Christmas Activities

Fun and Inexpensive Christmas Activities at Home for the Whole Family

Are you looking for some fun Christmas activities at home for the whole family? We’ve started new traditions in the past couple of years with plenty of Christmas activities at home to get our kids and ourselves into the holiday spirit and keep us busy!

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Christmas Activities at Home: Baking

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Making Christmas cutout sugar cookies are always a fun activity to do this time of year!

Ok, so honestly…I have a love hate with this. I do like eating the cookies but rolling out the dough isn’t always the most fun, especially when I have my 3 little boys just wanting to get to the decorating and eating!!

Really though, I do know this is something my kids enjoy doing every year and (eventually) I enjoy it too. My husband has actually been taking this task on lately which is super duper awesome as he’s more patient when it comes to baking with them (probably because he’s not around them 24/7 like I am as a SAHM).

Click the button below to see our favorite Gluten Free and Dairy Free cutout cookie recipe from Alexa of ‘Key to my Lime’. We especially love it because it doesn’t require any chilling before cutting the cookies out of the dough.

Making sugar cookies is one of the great Christmas activities at home!

Honestly, these aren’t my cookies. I made this image on Canva. Apparently, I don’t have a good picture of us making Christmas cookies in the past so, here is the closest I can get. Ha! Just showing things The Way it Really Is πŸ™‚

Frosting for Sugar Cookies

Within the recipe above she does have an icing recipe but we really like to make a frosting recipe instead. Below I’ve linked the one my husband created! It only has 4 ingredients and is super easy to make.

Homemade Gingerbread House

Sure, you can get Gingerbread House kits at the store but if you or your kids have food allergies or sensitivities, it’s better to make your own if you’re actually planning on eating it.

This is where my husband and I differ. He thinks that gingerbread houses aren’t meant for eating, so in the past we’ve just bought the ones at the store that our kids put together then we throw away later.

I really wanted to make our own though and eat it because…why not?! Granted, I won’t want it to be out for weeks like ours was last year, but I’m hoping the kids will be ok with it since they get to eat it. We’ll see.

Here is a gluten free gingerbread house recipe that you can easily make dairy free as well.

You could also use the frosting recipe above to decorate the gingerbread house!

homemade gingerbread house

Christmas Activities at Home: Crafts

Cardboard Gingerbread House

This HUGE gingerbread house is a hit! Your kids can help put it up, decorate it by coloring it or painting it, and enjoy it for years!

Easy Playhouse Gingerbread House - Kids Art & Craft for Indoor Fun, Color Favorite Holiday Sweets & Winter Friends– Decorate & Personalize a Cardboard Fort, 32" X 26. 5" X 40. 5"[Amazon Exclusive]
Easy Playhouse Gingerbread House - Kids Art & Craft for Indoor Fun, Color Favorite Holiday Sweets & Winter Friends– Decorate & Personalize a Cardboard Fort, 32" X 26. 5" X 40. 5"[Amazon Exclusive]
by Easy Playhouse

PERSONALIZE YOUR FESTIVE GINGERBREAD HOUSE - Your child can color and customize their Gingerbread House, bringing favorite sweets and winter friends to life - to include a Teddy Gummy Bear (GROWL), Cupcake (Chocolate, Vanilla, or favorite), Candy (Yum), and don’t forget to frost the Gingerbread Cookie Friend. Use stickers, markers, crayons or paint (not included) on this fun canvas to bring the fort to life.
EXPLORE AND IMAGINE LIFE IN THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE- This Gingerbread candy house creates the perfect fort / tent to pretend, while also acting as a great place to read stories inside for even more adventure fun. Sweet gingerbread magic is at your fingertips with a snowman, candy canes and a whipped frosting roof, role playing with this cardboard gingerbread house- don't forget to warm up inside with hot cocoa after playing outside.
WINDOWS, DOORS & MAIL DELIVERY - Ding Ding. Insert mail into the two Mail Slots from the outside or push the mail out from inside the house too - it is always fun to give & receive letters. Features two fold outdoors & two fold out windows to come and go, plus wave "Hi" to all of our friends who pass.

List Price: $ 34.99 You Save: $ 11.00 (-31%)  Price: $ 23.99 Buy now at Amazon

Felt Christmas Tree

Our kids help decorate our family Christmas tree with the ornaments they’ve made over the years, but they love this one too. We got this when they were younger as we wanted to distract them from breaking the ornaments on our family Christmas tree. They still love it even now that they get to help decorate our family tree as well.

They were super excited when I brought it out again this year. They split up the ornaments between themselves and took to decorating it right away.

