18 Fun Things To Do on Christmas Day

It’s Christmas Day! Time to wake up, go downstairs, and open presents with your family. But what do you do after that? There are tons of fun things to do on Christmas day, so don’t worry about feeling bored. Here are some ideas for how to spend the day:

Watch a movie marathon of all your favorite holiday classics

Things To Do On Christmas Day - Watch Christmas Movies

One of the most traditional things to do on Christmas day is, of course, watching Christmas movies.

Whether it’s a classic Holiday movie like It’s a Wonderful Life or a more recent Christmas movie like Elf, Christmas day is the perfect time to marathon your favorite films.

Go ice skating in the park

Things To Do on Christmas Day - Go ice skating


Ice skating is a fun exercise to burn of the Christmas turkey stuffing, so put on your skates and head to the nearest park.

Watch the Christmas lights in the neighborhood

Jump in the car or better yet walk around the neighborhood to check out the Christmas lights displays. Take some hot chocolate and cookies with you for a festive stroll.

Have a snowball fight

If there’s snow on Christmas day head outside for an old-fashioned snowball fight. Gather a group of friends or family and have some fun shooting snowballs at each other.

Go on a candy cane hunt

Hide candy canes around the house for the kids to find. Don’t limit the hiding places to indoors, but hide a few candy canes in the garden too!

Build a snowman

If you live in an area that has any amount of snow this winter, why not build some Christmas decorations out of it? Build anything from the traditional snowman all the way up to giant snowball men and let your creative juices flow!

Drink hot cocoa with mini marshmallows

Things To Do on Christmas Day - Drink hot cocoa with mini marshmallows


Christmas is a time for snuggling on the couch while watching old Christmas movies so put on your favorite holiday film and have some hot chocolate with those yummy little marshmallows sprinkled on top. It’s sure to turn into one cozy evening spent together as a family.

Go sledding at night (with flashlights)

Kids love to go sledding at night. Make it even more fun (and safe) by wearing flashlights and playing Christmas carols.

Jump in a snowbank

You don’t have to be an Eskimo to enjoy the joys of jumping into a giant pile of frozen flakes. It’s fun for adults too, so grab some friends or family members and make your own little winter wonderland!

Make a Christmas day feast

Round up the family for a Christmas day feast. It’ll be rewarding to create a meal together as well as provide a warm, homey atmosphere for everyone in the family.

Have an ugly sweater party

No one has to have a perfect outfit on Christmas Day so why not make it fun and let your guests wear their ugliest holiday sweaters? This is sure to produce some hilarious memories that will last long after the night ends!

Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ

The Christmas season is all about paying homage to the birth of Jesus Christ, so why not celebrate by reading the Christmas Story together as a family.

Make Christmas cookies

What better way to spend time during an otherwise hectic day than making cookies with the family? Whip up a batch this year as a fun alternative to our traditional dinner fare. You can even bake them ahead of time and freeze them for later consumption-it’ll be like they were fresh from the oven every single time! Happy baking!

Walk outdoors

Burn off all that sugar by going outdoors and enjoy the winter scenery. Bundle up and take a walk in the snow or enjoy an outdoor Christmas service.

Make thank you cards

Get out the craft supplies and craft some thank you cards to properly thank friends and family for their Christmas gifts. It’ll be a great way to express your gratitude and enjoy the Christmas break!

Make snowman crafts with the kids

One evening spent crafting is better than none, so make sure to take some time after dinner today to do something fun with the kids around. They may not realize how much they’re enjoying themselves when all that matters are making an adorable snowman craft while listening to music together.

Go Caroling

Things To Do on Christmas Day - Go Caroling


Spread some Christmas cheer in the neighborhood by walking around the neighborhood singing Christmas songs under those Christmas lights!

White elephant gift exchange


Things To Do on Christmas Day - White Elephant Gift Exchange


The White Elephant Gift Exchange is a tradition that dates back to the 1800s, and it’s still just as popular today. This Christmas activity can be done at any gathering where all participants bring one wrapped gift of a predetermined value (usually inexpensive) and exchange the present.

See the rules here.

Things to do on Christmas day Conclusion

In the end, what matters most is spending time together and enjoying each other’s company.

Whether you spend your Christmas day at home with family or traveling to visit relatives in another city, take a moment to stop and reflect on all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon you this year.

As we enter into a new year, let us hope for peace and prosperity for everyone around the world so our families can continue to grow closer throughout these next 12 months as well!

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