15+ Unique (& Fun) Ideas For Christmas Bucket List

Making a Christmas bucket list is one of the fun activities to do as a family in the holiday season. 

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Christmas bucket lists help moms and their families have lots of fun  and quality bonding time during the festive season.

And the amazing thing about a Christmas bucket list is that it is an interesting activity that you can do with your family without spending a lot of money. 

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In case you are wondering what a bucket list is, it is a list of things that you’ve not done before but want to do before you die. 

But in the context of this post, it refers to things you plan on doing with your family during the Christmas holiday. 

We have some awesome suggestions of Christmas activities for moms and their families that can serve as a Christmas bucket list to help you make the most of the holiday season. 

Importance of a Christmas Bucket List

Photo of a family decorating a christmas tree; one of the cool things to include on a christmas bucket list

There are many benefits of incorporating a Christmas bucket list into your holiday activities. Some of them are: 

  • It makes family members bond well
  • It makes the kids feel loved. When you do these activities together as a family, your kids will see that you love them and want to spend time with them. When you include them in the creation of the Christmas bucket list, they will feel like you value their opinions. 
  • A Christmas bucket list will save you from spending plenty of money during the holiday season. You can fill your list with cheap and free activities to do. 
  • It will make you not forget any fun Christmas activity you intend to do. Keep your Christmas bucket list in a place where you can easily see it, like on the fridge or the kitchen slab or you can paste it on a wall. 

Unique Ideas for Christmas Bucket List

1. Host a movie marathon during Christmas 

Do you love Christmas movies? If you do, this will make a very amazing thing to add to your Christmas bucket list especially if you are so busy and rarely have time to see your favorite movies. 

To do this during Christmas, you can schedule one night in the festive week or every night during the festive week to watch Christmas movies together with your family. 

You can select a good number of Christmas movies from Amazon.

2. Make some delicious holiday recipes 

This is one of the favorite activities for most moms – making delicious and easy recipes for their family members during the Yuletide. 

To make this Christmas activity more interesting for you and your family, you should bake things or make foods that you normally don’t eat during the rest of the year. 

If you don’t have a traditional holiday food, you can come up with one, or get together as a family to choose a type of food or recipe that will be your traditional holiday food. 

This is a great way to spend time together as a family, and also use the opportunity to teach your kids some basic cooking skills. 

3. Start a Christmas countdown 

Photo of a family sitting down together; quality family time should definitely be  included on a christmas bucket list

Counting down to Christmas is a fun activity for all age groups including adults. You can add this interesting activity to your Christmas bucket list. 

If your kids are smaller, you can make paper chains together with them to countdown to Christmas and if they are older, you can do this fun activity using a Christmas countdown calendar

4. Choose one special ornament to add to your Christmas tree for each of your family members 

Photo of children adding ornaments to the christmas tree; one of the fun things to include on a christmas bucket list

This is a very interesting Christmas tradition to add to your Christmas bucket list. 

Pick Christmas ornaments that reflect the personalities of your family members and place them on the Christmas tree.  

If you don’t have Christmas ornament tradition with your kids, then you need to add this to your Christmas bucket list. 

You can buy the Christmas ornaments or make them together as a family. It is also fun as a mom when you pull them out each year and discover that your children’s interests have changed. 

5. Perform some random acts of kindness during the 12 days of Christmas 

We all know that a little kindness can go a very long way. This will also serve as an opportunity to teach your kids how to show kindness to others. 

As a family, you all can do some random good deeds to neighbors, strangers on the street, friends, family, animals, orphans, those in care homes, etc. 

This is a great thing to add to your Christmas bucket list if you are looking for ways that you and your family can give back together. 

It will also help your kids get in the habit of being kind whether during the holiday season or not. 

6. Have regular Christmas read-alouds 

Photo of a family reading together; one of the fun things to include on a christmas bucket list

This fun Christmas activity is a fun way to inculcate the habit of reading into your kids. 

In this fun activity, you read stories out loud to your kids even if they’ve grown from picture books to novels. It is not just a fun family tradition, it is also an educational one. 

Here are some of the best Christmas books for kids on Amazon

7. 4 Gifts Christmas challenge 

If you don’t do this yet, you can start this tradition in your family. It is a way to cut down on stuff or the gifts your kids get during the holiday. 

This will help save money for you as a parent while teaching your kids how to go for what is most important in life. 

It goes this way:

You limit the gifts each of your child gets to only four: 

  1. Something they need 
  2. Something they want 
  3. Something to wear 
  4. Something to read 

This tradition will help keep both you and your kids focused on what’s really important during the holiday. 

8. Host an indoor snowball fight 

Photo of a family building a snowman; one of the fun things to include on a christmas bucket list

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? This is a good way to achieve that dream. Playing with snow makes holiday fun and you can incorporate this into your Christmas bucket list. 

