Holiday Bucket List: 25 Fun Activities for Teens & Families

Holiday Bucket List: 25 Fun Activities for Teens & Families

Do you want to enjoy the holidays, but you’re not where to start? I’ve created a holiday bucket list, brimming with activities that are fun for any age, but will especially appeal to teens. Most events can be solitary or with others. Hey, invite a few friends over and make it a party!

Some of these are things that many families do anyway. But you can always take it up a notch by making it a competition. Who can make the most amazing, outrageous hot chocolate or the best snowman?

I’ve divided the ist into outdoor, indoor, and volunteer activities.  Depending on your local weather and safety level, some activities will appeal more to some than others. (I’m always cold, so those indoor activities look real cozy!)

Don’t feel you need to do everything on the list! That’s not a way to have a relaxing holiday. Pick a few that appeal to you and try them this year. Next year, pick some different bucket list items and try them out.

Holiday Bucket List: 25 Fun Activities for Teens & Families

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Outside Activities

There are a ton of outside activities during December. Some of these are dependent on your climate. Grab your coat and some mittens!

  • Caroling in the neighborhood
  • Drink hot chocolate by a fire pit
  • Tour neighborhood lights
  • Ice skating
  • Build a snowman
  • Snowball fight
  • Go sledding
  • Visit a Christmas market or festival
  • Holiday-themed scavenger hunt

Inside Activities

We all spend more time inside during the holidays. Make that indoor time as fun as possible. 

  • Tree trimming
  • Holiday baking – cookies, cakes, and pies – oh my! Check out some suggestions here.
  • Create a holiday playlist – break this out during any holiday activity!
  • Christmas movie marathon – here are some ideas to get you started
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Wrap gifts – bring on the pretty paper, ribbon, and bows
  • Host a craft party
  • Puzzle time!
  • Secret Santa with friends, club, etc.
  • Ugly Sweater party
  • Video chat with family or friends out of town


Let’s keep our own blessings in perspective this season. Help your community as well! If you’re looking for more ideas, check out this post.

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  • Adopt a Family
  • Collect food for the food bank
  • Prepare and/ or serve a meal at a soup kitchen
  • Write cards for servicemen and women 
  • Take holiday treats to the local fire or police station

What’s on your holiday bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!

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