Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Image credits: LittleWishingWellCo; printables created using element of images from (Le Chernina and Iveta Angelova)


One of the Christmas traditions I loved most growing up was the advent calendar. My sister and I always looked forward to opening up the little doors to see what little chocolatey surprise awaited us. We both have children of our own now and I still give her a chocolate advent calendar every year. I am really looking forward to starting an advent calendar tradition with my daughters (they are 3 and 5) this year. I ordered the one pictured above from Etsy and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. In the meantime, I’ve been working on a few activity ideas to fill the calendar.

Advent Calendar Activity Ideas

Kitchen Activities

  • Christmas shaped pancakes served with Christmas sprinkles
  • Santa strawberry hats
  • Grinch kebabs
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Build Graham Cracker gingerbread houses
  • Ice cream cone Christmas trees
  • Make hot apple cider

Have a look at the Pinterest board for ideas…



  • Visit a Christmas tree farm
  • Spend the day in pajamas and trim the tree
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Read Christmas books
  • Let kids decorate their bedrooms for Christmas (tuck a string of fairy lights in the advent calendar)and decorate the bathroom mirror with Christmas gel decals
  • Attend a local Christmas event e.g. tree lighting, bazaar, parade, concert, play, ballet, breakfast with Santa, holiday train
  • Collect canned goods for charity; clean up toys for donation; participate in Operation Christmas Child; serve a meal together as a family at a local homeless shelter
  • Random acts of kindness
  • Christmas movie marathon with popcorn and drink hot chocolate
  • Christmas puzzle treasure hunt – hide the pieces all over the house and build the puzzle as you find the pieces
  • Make gingerbread and deliver it to your neighbours
  • Ice skating and sledding
  • Take a walk or a drive to see Christmas lights
  • Go carolling
  • Have a slumber party around the Christmas tree
  • Interview each family member on video e.g. favorite memory from the year, the thing they love most about Christmas etc.)
  • Christmas karaoke
  • Visit chocolate shop to buy chocolate gold coins



  • Christmas cards
  • Prep for the Christmas dinner table:
    • Place cards
    • Christmas crackers
    • Christmas crowns/hats
    • Decorations
  • Ornaments out of clay or paper
  • Wreath
  • Christmas video to send to friends and family who are out of town
  • Paint pinecones to make a centerpiece or decorate the house
  • Glitter snow globes

Have a look at the Pinterest board for ideas…


Christmas Eve

  • Track Santa with NORAD (site will be live 1st December) and print out world maps for the kids so they can mark his stops along the way to your house – talk about  Christmas traditions around the world ( as he makes his stops
  • Make reindeer food (mix oatmeal and glitter) and leave it outside along with carrots for Rudolph and co.
  • Put out cookies for Santa
  • Read The Night Before Christmas


Click to to access the printable list of Advent Calendar Activity Ideas:Advent Calendar Activity Ideas


Planning the Advent Activities

I’ll use a calendar for the month of December to plan out our Advent activities (click to access the printable Advent Calendar Planner) around the commitments we have already made for December:Advent Calendar Activity Planner

What are your Christmas traditions? Please share them in the comments section below.


See what we were up to Advent 2017:




  1. Amazing, thank you for the great ideas!!
    This year I was thinking of starting the christmas box tradition, which is a gift box for each family member to open on Dec 23rd, with new PJs, a christmas movie, snacks, christmas book etc. And then we would all wear our pjs, and watch the movie and eat our snacks together 😊. Looking forward to it!!!

  2. So great that you are making Christmas so magical. These traditions will be carried forward. Love the sharing aspect you are teaching your girls. It’s truly what the spirit of Christmas is all about.

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