Christmas is one of the most important as well as popular festivals celebrated throughout the year.
Christmas is the kind of festival that is so popular that it is celebrated in more than 160 countries throughout the world, by adults and children alike.
We’ve spent weeks—okay, months—counting down the days until we can start celebrating the magical Christmas. Make the most of your holiday season with our list of can’t-miss Yuletide activities.
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Best Christmas Bucket List for Every Family
So, You want to have an unforgettable Christmas? This Christmas bucket list will make your life much easier during this period.
1. Deliver homemade holiday treats to someone unexpected.
Whether it’s the cashier at your local Kroger or Walmart, they’re sure to love a delivery of Christmas treats.
2. Make your own holiday tree trimmings.
Put your family’s own touch on your Christmas tree by crafting decorations together.
3. Cut paper snowflakes to hang in your bedroom window.
When the weather outside is frightful, make your home that much more delightful.
4. Serve a meal at a local homeless shelter.
Because giving back to your community is the greatest way to celebrate the holidays.
5. Surprise the neighbors with Christmas carols.
Download free sheet music, round up a ground up friends, bundle up, and hit the streets!
6. Whip up an eggnog cocktail.
Invite your friends over for a cozy night in and sip on the go-to drink. Or, even better, snack on an eggnog-inspired dessert.
7. Celebrate the season with a Polar Express train ride.
Before you head out on your train trip, be sure to read the classic Christmas book to refresh your memory. Plan your trip with these magical Polar Express train rides across the country.
8. Throw on your favorite tacky Christmas sweater.
Gather up your friends and family for an ugly holiday sweater party, so everyone can show off their fun finds.
9. Mail a letter to Santa.
10. Hang mistletoe in every doorway.
Forget the fact that it looks pretty! We’ll take any excuse we can to cover our loved ones in kisses—even if it embarrasses the kids.
11. Video chat with an out-of-town friend or relative.
Take a few minutes to wish a faraway friend or family member a very merry Christmas.
12. Find a fun way to display your holiday cards.
13. Go sledding or ice-skating.
What better way to spend Christmas afternoon?
14. Decorate a gingerbread house.
Bonus points if you can make it with a country-style design!
15. Host a cookie-baking party.
Nothing beats the scent of freshly baked Christmas cookies wafting out of your oven!
16. Make a DIY gift for a past or present teacher.
These holiday-scented potpourri jars are the perfect gift for a teacher that wishes Christmas would last all year.
17. Sip on homemade hot cocoa.
The season wouldn’t be complete without a steaming mug of hot cocoa in your hand. Upgrade your hot chocolate with our festive twists on the classic cold weather drink.
18. Roast marshmallows in the fireplace for homemade s’mores.
S’mores aren’t just for campfires! Take advantage of being stuck indoors on a snowy day by getting a fire going.
19. Make a playlist of your favorite holiday tunes.
There’s a reason you just can’t seem to get that catchy Christmas song out of your head. A playlist keeps your favorite tunes at the ready no matter when you feel like getting in the holiday mood.
20. Watch a holiday favorite.
21. Write a holiday greeting to someone in the armed forces.
Remind those who can’t be with their families during the holidays that someone is thinking of them.
Learn how to get involved at the Red Cross.
22. Visit a tree-lighting ceremony.
There’s no better way to kick off the holidays than by attending a small town tree-lighting ceremony.
Plan a trip to one of the best small towns for Christmas.
23. Donate a toy to a local drive.
Donate something—whether it’s money to a favorite charity, or toys, coats, and food to a local drive, it’s what the season of giving is all about.
24. Read a holiday classic before bed.
Break out your childhood copy of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and gather around the fireplace with the family.
25. Pull out sleeping bags and have a family slumber party under the tree.
Because nothing is more magical than staring up at the twinkling lights of your Christmas tree, snuggled inside a sleeping bag.
26. Check out a local production of “The Nutcracker.”
Even though you’ve seen it dozens of times before, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy always makes you feel like a kid again.
27. Open one small gift on Christmas Eve.
Wrap up matching Christmas PJs for your family, and let them open the gifts on Christmas Eve so they’ll look extra festive in the morning.
28. Take a family drive to see the neighborhood holiday decorations.
Pile in the car, and go on a nighttime tour of your town, decked out in holiday lights and decorations.