Christmas Activity Countdown - full of fun ideas kids will LOVE!

There are so many fun Christmas activities for kids in this fun Christmas activity countdown! Count down to Christmas with a craft or activity for each day of advent. Christmas is such a magical time of the year and what better way to make memories with your kids than fill advent with fun crafts and activities, maybe even introduce a few new traditions! There is something in this activity advent calendar for every day of advent, have a go at everything on the list or pick and choose your favourite. Have fun!

Christmas activity countdown - activity advent calendar

As well as the HUGE list of fun Christmas activities for kids included in this Christmas activity countdown, we have some printable advent calendar activity ideas that you might like to print out to give to your child over the festive period. You could add one to their advent calendar each day!

If you are looking for more ways to countdown to Christmas we also have a fun Santa Countdown where you add a cotton ball to Santa's beard each day ending up with a full beard on Christmas Eve.   You could also make a DIY advent calendar and add little treats inside for your child to find each day on the countdown to Christmas. 


Click on the images and links for full instructions for each activity. While you are here take a look at all our Christmas crafts and activities.

1st December- Countdown to Christmas with a Christmas book advent calendar. Wrap up 24 books and let your child un wrap one each day as their bedtime story. The books don't need to be new, but if they are Christmas themed it will add to the excitement. Alternatively make your own advent calendar by colouring in this FREE printable advent calendar by Hattifant.

christmas book advent calendar - Christmas activity countdown.

2nd December- Get the family together and have fun decorating the Christmas tree. Stick on some music, put on some silly Christmas hats and get the kids involved, the Christmas tree might not end up looking perfect, but precious memories are being made. Why not introduce a new tradition like The Kindness Elves

The kindness elves - Christmas activity countdown.

3rd December- Help the kids make their own Christmas tree ornaments.  We have had so much fun making tree ornaments over the years and there are so many ideas to choose from.  Take a look at our collection of  Christmas Ornament craft ideas for kids

Christmas activity advent calendar - ornaments

Follow Messy Little Monster's board Christmas Tree Ornaments on Pinterest.

4th December- Make Christmas cards for family and friends. Here are a few simple ideas to try. For full instructions click on the image below. 

kid made christmas card ideas - Christmas activity advent calendar.

5th December- Help your child to use this FREE printable Santa letter to write a letter to Santa.  UK people if you let your little one post their letter to Santa before the 6th December using the address in this link you will get a reply from Santa! We also have this Dear Santa paper available to download and our newest Christmas list template - 4 gifts for Christmas printable list.

free printable santa letter - Christmas advent countdown.

6th December- Make Christmas handprint and footprint keepsakes. Using a easy salt dough recipe you can make Christmas keepsakes that will last forever! Check out all our salt dough ornaments or click here to see the homemade Christmas keepsakes pictured below.

Christmas salt dough keepsakes - Christmas advent countdown.

7th December- Make a Christmas wreath. Find a few ideas suitable for adults and kids on our Christmas wreath pinterest board. We love this fun handprint wreath and poem and we had fun making our DIY Christmas wreath

Follow Messy Little Monster's board Christmas Wreaths on Pinterest.

8th December- Have a Christmas themed 'North Pole breakfast' by filling the table with sparkly decorations and lots of Christmas themed treats. I love these homemade Christmas treats. Follow the links below for recipes or check out our list of Christmas treats for kids.

Christmas activity countdown.

Reindeer chocolate brownies by Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons
Santa Pancake by Taste of Japan
Melted Snowman Cookies by Mum in the Mad House

Maybe try one of these cosy hot chocolate recipes to go with it. 

Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

9th December- Track Santa to see where in the world he is. Keep checking back...especially on Christmas Eve when you can see him getting closer and closer!

track santa nomad santa - Christmas activity countdown.

10th December- Read the nativity story and talk about the true meaning of Christmas. Take a look at this great list of nativity crafts for kids.

Christmas activity advent calendar - nativity crafts

11th December- Make your own DIY wrapping paper. Don't forget your tags! I love these fingerprint reindeer gift tags we made last year. 

Christmas activity advent calendar - homemade wrapping paper

12th December- Do you wanna build a snowman?  If you're not lucky enough to have snow this Christmas take a look at these snowman crafts and activities.

Christmas activity countdown crafts

13th December- Elf yourself! Upload pictures of your family and watch as you become dancing elves.

Elf Yourself - Christmas activity countdown.

14th December- Be inspired by this set of Christmas play dough ideas from  One Time Through. 

Or check out our Christmas playdough mats, Grinch playdough, or Christmas tree playdough

Christmas playdough ideas - Christmas advent countdown.

15th December- Make a gingerbread house.  We usually buy a gingerbread house kit, but I LOVE these easy mini gingerbread houses by Red Ted Art.

easy mini gingerbread houses - Christmas activity advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

16th December- Make a hot chocolate reindeer like these by Thrifty Jinxy.

reindeer hot chocolate with free printable tag label - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

17th December- Help your child to make some gifts for family. There is nothing better than personalised homemade gifts.  Take a look at all our homemade gifts kids can make and our  DIY keepsake craft ideas to get some inspiration. 

Christmas activity advent countdown crafts

gifts kids can make

18th December- Have fun making and playing with Christmas spoon puppets

19th December- Spend time together as a family playing some simple Christmas games like this printable Christmas version of the game would you rather by Kitchen Counter Chronicles.

printable christmas version of would you rather - Christmas advent countdown.

20th December- Have a bit of quiet time with these FREE Christmas colourings or colour your own Christmas cards.

Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

21st December- Create a personalised message from Santa  from Portable North Pole. 

personalised free message from santa portable north pole - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

22nd DecemberMake some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on your lawn on Christmas eve.  Just mix oats and cake sprinkles. You could even set up a magic reindeer food station to make it extra magical!

Christmas advent countdown.

23rd December- Snuggle up under a blanket and watch a Christmas movie.  'Elf' is always the favourite in our house!

24th DecemberMake a Christmas Eve box. You don't need to spend a fortune, but pyjamas, hot chocolate and a DVD always go down well! Here are some more ideas of what to put in your Christmas Eve Box.

Christmas eve box - Christmas activity advent calendar

Christmas eve is such an exciting evening, I think I actually prefer it to Christmas day! Sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn to guide Santa to your house. Leave Santa a tasty treat (you could even make a special plate for Santa). Hang up your stockings and get the kids into their Christmas pyjamas. Once the kids are in bed its always fun to sprinkle a bit of fake snow by the door before relaxing with a festive glass of mulled wine.

25th December- MERRY CHRISTMAS

Here are some fun Christmas placemats you can print out to use Christmas Day.

See all our Christmas crafts and activities

Christmas activity countdown.  This Christmas activity advent calendar is full of Christmas crafts and activities for kids!

Have fun using this Christmas activity advent calendar! Can you think of any more fun Christmas crafts or activities we could add to this Christmas activity countdown list?!

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