100 Things To Do This Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time… of the year…

Yes, it’s time to start getting in the mood for the festive period. If you are a strictly no chat of Christmas until the 1st of December then bookmark this post and come back later. Otherwise, IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!

100 things to do this Christmas

If you love Christmas half as much as I do then you will most likely want to be getting rather organised now so you can make the most of enjoying all of December. (Keep reading for the 100 Things To Do This Christmas).

Back in the very early days of our relationship the boyf bought me an alternative re-usable advent calendar which was actually 24 small pouches that hang with pegs on a piece of string. In each pouch we write a festive activity so that we make the most of our December in the lead up to Christmas.

It was wonderful to think beyond the usual and have an excuse to enjoy every minute of the festive period.

What To Do Christmas

In that spirit of festiveness and inspired by my 100 Things To Do In Autumn list, I have been busy creating an epic list of potential activities you can get up to this Christmas.

100 Things To Do This Christmas

1. Cover the house in fairy lights (I just bought these)

2. Visit your local German Christmas Market (the Birmingham one is fantastic)

3. Make mulled wine or cider (this recipe looks delicious)

4. Buy a Christmas jumper (I’m coveting this one – and more awesome ones here)

5. Bake your own gingerbread (this is my recipe)

6. Prepare Christmas pudding (I’ve heard Delia’s recipe is good)

7. Sing at a carol service (there’s even one at the Royal Albert Hall this year)

8. Send Christmas cards (love these quirky ones)

9. Visit your local castle or stately home (I love Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight)

10. Go watch a pantomime at the theatre (find your nearest panto here)

11. Go to your local town’s switching on of the Christmas lights (here is 2016 town’s list)

12. Visit a plush department store for festive shopping (e.g. Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty’s, Selfridges)

13. Order your turkey or Christmas Day meat (we order from M&S)

14. Make your own advent calendar

15. Decorate your Christmas tree (real or artificial, which do you prefer?)

16. Make a wreath for the front door (or cheat and buy one – I’m buying this wreath)

17. Compile your own Christmas playlist (love Spotify for this)

18. Decorate the house with festive cheer (I buy quirky decorations here)

19. Create your ideal Christmas Day menu (ideas here)

20. Go to your local church or cathedral for Christmas service (find your nearest CofE here)

What To Do Christmas

21. Make a christingle

22. Kiss under the mistletoe (learn where the tradition came from)

23. Visit Santa’s grotto (Find a Father Christmas near you)

24. Go see some reindeers (did you know the UK has a small group of free-range reindeer in Scotland?)

25. Watch ELF! (must-have Christmas movie)

26. Make some homemade gifts (some I made in the past)

27. Play board games (my favourite is Cluedo, Raj loves Monopoly)

28. Hide chocolate coins around the house

29. Go sales shopping (I find the sales start before Boxing Day now so get in early! My fave is John Lewis for homewares)

30. Organise a Christmas party (top tips here)

31. Build a snowman (of course, we need snow for that – I find the weather channel is most reliable for snow watch)

32. Make paper snowflakes (here’s a great tutorial)

33. Make a nativity scene (Pinterest is great for ideas)

34. Knit a hat or scarf (here’s a beginner’s guide)

35. Frost the window (or stencils)

36. Drink port and eat cheese (my favourite port is a tawny, and Raj’s favourite cheese is camembert)

37. Visit your Grandparents, parents, relatives (or volunteer to befriend the elderly in your community)

38. Make a Christmas Day centrepiece for the table (ideas here)

39. Eat mince pies (or make your own)

40. Buy some woolly socks (these are my favourite)

What To Do This Christmas

41. Hold a silly Christmas jumper day (it’s now charity fundraising day on the 15th)

42. Make Christmas Cake (recipe ideas here)

43. Volunteer your time with homeless people and rough sleepers in the UK (see Crisis for details)

44. Tell someone you love them

45. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life

46. Leave out a brandy for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph (see what children around the world leave out for Father Christmas)

