Advent calendar activities will create a fun countdown to Christmas! This free printable advent calendar unites your family with simple, festive activities.
This family advent calendar focuses on two important things:
- Family Time & Experiences
- Giving to Others
Personalize your Christmas calendar! Find extra activities and religious advent ideas at the end of this article—for everyone!
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25 Printable Advent Calendar Activities for Families
1. Festive Reading Countdown
But re-introducing the elf on the shelf is another way to kick off the season.
2. Create Mistletoe Magic with a Kiss
Chase your loved ones under the mistletoe today for some SUPER EASY and hilarious holiday cheer.
3. Write a Letter to Santa
4. See Santa
Our Bass Pro has an amazing Santa and always does a good job of delighting the kids.
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5. Watch a Classic Christmas Movie
Christmas movies are both easy and fun! Use these movie night ideas for the holidays to make it extra special.
After watching your favorite holiday movie, play a Christmas Movie Trivia Quiz with family and friends!
6. Have a Christmas Music Dance Party
Crank up your favorite holiday tunes and move furniture out of the way. It’s time for a dancing and singing party!
7. Do an Act of Kindness (Advent Calendar Activities)
Get creative—leave candy canes randomly or surprise a family with intentional creative gifts for the Christmas 12 days song.
Find more easy kindness activities for kids and families.
8. See a Light Show
Either check out a formal light show or spend the evening driving around to the coolest neighborhoods. For added fun, let the kids take a travel cup of egg nog or hot chocolate and a blanket. They’ll think it’s amazing!
9. Donate Old Toys
Have the kids donate unused toys. This is a chance to declutter and help others before Christmas.
10. Enjoy the Fire Pit
Grab your chair and blankets and sit by your backyard fire pit with a cozy drink. Enjoy just being together for a night of fun and conversation.
Need conversation ideas? Check out these:
- Fun Christmas This or That Questions
- Great Christmas Conversation Starters
- Kids would you rather questions
- Christmas icebreaker questions for kids
11. Make a Card for a Teacher
Make your own homemade card or fill out this free printable thank you letter. Your teacher will appreciate the extra love and you’ll be teaching your child the importance of being grateful. Attach a small holiday gift and you are good to go!
12. Drop Something Off at a Charity Drive
Participate in school or church charity drives. Gather items or donate money if it’s more convenient.
13. Make Treats for Others
Make cookies or healthy holiday treats. Then spend the evening dropping off the goodies to those you love!
14. Do a Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Holiday scavenger hunts for kids are super easy and help burn off excess energy. Print off this one, and then watch the kids have a great time.
15. Make a Christmas Tree Pizza
Instead of ordering out, get creative and make your own pizza tonight! Mold the crust into a Christmas tree or wreath for a festive twist!
16. Buy or Wrap Gifts
This activity needs to be done, and it’s easier to do with help. So, gather your tribe and work through your list. When wrapping together, turn on your favorite Christmas music or movies and make an evening out of it.
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17. Have a Family Game Night
Don’t forget to pick your best Christmas team name!
18. Make Gingerbread Houses
Gather your graham crackers, leftover Halloween candy, and icing to spend the night getting creative with your food! (Or make it easier with a gingerbread kit)
19. Have a Christmas Tree Campout
For one night, let the kids sleep next to the Christmas tree in the living room. It makes for sweet memories and isn’t hard to do.
20. Make Reindeer Food (Advent Calendar Activities)
Reindeer food is easy to make! Mix together oats and sprinkles (add glitter if you’re brave) and you’ve got a mixture those reindeer will adore.
21. Do a Christmas Puzzle Together
We love doing at least one Christmas puzzle leading up to the big day. Am I the only one that finds it relaxing? Here’s the one we bought last year.
22. Sing Carols to Someone
Pop in on someone and surprise them with a group Christmas carol!
*Bonus: If someone you love lives far away, make a video of your Christmas carol and send it!
Related: Best Christmas Song Trivia Quiz
23. Make Rudolph Pancakes
Next, making a reindeer out of your morning pancakes is really easy. Overlap a small pancake onto a large one, then use bacon for the antlers and berries for the eyes and nose.
(Whipped cream gives your eyes some flair if you have it too!)
24. Open a Christmas Eve Box
I love doing a Christmas eve box because we use it as a way to add quality family time to our holiday. I typically include:
- New winter pajamas
- Hot chocolate and marshmallows
- The Night Before Christmas Book
- Fruit snacks, popcorn, or another fun small treat
- A new family game – see here for family game ideas!
- An updated family photo (they keep a picture on their nightstands)
But yours can look however you want! Use these fun and cheap Christmas Eve box ideas to customize one for babies, kids, teens, or adults!
25. Christmas Day 2024 Advent Calendar Activities: Be Together
This day is for family. So, put your phone and devices away and bask in the joy of being with loved ones.
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More Great Christmas Advent Calendar Activities
Everyone is different and will love different things. So, here are additional advent activities to consider for your blank printable Christmas calendar:
- Put up holiday decorations – Make a whole night with fun food too!
- Decorate the bedrooms
- Do Christmas sidewalk chalk
- Host an ugly sweater party (or any other party)
- Create a Christmas shirt
- Make a homemade Christmas ornament to give to grandparents
- Visit a sick or elderly friend
- Make paper snowflakes
- Do a Christmas coloring page or word search
- Make your own Christmas cards
- Collect canned goods to take to a pantry
- Make a popcorn chain for the Christmas tree
- Make a homemade gift for a pet
- Decorate your home with items from nature
- Host a Christmas get-together
- Take silly Christmas family photos (or dress up like your favorite holiday movie characters)
- Go ice skating
- Make a Christmas craft
- Write your own Christmas book
- Take a bath with red and green glow sticks
- See the Nutcracker
- Enjoy your favorite Christmas treats while playing Christmas food trivia
- Display the holiday cards you have received from friends in a unique way. Hang on the mantle or in a tree-shape on a door or wall.
Religious Family Advent Calendar Activities
And here are extra ideas to make your Advent calendar more religious and/or meaningful:
- See a nativity exhibit (or live nativity)
- Read the Christmas story
- Bake a birthday cake for Jesus
- Attend a special church service
- Act out the Christmas story
- Read from the Bible
- Say a special prayer
- Put out your nativity scene (and talk about it)
Now, grab access to the free Advent activities calendar printable here + blank pdf template!
You’ll find all sorts of great holiday printables in the resource library too!
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