Everything seems so different since 2020 but Christmas doesn’t have to be! There are tons of fun Christmas activities for families in 2021 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. You’ll find there are tons of things to do at Christmas with kids at home.
Learn how to have a socially distanced Christmas your whole family will love. As you focus on the Holiday activities to do with your immediate family and make some amazing memories.
If you can’t be with extended family and friends this year 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 Socially Distanced Christmas Activities for Families in 2021
Follow along and find the best Christmas activities for families and make it a season of unforgettable family memories with your kids.
These fun ideas can become your new family traditions even when you are no longer social distancing.
Make sure to keep the stress of the season away by keeping organized using a printable Christmas Planner this season. Track all the new family traditions you want to try, things to do, your holiday budget, gift ideas, meal planning, and more.
Decorate Your House
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.
Use the decorations as the background for your family Zoom calls too.
Write Letters to Santa
A traditional Christmas activity for families is writing letters to Santa.
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.
First, download one of our 13 free printable letters to Santa templates to make creating your letter easy.
Next, grab our free printable Letters From Santa so Santa can write your kids back.
Lastly, send your letters to Santa to the North Pole. It’s a free service from Package from Santa with the address in North Pole and Santa Letters.
Family Game Night
Family Game Nights are great Christmas activities for families. Play rounds of Charades, Pictionary, scavenger hunts or board games. Families can also do a gift wrap race with dollar store wrapping paper and extra boxes you have at home.
If you don’t have time to plan a family game night print out our Family Game Night Planner with 12 months of pre-planned games your family will love. Just print it out and you’re ready to play!
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Minute to Win It Game Night
Families will love these Minute to Win It Games for Christmas with quick 1 minute challenges. Use items you already have at home to create these hilarious holiday-themed games.
Try party games like Junk in the Trunk, Snowball Drop, Holiday wrapping challenge, Trim the Tree, and more. These Christmas games are sure to be a hit with your kids!
Get even more ideas in our 20 Easy Minute to Win it Games for Kids.
Virtual Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Virtual scavenger hunts can be played as a virtual playdate for your kids, a school game, or as a zoom holiday party with family and friends.
The whole family will have fun searching for holiday-themed items with our Christmas Scavenger Hunt ideas. A free printable list of Holiday themed items to find in your house.
You can also play this game as a family and send your kids off on a search for all the items in your house. It’s a great way to get all their energy out on Christmas Eve too.
Keep the fun going with our other Zoom Scavenger Hunt list of items you would like the kids to find around their house. For example, something red, a book, a hairbrush, a watch, or a blue pillow.
This scavenger hunt list is great to use all year long.
How to Play-
There are two different ways to play this game depending on the number of participants.
While on Zoom, read off one item at a time from your list for the kids to go off and find. The kids then race to find the item and to be the first one back to the Zoom frame with the item.
You could track the child who has the most wins or just let them do it for fun, depending on the age.
Another fun way to play is with several families on Zoom for a virtual holiday party. Each family prints out the Christmas scavenger hunt list and doesn’t look at it ahead of time.
When you say go everyone heads out on their search. The first family back to the zoom camera with the most items found wins the game.
You could also consider adding a time limit of like 5 minutes so everyone knows when to return to the screen.
Learn more ways to play with Zoom Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids.
Would You Rather Christmas
An easy Christmas activity for families is playing the hilarious game Would You Rather Christmas Questions. Just read off our FREE printable questions and listen to your kid’s funny answers.
It’s a great way to bring some laughs to your holiday party or family dinner too.
Tip: Play it on Christmas Eve with your kids around the tree drinking hot chocolate & eating Christmas cookies.
Free Printable Christmas Games
Enjoy playing free printable Christmas games for families at home, parties, or over zoom virtually with family and friends. Quick and easy games families can play together.
If you play with other families on zoom just email them the lists below to print out. That way everyone has the game to play.
Spend an evening playing Christmas Bingo Games for Kids.
Team up with family members and see which team can answer the most questions on this Family Christmas Quiz Questions.
Play a hilarious game of Christmas Charades with these Free printable charades ideas for families. On Zoom, you can watch your family act out Charade’s words and yell out the answers or type them in the chat.
Enjoy a fun game of Christmas Pictionary with your family using a free printable holiday-themed word list. Use the whiteboard on Zoom to draw if you play virtually.
Christmas Board Game
Make DIY Ice Ornaments
Decorate your trees this winter with DIY Ice Ornaments. Get the kids outdoor collecting items they find in nature like leaves, berries, or small pine cones.
Add all your nature finds to a pie tin and freeze it in water overnight. The next day you’ll have a really cool frozen suncatcher to hang in your tree, on your kid’s snow fort, or on their snowman.
Find directions on How to Make a DIY Ice Ornament.
Zoom Ugly Sweater Party
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.
White Elephant Party
Don’t miss out on your traditional White Elephant party just host it over zoom. Have one family member assigned everyone a person to send a gift and then set a price range. Then have everyone send gifts through amazon or another delivery service to their house.
Having your family wait to open the package until you are all on Zoom together.
Here are some of our favorite Fun & Cheap White Elephant Gift Ideas for the Whole family.
Family Bonding Time
Use the holiday time to reconnect as a family. Enjoy fun family bonding activities at home to bring you closer. Quick things your family can do together to create a strong family bond and learn more about each other.
Give Back to the Community
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.
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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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.
Keep the kids engaged on your drive with our free printable Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt.
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 light decorations.
Drive By Christmas
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
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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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.
Bonus when your kids keep asking how long till Christmas you can just point at the Calendar.
Decorating Gingerbread houses are always a fun family tradition. Pick up a Gingerbread kit and spend some time creating a holiday house together.
Bake Holiday Cookies Together
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 you’re not a baker buy some premade sugar cookie dough at the store to bake then just enjoy decorating the cookies.
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
A fun traditional Christmas activity for families is making holiday cards. Have your kids create unique Christmas cards for your 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
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.
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
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
Gather around the Christmas tree and read some Christmas stories out loud to your kids. Reading holiday books is an easy Christmas activity for families.
They’ll love hearing the stories and the twinkling lights on the tree will add to the holiday feeling.
Hot Chocolate Bar
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 them while you watch a movie or read a book.
Make Christmas Ornaments
Fun Christmas Activities for families are 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
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.
You can make snow art too with DIY Snow Painting. It’s super cool and all you need is a spray bottle, water, and food dye. This will keep your kids busy outside for hours.
New Year’s Eve
Don’t forget to plan a fun New Year’s Eve with your kids too. Learn how to make New Year’s Eve poppers, balloon countdowns, countdown bags, photo booths, fun desserts, and more.
Plan a party for just your family or a few close friends and make it a festive night for your whole family.
Find tons of fun & unique ideas in New Year’s Eve with Kids at Home.
I hope all these Christmas Activities for Families will have you excited to celebrate this year at home. Whether you use these to create a socially distanced Christmas in 2021 or just enjoy these fun activities together your kids are sure to have fun.
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