Our family began the tradition of Christmas Advent calendar activities a few years ago, and it is now one of the most anticipated parts of Christmas. Our family focuses on spending quality time together, especially during the holidays, and this is a great way to make it fun!
We do crafts, watch movies, drink hot cocoa – plenty of activities that are free and easy for everyone. We’ve included a few activities that are local to us, such as ice skating at our local shopping center. Our list of activities has grown through the years, as we have added new ideas that we love. We now have more than 24 activities available, so we are able to rotate a few choices out to keep them fresh and fun. There are some years that we have to skip activities (like ice skating when mom is pregnant), so we just put a different activity in its place.
We’ve also included all of our favorite Christmas movies, so that we can make sure to enjoy those each year as well! Home Alone is a family favorite, but mom and dad watch Love Actually when the kids are in bed.
Advent Calendar Activities PDF
I’ve had many friends ask for a copy of our list so I’ve decided to share with you all! Here is a free printable PDF of our list of activities. There are a few blank spaces so you can write in your own activities. You may want to serve a special meal, add in a different movie, or even check out your local zoo lights or annual church activity. We like to print on either green or red cardstock, to make it look festive.