Your Ultimate Christmas Bucket List

30+ Things You Must Do This Christmas!

Ultimate Christmas Bucket List

Image Credit: Rodion Kutsaev

So, what is the best thing about Christmas? Mmmm...having all the family together, the tree the lights the FOOD!

There are so many fun things to look forward to, so here are some ideas for things to do for all the family to really get into the Christmas spirit, with things to eat, places to go and lots of Christmas craft ideas as well.

Here are 30+ must-do things for all the family this Christmas - make this your best festive season ever!

Your Ultimate Christmas Bucket List

  1. Drink Hot Chocolate.
  2. Hot chocolate is not just for your Christmas Eve box - it is for the whole of the festive season. Don't forget the marshmallows!

  3. Make Mince Pies
  4. Mince pies are one of my favourite things about Christmas, but ther is something special about making your own

  5. Wear Christmas Pyjamas
  6. On a cold winter's night there is nothing like snuggling up in a set of cozy Christmas Pyjamas. The design should be as kitch and silly as possible. Add fluffy slippers and a Santa hat for the full effect.

  7. Get Outdoors and Look at your Local Christmas lights
  8. Christmas Lights in London

    Image Credit: Jamie Davies

    You may be fortunate enough to have lights in your local town or village, so wrap up warm and take a walk down around town one evening. If not, take a stroll around the local houses and see who has put on the best light display.

  9. Go To The Panto
  10. The pantomime is a traditional part of a British Christmas. Find a pantomime near you on Big Panto Guide.

  11. Do some Christmas colouring
  12. When the snow is falling (or at least it is raining) dig out your pencils or fibre tip pens and do some some Christmas colouring pages.

  13. Follow Santa's Progress on Christmas Eve
  14. Check that Santa is on his way as he delivers gifts around the world on with Norad Tracks Santa. Legend.

  15. Wear a Christmas Jumper
  16. That Christmas Jumper should be your contant companion throughout December.

  17. Decorate the Christmas Tree
  18. I'm a purist and I believe two things bout Christmas trees. 1) They should not go up until at least 1st December and 2) they should be as over the top as possible!

    Don't hold back - go mad and pile on the tinsel,

  19. Have a Boxing Day Walk
  20. If you have over-eaten on Christmas Day, walk off the calories on Boxing day. Many National Trust properties are open on Boxing Day, but check with individual properties before you make a long journey.

  21. Read A Christmas Classic
  22. Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

    Read one of these classic Christmas books for children including A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express and Dear Santa.

  23. Go Carol Singing
  24. Go for a sing song at your local indoor or outdoor Christmas events.

  25. Try A Festive Puzzle
  26. Keep the kids occupied while they wait for Santa to arrive with this printable Christmas wordsearch.

  27. Make a Gingerbread House
  28. A Christmas favourite; you can make and decorate a gingerbread house with the kids - they will love helping with the icing!! YOu can make one from scratch I love this recipe from BBC Good Food or you can make one from a kit if the baking bit is not quite your thing. The house is ready assembled, you just have to do the fun bit of decorating it.

  29. Write Your Christmas Wish List
  30. Christmas Wish List Free Printable

    Make sure that Father Christmas knows exactly waht to bring in his sleigh this year Christmas Wish List

  31. Give To Charity
  32. Donate some money to charity. Even the tiniest amount will help. Send a donation online to a favourite cause or put a few coins in a tin.

  33. Make A Letter From Santa For The Kids
  34. Create your own personalised Letter From Santa for the kids. There is a choice of designs and you can include your kid's sibling or friend and talk about a favourite interest.

  35. Visit a Christmas Market
  36. There are Christmas markets full of fun Christmas decorations and gorgeous gift ideas all over the UK and Europe. Many are held in town centres tourist attractions and arts centres.



  37. See a Christmas Play
  38. If your kids are past the age of being in a school production, check out your local theatre or church and see what is on.

  39. Look at Some Cute Christmas Babies
  40. Check out these adorable babies celebrating their first Christmas Imean, is there anything cuter for Christmas than a baby dressed as an elf?!!

  41. Have a Family Games Evening
  42. Don't wait until Christmas day to get all the family around the table for a game. Monopoly may be the traditional game for a long Xmas afternoon but favourites like Trivial Pursuit will go down well, and for younger kids you can't beat Snakes and Ladders!



    Create your own free Printable Personalised Letter from Father Christmas


  43. Make Your Own Christmas Decorations
  44. You could make your own traditional Christmas decorations with these instructions from Mel Geidroyc which include dried oranges and a pomander, or try these ideas for Christmas decorations made from recycled materials which use materials that you probably have in your recycling bin right now.

  45. Write all your Christmas Cards...
  46. ...and post them before 23rd December. OK, that is more of a personal ambition for me each year.

  47. Make Christmas Slime
  48. Make some Christmas Slime and add in glitter, Christmas confetti or peppermint rarence. There are 15 ideas for fun slimes to make.

  49. Put On Christmas Music and Dance around the Kitchen.
  50. Whether you put on the radio, a CD, vinyl record or an online playlist, dance like no one is watching.

  51. Bake Some Christmas Cookies
  52. This recipe for Edible Christmas decorations are my favourite. The recipe can be found in How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson. I use the Christmas cake recipe every year as well and can thoroughly recommend it.

  53. Have a Christmas Movie Night
  54. Pick your favourite festive film and have a Christmas Movie Night. Here are My Ten Favourite Christmas Movies - you will have your own special choices.

  55. Hang Tinsel Everywhere Around Your Home
  56. Same as the tree - go all out for festive overload. Remeber at Christmas, More is More.

  57. Go Ice Skating
  58. Every Christmas, dozens of Christmas ice rinks pop up all over the UK. Get your skates on and have a bit of exercise too - many rinks include a Christmas market, cafes and restaurants as well.



  59. Have An Advent Calendar
  60. Whether you have a traditional paper advent calender, one with chocolate or a toy-filled advent calendar for the kids, I just love the excitment of opening each door in the morning. Oh yes, I mean I do let the kids open them, honest.....

  61. Make A Christmas Wreath
  62. 25 Beautiful DIY Christmas Wreaths To Make

    Image Credit: Jez Timms

    Welcome all your guests this Christmas with a home made wreath on your front door. here are 25 beautiful Christmas wreaths to make lots of them are simple enough to make with the kids.

  63. Go Visit Santa
  64. Take the kids to see Santa at your local shopping centre, garden centre or Christmas fayre. Or for a very special treat you could go to Lapland...

  65. Wish Your Neighbours a Merry Christmas
  66. Reach out to your local community and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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