I’ve collated these from previous posts on NHM but please add your suggestions in the comments on the NorthHantsMum FB Page and I will add them into this post. Thanks!!
Advent Calendar Ideas for 2017
Make a Christmas tree decoration
Build a Christmas item like a Lego Christmas tree, Santa sleigh, snowman, etc or with playdoh.
Make a paper chain
Go see the Christmas lights or a street that has lots of decorations. Festival Place, The Oracle, Farnham and Winchester have good local ones.
Do some Christmas baking
December 5th is Saint Nicholas Day, so do someone a good deed in his spirit. The French bake gingerbread as a tradition.
December 21st is winter solstice so take time out from all those Pre- Christmas do’s and celebrate at home by cosying up with loved Ones.
Attend Hook Christmas Cracker (Saturday 2nd December 2017)
Make a Christmas card
Play a board game
Christmas Nature Walk – Take a walk to your local park or woods and collect pine cones and see if you can spot a robin or some holly. Check out Nature Detectives to see what you can find.
Visit your local garden centre to see The Christmas decorations
Write a letter to Father Christmas. Use stickers for younger children
Go to a local school Christmas Fayre and pick up some fabulous bespoke Christmas presents.
Make Christmas Gloop (put in a couple of baubles and some glitter) ????
Put together A personalised video message for your child from Santa (and it’s free!) (this is AWESOME!) and play it to your child.
Visit a local library and find some nice Christmas stories, e.g. Father Christmas needs a wee!
Make a bird feeder
Have a Christmas boogie. When the music stops, do a christmas movement. Roll like a bauble, chickle like santa, twirl like a snowflake
Eat dinner by candlelight.(We use the electronic version of candles as I’m banned from using real candles since I set fire to my bedroom when I was 14 years old. Don’t ask!)
Have a Christmas sing song round the piano. All use instruments like jingle bells or triangle
Learn about Christmas in another country
Read Christmas books whilst snuggled under blankets
Go ice skating at the local ice skating rink
Play Christmas charades
Go see a local pantomime
Christmas dressing up
Go Christmas Caroling (even if it’s just to Grandparents!)
Give something back, make a donation.
Make jolly jars. Take an old jam jar and decorate with stickers or glass pens and then fill with sweets and treats to give to loved ones
Hand deliver some Christmas cards to neighbours
Print off some Christmas puzzles, word searches, colour pages.
Tell some of our favourite Christmas jokes
Do a Christmas jigsaw puzzle
A lovely activity to do on Christmas eve is to have a special Christmas box with new pyjamas, a Christmas DVD and snacks that your children can unwrap and enjoy while they wait for father christmas
Watch the Santa Fun Run in Eastrop Park. Is there one on this year?
Buy and decorate your Christmas Tree
Write a letter to Santa – find out about the NSPCC version or send one via Royal Mail
Listen to Christmas Music (there are normally dedicated satellite channels for music and films at Christmas!) or you can download your favourites from i-Tunes.
Have an indoor snowball fight with scrunched up paper
From today the word “Christmas” is jinxed – every time you say “Christmas” you have to sing Jingle Bells – this can run all day or all month
Put Christmas decorations up in your bedroom
Send Christmas cards
Make Christmas crackers from old toilet rolls!
Watch a Christmas movie. Which are your favourites?
Visit Santa’s Grotto at Festival Place and take a ride on the train
Sing the 12 Days of Christmas without saying Christmas.
Drive round looking for houses with Christmas lights.
Have a super duper Hot Chocolate – make your own at home with flake, marshmallows, squirty cream, etc or nip out to your favourite cafe.
Catch a ride on the Santa Bus.
Dress up as a Christmas character all day or wear a Christmas Jumper
Make a Christmas collage
Build and decorate a gingerbread house
Jazz up a chocolate Swiss roll for an instant Yule log
Christmas i-spy – make a list of Christmas items to spot then go for a walk and tick things off your list.
Track Santa’s progress around the world on the Norad website
Thank you very much to Heidi W for her suggestions in 2014!!!!
1. Put up tree and outside lights
2. Santa train ride in town centre
3. Christmas books by candle light
4. Christmas snap cards, make paperchains
5. Write Christmas cards
6. New Christmas jigsaw
7. Watch a Christmas DVD
8. Go and see a Christmas show either at the Anvil or the Haymarket.
9. Paper crafts (angels, snowflakes etc)
10. Lion’s Santa tour stops outisde our house – with glowsticks
11. Paper/foam wreaths
12. Sticker activity books
13. Make your own Christmas badge kit
14. Check out a local museum (Milestones or the Willis Museum) for their Christmas activities with little ones
15. Childrens Carol service at church
16. Do a Christmas Craft together – e.g. foam Christmas tree kit, make Christmas crackers, Christmas baubles.
17. Christmas books
18. Stencils/sticker craft
19. Nativity Play scene set
21. Winter Ice Art or go and see the Christmas Ice Rink either at Winchester Cathederal or if they have one in Festival Place
22. Make Christmas biscuits
23. Visit Santa’s Wonderland at Paultons Park
24. Open your Christmas Eve box together (New PJ’s!!!)
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