Free Printable 25 Days of Christmas Activities Books

Free printable Christmas activities for families book! Perfect for kids, for teens, and even for adults or couples with no kids! Over 100 fun activities to do during the Christmas season - one to choose each day like a Christmas activities countdown!

Countdown to Christmas with these fun Christmas activities for families all put together in one simple printable 25 days of Christmas activities book! Each day pick one of the four Christmas activities as you celebrate the holiday all month long!

Pages of Christmas activities for families

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I love doing advent calendars with my kiddo. In the past we’ve done everything from this Lego nativity one to this juice box advent calendar . He loves getting a surprise every day.

The problem is that when there are toys or treats involved, he has a hard time stopping at just one a day. He really wants to open two or three or four. He’d rather go through the entire calendar in a week than wait all month.

This year I decided to do something different and instead of one of these DIY advent calendars, I decided to make a Christmas countdown candle and Christmas activities book that has an activity to do as a family every day.

The basic idea is that we’ll burn the candle down to the next number and then choose one of the activity options from that day to do together as a family.

Christmas countdown candle and Christmas activities book

25 Days of Christmas Activities

I was tasked with making a booklet of 25 days of Christmas activities for a craft night for the women at my church. We made the candles and then I was supposed to give out a booklet or card with one activity for each day.

But you know me, I couldn’t stop at one activity per day. Honestly, I started writing out one activity per day and realized that it would be too hard to choose an activity that made sense for every family (young kids, older kids, no kids), so I decided to come up with four different activities per day instead.

Some of the activities are fun things to do as a family like a movie night, others are service oriented activities (it is Christmas after all), and some of them are things to make like cookies, crafts, etc.

Each day has a Christmas song theme such as “let it snow,” or “away in a manger” and the activities are all tied back to that theme. The idea is that you could potentially keep this book and each year try a different activity from the list until you get through them all. Then start again if you choose!

I also tried to vary the activities on the books so while they’re all technically Christmas activities for families (aka activities that are family appropriate), there are at least one or two activities on each day that would work for singles, couples with no kids, or empty nesters as well.

A sheet full of Christmas activities for families

100 Christmas Activities

Here’s the full list of Christmas activities if you’re not looking for a countdown and would rather just have some ideas to add into your holiday celebrations this year! It’s kind of like a Christmas bucket list and I love my bucket list ideas !

