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24 Days of Holiday Magic: Creative Kids Activities for a Christmas Countdown

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

The holiday season is finally upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a fun and creative Christmas countdown for kids? The anticipation of Christmas can be almost as exciting as the day itself, so why not make the countdown extra special with 24 days of holiday magic? We've compiled a list of 24 fun and festive activities that are perfect for keeping your little ones entertained and in the holiday spirit. From crafting and baking to games and traditions, these holiday activities for kids are sure to make the countdown to Christmas unforgettable. Let's dive into the magical world of Christmas and create lasting memories with our children!

Kids Holiday Activities

My plan was to create a 24-day calendar of Holiday-related activities in order to make the countdown till Christmas day a daily special thing. I sat down to think about all the different things we could do that my boys would enjoy. One of the challenges was coming up with a list of activities that would be fun for both an eight-year-old and a three-year-old.

The activities varied from craft projects, going out, dining in, storytime, baking, and even some STEM projects. Fridays are movie nights in our house, so naturally, they stayed that way with just one difference, it had to be a Christmas movie.

I created a countdown printable so that my kids could place a sticker as the days passed and we completed the countdown activity for the day. Scroll down to download the FREE printable.

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Here are 24 Fun Christmas Countdown Activities:

Day 1: Decorate the House

Welcome to Day 1 of our Christmas countdown! Today, we're diving headfirst into the holiday spirit by decorating the house. December activities are always so much fun, and there's nothing quite like transforming your home into a festive wonderland.

Get your little ones involved by letting them help hang up lights or drape garlands across the mantel. This is the perfect time to bring out those cherished family decorations and share stories of where they came from. Whether it's handmade ornaments from your own childhood or special trinkets collected over the years, each decoration holds a precious memory.

Day 2: Make Your Own Tree Ornaments

Today, we're getting crafty and making our own tree ornaments. This is a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday decorations and create lasting memories with your little ones.

Gather your materials – glitter, glue, ribbon, and colored paper – and let your creativity shine. There are endless possibilities for DIY ornaments, from classic paper snowflakes to painted wooden cutouts. Encourage your kids to think outside the box and create unique designs that reflect their personality and interests.

If your pressed on time, to make things easier, opt for a pre packaged ornament making kit that comes with everything included.

Day 3: Holiday Movie Night #1

Dive into the cozy and magical world of holiday movies. December activities wouldn't be complete without a family movie night, and what better way to create cherished memories than snuggling up with your little ones and watching a festive film?

First, gather some cozy blankets, pillows, and a big bowl of popcorn. Create a comfy movie-watching space in your living room, complete with twinkling Christmas lights and fluffy cushions. Dim the lights, and let the movie magic begin!

Day 4: Send Christmas Cards

Today, we're spreading holiday cheer by sending Christmas cards. This activity is not only a fun and creative way to connect with loved ones but also teaches kids the importance of giving and spreading joy during the holiday season.

Day 5: Blanket Fort Story Time

Bring the magic of storytelling to life with a cozy blanket fort story time. December activities are all about creating warm and memorable experiences, and what better way to do that than snuggling up in a fort made of blankets and pillows?

First, gather all the cozy essentials - blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals. Transform a corner of your living room or bedroom into a cozy nook where you can all gather together. Get creative and build a fort using chairs, blankets, and anything else you have on hand. Let your little ones be a part of the fort-building process to add an extra layer of excitement.

Once your fort is complete, choose a selection of your favorite holiday books. Dim the lights and use fairy lights or battery-powered candles to create a magical atmosphere. Cuddle up together in the fort and take turns reading aloud to each other.

Click here for a list of top-rated books to enjoy with your family this December.

Day 6: Hot Chocolate Night

Set up a hot chocolate station where everyone can create their own custom drinks. This is a great opportunity to let your little ones get creative and experiment with different flavor combinations.

