This year my children are 6 and 4 and the Christmas magic and belief is all still in tact (I think), but I’m not sure how long it will be till the eldest stops believing. So this year I want to make it as magical as possible and enjoy as many Christmas activities and events as we can before they get too old and too wise.
Over the past few years I have seen some great ideas shared on social media but I always seem to run out of time, or resources, or patience or to be fair usually all 3. So this year, in a bid to be a little bit more organised, I thought I would share some ideas in advance. Hopefully I can use it as a bit of a tick list and at least manage 1 or 2 of these Christmas activities before December 25th.
If you are also looking for some Christmas activities that you can do with your family then have a look at my suggestions and feel free to message me with any more ideas.
1. Watch a Christmas light switch on
There is always something magical about the atmosphere at a Christmas light switch on, it almost seems to signify the start of the Christmas period. If you google your local areas you will most likely find a list of switch ons from your own village to the main town centres and cities. Even some shopping centres like Cheshire Oaks have their own light switch on event.
2. Book advent calendar
We started this two years ago and I absolutely love this idea. We wrap up 24 books and the boys open one every evening in December. We then read it as a family all cuddled up on the sofa. In our house each book is Christmas or winter themed and although I always buy a couple of new books I also re use the ones from the year before. If you haven’t done a book advent before then here is everything you need to know about creating your own book advent.
3.Watch a panto
Panto is one of the best Christmas activities you can do (oh no it isn’t!). We try and go every year, our favourites are the pantos at St.Helens Theatre Royal as despite it being a smaller theatre they go above and beyond with their performances and we always leave laughing.
4. Ice skating
Ice skating is fun all year round but there is something about ice skating outside in winter that makes it a magical Christmas activity for the whole family. Most big towns and cities will have pop up ice rinks during November and December but they do get busy quickly so it is always worth checking to see if you need to book in advance or if you can just turn up on the day.
5. Christmas eve box
Christmas eve boxes are fast becoming a ‘thing’. They are perfect for last minute Christmas activities or for starting of the Christmas festivities a little earlier. You can put in whatever you want, we opt for new Christmas themed PJ’s, some hot chocolate and marshmallows, a Christmas activity book and a DVD that we all watch together in our Pjs drinking our chocolate. It makes for the perfect Christmas eve.
6. Make Christmas decorations
There are so many Christmas craft activities that you can do and if you are not very creative then you can easily get help from you tube and pintrest. I also find that you can buy some brilliant make your own Christmas bauble sets that are easy to do and lots of fun.
7. Visit Santa
A Christmas activity list for children would not be complete without a visit to Santa on it. There are so many to chosse from nowadays but the best ones get booked so far in advance that you need to be organised. Of course, if you do forget there will still be some that are run in a turn up and queue fashion. Of all the Santa trips we have been to my favourites have to be Story with Father Christmas at the Story House in Chester and Winter Wonderland at the Bombed Out Church in Liverpool. Both of these were far more than just seeing the big man himself and included various activities and and at least one hour of fun.
8. Write to Santa
The teacher in me loves that we can practice literacy whilst simultaneously being all Chrismassy. Plus this is a brilliant, free Christmas activity that doesn’t require much planning and it gives you an insight in to what your child is wanting for Christmas if they haven’t already told you.
9. Feed reindeer
Watching a child meet a real life reindeer can be wonderful. For some reason we seem to forget that these magnificent creatures exist for the rest of the year and so when children see them it reaffirms the story of Santa and his reindeer are real. There are now more and more places where you can get close to reindeers and even have the chance to feed and pet them. We are very fortunate that close to where we live is a farm that breads reindeer and every Christmas they open it up to the public so you can feed Dancer, Prancer and all their friends.
10. Christmas baking
Another Christmas activity that requires little planning but can still be loads of fun is Christmas cooking. You can make anything from Christmas pudding to cookies or simply decorate some pre bought cupcakes or biscuits.
11. Make a book of kisses
This is a such a cute craft idea, especially for those that have larger extended family that don’t live with them. I also think it would make a beautiful keepsake or present for a family member. The idea is to create a small book that can be used as a Christmas tree ornament that is filled with kisses. For a step by step guide on how to make one click here .