70+ Activity Ideas for Your Advent Calendar

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This year, we are using a simple poster board Advent calendar that we made last year, making pockets from construction paper. Some of the activities are the same but I have mixed them up with some new items.

More than 70 ideas to fill your Advent season or Christmas countdown

If you are struggling with coming up with activities for your Advent calendar, try out these ideas:

  • Decorate your bedroom door for Christmas.
  • Host a kid’s cookie swap.
  • Read a Christmas book.
  • Create a Christmas shirt.
  • Shop for a new Christmas ornament.
  • Visit a sick or elderly friend.
  • Make paper snowflakes.
  • Attend a local Christmas activity or party.
  • Make hot chocolate.
  • Attend a Christmas parade.
  • Do a Christmas word search.
  • Build a gingerbread house.
  • Watch Charlie Brown’s Christmas.
  • Create Christmas cards.
  • Collect canned goods for charity.
  • Make Christmas (Ice Cream Cone) Trees.
  • Create a paper chain for the Christmas tree.
  • Go on a hunt for mistletoe.
  • Make a Christmas wreath with a paper plate.
  • Sip hot apple cider.
  • Make jingling jewelry.
  • Attend a Christmas play or concert.
  • Go buy a new toy for charity.
  • Make a Christmas wreath.
  • Take Christmas pictures.
  • Play a board game.
  • Sprinkle the yard with reindeer food (dry oatmeal & glitter).
  • Go Christmas shopping for Daddy.
  • Go Christmas shopping for Mommy.
  • Have an indoor snowball fight (with styrofoam or newpaper).
  • Make s’mores.
  • Visit Santa at the Mall.
  • Make presents for a pet.
  • Make ornaments to give and keep.
  • Go sledding.
  • Wrap presents.
  • Bundle up and watch for shooting stars.
  • Make Christmas pancakes (with cookie cutters and sprinkles).
  • Play in the snow (or shaving cream).
  • Clean up old toys to donate to charity.
  • Go caroling.
  • Build a snowman (from styrofoam or snow).
  • Take a bubble bath.
  • Make a birdfeeder.
  • Read the Christmas Story from the Bible.
  • Host a Christmas tea party.
  • Camp out in the living room.
  • Mail Christmas cards.
  • Dress up for dinner.
  • Make homeless blessing bags.
  • Play a Christmas Matching Game.
  • String cranberries or popcorn for a Christmas tree garland.
  • Write a letter to Santa.
  • Go ice skating.
  • Host a Christmas Scavenger Hunt.
  • Make popcorn balls.
  • Dance to Christmas music.
  • Bake a birthday cake for Jesus.
  • Watch The Polar Express in your pajamas.
  • Attend a special church service.
  • Bake Christmas cookies.
  • Color a Christmas coloring page.
  • Host a kid’s cookie swap.
  • Make a Christmas craft.
  • Decorate your bed with Christmas lights.
  • Write and illustrate a Christmas book.
  • Have a red and green dinner.
  • Take a bath with glo-sticks.
  • Visit a live nativity.
  • Have breakfast with Santa.
  • Make gifts for a teacher.
  • Take a drive to look at Christmas lights.
  • Make a Christmas tree tic-tac-toe game.
  • Act out the Christmas story.

What activities do you have on your Advent calendar?

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  1. What great ideas! I found you via the HS blog awards! I picked you for the Versatile Blogger award :) Check it out here;

    • Thank you so much! I really hope that maybe over Christmas I can find the time to return the award and pay it forward!

  2. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. We have never done Advent, but I’m trying it this year. Thanks for all the fun and simple ides. WOOT WOOT

  4. Alicia West says:

    Thank you so much! This is such a great list. I used so many for our calendar this year. Merry Christmas :).

  5. Fun ideas!
    Some of the ones that we do that you don’t have on this list are:
    ~candy cane ice cream
    ~candy cane oreo cookies
    ~festival of lights (or some other local festival)
    ~christmas socks
    ~christmas eve pjs and reading the Christmas story

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