  1. Watch a Christmas movie
  2. Write Christmas cards
  3. Play Christmas charades
  4. Pick out a Christmas performance to attend
  5. Make Christmas ornaments
  6. String popcorn for the Christmas tree
  7. Make candy Christmas trees
  8. Have a picnic dinner under the tree
  9. Buy a gift for a Christmas tree angel
  10. Call a friend or family member just to say hi
  11. Take treats or gifts to first responders
  12. Put out snacks for your mail + delivery people
  13. Make homemade hot chocolate
  14. Make or buy ugly Christmas sweaters
  15. Go out to dinner in ugly Christmas sweaters
  16. Read stories by the fireplace
  17. Go ice skating
  18. Go see a movie in theaters
  19. Watch or read A Polar Express
  20. Put money in a Salvation Army Bucket
  21. Watch a White Christmas
  22. Make White Christmas cookies
  23. Make white hot chocolate
  24. Make paper plate Christmas crafts
  25. Go for a late night walk to see the stars
  26. Kiss someone under the mistletoe
  27. Clear snow from people’s sidewalks or cars
  28. Clear out/organize a part of your home
  29. Donate toys to children in need
  30. Read children’s Christmas books (these are our favorites!)
  31. Volunteer somewhere with children
  32. Play a classic children’s game (like one of these)
  33. Play a Christmas trivia game
  34. Learn something new
  35. Go to a local museum or landmark
  36. Make Christmas gifts for teachers
  37. Go take pictures with Santa
  38. Write letters to Santa
  39. Go Christmas shopping
  40. Watch Elf
  41. Build a snowman
  42. Eat snow cones or snow ice cream
  43. Do a snow inspired craft
  44. Have a snowball fight (these snowballs are perfect for this)
  45. Make winter themed cookies or treats (like these linzer cookies )
  46. Make homemade snow globes
  47. Invite friends over for a wonderful evening
  48. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
  49. Go for a ride to see Christmas lights
  50. Make candy sleighs
  51. Go sledding, tubing, or for a sleigh ride
  52. Snuggle up together for a movie
  53. Go see a live nativity
  54. Spend the night doing service for others
  55. Have a family game night (with one of these great board games )
  56. Go miniature golfing
  57. Buy something for the person behind you in line
  58. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger
  59. Make Christmas cookies and take them to a friend
  60. Leave money on a vending machine
  61. Take family Christmas pictures
  62. Watch a Christmas movie
  63. Play Christmas minute to win it games
  64. Make Christmas punch or wassail
  65. Wrap presents
  66. Make homemade gifts
  67. Take secret Santa gifts to a family in need
  68. Go to or host a holiday party (get some great Christmas party ideas here)
  69. Make gingerbread houses
  70. Invite friends to your home for Christmas fun
  71. Make homemade Christmas decorations
  72. Visit a nursing home
  73. Make reindeer food
  74. Make reindeer treats (like these reindeer cinnamon rolls )
  75. Play reindeer games (or one of these other Christmas party games)
  76. Go see and pet a live reindeer
  77. Watch the Nutcracker (even better if you do it with some of these Nutcracker party ideas )
  78. Play a card game ( Five Crowns would be perfect)
  79. Build a blanket fort or castle
  80. Bake a Three King’s Cake
  81. Listen to Christmas music all night
  82. Go Christmas caroling
  83. Listen to The Forgotten Carols
  84. Watch A Christmas Carol (or play this Scrooge Your Neighbor Gift Exchange game )
  85. Eat tacos for dinner (with this homemade taco meat )
  86. Make Mexican hot chocolate
  87. Make homemade sopapillas
  88. Read the Gift of the Magi
  89. Have a Christmas music dance party (here’s a great Christmas playlist to help you out)
  90. Watch Jingle All the Way
  91. Make Christmas rocks to put in your neighborhood
  92. Have a “make a Christmas jingle” competition
  93. Read ‘ Twas the Night Before Christmas
  94. Watch Home Alone
  95. Take gifts or food to the homeless
  96. Make cookies for Santa
  97. Read the story of Jesus’ birth
  98. Sleep on soft beds under the tree
  99. Act out the story of Jesus’ birth
  100. Make popsicle stick mangers

Last page of Christmas activities booklet

Christmas Countdown Candle

We paired these Christmas activities booklets with a countdown candle. The idea behind is it that you burn the candle down to the next number on the candle each day and do an activity with it. Kind of like a Christmas candle advent calendar.

The candles are super easy to make, especially if you have a Cricut and can just cut out the numbers using the SVG file I created for you already. Here’s what you’ll need to make the candles.

We put the numbers and decorations on a candle holder instead of the actual candle so that you can burn the candle this year and then just replace it for next year – all about reusing things over here and not having to redo things over and over again.

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  • Candle holder – we used ones similar to these that we got at Walmart and Dollar Tree or
  • Candle – we used ones like these that again got at Walmart or Dollar Tree for
  • This SVG file with the numbers (setup to be 6 1/2 inches tall – you can adjust if your candle is smaller)
  • Ribbons
  • Stickers
  • Paint pen (optional – you can use this if you don’t have a Cricut to cut the numbers)
  • Anything else you want to use to decorate the candle

How to Make the Countdown Candle

1 – Cut the vinyl numbers out using a Cricut machine. Or if you’re planning to write the numbers yourself, skip this step.

2 – Apply the vinyl numbers to the side of the candle, going very slow to make sure you get the numbers all to pop out. They’re pretty small, so it takes a minute and a bit of patience to do this. Or paint on numbers yourself. If you’re going to paint them yourself with a paint pen, I recommend using a ruler to try and space them out as evenly as possible.

3 – Carefully adjust any of the numbers that may have gotten skewed in the process.

