The most wonderful time of the year shouldn’t be spent alone. That’s why across the globe, families and friends far and wide gather to appreciate moments spent together. While feasting may be at the heart of the holiday season, there are plenty of other fun activities for the season. From playing games to charity work, here are a few activities that’ll get the whole family in the holiday spirit.
Jingle All the Way
Keep your guests amused with this reindeer game: Toss The Jingle Bell. Place some holiday themed cups in the center of the table, then grab a set of jingle bells. Each participant then takes a turn trying to toss bells into each of the cups. The person to toss a bell into every cup the fastest wins.
If you want to increase the difficulty, have your guests stand further away from the table. To protect the table from any spills, adorn it with a table cover that doubles as decor for holiday dining.
Caroling in the Night
After sprucing your backyard with custom covers for the season, how about livening up the space with a neighborhood caroling concert? Get your kids in on the fun by singing more contemporary classics.
And when your crew is finally in perfect harmony, take the show on the road! Map out a walking route ahead of time with stops around your neighbourhood.
Run Run Rudolph
As your family and friends enjoy scrumptious food outdoors, double up on the fun with a Rudolph relay race.
First, divide your guests into teams. Then, set up half of each team on a line, right beside a grill you’ve decorated with a weatherproof grill cover. Across, place the remaining team members in another line across the yard. Then, hand a stuffed Rudolph toy to each team.
On the count of three, have participants race to the other side while balancing their Rudolph on their heads. Once the participant reaches the other side, they must pass the Rudolf to another member of the team, who’ll run back to the original side. The first team to get through every member wins.
Spend S’more Time Together
There’s nothing better than roasting marshmallows between two graham biscuits with chocolate. For some outdoor cheer, have your friends and family sit around your fire pit and roast s’mores in the roaring blaze. Make the event nice and cozy with soft pillows and throws, or with a custom TV cover, hold a Christmas movie marathon.
Christmas Movie Bingo
Turn your Christmas movie marathon into a fun family activity with Christmas Movie Bingo.
To begin, download a printable holiday movie bingo sheet for each of your guests. As you watch, have everyone mark off the items on the sheet that they see in the movie. The first person to complete an entire row wins an extra round of hot chocolate!
Christmas Cookie Decoration Contest
You can’t have Christmas without some delectable, decorative Christmas cookies. Try turning this activity into a contest and vote to see who got the most creative decorating their home-baked goodies. Reward the winner with an extra bag of candy. This activity can also work with making gingerbread houses.
Beach Day Bliss
A holiday at the beach, post Christmas, can’t be beaten, so instead of trying to come up with something better, stick with tradition.
Pack up with essentials in the morning, along with lunch for midday, kids, spouse, grandparents, and whoever else into the car. Pick the closest spot on the map and enjoy the ride. If you feel a touch zealous, put together a beach day playlist with plenty of summer tunes to enjoy on the drive.
On the Barbie
If you can’t make it to the beach, have a backyard barbecue. Kids of all ages will love the family time of using leftovers from Christmas in a BBQ contest
You can do boys vs. girls, mummy and son against daddy and sister, or any other varying team pairings. Use the trimmings and leftover scraps from your Christmas feast to create delectable barbecue sliders with turkey, leftover ham goes well with beans, or a french bread pudding using leftover eggnog.
Respect your elders by letting Gram and Papa sit back and judge the food.