Once you've prepared your hot chocolates, gather around the fireplace or snuggle up on the couch. Play some holiday music in the background and let the conversation flow as you sip on your warm, chocolaty creations. This is a wonderful time to unwind, share stories, and simply enjoy each other's company.

Day 7: Board Games By the Tree

Today, we're bringing the family together for a fun and cozy evening of board games by the tree. December activities are all about spending quality time with loved ones, and what better way to do that than with some friendly competition and laughter?

Don't forget to add some snacks and drinks to the mix to keep the energy up. Set up a small buffet of finger foods and drinks that everyone can enjoy throughout the evening. This will not only keep everyone fueled for the games but also add an extra touch of coziness to the atmosphere.

Day 8: Make a Snow Globe

You have a couple of options for this activity. You can either make your own DIY snow globe using a jar, water, glitter, and a small figurine or ornament. This allows for a truly personalized snow globe that reflects your child's unique interests and imagination. It's a wonderful opportunity to get creative and let your little ones design their own winter wonderland.

Alternatively, you can also opt for purchasing a snow globe making kit that already contains everything you will need for the activity. These kits often come with a plastic globe, a base, and pre-made glitter or snow to create a beautiful snow globe scene. It's a convenient option for those who prefer a simpler and less messy activity.

Day 9: Gingerbread House

Today, we're diving into the sweet and delicious tradition of making gingerbread houses. December activities are all about creating lasting memories with your little ones, and what better way to do that than with a gingerbread house extravaganza?

There's something magical about the process of building and decorating a gingerbread house. The aroma of freshly baked gingerbread, the sticky sweetness of the icing, and the excitement of transforming plain cookies into a whimsical edible home—it's a sensory experience like no other.

You have a couple of options for this activity. You can either bake your own gingerbread from scratch, using a tried-and-true family recipe, or opt for the convenience of a pre-made gingerbread house kit. Whichever option you choose, the joy and creativity of decorating your gingerbread house are the real highlights.

Day 10: Holiday Movie #2

After the success of our first holiday movie night, we're back with another evening of festive film fun. December activities are all about creating lasting memories with your little ones, and what better way to do that than with another cozy movie night?

For tonight's movie selection, consider choosing a timeless movies that is not only a heartwarming but also offer valuable lessons about love, gratitude, and the true meaning of Christmas.

Day 11: Make Christmas Themed Slime

December activities are all about getting creative and having fun, and what better way to do that than by making your own slime that looks cool and smells amazing?

There are so many different recipes for Christmas-themed slime out there, from candy cane scented slime to sparkly snowflake slime. Look for recipes that use festive colors like red and green, or incorporate fun additions like glitter or small holiday-themed trinkets

Day 12: Drive by the Lights

Buckle up because it's time for a drive-by Christmas lights adventure! Hop in the car with your little ones and prepare to be dazzled by the twinkling lights and festive displays. This activity is perfect for the whole family to enjoy together. Just bundle up in cozy blankets, grab some snacks, and hit the road in search of the most beautifully decorated homes in your area. The best part? You can do this activity for free!

Day 13: Make Reindeer Chow

Get in the holiday spirit with a delicious and festive treat: Reindeer Chow. This sweet and crunchy snack is a fun twist on the classic Muddy Buddy recipe, but with a Christmas twist.

To make Reindeer Chow, start with a base of Chex cereal. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt together chocolate chips and peanut butter, then pour the mixture over the Chex cereal. Gently toss to coat all of the cereal. Next, add in powdered sugar and holiday-colored sprinkles. Shake it all up in a large plastic bag until the cereal is evenly coated.

The result? A delightful treat that resembles reindeer food, perfect for snacking on during a cozy movie night or for gifting in cute little bags to friends and family.

Day 14: Christmas Around The World

Today, we're taking a trip around the world to learn about Christmas traditions from different countries. This activity is not only educational but also a great way to broaden your child's cultural knowledge and appreciation for diversity.

Start by choosing a few countries from different continents. Research the Christmas traditions and customs of each country, focusing on one specific tradition that stands out.

Day 15: Let it Snow!

