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Social Distanced Christmas Activities for Families in 2020

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Everything seems so different in 2020 but Christmas doesn’t have to be! There are tons of fun Christmas activities for families in 2020 that you can still do. A socially distanced Christmas will be a little different but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful Christmas with your kids.

So many of the traditional Christmas activities are centered around family making it safe to do this Christmas. There are tons of things to do at Christmas with kids at home. This year focus on the Holiday activities to do with your immediate family and make some amazing memories.

It will be hard not to be with extended family and friends but I have a few socially distanced ways to celebrate with them from Zoom Holiday Parties to Drive by Christmas events.

Let’s turn this into the best Christmas ever because we all need something to look forward to this year.

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Fun Social Distanced Christmas Activities for Families in 2020

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Follow along and find the best Christmas activities for families and make it a season of amazing family memories with your kids.

Decorate Your House

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Get into the Holiday spirit by decorating the inside and outside of your house. It’s the ultimate Christmas activity for families. Not only will it bring joy to your family it will help lift the spirits of your neighbors too.

Save some money on your Christmas Decorations with Dollar Tree Items. I make tons of DIY decorations for our house and only spend a few dollars.

Another frugal way to decorate is to display your Christmas Cards as decorations. You receive so many holiday cards with pictures of people you love why not hang them up for the season.

Write Letter to Santa

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Your kids will love sending letters to Santa to let him know what they want this year for Christmas. Have your kids actually mail the letter to an address in the North Pole. Then create a free printable letter back from Santa that you can customize.

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Family Game Night

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Have a Christmas Family Game Night. Play rounds of fun Minute to Win it Games or board games. Families can also do a gift wrap race with dollar store wrapping paper and extra boxes you have at home.

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Christmas Board Game

There are tons of fun Christmas inspired family board games. For younger kids try the Santa Claus Game or Rudolph the Red Nose Raindeer game.

Older kids who love the movie Elf will enjoy Elf Monopoly. There is also a great Christmas Themed Monopoly game.

Zoom Ugly Sweater Party

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Don’t miss out on seeing friends and family host a virtual zoom party. Encourage everyone to wear their ugly sweaters, or show off their Christmas decorations at home.

Play a few hilarious Zoom games, Christmas bingo, or do some fun Christmas trivia and just enjoy spending time together. Even if it’s over Zoom and not in person it will be great to catch up.

Give Back to the Community

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Volunteering is a perfect Christmas activity for families to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. An easy thing to do at home is to write thank-you letters to troops and first responders.

Another idea is to help your local food pantry by packing up food items to donate or head to your local park and pick up trash. Check out your local community and see what else people need help with.

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Thank People In Your Community

Teachers have been working hard this year to remotely teach and adjust to social distancing in classes. Have the kids make a gift to say thank you to their teachers. Use our free printable Thank you Letter to add a personal touch and send a small gift. Find gift ideas on our list of What Teachers Really Want this Year.

Thank all the delivery people for dropping off your packages by putting out a basket by your door filled with water, candy, and individually packed snacks. Use our Free Printable Thank You note to attach to your basket.

These are great ways to brighten someone’s day and help the kids remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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Christmas Lights

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Drive around and look at Christmas lights in your neighborhood. Or google the best light displays in your area and take a family drive to see them. Pack some hot chocolate and cookies and make a night of it for the kids.

Many areas offer paid drive-thru light displays too. If you’re in the Chicagoland area check out our favorite Chicago Light Displays.

We also love to watch as a family The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC with families competing to have the best holiday decorations.

Drive By Christmas

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A popular way to celebrate birthdays now is to have people drive by your home to celebrate with the birthday kid and maintain social distancing. Why not do this for Christmas too?

Encourage your friends and family to drive by while you sing Christmas carols outside or to show off your Holiday decorations.

You could also put up a Christmas tree or use a tree in your yard to hang Christmas decorations. Encourage your friends and family to add ornaments to make it a fun community tree.

Elf on a Shelf

A holiday tradition for many families is an Elf on the Shelf. This elf gets hidden in a different place every night for the kids to find the next morning. It watches over the kids to let Santa know if they’re being naughty or nice.

