Last week, I shared our Christmas Tree Advent Calendar. The free printable also includes a list of Advent activity ideas, and I thought I would share them with you today!
In no particular order, here is our list of projects or activities we will be completing each day. I’ve also expanded upon them to include some ideas we’ve done or that we like for each main activity.
Advent Countdown List
1) Write letters or visit Santa
- Visit a local store when Santa is visiting
- Attend a community Christmas party with Santa
- Make a FREE personalized Portable North Pole video for your child (this is so fun!)
2) Decorate cookies
3) Make a nativity craft (or snack)
4) Decorate the house
- Decorate each door in your house with a Christmas carol theme
- Make a Thanksgiving Chain (just use Christmas colors instead!)
5) Play a Christmas game
6) Read the Christmas story
7) Have a Christmas book “Read-a-Thon”
A few of our favorites:
- Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
- God Gave Us Christmas
- The Polar Express
- Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas
- Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book 2)
- Gingerbread Baby
- The Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy
- The Legend of the Poinsettia
- The Crippled Lamb
- One Wintry Night
8) Take canned food items to a pantry
- Learn to use coupons to get more items inexpensively
9) Make a Christmas tree craft
- Heart Christmas Tree
- Craft Stick Christmas Tree
- Tortilla Christmas Tree Snack
- Lite Brite Christmas Tree
- Christmas Tree Bag
10) Pick and complete a service project
- Teach Me to Serve eBook (includes 100 service projects)
- Thanksgiving Heart (includes 30 service projects)
- S’mores Volunteer Appreciation
- 366 Service Project Ideas
11) Adopt a family
- Buy gifts through Angel Tree (Prison Fellowship Ministries).
- Pack a shoebox online for Operation Christmas Child.
- Buy gifts for a child through a local Salvation Army Angel Tree.
- Purchase gifts from the Compassion’s Christmas Gift Catalog for a family.
- Find a local organization and purchase gifts for a family.
- Give to a family you know is in need.
12) Make a Christmas snack
13) Make cards or treats for friends
14) Have a Christmas movie night
- A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)
- What’s In The Bible? Buck Denver Asks…Why Do We Call it Christmas?
- STAR OF CHRISTMAS, THE
- STAR OF CHRISTMAS, THE
- It’s a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition)
- The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set
15) Make an angel craft
16) Make treats for a neighbor
17) Listen to Christmas music
- 60 Christmas Carols For Kids
- Big Christmas Box
- Christmas Eve And Other Stories
- The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree
18) Play a board game
- Apples to Apples Party Box – The Game of Hilarious Comparisons (Family Edition)
- Melissa & Doug Suspend
- ThinkFun Zingo 1-2-3
- Sequence for Kids
19) Do a “random act of kindness”
20) Attend a Christmas concert
- Attend a kid’s Christmas concert
- Go see The Nutcracker Ballet.
- Go to a choir performance.
- Attend a symphony performance.
21) Make an ornament
- Book Page Ornament Craft
- Tissue Paper Star Ornament
- Contact Paper Ornament
- Salt Dough Ornament
- Button Christmas Tree
22) Make a Christmas craft
23) Play outside or go ice skating
24) Make a birthday cake for Jesus
- Here’s one simple idea for a birthday party for Jesus
I would absolutely love to add more ideas under each activity, so if you have a blog post that fits, feel free to leave it in the comments below! Even if you don’t have a blog, feel free to share your favorite activities, too!