25+ Fun Advent Calendar Activities for Kids

Try these advent calendar activities for toddlers! So many simple and easy ideas to help spread the magic of Christmas.

What makes Christmas so special? The fun? The magic? The activities? The people? Seeing the joy on your kid’s face?

As I was putting together our advent calendar this year I wanted to have a good mix of easy activities and more exciting things to help bring the magic of Christmas. Since I was gathering activity ideas anyway I thought I’d write them all up for you in case you’re looking for some ideas.

Our advent calendar ladder turned out so cute! In case you missed it, see it here.

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1. Make a Christmas ornament

Popsicle stick snowflake — Too cute and what we’re planning on doing!
Crystal snowflake ornaments — These would be great for older kids!!
Cinnamon cookie ornaments — These look so cute and would smell amazing!


2. Make a Christmas card and mail it to someone special


3. Read a Christmas book

Start off the season right with a good Christmas book!


4. Decorate Christmas cookies


5. Put up Christmas lights


6. Open St. Nicholas presents (December 6)


7. Build a gingerbread house


8. Write a letter to Santa


9. Make paper snowflakes Here are some great templates to follow!


10. Color a Christmas coloring page


11. Make old-fashioned hot chocolate Here’s a recipe that looks delicious!


12. String popcorn to go on the tree


13. Play a board game


14. Go Christmas shopping for Daddy


15. Make a Christmas chain countdown


16. Watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn

These are some great movie options:

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Elf
  • A Christmas Story
  • The Santa Clause
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas


17. Visit Santa


18. Go ice skating


19. Sing Christmas carols around the fire


20. Go Christmas shopping for Mommy


21. Choose a toy (or multiple toys) to give to a shelter


22. Make s’mores


23. Dress up for candlelight dinner


24. Take pictures in front of the Christmas tree

The trick is to use a low f-stop and raise the ISO until your kid is bright enough sitting in front of the tree. Here’s a great article in case you need some more guidance.


25. Drive around and look at lights in our Christmas pajamas


26. Sleep under the Christmas tree


27. Wrap presents


28. Make a birthday cake for Jesus This is a great activity to do on Christmas Eve.


30. Read the Christmas story from the Bible


What are some of your favorite activities to do in December? I can’t wait to fill our days with fun holiday activities.

Check out how to make a modern advent calendar here.

Make a modern advent calendar perfect for toddlers with this little paper village from Lia Griffith filled with activities and fun ideas for Christmas! This DIY ladder is the perfect way to display it all!

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