203 Things To Do This Christmas: The ULTIMATE Festive Bucket List

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An epic list of things to do this Christmas, this is the ultimate festive bucket list. The festive season is one many of us want to savour and enjoy. It is a time of joy, connection, laughter, fun, and inspiration. It is a time of devotion, healing, and love. It is a time of making, crafting, decorating, baking, cooking, drinking, and sleeping. It is for hugs, high fives, kisses, and snuggles. 

For a long time, the countdown to Christmas has been one of excitement. The advent, along with the advent calendar helped us track those 24 days towards Christmas. Usually, we’d be treated with a cute picture or a little chocolate behind each door. But what if we could celebrate each day in December with a different Christmas activity? What if we combine a Christmas to-do list with the countdown.

There are loads of things to do before Christmas, from Christmas events to Christmas games. There are all kinds of Christmas activities for the family, or maybe you are looking for Christmas activities for couples.

To help you get the most out of this Christmas season we have put together an epic bucket list of things to do this Christmas. We have divided the list up into sections to help you pick out the ideal things to add to your own ideas for Christmas list. 

Many of these activities you can do throughout the holidays season, some are activities you can on Christmas Day. If you are looking for things to do on Christmas Day with family you are sure to find inspiration and Christmas ideas here.

Read on for Christmas fun and get your Christmas to do list ready. And if you would like a copy of the list to download the option box is below.


Make Christmas Food and Drink

  1. Decorate your own gingerbread
  2. Make mulled wine
  3. Prepare Christmas pudding
  4. Order your turkey or Christmas Day meat
  5. Create your ideal Christmas Day menu
  6. Make an epic Christmas Eve buffet spread
  7. Drink port and eat cheese
  8. Eat mince pies
  9. Bake Christmas Cake
  10. Make a Yule Log
  11. Drink eggnog
  12. Make luxurious hot chocolate 
  13. Bake mini gingerbread houses for your hot chocolate mugs
  14. Make honeycomb
  15. Drink ice cold Baileys
  16. Make Christmas pudding vodka
  17. Make a Christmas cocktail
  18. Bake cinnamon swirls on Christmas Day morning
  19. Cook brussels sprouts the fancy way
  20. Make filled iced cubes with mint, raspberries, edible flowers
  21. Make a fancy food platter
  22. Plan easy-to-make Crimbo Limbo dinners
  23. Plan what to do with Christmas dinner leftovers
  24. Make lebkuchen
  25. Have a cookie decorating competition
  26. Stay healthy with a winter fruit salad
  27. Make sloe gin
  28. Make infused vodka
  29. Roast marshmallows in the fireplace
  30. Host a Christmas brunch party

Create Joyful Decor

  1. Decorate the Christmas tree
  2. Cover the house in fairy lights
  3. Decorate the house with Christmas themed decor
  4. Hang out a stocking
  5. Make DIY gift tags
  6. Make paper chains
  7. Buy a new Christmas decoration
  8. Create a bauble window display
  9. Set up a hot chocolate station in your home or at a party
  10. Create a festive fireplace display
  11. Cover the bannister in lights or garlands
  12. Make your front door or porch look festive
  13. Decorate the kitchen with greenery
  14. Start a festive-inspired collection of trinkets
  15. Buy vintage ornaments

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Fun Crafts and DIY To Do

  1. Make your own advent calendar
  2. Create a Christmas Eve box
  3. Make a wreath for the front door
  4. Make a Christingle
  5. Make some homemade gifts
  6. Make a nativity scene
  7. Knit a hat or scarf
  8. Frost the window
  9. Make paper snowflakes
  10. Make a Christmas Day centrepiece for the table
  11. Make your own snow globe
  12. Make your own Christmas tree ornament
  13. Make dried oranges to decorate your home
  14. Make your own wrapping paper
  15. Make a Christmas gift basket for someone you like
  16. Make a personalised Christmas stocking
  17. Personalise a Christmas ornament
  18. Make a twig Christmas tree
  19. Doodle Christmas trees
  20. Decorate gift bags
  21. Make a Christmas tree suncatcher
  22. Make felt Christmas tree decorations
  23. Make a festive photo album
  24. Make your own Christmas gonk
  25. Make a reindeer garland
  26. Make cards with festive quotes
  27. Bake scented salt dough ornaments
  28. Make a popcorn garland
  29. Make birdseed ornaments for the trees outside
  30. Create a DIY holiday cards display
  31. Make a DIY gift for a teacher or mentor
  32. Make reindeer food for Rudolph and friends


Dress in Festive Fashion

  1. Buy a Christmas jumper
  2. Buy some woolly socks
  3. Wear a Santa hat
  4. Pick out your best winter coat
  5. Plan your festive party outfits
  6. Donate your old coats to charity
  7. Buy the family matching pyjamas
  8. Wear the sparkliest thing you can find
  9. Invest in some decent thermals

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Go On Seasonal Activities and Outings