I hang it up with a large command strip hook that I take down every year and replace the following year as I haven’t found anything else to hang there but maybe I should…lol

DIY Felt Christmas Tree - 3.6 FT Felt Christmas Tree for Kids with 37 Pieces of Ornament Decor, DIY Xmas Gifts for Kids, Wall Hanging Christmas Tree Decorations
DIY Felt Christmas Tree - 3.6 FT Felt Christmas Tree for Kids with 37 Pieces of Ornament Decor, DIY Xmas Gifts for Kids, Wall Hanging Christmas Tree Decorations
  • πŸŽ„ QUANTITY: 1 piece DIY felt christmas tree + 37 pieces ornament and the ornaments include: snowman, Santa, Christmas hat, Christmas candy and bells etc. It's suitable for kids as a great stocking filler.
  • πŸŽ„ EASY TO USE: Use the pads to arrange the felt badges any way you choose and it's all re-usable. Please use the front facing side opposed to the reverse for better adhesion.
  • πŸŽ„ STYLISH FELT CHRISTMAS TREE: 3D felt christmas tree looks three-dimensional and attractive. No pollution, environmental, safety for kids.
  • πŸŽ„ PROMINENT THEME: Use your imagination to decorate this felt Christmas tree with kids, inspire children and get them in the Christmas spirit.
  • πŸŽ„ SIZE: 46.5*30.7 in. The thickness of felt tree is 3mm and the thickness of ornament is 2mm. Use an iron if there are creases when you received.
 Price: $ 24.49 Buy now at Amazon
Command Plastic Designer Hooks BP1PTF, Medium, White, 4-Hooks
Command Plastic Designer Hooks BP1PTF, Medium, White, 4-Hooks
by command
  • Damage-Free Hanging
  • Holds strongly
  • Removes cleanly
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Color: White
List Price: $ 9.99 You Save: $ 2.00 (-20%)  Price: $ 7.99 Buy now at Amazon

DIY Paper Cardstock Cookies

This all started with my boys playing in their play kitchen and pretending to bake cookies. Then I remembered that I saw that the company Melissa and Doug had some cut out cookies I could buy for my kids to use in their play kitchen.

As I was adding the cookies to my cart online I thought…hum…wonder if I could make something with my Cricut?!

I decided to take some graphics I found in Cricut Design Space and make them my own, including adding more stars, hearts, and adding in some additional layers for the kids to be able to decorate tree and cookies with.

I cut them out of 65lb cardstock. I glued the gingerbread men together myself as they were a bit complex for my 6 and 4 year olds. I also glued the backs onto main part of the cookies before giving them to them to decorate so the cookies would be stronger overall.

I’ve also linked the Melissa and Doug cookie set if you don’t have a Cricut or don’t want to cut them out.

They had a lot of fun decorating them as you can see in photos below. To make it extra cookie-esque I put all of their pieces they got to decorate with in their own cookie sheet. They even added some rhinestones that we had from another art project. The ones that didn’t have rhinestones on them I laminated to make them extra durable, something I should have thought of ahead of time so they could all be laminated but that’s alright. I can always cut more if the non-laminated ones don’t hold up.

If you have a Cricut to cut this out, click below for the file I’ve made available for free on Design Space.

Amazon Basics 12-Inch Thermal Laminator Machine with Rapid Warm-Up (1 min), 20 Assorted Laminating Pouches Included, White
Amazon Basics 12-Inch Thermal Laminator Machine with Rapid Warm-Up (1 min), 20 Assorted Laminating Pouches Included, White
by Amazon
  • The products can not laminate hardware, cloth, wood, foam sheets,foil and plastic sheets
  • At 3mil position,laminating paper thickness range is 50-160g;At 5mil position,laminating paper thickness range 50-100g
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NEENAH Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 8.5 X 11 Inches, 72 Count Assortment (46407-02)
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by Wausau Paper
  • 4 Sheets each of Royal Blue, Colonial Blue, Lilac, Concord Grape, Wisteria, Bubble Gum, Old Town Red, Re-Entry Red, Orbit Orange, Galaxy Gold, Goldenrod, Martian Green, Gamma Green, Kraft, Natural, Clove, White, and Eclipse Black
  • Easy to score and fold and cuts cleanly
  • Acid and lingin free for great quality that doesn't deteriorate
  • 72 Sheets
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Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Wooden Christmas Cookie Play Food Set
List Price: $ 27.99 You Save: $ 15.50 (-55%)  Price: $ 12.49 Buy now at Amazon
cardstock christmas cookies
christmas cardstock cookies with blank background
My kids working on putting together Christmas Cookies made from cardstock I cut on my Cricut.

