Holiday Bucket List {Free Printable}

Christmas is such a great time to start new traditions and keep old ones alive. Here’s our holiday bucket list with 25 fun, family-oriented activities – and a free printable! Use it as a reminder for trusty old traditions and as a way to discover some brand new ones to start with your family this year!

  1. Take a family photo with Santa. There are a bunch of places in town to do this: Mall of Louisiana, Bass Pro Shop, & Cabela’s (P.S. they’re free at Bass Pro!)
  2. Drive around and look at Christmas lights. Put on your jammies, make some hot chocolate, put on some Christmas music, turn on the heater, and enjoy the pretty lights!
  3. Do a gag-gift swap with friends. Christmas is such a great time for family, but it’s also a chance to spend time with your friends. Get everyone together, bring a $10-$15 gag-gift, and take turns swapping!
  4. Bake Christmas cookies. Bust out that old family recipe or start a tradition with a new one.
  5. Get in the spirit by watching a Christmas classic. So many options. You can go real classic with White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, or you can go a little more modern with movies like Elf or Home Alone.
  6. Go on a Christmas date. Like a real date, with a sitter and make-up and conversation. Doesn’t that sound glorious?!
  7. Donate unwanted toys to charity. This is a great way to prepare your kids for the holidays! Have them round up a couple of the toys and help them understand that they’re giving them to a child that doesn’t have as much.
  8. BREC ZooLights Enjoy a mile-long walk through the BR Zoo with over 50 illuminated structures. ZooLights runs from November 26th through December 30th (closed Christmas Day & Eve).
  9. Buy gifts for Salvation Army / Angel Tree / Toys for Tots. What’s better than giving during Christmas? Many businesses in the area serve as pick up/drop off points. Google is your friend on this one.
  10. Go Christmas Caroling. Get a group of neighborhood kids together and go caroling around your neigborhood or senior living facility!
  11. Go ice skating. Can we talk about how awesome it is that the River Center turns into a skating rink this time of year?! Ice Skating on the River runs from December 17th to January 3th!
  12. Decorate the tree as a family. It’s really easy as the mama to take control of the decorating and run with it, trust us, we get it. But maybe we slow down and let the little ones and daddy in on the fun? Make it a special night with music and hot chocolate!
  13. Downtown Festival of Lights. Downtown. Half a million lights. Need we say more? Watch the town light up December 6th from 4-9pm!
  14. Be a Santa to a senior. Contact a senior home in your area and find out what they need, and provide it! Some even have angel tree type things set up that allow you to buy gifts for residents.
  15. Read a Christmas story. Round up the whole family and read a story! There are so many great holiday books out there – you can read the story of Jesus’ birth, a Christmas Carol, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas, just to name a few!
  16. Deliver Christmas cookies to neighbors. Remember those Christmas cookies you baked? Why not divvy up some of them to your neighbors?
  17. Make a Christmas playlist. Oh Christmas music. Nothing better to get you in the holiday mood, right? Put together your favorites in a playlist to listen to in the car or while you do some of the things off our bucket list!
  18. Donate canned goods to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Is your pantry over-run by cans like ours? The Food Bank can make really great use of what’s just sitting in your kitchen. Round ’em up and bring them by!
  19. Make a gingerbread house. Know what’s really great? Pre-made gingerbread house kits. We really didn’t expect you to do this one from the ground up 😉
  20. A Rural Life ChristmasThe Rural Life museum is gorgeous enough on its own, but decorated for Christmas in traditional 19th century style, it really is one of Baton Rouge’s best kept secrets. December 5th, from 10:00 to 5:30.
  21. Make Christmas ornaments. Buy a pre-made kit, make them from clay, or get crazy with glitter (if you’re brave)! Make sure you put the date on the back so you can look back at the sweet memories made.
  22. Visit a Live Nativity Scene. Many churches and local organizations hold live Nativity Scenes during the holiday season. Some even include a petting zoo for the kids.
  23. Downtown Christmas Parade. Central has one (December 4th), Zachary has one (December 4th), so does Denham Springs (December 11th) and Baton Rouge (December 11th). So you really don’t have an excuse to not knock this one off your bucket list.
  24. Make Blessing Bags and give them to the needy. Head to the Dollar Store and stock up on the necessities (some ideas: toothpaste/brush, soap, granola bars, trail mix, hand sanitizer, bandaids), divide it all up into gallon ziplock bags, maybe add a note of encouragement, and put them in you car. Now you can easily bless the needy when you pull up next to them or see them during your drive.
  25. See the NutcrackerThis one might be difficult to pull off as a family (unless Dad and/or brothers are into that – then lucky you!), but you can round up your girlfriends or take your daughters. December 18th & 19th at the River Center.

Click on the link to download the super cool printable here so that you can check each activity off the list as you complete it: Bucket List Printable

 What is on your holiday bucket list?

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