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Christmas is coming up and you might want to have a party with other parents and kids. Are you looking for fun things to do with your family that are holiday-related? Find out here at our blog the best ideas for games and activities for your Christmas celebration.
There are many kid-friendly Christmas party activities, ranging from gingerbread house making to a nice and warm night of hot chocolate and marshmallows. You can do any of these activities with however many people may be present, and it is also budget-friendly.
1. Ice Skating
Whether it be at the renowned Rockefeller Center for our NYC readers or in a small ice skating rink near your home, this activity always sparks joy that creates a Christmas success.
The price is very affordable, of course depending on how high end the place you’re going is, and you can do it as a family or as a party activity and bring your guests there, the more the merrier. We recommend you do this after having an initial, small, fun gathering at your house, so the guests can get comfortable with one another. Then, once you arrive at the ice skating rink, the good time that is already happening simply gets better.
2. Hot Chocolate Station
Everybody loves a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. You can have a hot chocolate station at your Christmas party where everyone can customize their hot chocolate to their liking. You can have add-ons such as candy canes, whipped cream, sprinkles, flavored syrups, and of course marshmallows! Everyone can have a fun time making their ideal cup of cocoa.
3. Cookie Swap
This is a contest that involves baking cookies beforehand. As you are planning your party or gathering, let your guests know to either bake their own special cookies beforehand or that cookies will be provided to decorate. Then, you can make a little competition out of the fun, judging the best cookies and offering prizes to the winners.
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe:
- 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
- 2/3 c. molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Get a large bowl and a hand mixer. Then beat the butter, brown sugar, and molasses until they are fluffy. Add egg and vanilla afterwards and beat them into it as well.
- Get a medium bowl and whisk the flour, spices, salt, and baking soda together. Gradually add the dry and wet ingredients together until the dough combines.
- Split the dough into two discs. Wrap each of them up and put them in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Set the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and set up two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place one disc onto a surface with light flour and roll it until its ¼” thick. Cut it out into gingerbread men with a 3” wide cutter and transfer them to baking sheets.
- Bake until they are a little puffy, and set nine to ten minutes, depending on the cookie cutter sizes. Let them cook on baking sheets for about five minutes and then place them on a cooling rack.
- Decorate with icing and sprinkles!
This is a base recipe. You can follow by decorating them whichever way you want!
4. White Elephant
A Christmas party wouldn’t be complete without gift giving, and what’s a better way to do so than a white elephant gift swap? The rules can be a little complicated, but we’ll try to break it down as simply as we can. To start, everyone that wants to participate brings a small gift. Then, each guest is assigned a number, 1 through however many guests are present. With the first turn, player #1 picks a gift and opens it, showing it to everyone in the room. Afterwards, player #2 gets to either steal #1’s opened gift or choose a new unopened one from the pile. The game keeps going with the following rules.
- If someone steals your gift, you have two options. Either steal someone else’s gift or choose and open a wrapped one.
- Continue the game until each guest has had a turn for a gift. A turn ends when a wrapped gift is unwrapped.
- A gift can only be “stolen” once a single turn. If a gift is taken from someone during one round, she is unable to retrieve it during that same round, but she can take it back in a later round when it is her turn.
- A gift cannot be immediately stolen back from the player who just stole it.
- Once a gift has 3 “owners,” the 3rd person keeps it– it is final and can’t be stolen again.
- The game ceases once the last wrapped gift is opened.
5. Christmas Ornament Decorating
Christmas ornaments are a staple to any tree, so why not make your own? With just a few blank ornaments and some paint, the kids can celebrate the Christmas season with their own decorations. Have the kids and parents each decorate an ornament, and after finishing, hang them up on your tree or leave them with your guests to take home. It’s a good starting activity once everyone arrives, creating a warm, friendly, teamwork-focused environment. Great vibes to start a party with.
Christmas time is a time of celebration, happiness, and gratefulness. Whatever activity you decide to partake in, make sure everyone is having a good time!
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Written by: Joshua Salim.