Printable Activities

Just like for Thanksgiving, I’ve created a FREE downloadable printable that you can download then print off and have your children complete as part of your holiday festivities!

Christmas Activity Pack

Looking for more engaging Christmas activities for kids? Our 86-page Christmas activity pack is full of word scrambles, mazes, dot-to-dot, and more! Keep children entertained and learning this holiday season. Even better? A second pdf with the answers is also included!

Christmas Activity Pack for Kids 86 pages of activities
Christmas Activity Pack

Christmas Advent Activity Cards

Are you looking for activities to do with the kids this holiday season? Introducing the Christmas Advent Activity Cards – the perfect solution for families looking for fun and engaging activities to celebrate the holiday season and keep their kids entertained during winter break.

Christmas Advent Activity Cards
Christmas Advent Activity Cards 5

Christmas Bingo

Christmas Bingo is a great way to add some fun and togetherness to your celebration. My in-laws have been playing Christmas Bingo for years and it’s so much fun!! I wanted to make my own Christmas Bingo to share with others, complete with cards and tokens that can be cut out.

There are 12 unique Bingo cards, 24 calling cards, and 75 tokens. You can always print more as needed!

Christmas Bingo
Christmas Bingo

Our Favorite Christmas Books

There are so many great Christmas books out there but I wanted to share some of our favorites with you! Click on the books below to be taken to the Amazon page to learn more about them and purchase them. Many are on sale right now!!

The Night Before Christmas Hardcover: The Classic Edition, The New York Times Bestseller (Christmas Book)
List Price: $ 19.95 You Save: $ 7.30 (-37%)  Price: $ 12.65 Buy now at Amazon
Christmas Heroes! (PAW Patrol)
Christmas Heroes! (PAW Patrol)
by Random House Books for Young Readers
List Price: $ 7.99 You Save: $ 3.28 (-41%)  Price: $ 4.71 Buy now at Amazon
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
by Viking Books for Young Readers
List Price: $ 18.99 You Save: $ 7.73 (-41%)  Price: $ 11.26 Buy now at Amazon
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Christmas
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Christmas
by DK Children
  • Used Book in Good Condition
List Price: $ 12.99 You Save: $ 4.31 (-33%)  Price: $ 8.68 Buy now at Amazon
Pop Up Peekaboo! Penguin
List Price: $ 12.99 You Save: $ 1.99 (-15%)  Price: $ 11.00 Buy now at Amazon
Little Blue Truck's Christmas
 Price: $ 11.99 Buy now at Amazon
Clifford's Christmas (Classic Storybook)
List Price: $ 6.99 You Save: $ 2.00 (-29%)  Price: $ 4.99 Buy now at Amazon
Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger!: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood)
List Price: $ 6.99 You Save: $ 1.65 (-24%)  Price: $ 5.34 Buy now at Amazon

Christmas Lights

Another thing we love to do is drive around and look at Christmas lights. It’s fun to walk around our own neighborhood and admire the lights as well as drive around town.

We also really love the lights that are in tune with music using programmable LED lights. There is one a town about 15 minutes away from us where they have the lights set up with the music, including a talking Christmas tree and light bulbs!

You can find some great Christmas light displays in your community by using Google or going to your local Facebook group. There is a website that has many Christmas light displays listed that you can search by zipcode and desired radius. It’s up to the owner of the light display to update it so it might not be fully updated but it’s a starting point at least.

Gift Opening & Food

We’ve started to open presents from my husband’s side of the family on Christmas Eve since that is when we’d be meeting with them if we weren’t staying home due to not only COVID but RSV and Influenza.

On Christmas morning we open presents from Santa and then from each other in our immediate family/household.

Christmas afternoon we tend to have a video call with my parents and open our presents from them and they open the presents we gave them.

On Christmas we have eggs in a nest for breakfast then ham and potatoes for dinner.

Christmas Coupon Books

Discover the perfect gift for kids to give to parents or adults to exchange heartwarming gestures. Our Christmas Coupon Books feature 5 cover designs with a total of 230 coupons, offering endless ways to spread joy this holiday season.

Introducing the Christmas Coupon Book for Kids and Adults – a delightful way to spread joy and create lasting memories this holiday season. With its 5 charming cover designs and 15 unique ideas each for kids, for parents, and for parents to give kids, this coupon book is the perfect gift for all ages. This is a thoughtful and meaningful gift that will bring smiles and laughter to your loved ones.

coupon book
coupon book

‘Tis The Season: Gift Idea Posts

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Fun and Inexpensive Christmas Activities at Home for the Whole Family Including a FREE printable Christmas Activity Bundle

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As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.

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