Activity Advent Calendar

There are so many different traditions that accompany the Christmas Season. You may follow a tradition that has been passed down through the generations, or maybe you have started your very own. It’s the time of year that can create such sweet, precious memories that last a lifetime. It’s also a wonderful chance to encourage your family to just be together. While gifts are generally a part of this Holiday Season, it is important to remember that sometimes,  just being together is the greatest gift of all. That’s where the Activity Advent comes into play! 

What is an Advent Calendar? 

The Advent Calendar is a calendar created to count down to the much anticipated Christmas celebration. Originally, the Advent Calendar would overlap with the Christian season of Advent, ranging from as early as November 27th and as late as December 3rd through to Christmas Day. Traditionally, the calendar was a rectangle card with windows and each day a window would be opened to reveal a poem, a picture, a small toy or chocolate candy. 

More recently, the idea of an Advent Calendar has expanded to more than just poems and treats, and the physical calendar itself has been adapted into more creative options. There are a number of beautiful calendars available for purchase, such as this festive Shadow Box display, or this customizable Wooden Tree display. You can also find some amazing ideas for crafting your very own Advent Calendar. The style of calendar you use is entirely up to you and your decorating preference, though you’ll want to make sure you’re able to fill each day with an activity slip.  

Advent Activity List

Once you’ve selected the kind of calendar you want to use for your activity slips, it’s time to choose the activities!

  1. make wrapping paper
  2. decorate the house
  3. put up and decorate Christmas tree


  1. watch Rudolph
  2. sing christmas carols 
  3. build a snowman (if you live in a warm climate, build a play dough snowman)
  4. visit Santa
  5. write a letter to Santa
  6. drive around to see lights
  7. select old toys for donation
  8. make a gingerbread house
  9. string popcorn for garland
  10. make paper snowflakes
  11. pick out Christmas books at the library


  1. bake cookies
  2. make Christmas cards
  3. have a cookie decorating party
  4. have a dance party to Christmas music
  5. read The Night Before Christmas
  6. write a new Christmas carol (using the tune with your own words
  7. go sledding
  8. watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  9. make hot chocolate with candy canes
  10. go around the house and collect green and red items
  11. clean out your cabinets and donate to a local food pantry
  12. pick a name from an Angel Tree and shop for a gift

Snow (10 of 15)

  1. make a snow angel
  2. decorate the windows with spray snow
  3. go to a tree lighting ceremony
  4. decorate a wreath together
  5. watch The Polar Express
  6. hang mistletoe and give out kisses
  7. go to a Live Nativity
  8. make edible trees with ice cream cones, green icing and sprinkles
  9. visit a nursing home and hand out cookies to the staff
  10. make green and red play dough
  11. make salt dough ornaments
  12. make s’mores
  13. use shaving cream to make Santa beards at bath time

open presents

  1. Open Presents!

Since some of these activities take some extra planning and preparation, it may be best to set those for the specific days you know you have the time and supplies. For the rest, fill the calendar randomly so it’s a surprise not only for the kids, but for you, too!

Want some ideas for making your own Advent Calendar? Have a look at this post for 3 DIY Advent Calendars.

Photo credits: The Art of Making a Baby, The Quinntessential MommyCeceLynn Design, The Memoirs of Megan



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