Holiday Bucket List (25 Ideas)

A holiday bucket list is the best way to take advantage of everything the holiday season brings.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like every year the holidays come out of nowhere. And before you know it, it’s New Years and you didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary.

This is a list of activities you can do at home or in your local city.

Oh, and this list isn’t just for kids. While some of these ideas are for kids, many of them can be enjoyed with your plus one or your friends. There are some things on this list that are free (because who doesn’t love that around the holidays) while others may require some dough- and I’m not talking about the cookie kind.

Holiday Bucket List

  1. Mail letter to Santa
  2. Attend a tree lighting ceremony 
  3. Attend a holiday festival or concert
  4. Create your own holiday playlist 
  5. Donate toys to a local drive
  6. Read ‘Twas the night before Christmas 
  7. Make a popcorn garland 
  8. Hang mistletoe in every doorway
  9. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies 
  10. Drive around and look at lights in another neighborhood
  11. Make a gingerbread house or gingerbread cookies
  12. Sip on some homemade hot chocolate 
  13. Watch a classic Christmas movie
  14. Have a fondue night
  15. Make reindeer food 
  16. Deliver treats to your neighbors 
  17. Make an ornament
  18. Make dinner as a family
  19. Go ice skating
  20. Host a cookie exchange
  21. Make paper snowflakes
  22. Donate food to a food bank
  23. Adopt a family
  24. Roast marshmallows in the fireplace for homemade s’mores
  25. Pull out sleeping bags and have a family slumber party under the tree

I know what you’re thinking, some of these ideas are no-brainers, but some will also serve as a good reminder. Who knows, you may have some new family traditions on your hands. And if all else fails, just head to Target and hit up the holiday section. You’ll be sure to find enough stuff to create some holiday magic.



  1. November 29, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    Love the bucket list! And thanks for all the reference links!:)

    • November 30, 2018 / 8:03 am

      You’re welcome! I figured it would make it easier with the links!

  2. Bridgit
    December 1, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Great list! Thanks for all the ideas.

    • December 1, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      You’re so welcome! Can’t wait to see pictures!!!!

  3. December 2, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    I like all these awesome ideas. The fondue and sleeping bag idea is on point. Thanks for spreading your holiday cheer.

    • December 2, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      I’m so happy you like them! I love the sleeping bag idea too. I think we’re going to do it this weekend!!!!! I just need to get some treats from the market, to really go all out.

  4. Mom
    December 3, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Love this! Great job MY LOVE

    • December 3, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      I’m glad I got the mother seal of approval!!!

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