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8 kid-friendly activity ideas for Christmas Day

If you’re worried about how you’ll be able to keep the children entertained Christmas morning after they’ve played with all their presents, today’s blog is for you. Here are eight budget-conscious ways for your whole family to have a truly great Christmas Day.

Family watching TV

Watch some classic Christmas movies

From Miracle on 34th Street to It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone to A Christmas Story, Hollywood has given us some amazing Christmas movies. You can buy these and other movies online or even better find them free on TV throughout the day.

Grandmother and granddaughter looking at gingerbread house

Make a gingerbread house or bake holiday cookies

Baking is a great way to spend some quality family time and teach your kids how to get comfortable making their own food. To add on a second activity, why not walk around the neighborhood passing out baked goods and wishing your neighbors a happy holiday?

Women serving food at soup kitchen


While your kids may initially resist this type of activity, volunteering at an animal shelter, senior center, or food bank will educate your children on the value of compassion and elevate your family’s holiday spirit.

Close-up of children drawing lying on the floor

Create an art project

Making ornaments, paper snowflakes, Christmas cards, and other decorations is a great low-cost family activity that is sure to keep the kids creative and engaged.

Children, friends hands assemble the puzzle on the table color. Connection, puzzle, friendship, Union.

Start a big jigsaw puzzle

A great family tradition we love is to have your family start a 500 or 1000 piece puzzle on Christmas with the goal of finishing it together by New Year’s. Everyone can pitch in not just on Christmas Day but throughout the rest of the week!

Family Sledding

Enjoy the outdoors

Ice-skating, sledding, nature walks, snowball fights, touch football – the list of ways you can celebrate Christmas day outside with your family is a long one.


Drive around neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights

Another great family tradition is to climb into the car and drive around to look at the amazing Christmas lights set up around the neighborhood. There may even be a neighborhood outside of yours famous for its Christmas displays.

Christmas Decorations at Nathan Phillip Square in Toronto

Check out local events

Last but certainly not least is the fact that while it may seem like your neighborhood and city shutdown entirely on Christmas Day, many communities offer their share of activities and free local events. A quick look online or at the local newspaper should give you a sense of what free activities in your neighborhood may be available.

We are J.G. Wentworth, the nationwide leader in purchasing structured settlement and annuity payments for cash now, and we hope this kid friendly activity list helps jumpstart a terrific Christmas Day for your own family. We also would like to take this time to wish all of our customers and employees around this great nation of ours a truly wonderful holiday season. For more information about our company please call us anytime at 877-227-4713.