10+ Family Things to Do at Christmas

For most kids and even a lot of adults, the Christmas season is magical.

There is something special about this time of year. People seem to be nicer (unless you stole the last most popular toy), the food is amazing, and we tend to find more time to spend with our families than any other time of year.

As we approach the holiday season, I like to create a list of family things to do at Christmas. Kind of like a summer bucket list.

I like to have a go-to list of fun things I can do with my kids at Christmas.


Let me share some of the awesome family Christmas activities I have discovered.



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How to Connect with Your Kids at Christmas

  • Watch a Christmas movie


One of my favorite Christmas family activities is to watch a Christmas movie together. There are some great Christmas movies for everyone. For the younger kids, The Star, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Christmas Chronicles, The Polar Express, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Elf, and The Santa Clause are all great choices. You can click any of them to learn more or buy them and add to your Christmas traditions. If your kids are a bit older, you should totally check out Home Alone, the Grinch, and The Nativity Story. And for adults, I LOVE Christmas Vacation, a Christmas Story, and Christmas with the Kranks.



  • Cook Together

There is nothing better than jumping in the kitchen with either your family or your own kids. Some of my fondest memories of the holidays are to be in the kitchen with my mom and grandmas. Something as simple as baking a batch of cookies and decorating them together can be a lot of fun, and create an awesome Christmas memory for your kids.



  • Go Christmas shopping for their friends and teachers

Although a lot of people are doing online shopping for the holidays, a lot of people do still “go” Christmas shopping. Take your kids out into the Christmas craziness and let them buy gifts for their friends and teachers.



  • Read a Christmas Story

There are so many AMAZING Christmas books! Without a doubt, there is a Christmas book for everyone in your family. You can read a traditional Christmas story, or you can find something newer, like The Little Blue Truck’s Christmas.


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  • Do child-focused advent activities together

If you celebrate the Christmas religion side of the Christmas season, there are some really awesome activities for celebrating Advent together.


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  • Go see Christmas lights

Something I did every year with my family and I now do with my own children is to drive around and look at Christmas lights. We do this a couple of times during the Christmas season. And now, there are even places you can drive through and look at Christmas lights, oftentimes set up to music.




  • Have an Ugly Sweater Contest

Let the Ugly Sweater Contest begin. Grab some plain shirts and some Christmas decorating supplies and let each person in your family make an ugly Christmas sweater. You’ll be able to wear them around the house, but it will be so much more fun to wear them out Christmas shopping, to family Christmas events, to work, and to dinner.


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  • Go serve together

If you want to spend quality time with your kids at Christmas and teach them that there’s more to Christmas than giving and receiving gifts, take them somewhere they can serve. Think of places like a homeless shelter, food pantry, or soup kitchen. It’s often humbling for even young kids to realize that not everyone has what they do.  Need some ideas of where to serve? Check out Just Serve!


family serving at soup kitchen at Christmas


  • Talk about your Christmas as a Kid

I love reminiscing about my Christmas memories as a child. I love to pass down Christmas memories and Christmas experiences to my kids in hopes that they’ll find joy in that, and maybe even carry those memories on to their own children.




  • Visit a live nativity

If you’ve never experienced a live nativity, you should! Take your kids and allow them to experience the true story of Christmas and why we celebrate. In the US especially, we have taken something that is biblically based and turned it into a commercialized holiday. And although there are some awesome parts of that, the true meaning of the Christmas lies at the center of the nativity.


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  • Play in the snow

One of my favorite things to do is play in the snow with my kids. It’s cold and wet, sure, but it’s also a lot of fun having snowball fights, making snow angels, and building a snowman.


family playing together in the snow



Do something different with your family this Christmas.

Let this Christmas be different for your family. Find a few Christmas activities that are new for your family and do them. 


blessings to you






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