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An Epic Christmas Bucket List: 122 Festive & Cheerful Activities

Christmas is almost here and it’s time to start making Christmas plans! Whether you’re looking for Christmas bucket list ideas or searching for Christmas activities, we’ve got you covered. This Christmas bucket list includes the best Christmas movies, Christmas songs, Christmas gifts, Christmas traditions and more. It also includes holiday countdowns that will help make the festive season even more exciting. No matter what your age is this holiday season, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy with family and friends.

Christmas Magic

  • Elf on a shelf
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Visit Santa & take photos
  • Leave cookies for Santa
  • Make a wish list
  • Hang stockings

Holiday Trees

  • Cut down your own Christmas Tree
  • Decorate your tree
  • Attend a tree lighting ceremony
  • Make custom garland (like popcorn) for your tree
  • Make your own tree ornaments
  • Put up a felt Christmas tree for toddlers

Out & About

  • Attend a holiday festival
  • Attend a Christmas church service
  • Go caroling
  • See the nutcracker
  • Attend a holiday party
  • Take family holiday photos
  • Drive through the neighborhood looking at holiday lights
  • Go to a holiday movie drive-in
  • Go stargazing (or watch the northern lights)
  • Find local nativity scenes
  • Run a Christmas 5K
  • Attend a Christmas parade
  • Get a holiday latte or coffee
  • Visit a Christmas village
  • See a Christmas choir or orchestra 
  • Take a Polar Express ride
  • Go on a sleigh ride
  • Attend the local school’s Christmas show

In the Snow

  • Have a snowball fight
  • Build a snowman
  • Go on a wintery walk
  • Go snowshoeing 
  • Make snow angels
  • Go sledding
  • Go ice skating
  • Do a Christmas scavenger hunt


  • Donate toys
  • Donate clothes
  • Volunteer to serve meals at a shelter
  • Donate mittens and jackets
  • Create a free little pantry
  • Perform random acts of kindness
  • Organize a gift exchange
  • Send military gift packages
  • Host a cookie swap
  • Volunteer to walk dogs at the shelter
  • Do a secret Santa
  • Donate towels and blankets to the animal shelter
  • Give your mail carrier a thank you note
  • Adopt a family in need

At Home

  • Watch a holiday movie marathon
  • Wrap gifts with fancy paper and ribbon
  • Read twas the night before christmas
  • Read the grinch 
  • Start a new family tradition
  • Enjoy a candy cane
  • Kiss someone under the mistletoe 
  • Camp out under the Christmas Tree
  • Decorate your house
  • Make a holiday playlist
  • Do a Christmas puzzle by the fire
  • Plan a new years resolution
  • Have a family game night
  • Have an outdoor fire
  • Write your own Christmas story
  • Change your bed sheets to a festive set
  • Have a family holiday trivia night
  • Display all the holiday cards you receive
  • Start a holiday collection
  • Try a fun holiday science experiment
  • Have a holiday dance party
  • Have a DIY Spa Day
  • Make a Christmas video
  • Set up a silly photo booth
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Christmas Clothes

  • Get matching family PJs
  • Get dressed up for Christmas
  • Wear Christmas socks
  • Wear something with jingle bells
  • Dress up your pets as elves or reindeer
  • Wear a Santa hat
  • Wear an ugly Christmas sweater 


  • Create your own snow globe
  • Make your own advent calendar
  • Make a wreath for your front door
  • Create your own Christmas candles
  • Make homemade christmas gifts
  • Make christmas cards
  • Learn to cross-stitch
  • Decorate your own stockings
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Make your own Christmas centerpiece
  • DIY Birdseed ornaments for our outdoor trees
  • Make cards for a local nursing home
  • Create a countdown chain
  • Learn to knit a scarf
  • Create your own nativity scene
  • Make your own tree topper
  • Collect pinecones and make crafts
  • Create a Christmas time capsule to open next year
  • Create your own present gift tags
  • Do a few coloring pages

In the Kitchen

  • Make a big Christmas breakfast
  • Try a new holiday recipe
  • Create your own Christmas cocktail
  • Host a big holiday feast
  • Get holiday mugs
  • Make hot cider (spiked for adults!)
  • Bake gingerbread men
  • Make holiday popsicles
  • Drink eggnog by the fire
  • Make snow cones
  • Make your own candy canes
  • Sip hot cocoa
  • Roast chestnuts
  • Make a Gingerbread house
  • Make Reindeer treats
  • Bake your favorite cookies
  • Make peppermint bark
  • Roast marshmallows & make s’mores
  • Make snow ice cream
  • Bake a holiday pie

The Bottom Line

There’s so much to do during the holiday season! Do you have other fun activities that are on your Christmas bucket list? Send them to me!

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