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How about some easy Christmas activities for the whole family this holiday season? It’s time to make memories that are low on work and high on magic.

The trick is to get your crew interested in family time. Check out these 51 tips to make some holiday cheer and create fun family traditions together.

Included are tips for every age, spiritual ideas, and ways to entertain out-of-town guests. Pick and choose the ideas that are good for everyone, and don’t get stressed!

Easy Christmas Activities to Do with Kids

These easy Christmas activities for kids are a fantastic way to spend time with your children using food and inexpensive crafts. Who doesn’t love to eat during the holidays and a good paper chain?

  1. Special breakfast

    Make a special breakfast on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Let the kids decorate pancakes with chocolate chips, lots of whipped cream, and sprinkles. The Pioneer Woman has 75 Christmas breakfast ideas. 

  2. Gingerbread House

    Decorate a gingerbread house. You can buy the premade sheets with the candy and icing altogether. It’s not an expensive kit. This gingerbread house from Walmart is under $10.

  3. Make cookies

    We love making gingerbread cookies. The kids have fun decorating them however they want. Most of the time, the gingerbread men look a bit wonky, but they still tasted good!

  4. Special dinner

    Go to a nice restaurant during the holidays that you would never go to any other time of the year. This is such an easy Christmas activity that requires very little work but is packed with good memories.

  5. Holiday picnic

    Sit on the floor in the dark next to your lit Christmas tree and eat a fun Christmas meal—or pizza! The main idea is to eat whatever is yummy for your kids.

  6. String popcorn

    Get popcorn and string it. Hang it on the kid’s Christmas tree. Eat the rest!  This is an easy, cheap Christmas craft.

  7. Roast marshmallows

    Get your coat hangers out! You don’t have to have a bonfire to roast marshmallows. You can do it at your fireplace and have just as much fun! If you don’t have a fireplace, do it in the oven. Yummy!

  8. Hot cocoa/cider mix for gifts

    Here is a great hot chocolate recipe you and your kids can assemble for the neighbors. If you have kids who like to mix and stir, this is a great way to have fun in the kitchen. You can even slip in a bit of math with the measuring. Don’t forget to drink some too!

  9. Christmas crafts

    Pinterest has tons of Christmas craft ideas, such as using things around your house or from a local store.

  10. Colorable holiday tablecloth

    Amazon has holiday tablecloths that can be colored while sitting at the table. You can do it with your kids or use it for a special meal to keep them busy while the adults talk. (I am not an affiliate)

  11. Make an ornament

    If you ask what your kids can make for Xmas, this is it! An ornament. There are craft kits or make-your-own ornaments online. Get a special kid’s Christmas tree and hang them on it. Ensure you have the date on the ornament so you remember them over time.

  12. Paper snowflakes

    This is a free, easy Christmas craft that is quick to do. Fold a piece of paper into four squares. Cut holes in the sides, but don’t cut at the bottom corner. Tape it on the windows or hang it on the tree.

  13. Paper chain

    Here is an adorable Christmas paper chain that is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers. They can glue the paper together while you make the embellishments.

These easy Christmas activities for preschoolers or elementary kids are fun. You don’t have to do them all. Just choose one or two.

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What Are Some Fun and Easy Christmas Activities You Must Do?

Here are some fun, easy Christmas activities for the family you must do! These are great ideas that may quickly become a tradition every year. You will especially like these ideas if you stay home instead of traveling.

  1. Pictures with Santa

    The mall or department store often has a Santa that sees kids and takes pictures. I have seen a few places that do selfies or “distanced” Santas if watching the germs.

  2. Christmas tree

    Pick out the tree or go cut one down and then decorate the tree together. Drink hot cocoa or cider while doing it. Easy Christmas activities for the whole family are not hard to do if everyone loves the job.

  3. Decorate the outdoors

    Get your kids involved in decorating the front yard. Let them put lights on the bushes, hang something from the trees, or put a wreath on the door.

  4. Elf on the Shelf

    Do elf on the shelf every day during the season. Here are 50 ideas to help you make it fun.

