Christmas eve is such an exciting time for kids. The anticipation and wondering of what Father Christmas will leave under the Christmas tree. In the past I’ve found keeping my over-excited kids occupied quite the challenge. To help combat this we as a family try to make the effort to get out on Christmas eve and do something fun.
I thought I would share with you five ideas of things you could do as a family on Christmas eve.
Go To The Cinema
Going to the cinema is top of my list of things I love to do as a family on Christmas eve. It’s a great way to spend a chilled out few hours and keep the kids entertained at the same time. This doesn’t have to cost the earth either, many cinemas host a kids club rate on the weekend or during the school holiday. With these offers a family of four can watch a movie for under £15. Sneaking in some mince pies will also stop the temptation to buy the overpriced popcorn.
A quick search online of your local area of things to do at Christmas will bring up a ton of results. Along with the usual paid for events you will often find community groups or associations hosting festive events and activities for free. A quick search of my local area came up with a festive boat ride, an elf experience and a Christmas concert to name a few.
Christmas Eve Box
Every year I make a fun box of festive goodies for the kids to enjoy on Christmas eve. This year I’ve added a new board game for us all to play as a family. I try to include things in the box like a small craft activity, a new movie, some books and a colouring/activity book. All these things help to keep the kids occupied.
You could try burning some of the kids excess energy off with a walk around the neighbourhood to look at houses decorated for Christmas. My kids are in absolute awe of the brightly lit windows and inflatable garden snowmen in our neighbourhood.
There are certain things we do each and every year that firm part of our own family traditions. We like to have Chinese food from our favourite takeaway while we watch a Christmas movie. Afterwards the kids sprinkle reindeer food outside the front door and hang a magic key up for Father Christmas.
This year we are going to add a new tradition by tracking Father Christmas using the NORAD website. You could add some new traditions to your own Christmas eve routine or even just try something new this year. I love adding new traditions every year.