20+ Advent Activities for Kids to Countdown to Christmas

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Ahh the holiday season! My favorite time of year. Aside from most of our family having birthdays throughout the month of December, the Christmas season in general is such a special time for family traditions, slowing down, and reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.

During Advent (beginning the fourth Sunday before Christmas), you might also love planning some special Advent activities for kids to help teach them to prepare their hearts for celebrating Jesus’ birth.

In this post, I’m going to share a TON of ideas to help you do this. There’s no way you’ll be able to do them all, so read through and choose the ones that are the best fit for your family.

Looking to create some new traditions this season?  Here's a list of great Advent activities for kids that will help them prepare their hearts for celebrating Jesus' birth while making beautiful memories.

From crafting your own coloring Advent calendar to baking sugar cookies and singing Christmas carols, these activities are more than just a list of things to do during Advent. They’re a testament to the power of family traditions, quality time, and the joy of giving.

I hope you discover some new ways to celebrate the Advent season, drawing your children closer to the true meaning of Christmas Day, and creating lasting memories in the process!

List of Advent Activities for Kids

Advent Calendar Ideas

1. Create your own Advent calendar with little gifts for each day. Check out this post for some great Advent crafts for kids to help you make your own Advent calendar!

2. Craft an Advent wreath together. Light the Advent candles and discuss their significance on each Sunday. If you’re not up for crafting a real one, you might like this Advent wreath activity printable.

Advent Wreath Activity

3. Use an Advent calendar with scripture verses for each day. Try these Christmas countdown cards we love!

4. Incorporate St. Nicholas Day into your Advent traditions on December 6th. My St. Nicholas Day traditions post will help you with this!

St. Nick's Day Activities

5. Learn about the different names of Jesus and their meanings. I recommend Unwrapping the Names of Jesus Advent Devotional. You can use this with your entire family, but there is a version for kids, too.

6. Explore the Jesse Tree with my Jesse Tree Advent Activity Pack.

7. Host a Nativity play with your family members. Check out this free script for kids!

Crafts and DIY

8. Craft a Nativity scene with young children.

9. Decorate your own Christmas tree with a homemade ornament each day. When my kids were young, we LOVED creating ornaments along with our Truth in the Tinsel Advent Devotional.

10. Design Christmas cards to send to friends and family.

11. Craft Christmas countdown chains or calendars.

Music and Songs

12. Sing Christmas carols together as a family.

13. Learn about the history and meaning behind classic Christmas songs. I recommend this Christmas Hymn Study from Not Consumed Ministries.

14. Create your own rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

15. Watch Christmas movies and discuss their messages.

Teaching the True Meaning

16. Read the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth. Uncovering Mercies at the Manger is a great devotional to use with your kids, and is available for multiple ages.

17. Complete an Advent Unit Study. You can learn more about one of my favorite Advent unit studies here.

Family Traditions

18. Share your favorite Christmas traditions with your family members. Here are some ideas for memorable Christmas activities your kids will love.

19. Bake and decorate sugar cookies as a family. Enjoy making some creative Christmas desserts, and check out these Christmas food crafts for kids.

20. Enjoy hot chocolate while reading Christmas stories.

21. Share Acts of Kindness as a family service project. Here’s a printable Gifts of Service Advent calendar you might love!

Service Advent Calendar

22. Volunteer for a charitable organization during the holiday season. Read my 12 Days of Serving Others Series for some ideas.

Enjoy These Advent Activities for Kids

This holiday season, make the Advent season a time of spiritual growth and family togetherness.

With this huge list of Advent activities, each family member can celebrate in a way that helps bring focus to the true meaning of Christmas.

Whether you’re crafting, singing, reflecting, or volunteering, these activities will bring you closer as a family and remind everyone that the greatest gift of all is the birth of Jesus.

Enjoy the magic of Christmas and create lasting memories with your loved ones!

And I’d love to hear from you: what are YOUR favorite Advent activities you’ve done with your kids? Share in the comments below!

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  1. Thankful for these ideas to add something extra to our Advent and Christmas season. Thank you!

  2. Deborah Goad says:

    Thanks for all the advent ideas!

  3. Kristen Frost says:

    This is full of wonderful ideas, and I can’t wait to do some of these activities with my family!!!

  4. Megan Powley says:

    These are all such wonderful ideas! 🩷

  5. Lisa Fetty says:

    This giveaway is an incredible blessing!

  6. I love these activities! Thanks so much for curating them for us!

  7. I love the idea of decorating Christmas tree with handmade ornaments each day. Thanks for sharing all great activities!

  8. Pascale Burchette says:

    I always look foreword to getting great ideas for crafts to do with my three young ones from you and I appreciate you sharing your talent with us! It’s a great way to bond with family ❤️

  9. Valerie Nitz says:

    It would be so awesome to win this Christmas giveaway. Thank you for this opportunity to have a chance to win.

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