Christmas Bucket List: 34 Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids

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‘Tis the season to be making special memories with your family. Whether it’s looking at Christmas lights, going to carols in the park or just hanging out watching a movie, spend some quality time with your kids.

Here’s a Holiday Bucket List printable that you can download!


  1. Drive to see Christmas lights
  2. Enter a Christmas raffle or competition
  3. Get a photo with Santa. Here’s a list of local places to get a photo with the big guy
  4. Enjoy food, entertainment and browse for gifts at Christmas markets. There’s heaps to choose from around the region. Suggestions: Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets, Olive Tree Market and Five Senses Market
  5. Participate in Elf on the Shelf
  6. Send a letter to Santa. (Kids will get a reply back from Santa). Use address Santa, North Pole, 9999
  7. Do a Christmas sensory play activity
  8. Make a Christmas craft
  9. Sing along to Christmas carols with your friends and family
  10. Read a Christmas kids book with your kids.
  11. Attend a Christmas pantomime or musical
  12. Stage an ugly sweater Christmas portrait session. Charlestown Square is offering Cringeworthy Christmas photos in November and December
  13. Eat your way through a box of mangoes.
  14. Enjoy a fresh Christmas tree this year or decorate with some Christmas bush
  15. Watch a Christmas movie with your kids. Here’s some suggestions
  16. Hit the beach at Christmas time to make your Northern Hemisphere friends and family envious
  17. Cool down and have a water fight
  18. Go down to the beach and spot a surfing Santa
  19. Play beach or backyard cricket
  20. Make a homemade Christmas gift
  21. Listen to some Christmas tunes with the Newy with Kids Christmas Spotify playlist
  22. Eat Christmas cherries
  23. Give back at Christmas time to those in need. Here are ideas on how your family can help those less fortunate
  24. Perform a random act of kindness
  25. Cut back on physical gifts and give an experience gift
  26. Make Christmas ornaments
  27. Play board games. Here are some fun ones to enjoy with friends and family
  28. Follow Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve on the NORAD Santa Tracker
  29. Leave carrots for Santa’s reindeers and cookies for Santa
  30. Enjoy a seafood lunch
  31. Do the Boxing Day sales
  32. Watch the Boxing Day Test
  33. Go camping
  34. Ring in the New Year at home or at a local NYE event

Any other suggestions for Christmas family fun?


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