  1. Visit your local German Christmas Market (or go visit one of the beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe)
  2. Go watch a pantomime at the theatre
  3. Go to watch The Nutcracker ballet
  4. Volunteer to befriend the elderly in your community
  5. Volunteer your time with homeless people and rough sleepers in the UK
  6. Visit your local castle or stately home 
  7. Go to your local church or cathedral for Christmas service
  8. Go to your local town’s switching on of the Christmas lights
  9. Visit department store for festive shopping
  10. Visit Santa’s grotto
  11. Visit some reindeer
  12. Go sales shopping
  13. Visit your Grandparents, parents, relatives
  14. Go tobogganing or sledging
  15. Attend Midnight Mass
  16. Donate to your local food bank
  17. Sing Christmas carols
  18. Go to Winter Wonderland
  19. Go ice skating
  20. Listen to a carol concert at your local heritage site
  21. Feed the birds
  22. Visit a Victorian Christmas Fayre
  23. Have a snowball fight
  24. Take an outing to a town or village you’ve never been to before
  25. Wear lots of layers and take a winter’s walk
  26. Do a random act of kindness
  27. Get a photo with Santa
  28. Drive around to see the Christmas lights on houses in your neighbourhood
  29. Go to a Christmas tree farm
  30. Go on a hot chocolate date
  31. Visit the local garden centre for winter plants
  32. Book a mini-break somewhere cold and wintery
  33. Spend the day at your local botanical gardens
  34. Go for a winter dip in the sea
  35. Go bird watching for winter birds
  36. Forage for mistletoe
  37. Forage for berries
  38. Reach out to an old friend
  39. Donate toys to charity
  40. Go to an immersive theatre experience
  41. Shop for second-hand or vintage board games
  42. Sip drinks at a winter rooftop bar or winter chalet
  43. Visit some ice sculptures
  44. Check out a winter pop-up bar
  45. Eat at a winter street food fair
  46. Attend a festive screening of a classic Christmas movie
  47. Take part in a wreath-making workshop
  48. Swap cookies with your neighbour
  49. Play Christmas tree eye spy on a car ride (tally white vs coloured lights)
  50. Go on a Christmas themed train ride
  51. Send a festive card/letter to a lonely person
  52. Experience a choir’s evensong
  53. Go on a festive guided walk
  54. Go thrifting for vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations
  55. Book a staycation in your country
  56. Visit Santa in Lapland
  57. Go skiing
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Christmas Activities To Do At Home

  1. Write your own Christmas bucket list
  2. Set your winter intentions and goals
  3. Send Christmas cards
  4. Write a letter to Santa
  5. Compile your own Christmas playlist
  6. Organise a Christmas party
  7. Create a December festive routine
  8. Kiss under the mistletoe
  9. Organise a candy cane treasure hunt
  10. Watch Elf
  11. Play board games (we love Cluedo)
  12. Hide chocolate coins around the house
  13. Build a snowman
  14. Make snow angels
  15. Organise a Christmas jumper day
  16. Read a Christmas-themed novel
  17. Tell someone you love them
  18. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
  19. Leave out brandy for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph (see what children around the world leave out for Santa)
  20. Light a candle and give thanks
  21. Watch the Queen’s speech
  22. Watch A Christmas Carol
  23. Celebrate Victorian Christmas Style
  24. Sit around a fire
  25. Roast chestnuts on an open fire
  26. Donate to your chosen charity
  27. Write a list of everything you are grateful for
  28. Dance to cheesy Christmas songs
  29. Start a new tradition with your family/friends
  30. Stuff the stockings
  31. Host a decorating Christmas biscuits party
  32. Write a letter to a distant relative
  33. Make a wish
  34. Buy yourself a present and wrap it for under the tree
  35. Play a game of cards
  36. Have a festive picnic in your living room
  37. Spend the day in your pyjamas
  38. Organise a Secret Santa
  39. Take a family portrait
  40. Read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas poem
  41. Go to the pub for a roast dinner
  42. Play Christmas carol pictionary
  43. Visit Hogwarts in the Snow at Harry Potter Studios
  44. Have a Christmas movie marathon
  45. Host a Christmas tea party
  46. Track Santa on NORAD on Christmas Eve
  47. Organise a charity fundraiser
  48. Organise a Christmas fancy dress party
  49. Play Christmas movie bingo
  50. Look after your mental health with Christmas self-care routine
  51. Learn how to fold table linen in fun ways for Christmas table
  52. Host a Boxing Day BBQ
  53. Play Elf on a shelf for the kids
  54. Listen to Christmas podcasts
  55. Plan your Christmas TV viewing
  56. Host a wrapping gifts party
  57. Play ‘pin the tail on Rudolph’
  58. Organise a video chat with out-of-town friends or relatives
  59. Have a slumber party under the tree
  60. Make a wish

And there you have it, the ultimate festive bucket list. What will you be adding to you things to do at Christmas list?