30+ December Activities For Kids That Are Amazing!

It’s almost December, and I can’t wait for the festive ๐ŸŽŠ mood to set in! Spending quality time with my family, and especially my kids, is what I look forward to the most during this time. 

The little ones are excited for Christmas when Santa ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿฝ comes with their gifts. I also try to make them do festive stuff throughout the month. 

December Activities

If you are also a full-time mom looking for seasonal fun Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ activities to keep your kids engaged, look no further. I am jotting down some of my favorite things to do that I hope you will find useful, too!

In this blog post, I have compiled 50 Christmas activities that I generally do during December. See how many you can relate to. Let’s start this joyful ride!

Making Pine Cone Ornaments

Ask your kids to collect pine cones and dry them out. You can use glue and glitter or spray paint to decorate them. We have these creative art sessions on wintry December afternoons where we make beautiful Christmas tree ๐ŸŽ„ ornaments together.

Making a Christmas Onset Decoration

Christmas Decoration For Kids

You need church candles ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ, holders, and ivy leaves to make a decorative set for your mantelpiece. We often use tinsel and glitter bits to add to the glam. Every Sunday in December, we light new candles, and it’s so pretty!

Making Christmas Food Gifts

If you want to experiment in the kitchen and think that your kids will love to help you out, you have the best activity ever! You can make cookies ๐Ÿช or bake a cake ๐Ÿฐ together. Your kids get to learn, too.

Pro Tip: 

Homemade fudge and flat Christmas bread are a great hit in my household!

Making Santa Ornaments

We often make ornaments out of lollipop sticks, paint, cardboard, strings, and glue. We keep them for hanging on the Christmas tree ๐ŸŽ„ or gifting other kids. Trust me, this is a fun activity that your kids will love to do!

Painting Snowflakes

Painting Snowflakes Activity for Kids

Have you ever tried making handprint snowflakes โ„๏ธ with your kids at home? You just need to paint six handprints within a circle and draw three white lines using your finger. When you connect the opposite ends, you get a star.

Going for a Tree Walk

I often take my boys out for a walk ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธduring December evenings. We roam around the neighborhood, watching how beautifully everyone’s decorated their trees ๐ŸŒณ. The front yard of every house is lit up, and it is delightful to look at.

Making Mulled Drinks

Your kids can’t drink wine. True. But you can always make it fun for them by making spicy apple juice ๐Ÿงƒ. Trust me, the house smells delicious, and they enjoy the drinks very much. You can simply look for recipes online.

Pro Tip: 

Try serving the mulled wine with orange slices.

Making Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Decoration  Activity for Kids

We have a tradition of sending Christmas tree ornaments to our family and friends when we give them gifts. We use stuff lying around the house, toilet paper rolls, and decorative material. My boys get very creative if they want to.

Wrapping Up

Gift Rapping Activity for Kids

No, I’m not ending the article. I’m talking about wrapping your Christmas gifts ๐ŸŽ. Ask your kids to work with you, and consider it a tradition. Experiment with wrapping styles and color variants. We always have a fun time doing it.

Watching the Christmas Lights

A local cafe is famous for its Christmas lighting ๐Ÿ’ก. My kids love visiting that place, and we often spend a beautiful December evening sipping coffee and enjoying the twinkling lights. You can find a similar one in your area online.

Going Ice Skating

Ice Skating Activity for Kids

We often go ice skating ๐Ÿ‚ on weekends in December. The local venue even has special rinks for kids. Find out if your area has one, too, and take your kids for a fun evening. The entire family will love it!

Making Penguin Masks

This is another craft that my kids love. We use paper plates, yellow paper, glue, and elastic to make penguin ๐Ÿง masks. Don’t be afraid of getting a bit messy. That’s what doing arts and crafts with kids is all about!

Singing Christmas Carols

Singind Activity for Kids

Kids should know the Christmas carols, which are an integral part of our traditions. Sing ๐ŸŽต together and teach them the lyrics. Caroling with your kids during a winery December afternoon is another great way to spend quality time with them.

Movie Night

The best way to teach your kids about Christmas is a movie ๐Ÿฟ night. Snuggle up in front of the fireplace and watch something that sets the festive mood right away! ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ is one my boys love the most.

Baking Cookies

Cooking Activity for Kids

If your kids enjoy baking, you can make Christmas-themed cookies ๐Ÿช together. We often make chocolate chip cookies and cranberry cookies. My husband loves everything my boys make in the kitchen. You can use a cookbook or check for recipes online.

Pro Tip: 

My favorites are Deck The Halls and Christmas Slide.

