Christmas Bucket List Ideas the kids will love

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Christmas will be here before we know it, so I wanted to put together a Christmas bucket list that we can do together as a family.

From building snowmen to baking cookies, these exciting Christmas activities for kids will bring joy and laughter throughout the festive season.

This is our first Christmas that my son knows Santa isn’t real (he was devastated, but we did manage to keep it going until he was 11, so I think we did really well!).

So I wanted to create even more wonderful Christmas traditions that we can all do as a family this year. To keep it as super special as ever.

You can put together your own bucket list or you can download our free Christmas bucket list printable at the end of this post.

Add it to your refrigerator when you are stuck for something to do with the kids this festive season.

The Best Bucket list for Christmas that you can do together as a family this December #bucketlist #christmas

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Bucket List Ideas For Christmas

Have fun with the kids this December with these fun winter bucket list ideas.

What is even better is, if there is an activity listed that involves a printable I have linked it to our free printables so it shouldn’t cost any money. December is expensive enough!

These Christmas activities are great for the whole family.

Color In Christmas Cards

In November we will start creating our own free printable Christmas cards to color (download our designs for free). We have to send Christmas cards early as ALL of our family is in England.

North Pole Breakfast

Even though he now knows the Elf on the Shelf isn’t real it doesn’t mean we will stop the FUN! The weekend after Thanksgiving we will be having a North Pole Breakfast with some friends.

North Pole Breakfast Table

You will also enjoy our free printable Christmas bucket list!

Make a Gingerbread House

As Freddie has a severe peanut allergy we always make our own deserts (just to be safe) and the gingerbread house is no exception. We use these gingerbread house silicone molds and they are AWESOME!

North Pole Breakfast Ginger Bread House

Make Snowman Soup!

Ok, it is just hot chocolate, and marshmallows but we add it to these Snowflake clear cone treat bags and they look so good. Download our free snowman soup printable bag topper for an easier alternative!

North Pole Breakfast Candy Santa Sleigh and Snowman Soup

Write a Christmas Wish List

I use this as writing practice as well as a good way to find out what he actually wants for Christmas. If you have younger children I highly recommend getting them to send an actual letter to Santa. Download our free Santa wish lists – 6 free templates.

Both USPS and the Royal Mail will write to you back if you send it to their address, but make sure to get them sent before December 10th.

Make A Christmas Cake

We have been making the Mary Berry Christmas cake from scratch for a number of years. We start making it towards the end of October, to make sure it matures and doesn’t crumble.

Mary Berry Classic Christmas Cake Review

Read Christmas Books

Check out the best Christmas read alouds that you will all enjoy. These are our top 5 favorites for all ages groups:

christmas books

Christmas Movie Marathon

We tend to watch EVERY Christmas movie Netflix has to offer, and this year will be no exception. But my personal favorites are Elf and Christmas with the Kranks!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Any excuse for a party! But why not gather the kids over for an ugly sweater party!

ugly christmas jumper

This is such an important part of our Christmas, there are so many Christmas toy drives I am sure you will find at least one near you.

Play Christmas Games

We love playing educational board games all year round, but why not try our FREE Christmas scattergories game, or another favorite is Christmasopoly.

Check out over 20 of the best Christmas board games here.

Bake Christmas Cookies

Make some Christmas cookies to leave out for Santa. If you don’t have any cookie cutters these are the ones we use.

Christmas Cookies

Create a Christmas Day Menu

As we are from the UK, we like to have a traditional Christmas Dinner (in fact it is pretty much the same as a Thanksgiving dinner!). So get the kids to create a really nice Christmas Day Menu and if you are really lucky they can serve the dinner too! (or maybe not!)

Go to a Sports Game

As we are basketball fans we will try and see Miami Heat play over Christmas. Check out the best basketball gifts for boys.

Make Paper Snow Flakes

These are so easy (and free) to make and the kids will love them. If you need some inspiration though check out this YouTube video.

paper snowflakes

Write and Color Christmas Thank you Cards

Download and print out our free printable Christmas thank you cards to color.

Write a Christmas Story

With the help of our 40 Christmas writing prompts get the kids to write a Christmas story.

Create a Christmas Eve Box

If you don’t know what to put in them, check out our Christmas Eve Box ideas for adults and Christmas Eve box filler ideas for kids.

Personalised Christmas Eve Box - christmas eve box ideas for 9 year old boy

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Download our FREE Christmas treasure hunt clues or our Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt and have lots of fun!

Older kids will enjoy our Christmas photo scavenger hunt.

Have a day of playing games with this FREE Christmas word search printable for kids of all ages.

Build a Snowman

Unless like us and you live in South Florida! No, I’m really not complaining, the weather here is fantastic this time of the year! So we will go swimming instead!

build a snowman

Host a Secret Santa

Why not set a limit of $10 and have the kids get together and have a secret Santa. I mean who doesn’t love receiving presents! Check out over 40 of our gift guides for inspiration.

Take a Photo With Santa

If you have younger children there is nothing cuter than having their photo taken with Santa. You can do this in most shopping malls.

Elf following us to see Santa

Other bucket list ideas

You don’t just need a bucket list for Christmas, check out some of our other favorites:

Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the Free Christmas Bucket List Ideas Printable

What is on your bucket list for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 25 November 2023 by Clare

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