Looking for creative and inexpensive Christmas Eve traditions? Here are 7 ideas to make this holiday season even merrier.

Christmas Eve Traditions

Merry Almost Christmas.

Only 4 more days to go.

I’m sitting here with my Santa mug and my tree twinkling back at me and I’m trying to slow down and enjoy every last minute of the season. It’s going by so quickly and the days are speeding by and I’m trying to soak it all up and be present.

Slowing down.

Singing more Christmas carols.

Talking walks with Buddy to look at Christmas lights.

Starting new traditions this year.


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

Spending time with family.

Looking for ideas to make every moment count?

Here are 7 Christmas Eve traditions to start this year.

7 Christmas Eve traditions to start this year

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

Not sure where lights are in your neighborhood?

Here’s an app that helps you find Christmas lights in your neighborhood.

You can see it here.

2. Have a Christmas carol sing-along

We do this every year and my husband plays the guitar.

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

And pass out Christmas carol books so everyone can sing along.

Christmas Eve Traditions back door decor

3. Read “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

We do this every Christmas Eve.

My mother has a vintage ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas book from when she was a child.

She sits in a chair and our family all gathers around and tries and recite it together.

Those reindeer on the rooftop always trip us up.

4. Decorate a gingerbread house together

You can even have a gingerbread decorating contest with prizes.

Then let everyone snack on the gingerbread houses and open up one present on Christmas Eve.

Our present that we open?

Matching Christmas jammies.

5. Take a family photo together

After you open those jammies?

Put them on and take a family photo all together.

Set the phone or camera on a timer so everyone can be in the photo.

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

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

This year so many of us are unable to be together.

Even though we are far apart, celebrating together on ZOOM or Facetime is so special.

Set up a call and invite family that can’t be there in person.

7. Attend a midnight Christmas Eve service

This is one of our family traditions to attend a candlelight Christmas Eve service.

And one of my favorites.

It’s the most amazing celebration to walk outside after church and see the stars sparkle and know that it’s officially Christmas.

Guess what? In amazing news? Santa told me that you’ve made the nice list this year.

I so appreciate you.

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.

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  1. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Its beginning to look alot like Christmas. There's magic in the air... Beautiful and sweet traditions. Merry Christmas Big Hugs,

  2. Image for Diana Diana

    Really good ideas, now if we can get people to focus it would be fabulous. Thank you for the suggestions and Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Really great ideas, KA! Tonight my husband and I went out to eat at a nice Italian place and HE said "hey let's go driving around all our neighborhoods and light gaze!" It was so pretty and so special and I just loved it all. Your other ideas are excellent and we may add a few more of those ideas in!

  4. Image for Jeanine Kesey Jeanine Kesey

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for a year of joy and inspiration. I look forward to your email as I drink my coffee in my robe before starting the day. Do take a break. Celebrate the real reason for Christmas, our Lord and Savior. Hugs to you.

  5. Image for JC JC

    Merriment and joy to you, KariAnne! Thanks for sharing your fun ideas. We just returned tonight from a historical mill from 1802 that was displayed in 4 million lights, Santa's figurines from all over the world and time periods, little villiages, and vintage finds. Truly magical! It's fun to explore Christmas events and sights and sounds locally wherever you live too! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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