Advent Calendar Activities

Last year I purchased an advent calendar at Dollar Tree (one of my favorite stores). I basically just put a little mint in each day and called it done.

advent activities

This year is going to be different. Advent calendar ideas are all over blogland. I may someday make a much cuter version, but for now, my cheap Santa calendar will have to do.

My darling son (he’s 5), has a bad case of the “I want it’s!” So to help him realize Christmas and the holidays are about being together as a family and helping others, I wanted show him how we can make those ideas part of our daily lives throughout December. The advent calendar was a perfect place to put this into practice. Now we can focus on what is really important and hopefully I can go through one morning without him asking me for some new toy!

Our list of activities include (in no particular order):

  1. Go to a Christmas party
  2. Get a Christmas tree
  3. Decorate Christmas tree
  4. Take family Christmas photos
  5. Bake cookies and decorate
  6. Make paper snowflakes
  7. Visit the gingerbread village
  8. Decorate a paper Christmas tree with beads and sequins
  9. Read your favorite Christmas book with Mommy and Daddy
  10. Visit the Valley of Lights in our jammies
  11. Color holiday pictures
  12. Eat dinner on the floor by the Christmas tree
  13. Watch ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and have special snacks
  14. Watch ‘Elf on a Shelf: An Elf’s Story’
  15. Write a letter to Santa
  16. Make hot chocolate with candy cane stir sticks
  17. Set out cookies for Santa and reindeer food
  18. Visit Santa Claus
  19. Shop for a child from the Angel tree
  20. Make an ornament for the tree
  21. Family game night
  22. Go ice skating
  23. Have a Christmas music dance party
  24. Write a thank you note
  25. Donate food to the local shelter
  26. String popcorn for the tree
  27. Make and decorate a paper chain with things we are thankful for
  28. Make homemade cards for grandparents
  29. Take homemade treats to our special friends
  30. Watch the Christmas tree lighting at the square

You may notice there are more than 24 activities on this list. There are some days that we might double up and it is a possibility that something could fall through. I have most days planned out in advance so I will have whatever supplies we need on hand. If you would like a copy of the printable cards I made email me at

Basically all I did was print the activities out on a sheet of card stock. Then, I cut them with my paper trimmer and placed them in the calendar!

advent activities

Are you doing something similar? I would love for you to share it with me here! Post a link or just tell me what you have planned.


I created a printable so you can now get your own activity sheet: Advent Calendar Printable

Linked up here:
Tatertots and Jello: Weekend Wrap Up Party
The Girl Creative: Creating Christmas


  1. Fun ideas Laura! I hope you enjoy all of your family time!
    Jenn ;)

  2. HI Laura,
    We do something very similar. This is our third year, here’s our list for this year

    Nice to meet you!

  3. This is a great idea! I’m your newest follower from the hop. Thanks so much for coming by. If you are interested in being a part of my Handmade Christmas series please let me know, xoxo

  4. Love it! Great list of activities for family holiday fun.

  5. Laura- Thank you so much for sharing your list of ideas! I also purchased an advent calendar last year and have been looking for ideas to do everyday! I pinned this so I can remember! :)
    We have a link party going on this weekend and we would love to have you stop by and share this!
    Camille @

    PS I am your newest follower! Have a great weekend!

  6. LOVE IT!!! I wish I’d seen your printable list before I made my own advent (it didn’t make it to the Creating Christmas thing… although now maybe I’ll add it!) I’m a co-host and LOVED seeing your ideas. :)

  7. Here via The Girl Creative…love the idea of Advent activities :)


  8. what a great fun ideas. i think your all family will enjoy it very much.

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