The Ultimate Family Christmas Bucket List

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Christmas Bucket List For Families!

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If you’re like me, you’re all about making the most of this festive time with your family. Between decorating the tree, baking gingerbread men, and wrapping gifts, there are just so many fun things you can do!

That’s why I’ve decided to create the ultimate Christmas Bucket List for families.

I compiled my TOP Christmas bucket list ideas that I truly believe are the cream of the crop ideas that are highest on the fun-o-meter. Honestly, I never thought I would use the word “fun-o-meter” in my life, but here we are. Anyway, I digress.

Moving on…

Grab your Christmas Bucket List PDF below!

Why Should Every Family Have a Christmas Bucket List?

December flies by, and suddenly, it’s Christmas Eve, and you’re thinking, “Didn’t I want to do that fun Christmas activity?!” Well, having a Christmas bucket list can help ensure you’re squeezing in all the joy and magic of the season.

And honestly, checking things off a list is just so darn satisfying, am I right?

The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List for Families

I’ve gathered up some of the best Christmas bucket list ideas that are perfect for families. And bonus: I’ve got a printable Christmas bucket list at the end, so you can stick it on your fridge and check things off as you go!

Christmas Movie Marathon Night – Christmas Bucket List TOP PICK!

It’s one of the top items on many Christmas movies bucket lists! Grab those fuzzy blankets, make some popcorn, and binge on classics like “Home Alone,” “Elf,” and “The Polar Express.” I mean, who can resist the charm of these festive films? Heck, you could do a whole Christmas bucket list dedicated solely to movies!

Family Movie Night

DIY Christmas Ornaments Day

Let’s get crafty! This one’s especially for those of us who love a good DIY. Grab some plain ornaments, glitter, paint, and let your creativity run wild. Your tree will have so much more personality with these custom beauties.


Neighborhood Lights Tour

Pile everyone into the car, blast some Christmas tunes, and drive around to admire the best-lit houses in your area. It’s one of those simple Christmas bucket lists pleasures that never gets old. Oh, and it’s a free activity (minus gas).


Bake-Off: Christmas Bucket List Edition

Time to put on your apron and get baking! Whether it’s cookies, pies, or gingerbread men, spending a day baking and decorating treats is the best. And the best part? Eating them, duh!


Secret Santa Gift Exchange

This is a fun one for both kids and adults. Set a small budget, draw names, and let the gift hunting begin! The excitement of guessing who your Secret Santa is adds an extra layer of festive fun.


Attend a Local Christmas Event

Whether it’s a Christmas market, a tree lighting ceremony, or a holiday parade, joining in on community events can be magical. It’s a great way to feel connected and soak up all the holiday vibes.


Go Christmas Shopping

Nothing screams festive like busy malls, twinkling shop lights, and hunting for the perfect gift. Get everyone involved, or even make it a contest to see who can find the quirkiest gift!

christmas shopping

Host a White Elephant Gift Exchange

This is more about fun and laughter than the actual gift. Set a budget, get something hilarious or peculiar, and let the games begin!


Curate a Family Christmas Playlist

From the classics like “Jingle Bells” to more recent hits, let every family member pick their favorite tune. Then, gather around, play your tailor-made playlist, and bask in the festive melodies. If you don’t want to make one, I created one for you on Spotify!

Tip: play it while you do your neighborhood lights tour.


Have a Gift Wrapping Session

This one is a major mom win because you can turn a tedious task into a family affair! Share wrapping tips, try your hands at fancy bows, and sneak in some cookies while you’re at it.

Side note: If you have TikTok, you should check out Effective Spaces. Her gift-wrapping tutorials are on another level. It would be really fun to try out some of her ideas with the family.

Christmas Bucket List - gift wrapping

Embrace a Daily Act of Kindness

I love this one so much! For every day in December, commit as a family to do something kind. It could be as simple as leaving a sweet note for a neighbor or paying for someone’s coffee. The holiday warmth will spread far beyond your home. Remember, being kind to people is completely free. 😉


Family Volunteer Time

The joy of giving back! There are SO many volunteer opportunities, so find something that speaks to you and give back. Joining initiatives like Meals on Wheels or participating in a toy drive, like Toys for Tots, not only spreads cheer but also instills the values of compassion and generosity.


