Best Christmas Activities for Large Families

by Briana Marie
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Christmas is a magical time of year, steeped in tradition, filled with joy, and offering numerous opportunities for family bonding and fun. The holiday season is all about love, sharing, and togetherness, and what better way to celebrate than with a few festive activities for your big family?

Celebrating the holidays with a large family can be quite a task (and it can get super expensive as well). But the good news is, that there are many Christmas activities for large families that will create those special moments without breaking the bank.

And that’s exactly what we are going to discuss today. So, get ready to start your holiday planning and prepare for a joyful holiday season.

Let’s get to it.

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Christmas Tree Farm Visit and Decorating the Tree

There’s a certain nostalgia associated with visiting a Christmas tree farm. Picture this: the crisp winter air, the scent of pine, and the rustle of branches as you trudge through the snow in search of the perfect tree. It’s a special adventure that brings the family together and a great way for you to cooperate on your holiday decorating.

Once you all find the perfect tree, load it up, and bring it home, it’s time for everyone to join in on the process of decorating.

From stringing lights to hanging ornaments, every family member can contribute – even the younger kids, making it a beautiful way to kick off the seasonal festivities. You can conclude this special event with some hot cocoa and a Christmas movie.

Advent Calendar

As many of us know, the excitement of Christmas often lies in the anticipation, and there’s no better way to count down the days than with an Advent calendar.

For a personalized touch, consider a DIY advent calendar with pockets or boxes that each family member can take turns opening. You can fill them with small toys, candies, or handwritten notes with meaningful messages or Christmas activities for the day.

If you prefer a ready-made option, go for an oversized calendar with larger compartments that can accommodate multiple treats, making sure everyone gets a share.

Alternatively, you could opt for ‘book-a-day’ calendars where each day reveals a new Christmas-themed book for a family storytime, or ‘puzzle-piece-a-day’ calendars that, by Christmas, complete a festive puzzle the whole family has contributed to.

The key is to choose an advent calendar that encourages family interaction and keeps the Christmas spirit alive throughout the holiday season.

It’s a daily dose of excitement and surprise that keeps the Christmas spirit alive leading up to the big day.

Christmas Cookie Baking Marathon

The sweet aroma of baking cookies wafting through the house is truly a hallmark of the holiday season. Seriously, no holiday is complete without some yummy sweet treats.

A cookie-baking marathon is not only a fun family activity but also a chance to create and share. Once your Christmas cookies are baked, package them up and gift them to neighbors, friends, and extended family. It’s a delicious way of spreading the Christmas cheer. It’s also an activity that all family members can join in on.

Fireplace Mantel Decoration

For those who have a fireplace in their home, decorating the fireplace mantel can be a fun activity that brings the entire family together during the holiday season. The larger the family, the more hands on deck to make the mantel a festive focal point.

Each family member can contribute an item, be it a treasured family heirloom, a handmade ornament, or a favorite holiday photograph. Children can create paper snowflakes, while the adults handle candles and garlands. Teenagers might enjoy stringing fairy lights or arranging decor on the mantel.

The most important thing is that you make it a collaborative effort where everyone’s ideas are welcomed and incorporated. The resulting blend of decorations will reflect the unique spirit and creativity of your family, making your mantel not just beautiful, but also deeply personal.

The process itself, filled with laughter, storytelling, and shared memories, is sure to become a cherished holiday tradition.

Oh, and don’t forget to play some Christmas music to set the tone for the festivities!

Christmas Craft Party

Unleash the creative spirit this Christmas with a family craft party. Hosting a Christmas craft party is a wonderful way to engage your large family in the festive spirit of the season. It encourages creativity and collaboration and results in beautiful, handmade decorations that add a personalized touch to your Christmas décor. Here are a few tips on how to organize a successful Christmas craft party for your large family.

Firstly, plan ahead. Decide on the date and time for your craft party, ensuring it suits everyone’s schedules. Once the date is set, make a list of the crafts you want to make. Consider the age range and interests of your family members.

Choose crafts that are fun and manageable for all ages, such as making paper snowflakes, decorating Christmas ornaments, creating Christmas cards, or crafting a homemade wreath. For younger children, consider simple crafts like handprint reindeer or cotton ball Santa Claus. For the older ones and adults, more complex crafts like DIY snow globes or homemade candles could be appealing.

Next, gather your supplies. Once you’ve decided on the crafts, make a list of all the materials you’ll need. This might include items like construction paper, glue, paint, glitter, beads, ribbons, and more. Keep in mind, when shopping for supplies, it’s better to have a little extra than to run out halfway through the party.

