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 (PS 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 28th through December 30 (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. Most people aren’t brave enough to just hit the sidewalks singing (although if you are – we love it! Do it!), which is why the Holiday Harmony event at Perkins Rowe is so perfect! December 7th at 6 PM.
  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 19th to January 4th, and it’s only $12 a person!
  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 at 4!
  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! You can read the story of Jesus’ birth, a Christmas Carol, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Here’s a great list!
  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 Christmas. The 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 7th, from 12:30 to 6:00.
  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. KLOVE Christmas. Want to add a little worshipping goodness to your holiday season? Be at Istrouma December 20th at 7 PM (buy your tickets in advance!)
  23. Downtown Christmas Parade. Central has one (December 6), Zachary has one (December 7), so does Denham Springs (December 13) and Baton Rouge (December 14). 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 Nutcracker. This 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 20th 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

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 What is on your holiday bucket list?

Blake is a 25 year old born & bred Louisianan, currently inhabiting Baton Rouge. She and her husband, Jeremy, have been married since 2012, and welcomed their first child [a baby girl] into their clan in September! She . Blake is a graduate of LSU and an avid, rabid Tigers fan in every sense of the word. She loves crime shows, Christmas scented candles, and instagram. She is the owner of BG Weddings, a wedding design and planning company based in Baton Rouge. She spends her days balancing her laptop on one knee and her baby girl on her other; but does her best to get out from in front of the screen as much as possible and soak up time with her family.


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