Watching ‘The Snowman’

I reserved a special place for this one because whenever I talk about Christmas, this is what comes to mind first. If you are watching with your kids, it’s obvious they will love an animated film ๐ŸŽฅ more than a normal one. 

Game Night

December Activity for Kids

If you are looking for ways to entertain your kids in December, you can always play holiday-themed games ๐ŸŽฎ. Throw a surprise party where you invite all their friends and host a fun game night so that they can enjoy themselves!

Making a Gingerbread House

My kids love making gingerbread houses ๐Ÿ . I have taught them how it symbolizes family and a happy home. They often end up making a village! We use gingerbread, paint, ribbon, figurines, etc. This is a fun craft you can try.

Making Bird Treats

House Making Activity for  Kids

Plenty of birds visit our backyard during winter. My kids’ first thought of making bird ๐Ÿค treats for them. I realized that it is also a fun thing to do with your kids. You are also doing your bit for the environment.

Putting on a Skit

I often ask my kids to put on a holiday-themed play or puppet show ๐ŸŽญ for the family and our friends at the Christmas party. We spend days rehearsing it on weekends and making sure the performance and presentation are perfect. 

Pro Tip: 

Try keeping Christmas-themed characters like the Reindeer ๐ŸฆŒ, Snowman โ˜ƒ๏ธ, Elf, or Santa ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ„.

Visiting Santa

Santa Activity for Kids

You can always take your kids to visit Santa ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿฝ at the mall or a Christmas market. Kids believe in a magical world, and as parents, we should make their dreams come true. They only stay like this for a while!

Donation Camp

Kids must learn the value of sharing. Ask them to put together toys, clothes, books, and stuff in a box ๐Ÿ“ฆ. Make them give those gifts to the charity themselves. Kids learn the value of kindness and empathy from their parents.

Reading Christmas Books

Reading Activity for Kids

I have Christmas classics and novels that come out most often during December. I use the kids’ bedtime to connect them with books ๐Ÿ“š. Mostly, they read out to me. They learn new things, and this activity also improves their vocabulary.

Making Holiday Cards

If your kids give cards ๐ŸŽด to their friends and teachers, you can make this a fun activity. Use your winter afternoons to make those cards instead of just buying from the store. Teach your kids the essence of handmade gifts.

Making Special Cards

Card Making Activity for Kids

You have family members and friends who are extra special to you. You can ask your kids to make personalized, special cards ๐Ÿ“‡ using stamps, glitter, and paint to make a set of Christmas gift cards exclusively for your most loved ones.

Making Orange Pomander

My kids often make orange ๐ŸŠ pomanders studded with cloves. We give them to our friends or keep them in our home because it adds a beautiful festive essence. This is perfect if you want the holiday mood to set in.

Pro Tip: 

Ask your kids to poke holes in the oranges using a toothpick.

Sending Christmas cards

Don’t take over the pressure of sending Christmas cards all by yourself. Set an assembly line with your kids and ask them to write โœ๐Ÿผ up the addresses or keep a list to make sure everyone gets their cards and gifts.

Keeping a Christmas Newsletter

If you have family members and friends abroad, you can also ask your kids to help you snake a newsletter ๐Ÿ“ฐ. You can print them later and add them to your Christmas cards. You can also post them online for everyone.

Making Reindeer Food

You can mix porridge oats with edible glitter in an envelope, and you have your reindeer ๐ŸฆŒ food. I tell my kids that we are doing this so that Rudolph and other reindeer can easily find our house and bring gifts.

Pro Tip: 

My go-to choice of cereals for this activity is Corn Chex.

Making Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Making Activity for Kids

Your kids can easily make embellished gingerbread men. They are super fun and easy to make and eat. Not to mention that your house smells amazing, very Christmassy. December is the time to get creative, so give it a try!

Making a Snow Globe

You can take a small snowman โ›„๏ธ figure and glue it to the inside of the lid of a jar, add baby oil and some glitter, and then fill it up with water. Screw the lid super tight and shake thrice.

Making Gift Tags

I consider this a recycling craft project for my kids. Me and my kids reuse last year’s Christmas decorations and cards to make new ornaments, and especially gift tags ๐Ÿท๏ธ for Christmas presents we send out to our family and friends.

Making Reindeer Poop

Trust me, it makes a funny gift for your kids and their friends. Fill a jar with chocolate-coated raisins or Maltesers, and decorate it with ribbons. Put on a label that says ‘Reindeer poop’ ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿ’ฉ and give it to the kids.

Pro Tip: 

Another fun alternative is a jar filled with white marshmallows labeled as Snowman poo!

