82 FUN THINGS TO ADD TO YOUR CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST THIS FESTIVE SEASON

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON October 13, 2021

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Get the festivities off to a great start (and end!) by ticking off as many of these Christmas Bucket List items that you can. Challenge you and your family and see how many you can complete by the New Year!

82 Things To Add To Your Christmas Bucket List This Season

Ideas for your Christmas bucket list:

Why not grab a sheet of paper, sit down with the family, and see which of these you want to try and do this year?

Make a few extra memories that last for years to come…

TIP – It’s worth scheduling them in as well if you can – otherwise they run the risk of not getting done once the holiday season starts in earnest and you get really busy.

  1. Build a snowman
  2. Have a Christmas Movie night
  3. Write a letter to Santa
  4. Attend (and sing at!) a Carol service
  5. Do Elf on the shelf each night for the kids in the run up to Christmas Eve – never heard of this before? – read more about it HERE.
  6. Watch Santa online on Christmas Eve and in the lead up to Christmas – and track where he is in the sky
Christmas Quote
  1. Visit Santas grotto
  2. Look at the lights around your town. Get in the car and drive around – some homes looks truly spectacular at this time of year, and it’s a cheap outing!
  3. Go to a lights switch on in your local area
  4. Visit a Christmas Market – you could even go on a city break if you have the time. I’d love to visit some in other European countries.
  5. Make a gingerbread house. Whether you get one that’s ready made and just needs to be put together and decorated, or if you use templates and bake from scratch – this is a really fun way of spending an afternoon. It’s also a great alternative for Christmas Dinner pudding for kids and those who don’t like the other more traditional ones.
  6. Drink Mulled Wine – Love the smell that this creates in your home as well. Very Christmassy!
  7. Make Christmas tree decorations
Edible ginerbread Christmas tree decorations with white icing
  1. Buy a tree
  2. Decorate the tree
  3. Sing carols
  4. Kiss under the mistletoe
  5. Start a new tradition – you can get a list of 59 ideas for Christmas traditions HERE.
  6. Read ‘twas the night before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve. A Christmas book that will always be a favourite for bringing the magic to that very special night.
Christmas Eve scene - with candles and reindeer decoration
  1. Sleep under the Christmas tree with the lights on
  2. Hear a message from SantaI love the PNP (Portable North Pole) for this, and have created a personalised video for our daughter for the past 5 or 6 years. Magical!
  3. Get your nails done in special Christmas Design (glitter, for example!). I love doing this with my daughter on the day she breaks up from school. It marks the start of the holidays for us both!
  4. Christmas Movie night with the kids
  5. Christmas Movie night as a couple – this is the time for things like ‘The Holiday‘ or, my favourites, ‘Die Hard’ lol
  6. Leave cookies and milk for Santa. This is a lovely thing to do when the kids hang their stockings up ready for bed.
  7. Wear Christmas PJs on Christmas Eve. We have a tradition where the elves knock on the front door on Christmas Eve and there’s a parcel with the pajamas inside on the doorstep.
  8. Drink hot chocolate by the fire
  9. Donate a toy to charity – a fantastic idea for kids to make a little room before they get new toys, and to teach them the meaning of sharing over Christmas with others who are less fortunate.
  10. Volunteer – we used to help at the local hospital with their Christmas Day service. Helping patients get from their ward to the chapel was a
  11. Buy a new Christmas Decoration
  12. Go Ice skating – lots of city centre put up rinks over the festive season
  13. Hang up your stockings
  14. Go to midnight Mass
  15. Go carolling – what’s your favourite Christmas carol?
  16. Watch a pantomine
  17. Go to the theatre
  18. Cook the turkey
Notepad on wooden background
  1. Do a random act of kindness
  2. Take a family Christmas photo
  3. Wear a Christmas Jumper
  4. Have a Hallmark movie marathon day
  5. Go sledging
  6. Make the house smell like Christmas
  7. Do a Christmas Jigsaw
  8. Set a New Years Resolution
  9. Make a special Christmas cocktail (mock-tails for the kids)
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  1. Go to a nativity play
  2. Have a snowball fight – a fun thing to do with the kids
  3. Have champagne on Christmas Morning
  4. Do a charity Christmas walk/run
  5. Eat chocolate for breakfast on Christmas Day – why not, a lovely (and easy) Christmas tradition to start.
  6. Try a coffee shop Christmas flavoured coffee or Hot chocolate
  7. Go for a Christmas meal off the Christmas Menu at your favourite restaurant
  8. Go for a walk in the snow
  9. Host a Christmas get together / party
  10. Donate to charity – A great idea is to do this instead of sending everyone a Christmas card. Simply send a message to loved ones to let them know.
  11. Have a baking day (mince pies, Christmas cake, cookies etc…)
  12. Do a Christmas Karaoke – which Christmas song will you choose?
  13. Wear a Christmas Jumper – and ugly Christmas sweater is also a favourite tradition for many!
  14. Have a PJ day and watch movies
  15. Make some gifts
  16. Go to church
  17. Go window shopping – the displays are amazing at this time of year and it’s a great Christmas activity that’s inexpensive (as long as you don’t go inside and spend!)
  18. Visit New York at Christmas – this is one on my lifetime bucket list, for sure!
  19. Donate to a food bank
  20. Listen to Christmas music
  21. Leave reindeer food outside on Christmas Eve – this could be part of the kids Christmas Eve box if you do this tradition in your family.
  22. Go shopping at night – to see all the Christmas lights in town
  23. Do a secret Santa for your friends / family
  24. Buy a present for someone you don’t know – either give as a donation to charity, or just give to someone out of the blue!
  25. Play a board game with the family
  26. Roast marshmallows in the fire
  27. Open an advent calendar each day
  28. Read a Christmas themed book
  29. Go on a sleigh ride
  30. Feed the reindeer
  31. Dress up on Christmas Day
  32. Try a new Christmas recipe
  33. Kiss someone at midnight on New Years Eve
  34. Buy a Poinsettia for the house
Lady in white dress with black dots - holding a red poinsettia
  1. Put a star on top of the tree
  2. Wish a stranger “Merry Christmas” – spread the Christmas spirit a little…
82 Things To Add To Your Christmas Bucket List This Season

There you have it – 82 Things for your Christmas Bucket list!

Enjoy working your way through this fantastic holiday bucket list, and I can’t wait to hear how you get on.

For more things to do (the less glamorous list, but just as important!) – head over to THIS ARTICLE next

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