12 Festive Family Activities for Christmas

Spending time with family is one of the best things about Christmas! Still, once the presents have been unwrapped and there's six hours to go until dinner, it can be hard to keep everyone entertained. Luckily, Santa helped us put together a list of Christmas activities festive enough to keep the whole family happy. Build your own elves, bake delicious thin mint cookies, decorate your tree with handcrafted ornaments, and much more!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Elf Peg People

    Make these adorable elves as holiday decor or for a DIY elf-on-the-shelf!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Snow Pal Peg People
  • Visual aid of how to complete Clothespin Reindeer

    Rudolf is coming to town and all set for hours of fun with this adorable wooden craft. My kids had a great time making these and have since included them in their Christmas play. We made a bunch of them so they can pretend to be Santa's reindeer pulling his sleigh and getting ready for the big night! When they're not being played with, these reindeer make adorable additions to our Christmas mantle. You could also add an extra ribbon and turn them into ornaments or use them as place cards for your holiday dinner! They're sure to charm adults and children alike.

  • Visual aid of how to complete 'Thin Mint' Christmas Cookies

    I grew up making these yummy mint cookies and now my children will have the same memory. I love passing down traditions like holiday baking, especially when the recipes are kid-friendly. Once you make these cookies, you will feel like you have unlocked the secret to mint cookies and you will eat way too many!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Air Dry Clay Ornaments

    Winter-fy your home with these charming DIY snowflake ornaments!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Swirly Ornaments
    Swirly Ornaments

    (Ages 3-11)

    Creating colorful ornaments for the Christmas tree is a great holiday tradition to start with your little ones.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Chocolate-Dipped Reindeer Pretzels

    My kids like to ask me about what I did when I was a kid. I love when I can share with them the things of my childhood. So when I told them about chocolate-covered pretzel reindeer, they were so excited to make some for themselves.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Snow Globes
    Snow Globes

    (Ages 3-8)

    I love the idea of real DIY snow globes, but the potential for the water causing a serious mess has always kept me from trying it. These waterless mason jar snow globes are a low-mess solution, and are quick and easy to make. I created these as little gifts for friends, but a grouping of these in different sizes would make a beautiful display in a window or on a mantel.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pin the Nose on the Reindeer

    For last minute party fun, I love this quick and easy holiday game. It’s fun for the younger kids in the group and hilarious to watch in action!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Roll Elf
    Paper Roll Elf

    (Ages 3-11)

    We had so much fun making this darling little elf. We have since made an entire elf family. What a fun way to start the season off with a great homemade holiday decoration!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Peppermint Bark
    Peppermint Bark

    (Ages 5-16)

    Oh, look, it's another lovely handmade holiday gift! Perfect on plates of goodies for neighbors, or in a pretty tin for Grandma.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Beaded Ornaments
    Beaded Ornaments

    (Ages 5-16)

    Make some cute holiday ornaments with easy-to-find craft items!


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