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Advent Calendar Activity Ideas – Family Activities, Crafts, and Kindness

This collection of Advent Calendar Activity Ideas will help you make the most of your Christmas countdown. Divided into three sections of Advent calendar activity ideas, we will cover Family Activities for Advent, Advent Craft Ideas, and Acts of Kindness for Advent. I also have a Christmas Countdown Advent Kit which includes a collection of advent cards and a printable planning kit that includes checklists of these activities as well as a Christmas Countdown calendar and a blank calendar for you to plan which activities you would like to do and when.

Nativity Scene - putting up your nativity is a great advent activity for families.

So, let’s get planning because it’s almost that time of year. The time tends to fly by if we aren’t ready to grab the moments and make something of them. This year for Christmas lets give kindness and create memories with our families that will last. Here are our favorite Advent calendar activity ideas

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Christmas Tree and stockings

Family Advent Activities

  • Go for a drive and look at the Christmas lights and displays.
  • Decorate the tree.
  • Decorate a gingerbread house.
  • Decorate your front porch for Christmas.
  • Visit a Nativity.
  • Bake Christmas cookies together.
  • Make snowman pancakes.
  • Attend a Christmas Symphony.
  • Share a memory from Christmas’s past.
  • Go ice skating.
  • Write out Christmas cards.
  • Wrap presents.
  • Family Movie Night.
  • Hang up the mistletoe.
  • Make Grinch Popcorn and watch the movie.
  • Make hot cocoa and watch The Polar Express.
  • Play a game of Christmas Pictionary.
  • Hang up your Christmas Stocking
  • Go to see The Nutcracker Ballet.
  • Read a Christmas storybook.
  • Go to your town tree lighting.
  • Write a letter to Santa.
  • Visit Santa.
  • Hide the Christmas Pickle.
  • Attend a Candlelight Service.
  • Open your Christmas Eve Gift Box.
Paper Snowflake Craft for Advent Craft Idea

Advent Craft Ideas

  • Make a star-shaped Christmas tree decoration.
  • Draw a nativity scene
  • Make paper crowns (wise men).
  • Make a paper angel ornament.
  • Make a Christmas paper garland.
  • Make paper snowflakes.
  • Make a sock snowman.
  • Make a tea light snowman ornament.
  • Make a candy cane Rudolph.
  • Make a candy cane wreath.
  • Make birdseed ornaments.
  • Paint pinecones.
  • Create your own gift tags.
  • Make a pomander.
  • Make salt dough ornaments.
Bake cookies for advent. Baking together and sharing cookies with friends and neighbors are all good ways to celebrate advent.

Advent Acts of Kindness

  • Shop for a gift for The Angel Tree.
  • Decorate a mini tree and donate it to a person in the hospital or in a nursing home.
  • Make cookies for a neighbor or friend.
  • Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
  • Bring treats to your local animal shelter.
  • String popcorn and cranberries and drape on trees for your birds.
  • Write a letter to a soldier posted overseas.
  • Find a Salvation Army Bell Ringer and donate.
  • Make a Delivery Person Thank You Basket!
  • Write a Christmas poem and send it to a relative.

However you celebrate Advent this year and whichever Advent calendar activities you choose, I hope they bring you joy and pull you ever closer to the true meaning of the season!

What Christmas is all about - Christ alone.

Get Your Advent Calendar Activity Ideas Planning Kit right here!

If you are looking to get things organized check out this Advent Kit which gets your Advent Calendar Activity Ideas selected and onto an advent calendar. This also includes cards for putting inside your DIY advent calendar. Check it out right here.

Christmas Countdown Advent Ideas for Kids

Check out these fun DIY Advent Calendars from Martha Stewart

12 Advent Calendar Ideas for the Countdown to Christmas

Count down to Christmas with a handmade advent calendar you and the kids can create. Our homemade ideas feature ornaments, baby socks, and photos, and they’re the perfect treat-filled way to celebrate the season.

Or this collection of 28 DIY Christmas Advent Calendars from MostCraft.

28 Of The Best DIY Christmas Advent Calendars

First, a little history lesson about the advent calendar. Designed at some point in the mid-1980s, the advent calendar was one of corporate America’s first big marketing campaigns when it came to the holidays. The first advent calendars weren’t actually calendars.

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