Looking for things to do with your family for Christmas? Here are 25 ways to celebrate the holidays in style.

Things to do with your family for Christmas



Can you even believe it?

We have spent the last 11 days getting ready for Christmas.

When my friend Leslie first proposed the idea to me I was excited and a little nervous. Just between us? I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I thought somewhere around Day 9, I might forget to post because I was so busy watching Christmas movies.

But here we are on DAY 12.

The most wonderful day of all.


Decorating and baking and singing and organizing and planning and decking the halls is amazing. But the most important thing this upcoming holiday season?

Spending time with family.

Here’s my checklist of 25 things to do with your family for Christmas.

Things to do with your family for Christmas sleigh

1. Take a drive-through tour of Christmas lights with hot chocolate and Christmas music.

2. Decorate a gingerbread house together. You can even have a gingerbread decorating contest with prizes.

3. Make a Christmas craft together.

4. Set up a family hot chocolate bar with sprinkles and marshmallows and whipped cream.

Things to do with your family for Christmas ornaments

5. Have a Christmas carol sing-along. We do this every year and my husband plays the guitar.

6. Schedule a holiday movie marathon of everyone’s favorite movies (we love Winter Wonderland on Hallmark).

7. Try a new recipe and bake it together in the kitchen.

8. Read “Twas was the Night Before Christmas” and try and recite it together (we do this every year).

Things to do with your family for Christmas holidays

9. Look for ways to volunteer in the community. For example, you could collect things for your local shelter and drop them off for people in need.

10. Celebrate the days leading up to Christmas with a “Leave a Joy Trail” Advent Calendar.

11. Grab blankets and hot chocolate and go outside and find the Big Dipper and other constellations.

12. Have a family game night.

13. Go old school and bake salt-dough ornaments. Use cookie cutters to cut them out. Make a hole at the top and string ribbons to hang them on the tree.

14. Make birdseed ornaments. Hang them outside and watch the birds.

15. Schedule a group video chat with friends and family that are out of town.

16. Put together a care package for someone special.

17. Put together a playlist of your family’s favorite Christmas tunes and play it all month long.

18. Write a letter to someone in our Armed Forces. The Salvation Army has a great program here.

19. Pull out old photo albums and look through them together.

20. Have each family member stamp their own personalized wrapping paper.

21. Visit a local animal shelter and spend some time with animals waiting to be adopted.

22. Wrap gifts together. Have a race to see who can wrap them the fastest.

23. Take a family photo together. Set the phone or camera on a timer so everyone can be in the photo.

24. Plan out the menu for Christmas dinner together.

25. Attend a midnight Christmas Eve service. This is one of our family traditions. It’s the most amazing celebration to walk outside after church and it’s Christmas.

Thank you for celebrating “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” with me this year.

May your holiday season be warm and welcoming and Christmasy.

And full of hot chocolate.

And laughter.

And seasons greetings.

And full of joy….

…with extra merry on top.

And now?

My wonderful friend Leslie from My 100-Year-Old Home is celebrating, too.

See even more ideas for Christmas family activities here.

PS And just in case you missed any of the “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” I’m sharing them here:

12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas

DAY 1: How to choose a Christmas theme for your home

DAY 2: How to decorate with ornaments

DAY 3: 21 of the BEST unique stocking stuffers under $5 (this was one of the most popular posts)

DAY 4: How to hang a wreath on the back of a chair (and how to hang garlands)

DAY 5: 21 Easy DIY gift wrap ideas

DAY 6: 7 simple and easy Christmas crafts

DAY 7: How to tie a Christmas bow

DAY 8: How to keep Christmas simple

DAY 9: 5 of the best food gifts for Christmas

DAY 10: 7 creative ideas for Christmas tree toppers

DAY 11: 14 unique and creative Christmas tree skirts

DAY 12: 25 things to do with your family for Christmas (today)

Merry Christmas

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  1. Image for Rizae Rizae

    This entire 12 days of getting ready for Christmas was a blast. Now it's time to bring back some of your old decorating ideas, tips and crafts! LOL 👍🥰 Thank You for all that you do. Big Hugs,

  2. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Wow! I feel like I have sprinted through the twelve days! Hope you get some rest now! Love all of your ideas!❤️

  3. Image for mary rose mary rose

    Kari Ann where did you get the orbit that are in your urns on your porch I have been looking for two of them for a good while that are that big. Thanks !!!

  4. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    KA, I'd REALLY like to be an honorary tag-along member of your sweet family. Mind if I join in for some of your great ideas here? They sound like heavenly fun. ♥♥♥

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