70 Ways to Make Christmas Magical

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Family Holiday Celebrations

The holidays are a magical time of year. I would dare say that some of your favorite childhood memories are associated with the holidays. I know that personally, I have many memories of the magic of Christmas as a child.  Now that the roles have changed a bit and I am the mom I think that I love the magic of Christmas even more, seeing it through my kids’ eyes. I love finding special ways to add any magic I can into my kids’ lives. They grow up way too fast and I want to keep as much magic in their lives while I can.

Making Christmas Magical for Kids

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We had fun pulling the ideas for this post. There are so many amazing Christmas traditions that you can use with your kids!

In this post you will find:

  • 25 Family Christmas Activities
  • 15 Christmas Countdowns
  • 15 Christmas Arts & Crafts for Kids
  • 15 Christmas Eve & Morning Traditions

25 Family Christmas Activities 

Fun activities that the whole family will enjoy!

Family Holiday Activities

Holiday Family Fun

1. Christmas Campout {The Dating Divas} – Spend an evening gathered around the Christmas tree with this amazing tradition!

2. Polar Express Night {The Dating Divas} – Who doesn’t LOVE the Polar Express?

3. Gingerbread House Building {The Dating Divas} – This pack will take your gingerbread house building fun to the next level!

4. Christmas To-Do List {The Dating Divas} – With a million things to accomplish this time of year, make sure that this to-do list also happens!

5. You’ve Been Jingled {The Dating Divas} – Make memories while making others smile!

Family Christmas Activities

6. Service Bucket Lists {The Dating Divas} – Reminding our kids to serve those around them throughout the season will help remind them of the true reason that we are celebrating.

7. Christmas Scavenger Hunt {The Dating Divas} – Make this hunt a fun annual tradition!

8. Elf Report Card {The Dating Divas} – It doesn’t matter if you’re into Elf on the Shelf or not, this idea would work for any family.

9. Grinch Movie Night {The Dating Divas} – Another Christmas classic, The Grinch will always be a family favorite!

10. Santa Secret Service {The Dating Divas} – Let your kids serve one another for lasting Christmas memories!

Making Christmas Magical

11. Santa Cookies {The Dating Divas} – This would be such a fun Christmas activity with your kids every year!

12. Secret Decoration Attack {The Dating Divas} – Yes! Who doesn’t love a fun surprise!?

13. Santa Clause Movie Marathon {The Dating Divas} – Classic movies that are a must see every year.

14. St. Nicholas Day {Kelly Elko}- What a fun tradition to start with your family!

15. The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher {The Dating Divas} – Cutest book + tradition ever!

Christmas Family Traditions

16. Christmas Song Pictionary {Creations By Kara} – This is just too cute!

17. Christmas Bingo {The Girl Creative} – Bingo is always a favorite!

18. Kindness Cootie Catcher {Brendid} – A holiday twist on a classic childhood activity.

19. Jingle Bell Toss {Playgound Park Bench} – Kids will have fun playing this holiday game. With a few of these and some bells, you will be ready to go!

20. PJ’s, Popcorn & Pretty Lights {The Crafting Chicks} – A little twist on a fun tradition!

Holiday Family Fun

21. Indoor Snowball Fight {Sew Can Do} – How much fun is this!? {I personally have this one and my family LOVES it!}

22. Pancakes & Pajamas Night {Just a Little Sparkle} – I know that my kids would LOVE this!

23. Special Breakfast {The Dating Divas} – SOO many great ideas for Christmas breakfast.

24. Christmas Sock Dance Party {Sister’s Suitcase} – This is one of those nights your kids will never forget!

25. Stocking Pizza {Pillsbury} – An exciting twist on a favorite dinner! {This will finish these off perfectly!}

15 Christmas Countdowns

Help your kids count down to the holiday with one of these advent calendars!

Family Holiday Traditions

Family Advent Calendars

26. Christmas Can {The Dating Divas} – A small can full of BIG holiday fun!!

27. Crayola Countdown {Amazon} – Your little artist will LOVE this countdown!

28. Pocket Advent Calendar {Balsam Hill} – Cute, little pockets to tuck away a small surprise each day. PLUS look at these cute toys to fill them with!

29. Christ-Centered Countdown {The Dating Divas} – Remember the reason for the season ALL season long!

30. Candy Ribbon {Julie’s Handmade Shop} – I had a countdown almost identical to this growing up! You can let kids take turns grabbing a treat or they can each have their own. Either way, it will be a hit!

Advent Calendar

31. 12 Days of Christmas Fun {Katherine Marie’s} – This is one of the cutest kiddo countdown ideas ever.

32. Little People Countdown {Amazon} – Even the littlest family member can have a countdown just for them!

33. Thomas the Train Advent {Amazon} – I have this advent in our home this year. My little guy LOVES it!!

34. Elf on the Shelf {The Dating Divas} – This sneaky little elf will find a new spot around your home each day leading up to Christmas! We have an entire printable kit that makes it super fun and totally EASY!

