60 Christmas Activity Ideas for Advent Calendars

by Melissa

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A list of Christmas activity ideas to fill your advent calendars. These fun and simple Christmas activity ideas will give meaning to your holiday season and help to create fun family memories! 


Create meaning and memories this Christmas season with these simple advent activity ideas.

1. Decorate sugar cookies and take them to a neighbor (a yummy recipe here!)

2. Decorate the Christmas tree
3. Put up Christmas lights
4. Drive to see the Christmas lights in pajamas
5. Make gingerbread men treats

6. Visit Temple Square

7. Make a Christmas countdown chain
8. Go Christmas shopping
9. Get a picture taken with Santa
10. Go caroling at the hospital
11. Read Christmas stories
12. Sleep out by the Christmas tree
13. Celebrate St. Nicholas Day


14. Watch a Christmas movie
15. Go to a nativity display
16. Make English Toffee or another Christmas candy

17. Dip pretzels
18. Do a Sub-4-Santa
19. Drink hot cocoa on the front porch
20. Celebrate German Advent – a great way to slow down and focus on the real reason for Christmas!

21. Make Santa Hat cookies

22. Read the nativity story
23. Make cookies for Santa

cookies for santa
24. Start a Christmas Jar
25. Wrap presents

26. Watch Elf
27. Watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional
28. Build a snowman
29. Decorate ornaments or have an exchange party

30. Carol around the neighborhood
31. Write letters to Santa
32. Start a new Christmas tradition
33. Host a Holiday open house for neighbors and friends
34. Have a reindeer breakfast

35. Go to an outdoor ice skating rink
36. Dance to Christmas music
37. Make a homemade gift
38. Watch Miracle on 34th Street
39. Write and mail Christmas cards

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40. Cut down your own Christmas tree
41. Have a Christmas-around-the world night
42. Make a Christmas craft
43. Go to a light parade
44. Go to a free Christmas concert
45. Attend the city’s tree lighting ceremony
46. Play Jingle Bell Bowling

47. Read the Scripture Advent each night


48. Host a cookie exchange

cookie exchange party cookie ideas
49. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
50. String popcorn for the tree

51. Make holiday beignets 


52. Make Frozen Hot Chocolate 


53. Make I Spy Nativity Ornaments 


54. Carve nativities out of soap 

55. Have an indoor picnic by the Christmas tree


56. Set up a hot cocoa bar


57. Decorate Christmas houses


58. Eat a Rudolph sandwich for lunch


59. Have a fancy Christmas Eve candlelight dinner


60. Stop and smell the fresh Christmas trees.


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