55 Advent Calendar Activity Ideas

55 Advent Activity Ideas | Looking for something other than chocolate for #advent? How about doing a #daily #activity got the #countdown #to #Christmas


This post was originally published in 2013 so I felt it was time to show it some love and update it into 2018! 


The countdown to Christmas is away to begin and most people will be displaying their advent calendars and looking forward to whatever will be behind the door that day, whether its chocolate, toys, beauty products or even cheese!  We have one of those wooden advent calendars that you can fill up the drawers with sweets or small toys but seeing as I’m trying to cut back on all things sweet I thought activities would be much better for my teeth and waistline.   Also Noah is too young for chocolate at the moment. I thought we could fill the days with activities we can do over the next 24 days until it’s finally Christmas Day. This would also be a good thing to do if you don’t want your children consuming lots of chocolate in the run up to Christmas and also to build up the excitement for them.

55 Advent Activity Ideas | Looking for something other than chocolate for #advent? How about doing a #daily #activity got the #countdown #to #Christmas

You don’t have to do activities every day, maybe at the weekend only or on days that you aren’t busy.  There are some easy activities on here where you don’t even need to leave the house if the weather is bad or if  you have a case of the CBAs (can’t be arsed).  This list includes activities that you can do for families, children, couples or even just with friends.


55 Advent Activity Ideas


  1. Buy a Christmas Tree and decorate it.
  2. Have a movie night watching your favourite Christmas films such as Elf, Muppets’ Christmas Carol, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, etc.
  3. Build a Gingerbread House.
  4. Bake Christmas cookies.
  5. Have a Fondue night.
  6. Buy a scratchcard.
  7. Build a Snowman (obviously this is weather dependant).
  8. Visit Santa at his Grotto.
  9. Go to the cinema to see this year’s Christmas film.
  10.  Decorate outside your home.
  11.  Drive around to see other people’s Christmas lights.
  12. Have a hot chocolate night with marshmallows, cream and other toppings or add in Baileys or Candy Cane vodka…Yum!
  13. Do something for charity such as donating a shoebox to an appeal or buy a child a gift.
  14. Make Reindeer food for Christmas Eve (remember to use edible glitter as it’s non toxic to wildlife)
  15. Picnic tea under the Christmas Tree.
  16. Make paper-chain decorations.
  17. Have a festive themed manicure.
  18. Have a Christmas themed packed lunch, you could use a cookie cutters for cutting out shaped sandwiches or things that are red and green.
  19. Go to a Christmas Market.
  20. Go to a Carol service on Christmas Eve.
  21. Roast chestnuts.
  22. Read a Christmas book.
  23. Make Mulled Wine or Cider (for non drinkers or children there is Mulled Apple Juice).
  24. Have breakfast with Santa
  25. Make paper snowflakes.
  26. Go to the Christmas Pantomime.
  27. Listen to Christmas music at home and make up a playlist for in the car.
  28. Go ice-skating.
  29. Go out for a festive meal.
  30. Buy a new decoration for the tree.
  31. Go sledging and make snow angels (weather dependant).
  32. Have a games night.
  33. Make and drink some Christmas cocktails/mocktails.
  34. Write a letter to Santa.
  35. Buy a Costa/Starbucks festive drink.
  36. Have a bath/shower using Lush Christmas products.
  37.  Have a North Pole Breakfast
  38. Have a Christmas Jumper day.
  39. Make salt dough Christmas decorations.
  40. Have a Christmas photo shoot (either do it yourself or book one in).
  41. Go on the Santa steam train.
  42. Have a Festive takeaway from McDonalds, M&S Food to go, etc.
  43. Donate Christmas goodies to a food bank.
  44. Donate food, hay, treats, toys to animal charities (many vet practices have collections for charities).
  45. Collect Pine Cones to make into a centrepiece.
  46. Make Peppermint Bark.
  47.  DIY Christmas decorations like a Christmas in a jar.
  48.  Bake mince pies from scratch or cheat using mincemeat out of a jar and ready made pastry (my preferred option!).
  49. Feed the ducks (not bread!!) sweetcorn, oats, peas, torn lettuce & wish them a Merry Christmas.
  50. Make bird feeders.
  51. Go on a winter walk in the woods.
  52. Eat dinner by candlelight.
  53. Bake Christmas cupcakes.
  54. Have a pyjama day (wearing Christmas ones is optional)
  55. Go on a Christmas themed scavenger hunt.

I hope that you found this Advent Calendar Activity Ideas helpful.  Is there anything that you like to do that is not on the list?  Leave a comment below as I’d love to hear them.

And in case our cats felt left out, they get an Advent Calendar too but with treats, there is no way I’m going to do a list of activities for them!
55 Advent Activity Ideas | Looking for something other than chocolate for #advent? How about doing a #daily #activity got the #countdown #to #Christmas

What kind of Advent Calendar do you have this year? Do you already do something like this? If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them.

If you are looking for other Christmas posts:
Christmas Planner
Christmas in a Jar

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6 responses to “55 Advent Calendar Activity Ideas”

  1. lemonadebudget.com says:

    This is a lovely idea. My Mother in Law sometimes buys us a chocolate calendar each, but I don't think we're getting one this year. I like this way better, it's more in the Christmas Spirit x

    • admin says:

      Thank you :)! You end up eating loads of chocolate between advent calendars, sweets at work, tins of chocolate at home and then wonder why you have put on weight lol. He doesn't know that there is no chocolate in them yet so will have to wait and see how well it goes down :). If you do something like this then let me know what you got up to. xx

  2. Such a lovely idea! My friend did this one year it’s fab 🙂

  3. Sarah says:

    I’ve been drawing up a list of activities to do in advent with my girls- there are some lovely ones here!

  4. Deborah Kos says:

    I never thought of picnic tea under the tree but I would like to try this. Making peppermint bark sounds like a great idea for Christmas dessert too.

  5. Emma says:

    What great ideas! Love that they are activities rather than things. We are trying to move away from that this year. X

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