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50 Advent Calender Ideas

[UPDATE: I recently noticed the link to the advent calendar printable was bad. I have update the link and you should have no problem now. Thanks!]
I love the holidays! Even in all it’s busy splendor. Between the classroom parties, shopping, traveling, work parties, and community events, the holidays are especially busy, but I still love this time of year. Reliving the wonder and joy of Santa, his reindeer, and elves through the eyes of my children is magical.

We have started a new tradition this year; The Advent Calendar. I did not do this growing up, unless you consider the “calendar” with the chocolate pieces that we would eat each day leading up to Christmas… but really we would eat the whole thing in one sitting. Yeah, that advent calendar. My husband’s family, however, have a lot of fun memories with the Advent Calendar year after year. Wanting to continue this tradition, we created a list of activities to include in our  family’s Advent Calendar this year.

I am sharing my list as well as a few others for you to create your own tradition and memories.

Advent Calendar Ideas:

1. Write letters to Santa
2. Drive around a look at Christmas lights
3. Read a new Christmas book (buy one or borrow from the library)
4. Make Reindeer Food
5. Pop some popcorn and watch a Christmas movie
6. Donate canned goods to the food bank/local church/shelter
7. Make Christmas gifts
8. Ride the Christmas Train
9. Decorate the Christmas Tree
10. Make hot cocoa (with marshmallows & candy canes)
11. Give holiday treats to the neighbors
12. Walk through Candy Land (a local street decked with amazing Christmas lights)
13. Go out for a cold treat (Ice Cream)
14. Visit Santa
15. Have breakfast with Santa (Christmas party at church for the children)
16. Read about the birth of baby Jesus
17. Make gifts for siblings
18. Go out and Elf some friends.
19. Decorate the front window
20. Learn about the holidays from other countries
21. Open up Christmas Jammies
22. Make cinnamon rolls from scratch
23. Random act of kindness
24. Go through toys and pick a few to donate
25. Cut out paper snowflakes
26. Have a picnic under the Christmas Tree
27. Take Christmas treats to our cousins
28. Decorate sugar cookies
30. Go sledding
31. Make gingerbread houses
32. Listen to Christmas music
33. Make a snowman
34. Go ice skating
35. Make popcorn balls
36. Take Christmas treats to Grandparents
37. Bundle up and go Christmas caroling
38. Watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
39. Play in the snow
40. Watch The Polar Express
41. Do something nice for someone
42. Watch a Christmas Parade
43. Attend the Community Christmas Celebration
44. Make teacher gifts
45. Wrap Christmas presents
46. Make an ornament for the Christmas Tree
47.  North Pole Breakfast
48. Treasure Hunt: Find Santa’s Sack
49. Watch Frosty the Snowman
50. Go on a sleigh ride


Grab some card stock and download this printable with blank advent calendar cards. If you have a design program or photo editor program you can easily add text to this document. If not, you can just as simply print out a few of these pages and write in the different activities you and/or your families will participate in this year.

Click on the image below and you will be able to download the Advent Calendar printable. It is a jpeg file which can be edited using an editing program, or simply print it out and hand write your preferred activities.


Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and ENJOY!!


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