, and spreading a little cheer.

I try to keep it fairly simple – from decorating the Christmas tree to making reindeer food, Christmas crafts and a few trips out – maybe to a panto, Christmas market or funfair. You can adapt it to fit your family and what you enjoy doing.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is to have a ‘cheat sheet’ – with all the activities and dates written down. One year I put the activities in sealed envelopes for the kids to open, and then kept forgetting what we’d be doing the next day! I also make sure that I’ve bought any craft kits and supplies before December so I am ready to go for everything!

51 Activity Ideas for Your Calendar

  1. Take an evening walk and 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. Watch 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 St Nicolas Day – {December 6th [Leave a few sweets hidden in the kids 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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