  5. Open a present

    Open one present on Christmas Eve to add a little fun.

  6. Christmas Eve

    Set out milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Don’t forget the carrots for Rudolph!

  7. Reindeer prints

    Put reindeer prints on the floor Christmas morning so it looks like Rudolph and all the reindeer came.

  8. Stockings

    Hang stockings on the mantle and fill them when Santa comes. Lots of dollar bills are always fun! Here are some other ideas to fill your stockings. 

  9. Outdoor scavenger hunt

    Make a list of all the nature in your yard and have your kids find each item. Or take a walk around the block and let your kids discover a new world of winter wonderlands such as fir, pinecones, mistletoe, etc.

  10. Christmas games

    Check out these 30 Christmas games to play with your family. They are great for parties too. I love these Christmas activities for the family as there are endless ones to choose from.

  11. Felt advent calendar

    Buy a cute calendar (not an affiliate) displaying the month of December. Let your kids put a felt piece on each day in December. They can take turns marking the days until Christmas.

  12. Letters to Santa

    Write letters to Santa. There are places you can mail them to the “North Pole.”Some post offices will take them. My favorite is to tuck them away for a keepsake. See below to get your free printable. 

These are lovely, easy Christmas activities that will create memories for a lifetime!

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How Do I Make Christmas Fun For My Older Kids?

Tweens and teens are picky about time with family. Some may even feel forced to be with you as their friends are sooo much more enjoyable. Try these easy Christmas activities to help you bond with these prickly creatures. You may even get a smile. Well, maybe.

  1. Christmas lights

    Drive around your area and look at Christmas lights together. Google “Christmas lights near me” to see what your location offers.

  2. Christmas shopping/market

    Do your Christmas shopping together as a family at a specialty market or shopping center decorated for the holidays.

  3. Game night

    Play games together as a family and listen to holiday music while drinking cocoa.

  4. Puzzle

    Have a 500—or 1000-piece Christmas puzzle (not an affiliate) sitting out for everyone to work on during the season. People will gather at the table randomly to work on it.

  5. Christmas Karaoke

    This is the modern version of caroling. Instead of going around the neighborhood, sing and dance together at home. Have a dance party and make a video of your fun.

  6. Spa night

    If you have girls, do a spa night while watching Christmas movies.  Make sure to have lots of polish, face masks, and other beauty products they love. You can even give foot massages. These are fun, easy Christmas activities for anyone of any age.

  7. Christmas selfie scavenger hunt

    Check out these ideas on how to do a scavenger hunt holiday edition. This list is fantastic to do as a family or with friends.

  8. Christmas charades

    Check out these printable cards for Christmas charades. They will help you start a fun night with family and friends.

  9. Snowball fight

    I realize this isn’t always possible, but who doesn’t love a good snowball fight when there is snow? If you are not into pelting each other, make snow angels together or go sledding.

  10. Decorate a wreath or a tree

    If you have a teen who likes crafts, make a wreath together or decorate the Christmas tree as a family.  These are easy Christmas activities for adults and teens to do together.

  11. Movies at home

    Watch Hallmark or other Christmas movies together at home. We love to watch It’s a Wonderful Life together on Christmas Eve every year. Here are the 75 best Christmas movies to check out this year.

  12. Travel

    Get out of town and enjoy the holidays away from home with your family. Going to New York is one of the best Christmas activities for older kids. It is magical!

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These ideas are easy Christmas activities for the whole family. Which one does your family do?

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Easy Christmas Activities That Are Meaningful To the Family

Here are some easy Christmas activities to do together as a family this year. It may even help you focus on something other than gifts. It is so easy to get distracted by all the shiny objects and forget what is really important–Jesus.

  1. Christmas Eve candlelight service

    Attend a candlelight church service on Christmas Eve. This is so meaningful for the whole family.

  2. Christmas story

    Read the Christmas story (Luke 2) sometime during the season. We do it on Christmas Eve.

