‘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!
- Drive to see Christmas lights
- Enter a Christmas raffle or competition
- Get a photo with Santa. Here’s a list of local places to get a photo with the big guy
- 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
- Participate in Elf on the Shelf
- Send a letter to Santa. (Kids will get a reply back from Santa). Use address Santa, North Pole, 9999
- Do a Christmas sensory play activity
- Make a Christmas craft
- Sing along to Christmas carols with your friends and family
- Read a Christmas kids book with your kids.
- Attend a Christmas pantomime or musical
- Stage an ugly sweater Christmas portrait session. Charlestown Square is offering Cringeworthy Christmas photos in November and December
- Eat your way through a box of mangoes.
- Enjoy a fresh Christmas tree this year or decorate with some Christmas bush
- Watch a Christmas movie with your kids. Here’s some suggestions
- Hit the beach at Christmas time to make your Northern Hemisphere friends and family envious
- Cool down and have a water fight
- Go down to the beach and spot a surfing Santa
- Play beach or backyard cricket
- Make a homemade Christmas gift
- Listen to some Christmas tunes with the Newy with Kids Christmas Spotify playlist
- Eat Christmas cherries
- Give back at Christmas time to those in need. Here are ideas on how your family can help those less fortunate
- Perform a random act of kindness
- Cut back on physical gifts and give an experience gift
- Make Christmas ornaments
- Play board games. Here are some fun ones to enjoy with friends and family
- Follow Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve on the NORAD Santa Tracker
- Leave carrots for Santa’s reindeers and cookies for Santa
- Enjoy a seafood lunch
- Do the Boxing Day sales
- Watch the Boxing Day Test
- Go camping
- Ring in the New Year at home or at a local NYE event
Any other suggestions for Christmas family fun?
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