You and your family can build a snowman or a sledge. And if you don’t live where there is a lot of snow, you can still do an indoor snowball fight. 

9. Set up a hot chocolate bar 

Everyone loves hot cocoa, we are yet to see who doesn’t. Another bonus is that it is cheap and easy to make. 

During the Christmas season, you can set up a hot cocoa bar in the home where your kids can add in all their favorite toppings. 

You can also carry this fun Christmas tradition on through the winter, especially when you or the family needs a warm up on cold nights. 

10. Attend a local Christmas tree lighting or parade 

This is one of the most common fun Christmas holiday activities on the list of most families. You get to do this with other families and the best part is that it is free!

You can check online or ask friends and family to know if and where a Christmas parade or tree lighting is happening where you live. 

Then you and your family can attend with some warm blankets and some flasks of hot cocoa and enjoy this fun Christmas holiday. 

11. Write a letter to Santa 

You can help your kids to write letters to Santa. They should include what they want for Christmas in the letter. 

12. Take Christmas pictures 

Make this an annual Christmas tradition in your family and you will be happy to have family pictures to look back on as the years go. It can be a professional shot or it can be taken by a family friend. 

Your kids will look forward to this great moment during the holiday. 

If you plan on sending out Christmas cards with your family picture in it, you can take the shot late November or early December. This will give you time to make the cards with the pictures in them before sending them out. 

13. Put up Christmas decorations in front of the house 

Everyone loves Christmas decorations especially kids and they will be glad to join the process of decorating the home. It will be a great time of fun and bonding for the family. 

Work as a team, come up with decoration ideas, and decorate the front of your home. 

14. Drive or walk around your neighborhood to look at lights 

This is one of the easiest ways to get excited about Christmas. You walk or drive around with your family looking at Christmas lights and street decorations. 

You can also listen to Christmas music in the car while you drive through your neighborhood and look at the beautiful decorated homes of people in your neighborhood. 

15. Make a gingerbread house 

Photo of gingerbread cookies; one of the fun things to include on a christmas bucket list

Building a gingerbread house is a staple for any Christmas bucket list. If you have lots of time, you can make the ginger bread from scratch or else, you can buy a gingerbread house kit or two

16. Make felt photo ornament for everyone in the family 

If your kids love posing for pictures, this will be an awesome fun Christmas activity for them. Add this to your Christmas bucket list. 

It is not expensive to make felt photo ornaments. And each year, you can pull out your felt ornament from the previous year and see how much your kids have grown. 

If you don’t have time to make them, you can buy them

17. Engage in Operation Christmas child 

Operation Christmas child is a charity organization that collects old clothes not used by kids anymore and uses them to provide holiday gifts for needy kids around the world. 

If you are looking for ways to serve as a family and teach your kids kindness, you should add this to your Christmas bucket list. 

They collect their donations in November during their national collection week. But you can still send it in December and they will accept it. 

To do this, you collect all the old clothes, shoes, and toys of your kids, pack them in a box, and mail it to them. 

18. Write a letter to a soldier for Operation Gratitude 

Letters to Santa are not the only letters your kids can write during the holiday season, you can have them write to a solider to show their gratitude to soldiers who are far away from home fighting for peace. 

How To Successfully Complete Your Christmas Bucket List

Photo of a christmas tree with writings hung on it

Even without having a Christmas bucket list, we know that the yuletide season is a super busy one. There are lots of things to do. There are occasions to attend, parties to host, gifts to buy, Christmas cards to send out, and attending your kids’ school and extracurricular Christmas programs. 

This can make it a bit difficult to complete your Christmas bucket list. 

However, here are tips to help you fit your Christmas bucket list into your very busy schedule as a mom. 

  • Start from the top of your list to the bottom. It will be easier to work your way down the list than picking from the list randomly. 
  • Pick a couple of days in the week, for instance, Wednesday and Saturdays and do an activity on your Christmas bucket list. 
  • Pre-plan for your activities and mark it on your calendar so that you will be prepared when it’s time to do a Christmas bucket list activity. 
  • Announce the activity on the day of the tasks to your family. This will add a fun and surprise element for your kids and make it more memorable and fun for them. 
  • Choose Christmas bucket lists that are easy to do whenever you have the free time to do so. 
  • Look at your calendar and plan for each activity that you are to do for that week. 
  • Allow your kids to list their favorite Christmas activities and include them in the Christmas bucket list. Also help them to write in on the family calendar. This will help your kids learn planning and time management skills. 


You can make your Christmas holiday super exciting with your family by using the Christmas bucket list ideas in this post. They will also make your kids feel involved and it’ll serve as a perfect bonding time for the family. 

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