Christmas is getting closer, and at SABEResPODER, we want to help you have the best time possible. That’s why we decided to compile a list of ideas for Christmas Activities that you can enjoy by yourself, with your family and friends, and with your children. Read on to make this holiday season unforgettable!
Christmas Activities For The Kids
Everyone can take part in Christmas, but it's undeniable that the ones who enjoy it the most are the youngest members of our family. Do you want your children to have a season full of new experiences? If that’s the case, we recommend you try the following Christmas Activities that'll keep them busy during the vacations and boost their holiday spirit.
Donate toys and clothes that are no longer in use
One of the most representative attitudes of Christmas is sharing. For this reason, teaching children to donate toys and clothes they no longer use or have outgrown can be a very satisfying activity. An added benefit is that doing so will also help purge your home of unnecessary clutter and set you up for the next year in a more orderly fashion.
We recommend looking for local charitable organizations that receive used items as donations. Many churches, hospitals, and shelters receive these types of donations. There are also chain stores that sell the donated items and use the proceeds for charitable purposes. The most well-known at the national level are Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
Making an Advent calendar
Advent calendars are one of the most fun traditions for little ones. They consist of 24 closed compartments with a small gift inside to be opened day by day from December 1st until Christmas Eve on the 24th.
Advent calendars are a great way to teach children to be patient, a skill that'll be of great importance to them for the rest of their lives. If you need ideas on making these fun calendars, we recommend you read this article with 41 different ways to make them.
Seeing the Christmas lights
It's very common for businesses and homes to decorate their exteriors with ornaments and lights to celebrate Christmas. This is why one of the best Christmas Activities we can recommend is to drive or walk through nearby neighborhoods where you can marvel at the decorations.
Christmas Activities for Adults
Organize a gift exchange between friends
"Secret Santa" style gift exchanges are a long-standing tradition during this time of year. They're very common in the workplace but can also be organized amongst friends. Traditionally, the drawing to decide who would give a present to whom was done with in person, but thanks to the Internet, there are online services now that will allow you to draw names remotely. In addition, most of these services enable participants to create and modify wish lists, making choosing an appropriate gift much easier.
Keep in mind: If you prefer your gift to be a complete surprise, we recommend that you read our list of holiday gift ideas; you'll find ideas for all your family members and friends.
Calling family and friends
The hustle and bustle of everyday life often makes us lose touch with the essential people in our lives. The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with them.
If you have a family member or a friend with whom you haven't spoken with for a long time, don't delay any longer. Take the initiative and give them a call! You don't need to wait until Christmas Day when people are usually busy; you can do it a few days before so you can catch up without feeling rushed. There are also a variety of free video chat services if you prefer that format.
Preparing Christmas cocktails
An excellent way to relax and enjoy the holiday season is to prepare holiday-themed drinks. In the U.S., one of the most popular drinks during this part of the year is eggnog. A more traditional drink in Spanish-speaking countries is the rompope. You can also choose non-traditional cocktails inspired by the flavors of Christmas or opt for non-alcohol options.
Christmas Activities to Do at Home
While the availability of COVID-19 vaccines has relaxed isolation restrictions, we're aware that the problem hasn't gone away. Many people are unable to leave their homes for Christmas Activities. If this is the case for you (or if you just prefer to stay home), don't worry, there are plenty of Christmas Activities you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Rest and relaxation
It may sound a little strange that — in a list for Christmas Activities — one of our suggestions is to do nothing. However, the responsibilities of daily life often prevent us from getting the necessary rest we need. This phenomenon commonly increases over the holiday season when we have a lot of shopping and meetings to organize and attend. Resting is very important for both our physical and mental wellbeing, so we recommend that you use some of your days off during this season to rest and unwind.
Sing Christmas carols
Another of the most traditional Christmas Activities in many parts of the world is singing Christmas carols. In the U.S. the traditional way to sing Christmas carols is in groups, going from house to house.
Caroling at home can be a great option because we don't have to worry about being perfectly in tune! Plus, you can find thousands of karaoke-style videos on YouTube, so you don't even need to learn the lyrics by heart.
Making Christmas decorations by hand
The Christmas tree is one of the most representative symbols of this season, and decorating it is one of the most widespread Christmas activities. If you want your tree decorations to be unique, we recommend you try making them yourself! This activity is perfect for people of all ages and can be done individually or as a family. Plus, many ornaments can be made from items that would generally go in the trash, so this Christmas Activity is also friendly to our planet. This article will show you 30 ideas for Christmas decorations made with recycled items.
Christmas Activities in Your City
Did you know that many cities have Christmas activities that you can attend and in some cases, participate in? Here's a list of activities in some of the most popular cities:
Miami’s Christmas Activities
- Santa’s Enchanted Forest. This Christmas fair has been held at the Miami Tropical Park since 1984, but it has been moved to Hialeah Park. Tickets cost between $35 (children and seniors) and $45 (for adults).
- Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest. This colorful and illuminated boat parade takes place every December 15th in Miami. For more information, click here.
- Miami Children’s Museum. The museum organizes different Christmas Activities for the whole family. For more information, visit their website or call them at 305-373-5437 (KIDS).
New York’s Christmas Activities
- Skating at the Rockefeller Center Rink. This iconic ice rink is installed each year at the Rockefeller Center and has become a must-do Christmas activity for visitors to New York. For tickets, please visit their website.
- Visiting the Grand Central Terminal Christmas Market. Located in the Vanderbilt Hall of New York's scenic Central Station, this fair offers seasonal items for all ages and tastes.
- Attending the Rockettes show. Staged at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933, The Rockettes Radio City Christmas Spectacular is one of the world’s most recognized holiday theatrical shows. We recommend getting your tickets in advance here.
Houston’s Christmas Activities
- Strolling at night in Uptown Houston. For the past 28 years, the Uptown Houston area has decorated its streets and buildings with thousands of lights during the cold winter nights. You won’t have to pay for anything; just get there any evening after Thanksgiving and before the beginning of January.
- Ice skating at The ICE. Made out of recycled water from Kinder Lake, this is the largest ice rink in the Southeast. The location hosts a variety of Christmas activities, such as skating with Santa and ice sculpture exhibits. Get your tickets here.
- Visiting the Houston Zoo. In addition to promoting wildlife conservation, the Houston Zoo shines its lights every year-end to celebrate the holiday season. Schedule your visit on the Zoo’s website.
Los Angeles’ Christmas Activities
- Visiting Universal Studios in Hollywood. If you find yourself at the home of movies stars and film studios, you can’t miss visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, which is covered in lights during the winter. We recommend that you book your tickets in advance by clicking here. Make sure you take a picture with the Grinch for your Christmas album!
- Listening to Christmas carols at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Hearing the most traditional Christmas carols is the best way to get into the holiday spirit. The concert calendar is variable, so it's important to check the schedule and get your tickets on time.
- Take a trip to Solvang. Two hours northwest of Los Angeles lies the city of Solvang. Named “one of the most Christmassy towns in America” by Time magazine, this small Danish-influenced village celebrates Christmas like few other places. It’s definitely worth a trip.
Our Team Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas
We hope this list of Christmas activities has given you some good ideas to make this season really special. From SABEResPODER, we wish you a happy holiday season and hope that you and your family and friends have a season full of love, peace, and harmony.
If you want to extend the Christmas spirit, we recommend reading our article on New Year’s celebrations.