5 christmas activities to do right now

Whether you’re looking for things to do by yourself, with some friends, or a partner, here’s a list I put together that you can do alone or with multiple people! Hope it helps you have some fun during these really odd times! 

bake and decorate cookies

I personally LOVE this one, because I grew up doing this every year at my grandma’s house with my mom! We would cover the entire surface area of the dining room table with parchment paper for us to roll out our sugar cookie dough. Make your own dough or buy some (Nestle Toll House is my favorite, but Pillsbury isn’t bad!), grab some decorating icings, sprinkles, and cookie cutters, and you’re good to go! You’ll want flour on standby for when you’re rolling out the dough. I also recommend making your own icing or buttercream if you can, because it makes a HUGE difference! Can’t eat them all? Wrap some up for your family, friends, or neighbors and share the love!

watch christmas movies

I’m a sucker for the classics, like White Christmas, A Year Without a Santa Claus, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. These movies give me more of that cozy, Christmas feeling than modern movies like Elf, while I do like that movie. Don’t forget to round up your favorite snacks, some hot cocoa, and cozy blankets. My favorite movie snacks are blue raspberry Sour Punch bites and Brookside dark chocolate pomegranate bites, but you can also just order pizza or food from Postmates if you want something more savory! Kaleb and I sometimes just order a couple appetizers from local restaurants!

drive around looking at christmas lights

I don’t know any other activity that says “you grew up in a small town” better than driving around for entertainment hahahaha. HOWEVER, in my opinion, the best memories aren’t made when you’re spending lots of money on expensive dinners or activities. They’re made when you’re just hanging out with friends and belting Mariah Carey in the car! Crank up the Christmas music and find neighborhoods that are decked up for the holidays! Some areas even have their lights coordinated to certain radio stations or zoos/parks with drive-thru lights displays! This is also a great idea if you have little kids!

make diy ornaments

Now, this doesn’t have to be the homemade ornaments of our kindergarten years a la popsicle sticks and glitter, although it totally can be, I won’t judge. However, if you’re not into that vibe, you can grab some clear or white ornaments and acrylic paint pens! This can be a great way to commemorate the year, so don’t forget to put a date on it! You can even make it a tradition to make one every Christmas!

christmas activities over zoom

This doesn’t necessarily sound like lots of fun, but if you can’t see certain family members or friends this year, this is better than nothing! You could get all of your closest friends together on Zoom and wrap all of your presents together. You could decorate gingerbread houses and have your Instagram followers vote on the best one. Don’t let the limitations of this year stop you from having fun with your favorite people!