Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Activities With Your Kids

Today I am linking up with Erika and Ashley for Tuesday Talk, and I am talking about Christmas activities to do with kids! Now there are SO many fun activities to do during Christmas time, and in order to keep this post from being the longest post ever, I picked five of my favorites to do (in no particular order).  I have two toddlers so I am no expert in the big kid department, but I think most (if not all of these) can be for bigger kids too. Some cost money, some are free, some take some work, some don't....so hopefully there is a little something for everyone.

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

These pictures don't even come close to doing it justice, but have you ever been to Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop?! If you live close to Bass Pro, I recommend checking this out with your kids because it is so fun! A section of the store is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with Santa and lots of activities for kids to do.

In order to see Santa,  stop by the ticket depot and pick up a bass pass which will give you an assigned time to see Santa. And then be sure to check out all the fun activities for kids to do...things like crafts and activities tables, remote control trucks, a lincoln logs building area, and more. Some locations even have a carousel ride. And of course, there are always the big fish tanks and taxidermy animals to check out around the store too. The best part of all....this stuff is all FREE!!!

Christmas Lights

Looking at Christmas lights is always fun to do...especially with kids! Most of the time we think about driving around, but if you live in warmer places (or weather permitting) walking can be really fun too. We have a few neighborhoods that go all out and decorate so we have a blast grabbing a coffee (hot chocolate for me!) and walking around to see all the lights.

 This has turned into a fun tradition that we now do with friends and something you might think of doing! One particular neighborhood that we like to visit even has Santa so we meet up with our friends and walk around to check out all the lights and then the kids visit Santa :)

Decorating Christmas Cookies
Decorating Christmas cookies is another favorite pasttime of mine and is something I now love to do with my own kids. Last year was the first year I tried decorating cookies with my daughter and she loved it! Yesterday, I posted my favorite sugar cookie recipe and powdered sugar frosting recipe here.

This year I am planning to have some of mommy friends over later in December, and we are going to decorate cookies with our kids. Hobby Lobby has some cute Christmas plates for kids that I plan on picking up so that each kid will have a Christmas plate to take their cookies home on.

Sleighride (or Hayride)
Nothing says Christmas like a sleighride! One of my favorite Christmas time memories as a kid were the sleighrides we went on while we lived in Montana. It may have been freezing cold, but we had the best time, and they made for such sweet memories. A few years ago my family planned a sleighride in Wisconsin which turned into a hayride because of no snow, but we had still had so much fun.

 I don't have a great way to look up and see if there is something like this in your area other than to ask around or use good old google. I stumbled across one at a local farm while searching for something else earlier this Fall, so I tucked it away, and we have plans to go on a Christmas hayride (no snow here...boo!) sometime in December.

Reading the Christmas Story/Advent Calendars
The Christmas season fills up so fast and there is so much fun stuff to do, but the most important for our family is to take a moment and reflect on the real reason we are celebrating Christmas (Jesus' birth!). One of my Christmastime memories growing up was sitting by the Christmas tree and reading the Christmas story as a family every night.

 This year we plan to spend time each night as a family and read the Christmas story (this year it will probably be in small sections since we have toddlers) and do an advent calendar. What I love about advent calendars is that there are so many variations that you can do! I've seen ones at places like Trader Joes or Sprouts that cost just a few dollars and involve chocolate :) Or here are some others that I found on Amazon that we might give a try:
Crayola Advent Calendar
Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar
Jelly Belly Giant Christmas Advent Calendar
Play-Doh Advent Calendar

Last, I do have an honorable mention that I am doing for my kids this year....and that is getting a Fisher-Price Little People Nativity for them to play with at Christmas. Both of my kids (ages 3 and 1) LOVE little people so I am looking forward to having this for them to play with out by our Christmas tree.

What are some of your favorite Christmas activities to do with kids?!

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  1. We LOVE our Little People Nativity set...we also have a Little People Christmas village. We always go to a museum that has a gingerbread house display, drive around looking at Christmas lights and have a Christmas movie night! Jaclyn www.coffeepancakesanddreams.com

    1. I’ve never heard of a Little People Christmas village. I’m going to have to look into that!!I would love to go check out a gingerbread house display. So fun!!!!