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30 fun festive activities

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Check out our holiday calendar for a list of fun family-friendly activities this December.

By Laura Grande

30 fun festive activities

December 1

Bring out your advent calendars and deck the halls of your house!

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December 2

Have a “crafternoon” making our cute pine cone elves and holiday garland.

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December 3

Mail letters to Santa nice and early to ensure he has enough time to respond!

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December 4

Start making (and freezing) those early batches of holiday cookies. Check out these adorable Melting Snowman Sugar Cookies.

30 fun festive activities

December 5

Find a local toy drive and make a holiday donation!

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December 6

Make your very own fringe Christmas tree ornament, or make a craft day out of it and try any of these 24 DIY ornaments for kids.

Fringe Christmas tree ornament that has pompom decorations on itPhoto: Tony Lanz

December 7

Decorate the outside of your house and warm up afterwards with hot chocolate.

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December 8

Bake and decorate a gingerbread house with the little ones.

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December 9

Choose the perfect Christmas tree and doll it up with the family.

30 fun festive activities

December 10

Declare tonight “movie night” and watch a holiday flick or two with the kiddies.

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December 11

Stay on budget! Make sure you’re tracking all your holiday purchases.

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December 12

After dinner, bundle up the family and go for a mini-hike.

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December 13

Get your Christmas cards written and stamped.

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December 14

Hop in the car or go for a walk and take a Christmas-light tour with your family.

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December 15

Get your kids feeling festive by making your own holiday wrapping paper.

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December 16

Schedule a date with your partner before the holiday madness kicks in.

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December 18

Go skating!

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December 19

Take some “me time” today, even if it’s just for an hour.

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December 20

Have a screen-free evening. Read your family’s favourite holiday books.

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December 21

Get into the holiday groove and bake one of these 57 mouthwatering recipes for your upcoming family get-together.

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December 22

Today is the cut-off for holiday mail delivery to arrive on time for Christmas within Canada. If you’re shipping a holiday package or card somewhere else, double check the cut-off date on canadapost.ca.

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December 23

Take a deep breath (and avoid the mall). The Christmas madness is in full swing!

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December 24

Put on a holiday playlist, hang up those stockings and listen for Santa’s sleigh.

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December 25

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

30 fun festive activities

December 26

If you’re brave enough, head out to your local mall or shop online for Boxing Day sales. Kwanzaa also begins today.

30 fun festive activities

December 27

Play some of your favourite family board games.

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December 28

Declare today National Pyjama Day. Play games, watch movies and stay cozy in your PJs!

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December 29

For those eager to get their house back to normal, set some time aside to start taking down Christmas decor.

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December 30

Make (and maybe even start) your New Year’s resolution, like getting back in shape. It’s also important that you stock up on anything you might need for New Year’s Eve – the stores will be crazy tomorrow!

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December 31

This article was originally published on Nov 14, 2015
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