Candy Cane Hunt

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Have a candy cane hunt around your house. Hide candy canes or any small holiday item you find around the house and send your kids on a hunt. If you’re stuck inside this winter they could do this over and over again for some great at-home entertainment.

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Christmas Scavenger Hunts

Have kids search the house for Christmas items on a Scavenger Hunt. It’s easy to do with free printables Christmas Scavenger Hunts on Pinterest. There are tons of different ones so you can do this all through December or over Winter Break to keep the kids busy.

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Advent Calendars

Christmas Advent Calendars with Chocolate

Help the kids count down to Christmas with an Advent Calendar. Each day the kids open a square on the calendar to mark one day closer to Christmas.

You’ll find tons of different Advent Calendars from ones filled with chocolate to Legos, Disney Jr., Slime, and pretty much any character your kids are into this year.

Bonus when your kids keep asking how long till Christmas you can just point at the Calendar.

Gingerbread House

Building a Gingerbread house with your kids. Fun gingerbread kits for a an entertaining family activity.

Decorating Gingerbread houses are always a fun family tradition. Pick up a Gingerbread kit and spend sometime create a holiday house together.

Bake Holiday Cookies Together

Baking holiday cookies together for Christmas.

One of the best Christmas activities for families is baking cookies together. So head to the kitchen and bake some delicious cookies. When you’re done baking decorate the cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Then enjoy eating your yummy cookies.

To make holiday shapes out of your cookies try some fun holiday cookie cutters. It will feel more festive than a round cookie.

Tip: If your not a baker buy some premade sugar cookie dough at the store to bake then just enjoy decorating the cookies.

Cookie Exchange

Christmas Cookie Exchange while social distancing.

You can still do the popular cookie exchanges this year with a little tweak. Instead of getting together to exchange the cookies drop them off at your friend’s doors. It will be fun for you to come home to a cookie package on your doorstep too.

Make Christmas Cards

Kids Making Christmas Cards as gifts for family and friends.

Have the kids make Christmas Cards for family and friends. If they enjoy crafts this is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Get out construction paper, markers, crayons, and any craft items you have at home and let them use their imagination.

Take Funny Holiday Pictures

Funny Holiday Pictures for families.

Give your friends and family a laugh by sharing funny holiday pictures. Make it a family activity to coming up with silly poses and backgrounds for your pictures. Then share them on social media, in a text, email, or create Christmas cards.

Silly Gifts

Now make your friends and family smile by dropping off a small humorous gift. You can leave it at their door with a note letting them know you are thinking about them this holiday season. Maybe add one of the kid’s homemade Christmas cards.

If you need a few ideas check out our funny White Elephant Gifts.

Christmas Movie Night

Family Movie Nights are a fun Christmas activity and tradition.

Enjoy an evening watching your family’s favorite Holiday movie or trying a new one. If you want to watch with other families try Netflix’s new Watch Parties and laugh along together.

Check out Netflix’s upcoming Holiday Movies.

Read Christmas Stories Together

Reading Christmas books together is a fun way to spend family time together.

Gather around the Christmas tree and read some Christmas stories out loud to your kids. They’ll love hearing the stories and the twinkling lights on the tree will add to the holiday feeling.

Read the classics The Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or read a more religious story in The Night Before Jesus with a rhythmic reading like the Night Before Christmas.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar at Christmas Time.

Set up a fun Hot Chocolate Bar for the family. Put out marshmallows, candy canes, different flavor chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or Carmel bites. Let the kids try different flavors and drink it while you watch a movie or read a book.

Make Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornaments for families to make together.

Kids will love decorating a new Christmas ornament each year to hang on the tree. It’s a fun family tradition to start and enjoy looking at the old ones every year when you pull out your Christmas ornaments.

You can find ornament kits at Dollar Tree or Target or check out tons of DIY ideas on Pinterest.

Play in the Snow

Playing in the snow is a fun way to celebrate the holidays at home. A Christmas activity the whole family can do together.

If it’s a wintery Christmas bundle up and head outside to play in the snow. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. This is a great way to burn some energy and enjoy the winter months.

I hope all these Christmas Activities for Families will have you excited to celebrate this year at home. A socially distanced Christmas in 2020 will be a lot different but it can still be a fun time of year for your kids. Just be flexible this year and you’ll be able to appreciate all the fun activites you can still do together.

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