35. DIY Family Christmas Countdown {The Dating Divas} – Your kids will get so excited every year as you pull this countdown out time and time again!

Family Christmas Countdown

36. Texts from Santa {Texts from Santa} – Get a fun text surprise from Santa every day!

37. LEGO Advent Calendar {Amazon} – Your LEGO enthusiast will LOVE this countdown all season long!

38. Muffin Tin Countdown {Parents} – Take a peek at this cute DIY advent calendar.

39. Tsum Tsum Christmas Advent {Amazon} – Do you have a Tsum Tsum fan at your house?

40. DIY LEGO Advent {Little Bind for Little Hands} – Any LEGO lovers at your house?! If so, this will be a hit!

15 Christmas Arts & Crafts for Kids

Help your kids create some holiday cheer with these arts and crafts!

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Fun Christmas Activities

41. Snow Painting {Really Quite Lucky} – How fun is this!?

42. Salt Dough Ornaments {Paging Fun Mums} – These are great for two reasons. 1. Your kids will LOVE making them. 2. You will enjoy looking back over the years and remembering their little hands.

43. Kid-Friendly Tree {Mother’s Niche} – Your kids will love having their own tree to play with!

44. Homemade Snow Globe {Our Best Bites} – How cute are these snow globes?! Your kids will love putting themselves in their very own snow globe!

45. Christmas Tree Handprint Cards {Blitsy} – Help your littles make Christmas cards for family and friends.

Kids activities for the holidays

46. Reindeer Finger Puppet {Artsy Momma} – Little hands will love playing with these.

47. Name Snowflakes {Childhood 101} – A new twist on a classic winter craft.

48. Holiday Playdough {Klein Worth Co.} – Scented and colored holiday playdough!

49. Paper Straw Ornaments {Crafts by Courtney} – So bright and fun, these will cheer up your tree! {Grab some of these to make this project!}

50. Iced Ornaments {Creative Me Inspired You} – These little guys will become a tradition in no time!

Family Christmas Traditions

51. Christmas Bird Feeders {eHow} – Help your kids make these little bird treats!

52. Roll a Reindeer {Inspiration Made Simple} – Make your kids earn their breakfast with this fun game.

53. Giving Plate {Pickle Head Soup} – This will become a holiday tradition in no time! Start a new plate each year to see how far you can spread the love! {Not wanting to create your own? You can purchase one here!}

54. Snow Ice Cream {Gimme Some Oven} – Not necessarily a craft but it is something that your family will want to make yearly!

55. DIY Nativity {Caravan Shoppe} – Peg dolls are all the rage, but this nativity is sure to be a favorite for years to come! {In case you don’t want to make your own you can purchase some here.}

15 Christmas Eve & Morning Traditions 

Traditions to repeat for years to come!

Christmas Holiday Family Activities

Christmas activities for the whole family!

56. Nativity Masks {The Dating Divas} – With these cute masks you can make the story of Christ’s birth come to life!

57. Special Delivery Bag {Mami Origami} – Let Santa surprise your kids with this extra special delivery bag!

58. Christmas Pillowcases {Littles Wonders Days} – A fun alternative to Christmas Eve pajamas!

59. Family Christmas Pajamas {Amazon} – Your kids will look forward to this tradition every year!

60. Santa’s Footprints {Designer Trapped} – Your kids will love finding Santa’s trail that he accidentally left behind! {You could also use this!}

Making the holiday magical for kids.

61. Wrap the Doorway {Coolest Family on the Block} – Children will love breaking through this gift wrap surprise on Christmas morning!

62. Santa Key {Sweet Scarlet Designs} – No chimney? No problem!

63. Santa Selfie {Texts from Santa} – Oops!! Santa got caught at your house! Let your kids see Santa in their own home!

64. Reindeer Food {The Dating Divas} – Make sure that you leave this yummy treat out for Santa’s special helpers!

65. Christmas Crackers {One Perfect Day} – How fun would these be to surprise your family with on Christmas morning at the breakfast table!?

Christmas Eve Celebrations

66. Christmas Pickle {Amazon} – Hide this pickle on your Christmas tree to let your kiddos find on Christmas morning. Whoever finds the pickle gets an extra treat!

67. A Stocking for Jesus {One She Two She} – This Christmas Eve tradition focuses on the reason for the season.

68. Breakfast Party {Pocket Change Gourmet} – A little decor can go a long way for childhood memories.

69. Christmas Eve Box {The Dating Divas} – This is possibly one of my all-time favorite Diva posts! My family LOVES this tradition!

70. Gift Wrap Surprise {Get Healthy with Tonya} – This is a holiday tradition that I will be starting in my home this year! LOVE it!!

And for a truly magical Christmas with the kids, don’t forget to check out two of our VERY favorites…

Christmas Elf Kit


Family Christmas Countdown




I am a crafting, baking, blogging wife and mother. I love nothing more than time with my family while playing games, watching movies, and just being together!

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  1. I looove the idea of making Christmas as magical as possible for children. My mom did such a great job with this, which is why it’s my most favorite holiday! So many great ideas in here!!!