Making Christmas Dinner

December Activity for Kids

My kids love to experiment in the kitchen, and they are old enough to cook ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿณ something on their own. So, I often ask them to prepare a holiday-themed dish ๐Ÿฒ for the family dinner. Ask them to start with a dessert.

Pro Tip: 

You could also have fun naming your favorite Christmas recipes after a family member, e.g., Teresa’s Terrific Trifle or Sammy’s Sage Stuffing!

Christmas Coloring

You can easily find Christmas-themed coloring ๐Ÿ–๏ธ pages online and print them for your kids. We put up a coloring station at home where the boys put together pens, markers, and crayons. They pretend they are working for an art gallery!

Cracking Christmas Jokes

Who doesn’t want to hear a good joke? And that, too, from kids? So, you can ask your kids to write up a few Christmas jokes ๐Ÿ˜‚ and puns by themselves. Make them do an impromptu standup at the family dinner.

Writing a Christmas Magazine

Well, whatever it takes to make your kids bring out the creativity in them! You can keep a family magazine ๐Ÿ““ and ask your kids to write stories or add pictures. It would be a nice reminder of your December memories.

Keeping Track of Santa’s Progress

A fun thing you ask your kids to do is use Santa trackers. There are plenty of websites available online, and they can track Santa’s location๐Ÿ“during his global journey to bring presents to little ones. Keep building the excitement!

Try Christmas Apps

There are plenty of fun and exciting Christmas apps๐Ÿ“ฑavailable for children where they can play games, solve riddles, or watch Santa videos. You can download them and let your kids play while you are busy doing some important chores.

Head to a Panto

Every locality has a panto for kids to enjoy themselves during the holiday season. You can take your kids there for a fun-filled evening. Make them practice Boos and “He’s Behind You!”. You could get a surprise celebrity visit!

Reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’

It has become quite a Christmas tradition in our household to read this all-time favorite book ๐Ÿ“– at bedtime. You can get your kids in their cozy pajamas, get them some hot chocolate, and snuggle up in bed with this classic.

Clearance Day

Before you start making preparations for Christmas and buying new stuff, have an afternoon where you put together everything you don’t use- old toys ๐Ÿงธ, clothes ๐Ÿงฃ, books ๐Ÿ“–, ornaments. You can either recycle them for decorations or donate them later to charity.

Building a Santa Grotto

You can turn your backyard shed into a Santa ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ Grotto. Your kids will love it, and it gives your home a festive makeover. You can decorate it with ornaments, put in a small Christmas tree, and keep gifts lying around. 

Collecting Holly

If you love gardening, you can take your kids out to the woods or a hedgerow, if available. December is the best time for Holly. Collect these plants ๐Ÿชด and you can decorate your centerpiece or the mantelpiece candles with them.


December is the best time for stargazing. The skies are clear, and when night falls, the stars โญ๏ธ dazzle up. You can look online for the perfect time to gaze at social constellations. Your kids will love the elegant night sky.

Making Mince Pies

Rather than buying everything from the store, you can try making mincemeat and mince pies ๐Ÿฅง at home. Your kids can help you with the recipe, and you have one of the best Christmas desserts to eat at the dinner table.

Making a Christmas-special Family Video

If you have relatives abroad who can’t come to your Christmas party, you can always record a special video ๐Ÿ“น message for them together. I get my husband and kids to wear matching sweaters before we start recording our special message.

Making Christmas Slime

We all know how kids love slime. My boys love playing with this goo, especially during the holiday, because we get these special reindeer, Snowman, or even Grinch-themed slime. You can even try making them at home with DIY packets.

Playing Christmas Bingo

Bingo is one lowkey indoor game ๐ŸŽฒ that you can personalize for almost any festive occasion you want. So, during the holidays, we often spend afternoons playing a Christmas-themed iteration. You can buy it from a shopping mall or stationery store.

Writing a Letter to Santa

Every December, before Christmas, I ask my boys to write a letter โœ‰๏ธ to Santa, a special message they have for the lovely old man who brings them gifts and treats. I read them later, and trust me, it’s great fun!


So, this is it. I have put together the easiest and most enjoyable December activities you can do with your kids. 

December is the holiday ๐ŸŽ‰ season, and there is so much to do. You get to spend quality time with the little ones as well as teach them about the traditions of the festive season you learned from your parents.

I would love to know your views regarding the activities I’ve discussed in this article. Leave a comment and share anything you want. Can’t wait to hear back from you! โœจ๏ธ

๐ŸŽ„Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance!๐ŸŽ„

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