Spread Cheer with Adopt-a-Family

Experience the joy of gifting another family some festive love and warmth. It’s more than just presents; it’s about shared humanity. Not everyone has the means for Christmas, so if you do, consider sponsoring a family.


Tree Decorating – Another Family Bucket List Must!

From lights to tinsel to cherished family ornaments, make an event of decking out your Christmas tree. Play some tunes, sip on eggnog, and make it a memory to cherish.

Christmas Bucket List - decorating tree

Start a tradition, or carry on an ongoing

You know that super cute Christmas village collection that starts with one house and then turns into, well, a whole town? That was my family’s tradition. My mom and I did this when I was growing up, and I loved getting to pick out new editions and putting the village together each year. I swear, watching it grow each Christmas is like a mini walk down memory lane.


Write Santa a Letter

Okay, ladies, remember the thrill of penning down our wish list for Santa? Why not bring that back? I promise it’s a fun trip down nostalgia lane, and the kiddos will love it. Plus, it’s always good to know what everyone secretly wants, right!?

Christmas Bucket List - santa letters

Make Gingerbread Houses

So, who’s up for a gingerbread decorating contest? I’m talking gumdrops, icing, and all the candy creativity we can muster. And hey, if a candy or two goes missing in the process, who’ll know? You can do this from scratch or pick up a kit at your local store.


See the Nutcracker ballet or a Christmas-themed show

Feeling like a fancy night out? Get the family dolled up and hit the ballet or local show for a magical evening. Whether it’s the classic Nutcracker or another Christmassy show, it’s pure holiday magic.


Make Homemade Hot Chocolate!

Chilly weather means it’s hot cocoa time! Homemade, creamy, and oh-so-chocolaty. Nothing beats stovetop hot chocolate. Fight me on that one. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream or marshmallows and indulge.


DIY Christmas Wreath Making

It’s crafting time! Let’s make our front doors the envy of the neighborhood with some DIY wreaths. Fresh pine, glittery baubles, and maybe some ribbons?

Christmas Bucket List - wreath making


Write Christmas Cards

I heard some nursing homes are welcoming Christmas cards. Let’s sprinkle some cheer and pen down heartfelt notes. A little love can light up someone’s day, especially during the holidays.


Christmas Charades!

How about adding a festive twist to our game night? I bet miming ‘Dancing Sugarplum Fairy’ or ‘Under the Mistletoe’ will have us all in stitches!


Family Ice Skating

Okay, who’s ready to channel their inner Elsa on the ice? Pop on those skates, and whether you’re nailing those spins or, let’s be real, clutching onto the side for dear life, it’s all in good fun! Between the giggles and the occasional graceful tumbles, ice skating is pure winter joy.


Go Sledding

Grab whatever slides – your trusty old sled, or hey, even that big cardboard box from last week’s delivery – and let’s hit the snowy slopes. Feel the thrill, the wind, the… snow up your coat? It’s all part of the experience. 😉


Build a snowman

Snow + Family = Snowman building time! Let’s roll up the perfect snowballs and make our snowy buddy come to life. Carrot noses? Check. Button eyes? Check. And the pièce de résistance: that iconic ‘Frosty The Snowman’ top hat.

Christmas Bucket List - snowman

Take Holiday Family Photos – BONUS!

Coordinated jammies by the twinkling tree lights or fun snowy day antics? Say ‘cheese’ and make those moments last forever!

I tried to keep the ideas fresh and new, but if you need to swap something or want even more ideas, here’s more to do!

  • Make ugly sweaters
  • Visit Santa
  • Go Caroling
  • Read Christmas books
  • Make cookies to hand out as gifts
  • Decorate your stockings

Christmas Bucket List – Wrapping Up

There you have it! My ultimate Christmas family bucket list. I hope it inspires you to make the most of this wonderful time with your loved ones. And don’t forget to grab the printable Christmas bucket list to keep track of all your festive activities.

Here’s to a season filled with joy, laughter, and cherished memories!

If you try anything from the list, I would love to hear about it! Let me know what you checked off the list in the comments below 😁


About Morgan Wender

I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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Hi, I’m Morgan! I created this platform to be able to share my life, help normalize big topic motherhood issues, and help simplify all the things I learned the complicated way. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between

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