Winter Activities Checklist

The air is getting a bit crisper, the clocks are set back, fireplaces are cozying up houses, and winter is on its way. With that, it’s time to start dreaming up ways to celebrate the season.

With our lives feeling overly full, this list is a a gentle reminder and starting point, and by no means a list of all the things you should plan to do this holiday season. The holiday season can be a stressful time, full of so many activities, parties, and travel.  I like to put things in the calendar that we’re already planning to do, so that this doesn’t add more work to an already busy time of year.

How we use the Winter Activities Checklist

Our family aims to build traditions and we like keep things simple. We’ll make a copy of the list for our fridge or magnet board, and reference it when we’re building an activity advent calendar, looking for fun things to do to fill an hour, or when we’re planning out the season. It’s nice to have this list handy as a reminder of seasonal activities that we love to share and celebrate as traditions each year.

Some of the winter activities, like look at holiday lights or play in the snow can be easy to blend into the rhythm of your day. Others, like go ice skating or have a family craft night may require a little more planning.

While we won’t do everything on the list, our absolute not-to-miss winter activities include: drink hot cocoa, pick out a tree (this is our favorite NorCal spot), make latkes (my mom’s recipe is this best!), make ornaments, watch the Nutcracker (my kids are in it this year!), make ornaments, play in the snow, and donate food to those in need.

What’s on your list?

50 Winter Activities for families

Look at holiday lights

Go caroling

Make latkes

Visit Santa

Build a Fire

Make cookies

Play with friends

Have a family craft night

Make a popcorn garland

Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Donate food to those in need

Decorate a tree

Watch the Nutcracker

Make a winter art project

Make a gingerbread house

Make gingerbread cookies

Build a snowman

Decorate the house with lights

Sing Carols

Light Candles

Take a family holiday photo

Make paper snowflakes

Eat a Candy Cane

Play the dreidel game

Build a fire

Wrap presents

Make holiday cards

Pick out a tree

Drink hot cocoa

Make a snowflake collage

Wear new pj’s

Go Ice Skating

Make Reindeer Food


Go sledding

Make Paper Winter Stars

Watch a Christmas movie

Read holiday stories

Buy a special ornament

Make ornaments

Make a wreath

Make homemade gifts

Hang stockings

Look at holiday lights

Play in the snow

Do something nice for someone

Host or join a cookie swap

Eat chestnuts

Write a letter so Santa

Make treats for the neighbors

Winter Activities Download

Download the winter checklist (pdf) here.

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