Advent Activities

I love making up family traditions especially at Christmas time. We started doing advent activities when Sofia was 3 and have done it every year since. The idea is very simple and flexible. I think of 24 Christmas activities and we do one each day throughout December up until Christmas day.

It takes a little bit of organising but it makes the run up to Christmas really special. Sofia is now 7 and Sam and Leo are 3. This will be the first year the boys will really get to join in.

We have little coloured envelops hung on a ribbon across the living room (I found some perfect ones in Paperchase). Each envelop has a paper with the days activity written on it.

Here is our advent activity list for 2015!


  1. Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
  2. Make melted snowman biscuits
  3. Christmas themed movie night
  4. Make and eat popcorn
  5. Make ginger bread biscuits
  6. Decorate the Christmas tree
  7. Eat candy canes
  8. Christmas treasure hunt (I just hide lots of chocolate coins around the house for the kids to look for)
  9. Have a sparkle bath (using a bath fizzer from Lush that turns the water coloured and sparkly)
  10. Bake mince pies
  11. Write and post Christmas cards (the kids love going to the post box to post the envelops in)
  12. Read a Christmas story
  13. Chocolate fondue
  14. Make Christmas sticker pictures
  15. Make cloud dough snow (this is just made from plain flour mixed with olive oil)
  16. Eat ice cream with sprinkles
  17. Decorate a ginger bread house (they sell great kits in Ikea or Tiger)
  18. Build a Christmas village (we have some little wooden houses with lights in that we set up on a shelf to make a little village scene).
  19. Make star garlands (I bought a big star paper punch last year that helps with this)
  20. Make salt dough ornaments
  21. Make lolly stick stars
  22. Decorate a Christmas wreath
  23. Paint our nails with glitter nail varnish
  24. Open the Christmas Eve box (which has new pyjamas for everyone, a Christmas story, DVD and some chocolate)

There are deliberately some activities that are very quick to do (like the eating ones). These come in handy for days when I get back from work a bit later and we don’t have time to do crafts or baking.

I’ll post a few photos of our activities throughout December to show what we’ve been up to.  Here’s the melted snowman biscuits.  Melted snowman biscuits


Do you have an advent tradition or any activities that you like to do in the run up to Christmas? Let me know in the comments section below.

17 thoughts on “Advent Activities

    1. You are very welcome in our mad house! It is fun but chaos. Lush do the best bath fizzers. My next door neighbour works there and the staff always make a big fuss of our kids when we go in doing little demonstrations for them and letting them try lots of products.

    1. We really enjoy having a little activity to do each day (even if it means rushing Sofia’s homework a little bit to fit everything in). By the time we get to Christmas we are bouncing off the walls excited (and that’s just me).

    1. I’m kind of with Sylvia I don’t really like candy canes but Sofia absolutely loves them so they made their way onto the list. I’m on a bit of sugar high now as today was hot chocolate with Marshmallows and chocolate covered spoons.

  1. This is brilliant. I plan to do something like this probably next year when Rowan is nearly 2.5 years old so will be able to do much more with his Mummy and Daddy.

    Can’t wait to see some photos of your fantastic efforts.

    Laura x
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    1. I’ll pop a few photos on the blog face book page – I was buzzing today from hot chocolate sugar overload!

  2. What a great way to get the family into the Christmas spirit over the course of the month. I’d have loved something like this as a kid, because I was also so impatient for Christmas – doing a little something Christmassy every day would seem to draw it closer.
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    1. It’s really fun. We keep the activities quite simple so that it is easy to organise. I’ll pop photos on my blog Facebook page through the month.

    1. I’d really recommend it as long as you keep the activities really easy it does a bit of extra fun to December and doesn’t take too much organising.

    1. I really enjoy it. The boys will be able to get involved in the simpler ones – they were totally up for making and eating popcorn yesterday.

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