20 Fun Activities Every Family Should Do This Winter

Make it the best season ever with these fun, inexpensive, and kid-friendly ideas.

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The holiday season shouldn't come down to just one day—it should be celebrated all season long with your loved ones and kids. From crafting, baking, sight-seeing, and volunteering, here are all of the fun traditions you can start with your family this wintertime. Think of it as the ultimate holiday-season bucket list!

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1 Bake and decorate Christmas cookies.
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It's time to put your cookie cutters to good use! Kids will enjoy decorating with colorful frosting and fun sprinkles.

Get recipes here.

2 Create an advent calendar.
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Not only will this be fun to craft together, but it will give you and your little ones a chance to have some Christmas fun every day of the month.

Get the tutorial.

3 Host a holiday party.
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Have your friends and neighbors over to eat seasonal treats, sing holiday tunes, and play festive games.

Try these Christmas party games.

4 Make a gingerbread house.
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The only thing your kiddos will love more than putting this no-bake creation together is seeing the final product displayed as a decoration in your home.

Get the tutorial.

5 Watch Christmas movies together.
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Put on an old holiday classic or watch Frozen again!

6 Sing Christmas carols.
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It wouldn't be Christmas without classic tunes like "Sleigh Ride," "Winter Wonderland," and "Frosty the Snowman."

7 Decorate your home for the holidays.
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Invite the whole family over and make a celebration out of it.

8 Attend a Christmas performance.
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Local and city theaters all over the country perform family-friendly classics each year like The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

9 Visit a Christmas tree farm.
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Cut down your own tree, or simply walk around with hot cocoa in hand—either way, you'll get the chance take in the beautiful scenery and breath in the crisp, fresh air.

10 See a winter sports game.
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Root for your local or city team by attending a hockey or basketball game together.

11 Volunteer.
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Embrace the true meaning of the holidays by helping others in your community. Find volunteer opportunities through .

12 Hit the ice rink.
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It's easy to get cooped up in the house during the colder months, but this activity will get everyone moving.

13 Go sledding.
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Make it a yearly event and have the whole family go together after the first snowfall.

14 Build a snowman.
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Do it together or split into teams and turn it into a challenge to see who can make the most creative or funny snowman.

15 Write holiday letters.
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Have your kiddos address letters to Santa, the troops, family members, or all three—everyone deserves some extra love this time of year!

16 Make homemade gifts for friends and neighbors.
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Who wouldn't love to receive a cute DIY hot-chocolate kit like this?

Get the tutorial.

17 Craft snow globes.
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If it's too cold to leave the house, try a crafting project like this one. Your kids can display them on the mantel or in their bedrooms once they're complete.

Get the tutorial.

18 Visit Santa.
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Many communities host "breakfast with Santa" events that benefit local charities or churches, or you can head the mall for a traditional holiday photo with Saint Nick.

19 Build a homemade hot cocoa bar.
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Set aside a small area in your kitchen or family room and assemble some tasty fis like peppermint sticks and teeny marshmallows. Your family will love using this all winter long.

20 Tour your neighborhood's holiday light displays.
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Pile everyone into the car and crank the holiday tunes! You can make it even more fun by having your kids choose a winner at the end.

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