Create a dedicated crafting space. Clear a large table or a section of the room where everyone can comfortably work on their crafts. Cover the area with newspaper or a disposable tablecloth for easy cleanup. Organize your crafting supplies in the middle of the table or in separate stations for each craft.

Once everything is set up, begin the craft party with a brief explanation or a demonstration of each craft if necessary. Encourage everyone to express their creativity and make their craft unique. Remember, the goal is to have fun and enjoy each other’s company, not to create perfect crafts.

In between crafting, make sure to take breaks for refreshments. Serve holiday-themed appetizers and beverages to keep the festive mood going.

At the end of the party, display everyone’s crafts around the house. This will not only show appreciation for everyone’s hard work but also add a unique, personal touch to your Christmas décor.

Themed Potluck Dinner

Food has a way of bringing people together, and a Christmas potluck dinner is no exception. Have each family member prepare a dish fitting the Christmas theme and share a hearty meal together. It’s a celebration of family love, unity, and, of course, delicious food.

The meals don’t have to be complicated either! It could be a simple dessert recipe like brownies. But for those who really like to flex their culinary skills, feel free to go all out with your dish.

Another fun idea for a potluck is to have a theme such as “Around the World” where family members each create a dish that you would find in different parts of the world.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Inject a dose of laughter and fun into the holiday season with an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Encourage everyone to wear their tackiest, funniest Christmas sweaters (feel free to DIY it) and just have a good time. You can even have designated judges and have a contest complete with prizes if you’d like to add an element of friendly competition. This is also a good time to do a gift exchange such as a Secret Santa.

To add even more fun, couple this with a family game night. Bring out some board games or pull up some trivia. It’s a blend of humor, competition, and togetherness that’s sure to make for a memorable event.

This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of our Printable Holiday Games. These exciting games are kid-friendly and are the perfect way to celebrate the season.

Volunteering and Giving Back

Christmas is also a season of giving, and volunteering as a family is a beautiful way to instill the values of empathy and generosity. From helping at a local food bank to participating in a toy drive, giving back to the community can become a meaningful and impactful family tradition.

You can even work together to choose which organization you would like to work with this season.

Sugar Cookie Decorating

Much like the baking marathon, decorating sugar cookies is a sweet and artistic family activity. With icing, sprinkles, and edible decorations, each cookie becomes a canvas. It’s a fun, hands-on activity that results in festive, edible masterpieces. And you don’t necessarily have to bake for this activity. You can purchase pre-packaged sugar cookies and just make sure you have the decorating utensils on hand. Easy peasy.

Check Out Some Light Displays

Load up your vehicle (or vehicles, if you need to bring along more than one to accommodate all the passengers) and drive through a beautiful Christmas light display. Many light displays are free or low-cost charging a nominal fee per vehicle to drive through.

There are also many light displays that allow you to walk through and are coupled with other local Christmas events. Either way, this fun Christmas activity is one of many Christmas traditions that even adults and older kids enjoy.

Decorate a Gingerbread House

This doesn’t have to be a very complicated task. You can purchase a Gingerbread house kit (or 2…or 3) and let everyone pitch in on decorating with candies and icing while listening to some holiday music. Allow everyone to add their own bit of personality to the design.

​Christmas Movie Marathon

Pull out all your family members’ favorite holiday movies, grab some snacks and blankets/pillows, and enjoy a cozy Christmas marathon. Don’t forget your Christmas jammies and hot chocolate! This is a great activity that is relatively hassle-free and can be done right in your living room. This is also a great opportunity to stream a new release.

Wrapping Up

As they say, this is the most wonderful time of the year. And you experience that holiday cheer and wonder while enjoying some quality time with your loved ones.

From picking the perfect Christmas tree to baking cookies, crafting, and giving back to the community, these activities provide so many wonderful opportunities for large families to bond, make memories, have a great time, and create lasting traditions.

This is also a chance to start a new family tradition that can continue even for future generations. As you can see, even with a large family, it is possible to enjoy this special time of year without emptying out your bank account.

You can make every Christmas memorable with these fun ideas. So, this Christmas, embrace the joy of togetherness and create moments that you and your family will cherish for a lifetime.

Happy Holidays!


  • Briana Marie

    Briana Marie is a mental health and financial literacy advocate, and founder of Major League Mommy. In her spare time, Briana enjoys yoga, travel, and spending time with her Husband and two daughters.

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