4 – Add any other stickers or decorations you want to the candle.

5 – Tie the ribbon onto the candle and the Christmas activities booklet. It’s a great place to keep the book safe and found.

DIY Christmas countdown candle

How to Make the Christmas Activities Books

The books are really easy to make but if you don’t have a printer that can print double-sided, I recommend sending them to a print and copy store. Or you can just print them out one-sided, that works as well.

1 – Download the free printable PDF books.

Enter your first name and email address into the form below to get the free printable PDF. It will be a three page PDF that has all 25 days and a front cover.

Can’t see the form below? Click here to get to it .

Free printable Christmas activities for families book! Perfect for kids, for teens, and even for adults or couples with no kids! Over 100 fun activities to do during the Christmas season - one to choose each day like a Christmas activities countdown!

2 – Print out the books.

The printable PDF toward the bottom of this post is three pages. It’s designed to be printed two-sided but can totally be printed one-sided as well.

I recommend printing on white card stock and laminating the cards if you want to use them year after year. The card stock will just hold up better. Otherwise, you can totally just print them on regular white paper as well.

Print them out, cut out the individual pages, and use a single hole punch to punch a hole in the top let corner of all of the pages.

3 – Put the books together.

Put the pages in order and connect them together with book rings . I used these 1-inch ones but you could use something bigger or smaller if you already have them on hand.

If you don’t have book rings, you could also tie them together with ribbon or string, but it won’t be as a sturdy or easy to flip the pages.

Free printable Christmas activities for families book! Perfect for kids, for teens, and even for adults or couples with no kids! Over 100 fun activities to do during the Christmas season - one to choose each day like a Christmas activities countdown!

What to Do with the Christmas Activities Books

Alright you have everything printed out and put together. Now comes the fun part – actually using the books!

I’ll tell you about two different ways to use them and you can choose which works best for your family.

Option 1: Pick Your Christmas Activities Daily

This option is more like an advent calendar where you don’t really look at the activities until the day of and it’s more of a surprise. You burn the candle (or not), look at the day’s activities, and choose one to do that day.

This option works best if you’re going to do more of the activities that don’t take a lot of pre-planning (e.g., watch a Christmas movie, sing Christmas songs, do random acts of kindness).

I recommend choosing your activity in the morning each day to give you time to prep and do the activity during the day.

Three pages of Christmas activities for families

Option 2: Pick Your Christmas Activities Weekly

Okay so this option isn’t quite as fun as an advent calendar, but I personally prefer it and it’s how we’ll be doing the countdown.

Instead of looking at the activities and picking out one each day, look at the activity options for the entire week (or at least a few days ahead of time) and pick out which ones you want to do.

So for instance on day 1, you might pick out going to get snow cones. On day 2 you might pick out going to see Christmas lights. On day 3 it might be making cookies and taking them to friends.

The reason I prefer this method is that you get to prep ahead of time and make choices based on your schedules for the week. My son has swimming lessons on Mondays and scouts on Tuesday so I know that we won’t be able to do a big outing on one of those days, but we could totally buy dinner for the person behind us in line when we are grabbing dinner on Monday after swim. So we might pick that activity instead of making cookies for Day 3.

Or if we decide to make cookies, it gives me a chance to figure out what cookies we’re making and who we’re taking them to – and order them all using Instacart (my favorite!) before instead of hoping we have things in our pantry to make my favorite Christmas cookies.

And at the end of the day, the goal behind this isn’t so much of a surprise advent calendar – it’s Christmas activities for families to do together. One each day, even if they are planned ahead of time!

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Pages of Christmas activities for families

If you do print out and use these Christmas activities books with your families this holiday season, I would love to hear about it! Take a picture and tag me on social media @playplartyplan #playpartyplan of you doing Christmas activities! I love to feature my readers doing fun things together!

More Fun Christmas Activities

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Free printable Christmas activities for families book! Perfect for kids, for teens, and even for adults or couples with no kids! Over 100 fun activities to do during the Christmas season - one to choose each day like a Christmas activities countdown!