We're bringing the winter wonderland indoors with a day dedicated to making fake snow. There are a few different options for making fake snow. You can find a DIY recipe online using common household ingredients like baking soda or cornstarch, or you can opt for the convenience of a snow making kit that comes with everything you need. Whichever option you choose, the joy and excitement of playing with fake snow are the real highlights.

Day 16: Christmas Mad Libs

Today, we're adding a touch of laughter and creativity to our holiday festivities with Christmas Mad Libs.Christmas Mad Libs are a great way to engage your elementary-aged child and practice parts of speech. Gather together as a family and take turns filling in the blanks with nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more. Encourage your little ones to use their imagination and come up with silly and unexpected words.

Once you've filled in all the blanks, read the completed Mad Libs story out loud and get ready for some laughs. The results are often hilarious and guaranteed to create moments of pure joy and laughter.

Day 17: Holiday Movie # 3

Every Friday is Movie Night this December, and for Day 17 of our Christmas countdown, we're back with another evening of festive film fun! This time, we're getting cozy and settling in for our third holiday movie of the season.

Grab your favorite blankets, pop some popcorn, and get ready for a night of laughter, heartwarming moments, and family togetherness.

Day 18: Holiday Musical Performance

Has your kid been learning to play a new instrument over the past year? This could be a good time to show off that new skill. No instrument? no problem! Just sing some Christmas carols. I had my kids learn the song Feliz Navidad and my oldest learned how to play it on the piano. They performed for the Grandparents via video chat. The joy on their faces as they played and sang was priceless, and it was a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer and bring a little extra magic to our family gathering. Plus, it's a great opportunity to showcase your child's talents and build their confidence. So, gather your family around, grab some instruments or just your voices, and have a festive and memorable musical performance together.

Day 19: DIY Tree Garland

There are so many options when it comes to DIY tree garland. You can make paper chain garlands using colored paper or create garlands with popcorn, cranberries, or even felt. Get your little ones involved by letting them choose the materials and colors they want to use.

Once your garland is complete, carefully drape it on your Christmas tree and step back to admire your handiwork. Each garland will be a unique reflection of your family's creativity and style. As you decorate the tree, share stories and memories associated with each garland, making the experience even more special.

Day 20: Open a Gift Early

Today, we're adding a special surprise to the mix by opening a gift early. December activities are all about creating excitement and anticipation, and what better way to do that than by giving your little ones a taste of the joy to come?

Choose a small gift or treat that you know your child will love. It could be a book, a small toy, or even a sweet treat. Wrap it up in festive paper and place it under the tree or in their stocking. Then, gather your family together and announce that it's time for an early Christmas present!

Day 21: Candy Cane Marble Maze

This activity doubles as a STEM activity. All you need is a cardboard box or shoebox, candy canes, hot glue, and marble or a small ball. Little ones can practice counting the candy canes, while the older kids can design and arrange paths for the marble.

Day 22: Stick-on Snowman

Another super simple activity is this Stick-on Snowman activity. For this one you will need:

All you need to do is cut a piece of the Press N' Seal to the size you want and draw the shape of a snowman on the sticky side. Tape the Press N' Seal to the designated area (wall, floor, sliding door, etc.). Have the kids make the snowman using cotton balls, wiggle eyes, cutouts, and sticks.

Day 23: Picnic by the Tree

It could be any tree, but we had our picnic by the Christmas tree. We pushed the coffee table towards the front of the tree and had our picnic. Make it fun, choose a menu that you know your family will love. My kids love pizza and fries and so our menu consisted of homemade pizza rolls, sweet potato fries, and little strawberry Santas for dessert.

Day 24: Bake Cookies

Christmas eve is the perfect time to bake cookies for Santa. It is hard to go wrong with this one, most children LOVE cookies. This activity can be as simple as picking up some store-bought cookie mix or as elaborate as making it all from scratch.

Click here to download the 24 Days 'till Christmas Countdown.

Happy Holidays!

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