ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Six Free Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

Updated on December 9, 2011

Christmas comes with a lot of necessary and unnecessary expenses. Between buying gifts for everyone on your list and the decorations, you might not have a lot of money left. Luckily, you can still find holiday activities suitable for the whole family that are completely free or cost less than a few dollars.

Attend a Christmas Pageant

Local schools often host Christmas pageants and shows, using the talents of school children. Even if your kids have long outgrown school, you can still have fun attending one of the events and watching the show. Another cheap idea is to visit a holiday bazaar at one of the schools or a local church. Give everyone a few dollars to spend on gifts and treats, or just enjoy the lights and sounds.

Make Cookies

Spend an afternoon baking Christmas cookies as a family. Most recipes call for pantry staples, including flour, sugar, baking powder or baking soda, and imitation vanilla. Use one basic chocolate chip recipe and experiment with different additions, such as coconut, candy, peanut butter, or chopped nuts.

Holiday Light Tour

A free holiday activity is found in your own neighborhood. Take a walking tour of the neighborhood, looking at the decorations put up by your neighbors. If you live in a rural community or do not have nearby neighbors, take the family on a driving tour of a nearby city. Take in the lights and sounds of the decorations.

Go Christmas Caroling

Gather a few friends, family members, or neighbors and create a caroling party. Ask everyone to bundle up in warm clothes, including gloves and hats. Go door-to-door, singing Christmas carols as a group. Surrounded by the Christmas decorations and sounds, it's hard not to get into the Christmas spirit.

Build a Wreath

If you have younger children in the family, take them on a tour of your own backyard. Look for thin tree branches or evergreen boroughs that you can use to make a new wreath for the front door. A wreath is simply a twisted branch decorated with ornaments or ribbon. Let the kids use items from your arts and crafts supplies to decorate the wreath.

Visit Santa

Most businesses and shops have a day or multiple days where kids can meet Santa. While some charge a fee for photographs, others make the event completely free. Let younger kids sit on Santa's lap and tell him their wish list. Give teens or older kids the responsibility of handling the camera and documenting the event for future holidays.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • smokingcupcake profile image

      smokingcupcake 6 years ago from Dayton, OH


    • aboutaustralia profile image

      aboutaustralia 6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Very helpful tips at this time of year, thanks. Voted up :)

    • SimpleGiftsofLove profile image

      SimpleGiftsofLove 6 years ago from Colorado

      Nice ideas. Up and interesting