47. Hang out a stocking (I am coveting these ones but these sacks are awesome)

48. Make toffee vodka

49. Go tobogganing (snow allowing, or find an indoor ski run)

50. Watch the Queen’s speech (the Royal Christmas Message has been tradition since 1932)

51. Volunteer at a local food bank (visit the Trussell Trust to find yours)

52. Sing carols with the local Salvation Army (there’s a big performance at the Royal Albert Hall)

53. Watch A Christmas Carol

54. Sit around a fire and warm your cockles (cockney rhyming slang)

55. Make DIY gift tags (inspiration here)

56. Go to Winter Wonderland in London

57. Go ice skating (Somerset House is a classic location)

58. Listen to a carol concert at your local stately home (more details with National Trust)

59. Feed the birds (top tips here)

60. Go to watch The Nutcracker ballet (we got the Birmingham Hippodrome to see Birmingham Royal Ballet)

What To Do Christmas

61. Roast chestnuts on an open fire (or in the oven)

62. Visit a Victorian Christmas Fayre (this one in Lincolnshire looks awesome)

63. Donate to your chosen charity (how to pick a charity to support)

64. Make a Yule Log (recipe here)

65. Write a list of everything you are grateful for (love the Gratitude Journal)

66. Drink eggnog (love it or hate it, it is tradition – recipe here)

67. Create a Christmas Eve snuggle box filled with fresh pyjamas and novelty socks

68. Make luxurious hot chocolate

69. Bake mini gingerbread houses for your hot chocolate mugs

70. Make paperchains and fill your house with them (these ones are a bargain)

71. Have a snowball fight (bookmark weather channel for snow watch)

72. Make honeycomb (my recipe for glitter honeycomb)

73. Make your own snow globe (get the supplies here)

74. Wear a Santa hat (buy here)

75. Dance to cheesy Christmas songs (some classics)

76. Make your own Christmas tree ornament (ideas here)

77. Make dried oranges to decorate your home (or make a garland)

78. Take an outing to a town or village you’ve never been to before (pretty UK villages to visit)

79. Wear lots of layers and take a winter’s walk in the woods (find your local woods)

80. Start a new Christmas tradition with your family/friends (use this list for inspiration!)

100 Things To Do This Christmas

81. Drink ice cold Baileys or Irish cream of your choice

82. Do a random act of kindness (ideas here)

83. Make your own wrapping paper (inspiration on Pinterest)

84. Stuff the stockings (ideas on Pinterest)

85. Host a decorating Christmas biscuits party (tutorial here)

86. Write a letter to Father Christmas (details on Royal Mail)

87. Make a wish (and good luck!)

88. Make marshmallow vodka

89. Make a Christmas cocktail (recipes here)

90. Drive around to see the Christmas lights in your neighbourhood

91. Buy yourself a Christmas present and wrap it for under the tree (I have these on my wishlist)

92. Bake cinnamon swirls

93. Play a game of cards (treat yourself to a nice set)

94. Have a festive picnic in your living room (splurge on a Christmas hamper)

95. Spend the day in your pyjamas (this pyjama set with these adorable slippers)

96. Eat brussels sprouts and enjoy it (my recipe here)

97. Organise a Secret Santa (how to organise tips)

98. Light a candle and give thanks (this is my favourite candle)

99. Take a family portrait (inspiration here)

100. Read The Night Before Christmas (we bought this version as well)

 100 Things To Do This Christmas

Would you like this list? I’ve made a free download version of 100 Things To Do This Christmas for you to print and keep.

Click here to save and download to your computer

What are your favourite things to do at Christmas?

Merry Christmas!

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Other Christmas posts you might like:

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OTHER 100 LISTS…

100 Things To Do This Autumn

100 Things To Do For Improved Self-Care and Wellbeing

100 Things To Do This Valentine’s Day

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21 Comments

  1. Melissa Blake
    28 October 2015 / 4:32 pm

    I looove the idea of making a list of everything you’re grateful for…such a good exercise!!

    Melissa | So About What I Said

    • 28 October 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Cool, glad you like it Melissa. 🙂

  2. 31 October 2015 / 1:52 pm

    GREAT list! Get really giddy about Christmas and love getting involved in so much. Perfect tick list 🙂 Jess xx

    • 3 November 2015 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks! Hope you have a great Christmas.

  3. Katey-Belline
    2 November 2015 / 8:08 am

    What a fab list! I’m planning a homemade advent calendar with an activity or ‘reminder’ for each day, there’s so many great ideas for things to include here – thank you!

    • 3 November 2015 / 3:06 pm

      Excellent! Hope you have a fab December.

  4. Josephine
    2 November 2015 / 8:45 am

    I’d like to add do a charitable act, give to a food bank, give a childrens gift to a charity, volunteer time or money to a homeless shelter. Giving is the spirit of Christmas.

    • 3 November 2015 / 3:10 pm

      Hi Josephine,
      I did include charitable acts on the list! 🙂
      No’s 41, 51, 52, 63 are all charitable.
      And in the UK visiting National Trust or English Heritage site as I’ve mentioned in the list, is supporting those charities.
      As you say Christmas is a time for giving!

  5. 2 November 2015 / 2:00 pm

    Love this list – I am putting it up the staffroom at the salon to inspire the guys to get festive! nice one!

    • 3 November 2015 / 3:11 pm

      That’s a wonderful idea. I’m honoured that the list is up in your staffroom. 😀

  6. Gemma
    3 November 2015 / 6:51 am

    Let’s hope it snows as build a snowman is on twice 🙂

    • 3 November 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Gemma! I’ll switch one of those out. Ha! 😀

  7. Lamorna
    3 November 2015 / 7:34 am

    I agree with Josephine that the list should include doing something charitable; you’ve got build a snow man twice, so slot it in no. 34 I think it was.

    • 3 November 2015 / 3:12 pm

      Hi Lamorna,

      If you have a good read of the list you will see that there are quite a few charitable acts included!

      Many thanks.

    • 3 November 2015 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you Amaryllis! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. 🙂

  8. 4 November 2015 / 7:46 am

    Love this list! We’re very excited to work our way through the activities – we’ve already done #39 (eat mince pies!)

    Just in case your visitors are interested, we have created a little something that combines #14 and #89! It’s a DIY printable “Acts of Kindness” Advent Calendar with a different good deed to do for each day of advent. More info on Etsy: http://etsy.me/1vxzCN1

  9. Tracy
    5 November 2015 / 12:41 am

    Oh my gosh I’m in love with this list you seem my kind of Freind

  10. Evangeline Phillips
    6 November 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Chill out with a hot drink on the rug in front of an open fire with scented candles burning. The week before Christmas spend time with my daughter, son in law, granddaughter, sons and daughter in law, even when they cannot all make it on the same day.

  11. 6 December 2015 / 3:10 am

    I love it!! Christmas is the best time!! Who doesn’t love twinkle lights and hot cocoa Baileys and a Christmas movie!!

  12. Jayla
    21 December 2016 / 8:17 pm

    This was a great list to help me get into the Christmas spirit. (Even though I had to look up what a “jumper” was!) — Jayla in Arizona, USA 🙂

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