The holidays are a time to celebrate! Check out my list of 40 Free or Cheap Christmas Activities you can enjoy with your family without breaking the bank!
Free or Cheap Christmas Activities
If you’ve read my post 40 Free or Cheap Activities to Enjoy This Fall, you’ll know I’m a major creature of habit when it comes to seasonal rituals. With so much celebration, family time, friend hangouts and cold nights, there are a TON of activities to enjoy during winter and the Christmas/Holiday season.
However…. If you’re celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, the solstice, or any other winter holiday, you’ll know it’s also a time when everyone is spending a Lot. Of. Money. Probably too much, to be honest. Credit cards are definitely getting a workout around this time of year…
I and a lot of my friends are tight on cash with houses, kids, student loans and other adult responsibilities draining our bank accounts, so in recent years I’ve increasingly tried to focus on activities as opposed to stuff when it comes to the holidays. And of course, I’ve made LISTS! Because, just like Santa, I love LISTS. 😀
This week, I’ve put together a happy little list of 40 Free or Cheap Christmas Activities. It’s easier than you may think to enjoy the holidays and snowy season without breaking the bank. Even if you’re a big Winter Hater like I am (I live in Canada, yo!), there are still some awesome rituals to enjoy around the holidays and into the new year. Since I met my husband, we’ve gone to a local indie movie theatre every year for their one-night showing of It’s a Wonderful Life. <3 It’s such a nice tradition to look forward to.
I hope this list gets you inspired!
Free or Cheap Christmas Activities
1) Watch nostalgic Christmas movies while eating candy canes and clementines
2) Visit a tree farm and cut your own tree (fair warning: the smell at a tree farm will make you want to stay forever)
3) Go see a Christmas play at a community theatre
4) Leave your wallet in the car and walk around the mall to enjoy the pretty Christmas decorations, see Santa, and get inspired about gifts without spending any money
5) Rent some snowshoes and go on a woodsy adventure
6) Find a local farm that offers sleigh rides
7) Host a Saturday night hockey party (or football, but hockey’s obviously superior, pff)
8) Make homemade hot chocolate
9) Volunteer at a charity gift-wrapping service
10) Help out with a holiday food drive for the less fortunate
11) Knit a new scarf, blanket, or leg warmers
12) Cozy up with a great book and a cup of tea
13) Shovel snow for an elderly or disabled neighbour
14) Volunteer at a soup kitchen or community meal service
15) Go caroling (seriously, we did this once. I think it should make a comeback)
16) Build a snowman/woman/family
17) Have a snowball fight
18) Scavenge for pinecones to make Christmas decorations
19) Decorate your home for the holidays
20) Listen to your local radio station’s Christmas Top 40 Countdown
21) Bake cookies or your favourite holiday dessert
22) Give those cold toes a little TLC with a DIY pedicure (may I suggest sparkly red nail polish?)
23) Soak in a hot lavender bath with a glass of wine (or two, or….you know… three. Whatever. It’s winter. Treat yoself.)
24) Give the inside of your house a deep clean, since you probably neglected it a bit during the summer
25) Host your family’s holiday dinner or Christmas Eve get-together
26) Have a cookie party with some friends (you all bring/make different cookies and then swap, so you each leave with a variety of cookies! Pro tip: they usually freeze really well)
27) Start a book club. Or wine club. Where you sometimes read books. But mostly you drink wine.
28) Go for a romp in the snow with your camera and take creative photos
29) Go skating at an outdoor rink
30) DIY some Christmas/Hannukah gifts or Christmas tree decorations
31) Try a new soup, casserole/bake, or stew recipe
32) Remember that the frigid weather and snow means you have fewer giant bugs than hotter climates do…
33) Host a New Year’s Eve costume or murder mystery party
34) Walk around your neighbourhood to enjoy the Christmas lights; tip: check your local news source for the locations of the city’s best displays!
35) Build a gingerbread house without getting frustrated… (BAHAHAHAHAAAAA)
36) Have a family games day with no screens
37) Lounge around the house in your PJs until after noon
38) Make a list of New Year’s resolutions that you totally intend to keep this year, right?
39) Write a journal entry reflecting on the past year – the good, the bad, the highs and lows, game changers, lessons learned, things or memories you appreciate, etc.
40) Check out clothing stores in January and February and cash in on some awesome deals (within your budget!). Set the clothes aside for next year so you’ll have some nice new items in your wardrobe come the fall.
Do you have any other suggestions for free or cheap Christmas activities? I’d love to hear your own family’s holiday rituals!
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