24 things to do at Christmas – Our alternative advent.

It’s November, which means it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas.  I’m not known for being very organised but I’m starting to come around to the idea that preparation is key to prevent being a quivering mess under the tree by Christmas Eve.  With that in mind I’ve already started shopping for presents and I’ve got together our list of 24 things to do at Christmas for Luca’s alternative advent calendar.

Luca is super lucky that he has two grandma’s and three great grandma’s.  They always spoil him, meaning he is never short of advent calendars when December comes around.  It also means that the beautiful advent calendar we bought him to fill each year is a bit redundant.  I mean how can a wooden tree full of sweets beat a spiderman advent calendar full of cheap chocolate?  

Last year I got my thinking cap on and decided to put a twist on ours.  Instead of chocolates, we left notes in the drawers from Santa’s elves.  Every morning Luca woke up and read his note telling him what will be happening that day.  This means lots of forward thinking on our part to plan activities and days out to fill his advent with.


I thought I’d share with you all this years 24 advent activities and our things to do at Christmas, as even if you’re not doing this kind of advent, there are loads of fun ideas to fill your run up to Christmas with.


  1. Write a letter to Santa.
  2. Watch the film Elf.
  3. Make hot chocolate with marshmallows on top.
  4. Make paper snowflakes to decorate your windows.
  5. Go ice skating.
  6. Make Christmas cards for Grandparents.
  7. Watch The Grinch.
  8. Make a decoration for the tree.
  9. Make reindeer food to sprinkle on Christmas Eve.
  10. Visit Santa.
  11. Buy and decorate a tree
  12. Bake biscuits for Santa.
  13. Make some wrapping paper.
  14. Go to see some Christmas lights
  15. Make some fudge for teachers.
  16. Make a gingerbread house.
  17. Wrap some presents.
  18. Make gift tags.
  19. Go carol singing.
  20. Wear a Christmas jumper.
  21. Go sledging.
  22. Go to the Christmas market to buy a decoration for the tree and eat yummy Christmas treats.
  23. Watch a pantomime.
  24. Go see a Christmas-y film at the cinema.


So there you go, these are our plans for the run up to Christmas. Hopefully by Christmas Eve Luca will be bursting with excitement, I know I will be.  Either that or I’ll be found under the tree drinking prosecco straight from the bottle.

Is there anything you think we’ve missed? Any other things to do at Christmas?

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