  3. Celebrate Advent

    Read a meaningful passage out loud every week that correlates with Advent candles, starting with hope, love, joy, and, finally, peace during Christmas week.

  4. Mission project

    Participate in Angel Tree, Operation Christmas Child, feed those without a home, or visit a nursing home during the holidays. These are some of the best Christmas activities for the family!

  5. Church services

    Attend church services during Advent. How about going all year??

  6. Christmas music

    Have Christmas music playing in the background during the season. Just keep it going all day. It will create a festive mood.

These ideas are meaningful and easy Christmas activities for the whole family. I hope you will remember to find a way to put Jesus first over stuff no matter what you do together this year.

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How to Entertain Your Family at Christmas?

Check out these easy Christmas activities to entertain your family during the holidays. These tips are also great for out-of-town guests staying with you for a few days.

  1. Christmas concert

    Attend a Christmas concert as a family. Check your local paper or the web for offers in your area.

  2. Movie theater or Drive-In

    See the latest Christmas movie in the theater. You may even have a drive-in around your area.

  3. Christmas play

    Go to a Christmas play at a local theater or church. Some churches go all out and have live animals in their productions.

  4. Amusement park

    Check your area for amusement parks that decorate for the holidays.

  5. Ice skating

    Go ice skating together. Have your kids invite friends to come along.

  6. Carriage ride

    Many areas have carriage rides available. This is one of the best easy Christmas activities for the family.

  7. Live nativity scene

    Attend a live nativity scene in your area. Some are in places you can simply drive by to see.

  8. Christmas craft bazaar

    Schools, churches, or sororities will often hold a Christmas market in your area. Check out the paper or the web for what is available.

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Looking at the paper or local app can tell you what happens each week, and you can find easy Christmas activities for your relatives in about every town.

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How Can I Make Christmas More Fun?

Easy Christmas activities for the family are ones the whole family is interested in doing. Don’t force an activity, even if every other family does it.

Listen to what your family likes to do.

My kids decorated the tree several times and then lost interest, so we never did it again together. I pay my daughter to do it!

On the other hand, my family loves to travel on the holidays, go on carriage rides, eat at nice restaurants, and worship together.

Last year, my 21-year-old decorated three gingerbread houses. We have been doing this tradition since they were young, and apparently, she will keep doing it for who knows how long!

Furthermore, take time to do something you love—alone. Keep up your health and enjoy the season! Don’t feel like you have to do everything on the list—they are just suggestions!

Merry Christmas from Mom Remade!

What easy Christmas activities do you do with your family? Comment below!

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  1. Wow! Julie, what an impressive list. I never thought about leaving a puzzle out to work on here and there. Thanks for all the new ideas!

        • Thanks, Patti! It is a good list to start with during the holidays. The trick is to do stuff your family enjoys, not do a list to fulfill the list! Thanks for commenting.

  2. This is such a great list! As much as I I’ve the decorations and the eating and the presents, spending time with family truly is the best part of the holiday season.

  3. Great list! I too am a Hallmark freak! I actually just decided to add a gingerbread house to our list this year. I didn’t think of a live nativity scene. Searching for one now!

  4. Love these sweet ideas! My family always made a trip to NYC each year to Rockefeller Center to skate and see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. Best memories that I hope I can continue when hubs and I start our family!

  5. So many of these are part of my family traditions! A special breakfast, making cookies together and movies at home! My husband and I always have a “Christmas Date” and we are actually going to NYC in December for all things Christmas! So fun.

  6. Thank you for including ideas for older children, it is so hard to find things the older ones want to do. So this list was perfect!

  7. I love these sweet ideas! We do many of these but I think we need to add some more. Thanks for the wonderful share!

  8. Great list! I noticed that there are several things on your list that we haven’t tried yet so I wrote a few down already (and I’m pinning it for later too!). Thank you!

  9. Sheri Traxler Reply

    Grateful for this. Because I want to create memories with my brother and my Dad who is mid-80’s, as well as my husband’s family. There are not young kids around, but family is still important. Thanks!

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