The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

 It's December, and after a long year, it's time to have a little bit of fun. To kick off Blogmas, I've decided to do a Christmas bucket list post. There are so many things to do within the next month, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Even with social distancing measures in place, Christmas can still be filled with lots of fun. From snow angels to Christmas baking, here are all the things you should do this month to make your Christmas the best one yet. 

Why You Should Have A Christmas Bucket List

Christmas is a busy month. There is lots to do at work, lots of people to see and lots of festive things to sort out. I wanted to create a bucket list, so you remember to add a little fun to your busy lifestyle. Whether you've got 10 minutes to spare or a whole weekend, you will be able to fit in one of these tasks. I also wanted to remind you of all the exciting things you could be doing over the next few weeks! You should use this list or make your own. It's important to add a little bit of festive joy to your life. It also allows you to tick off the things as you go, so you can complete everything this December!

The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List

Classic Christmassy Things To Do

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. It is so magical, and there are lots of wonderful things to fill the time. Sadly, I don't have infinite funds to Christmas shop every day of December. These Christmas ideas are the classic, stereotypical things you NEED to do every year. If you want to feel like the movies, this is the list to go off! I'd love to wrap gifts and shop all day long, but if you run out of presents, here are some other fun things to do over Christmas! 

  • Have a Christmas movie marathon
  • Open an advent calendar every day until Christmas
  • Make snow angels in the snow
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Decorate the Christmas tree with a star or angel on top
  • Watch a Christmas light switch on
  • Wrap Christmas gifts while watching elf
  • Send Christmas cards to your loved ones
  • Dance around to Christmas songs
  • Start writing your new years resolutions
  • Read The Night Before Christmas book on Christmas Eve
  • Get matching PJs with your family
  • Kiss under the mistletoe
  • Get an ugly Christmas jumper
  • Leave a mince pie and milk out for Santa
  • Have a cookie decorating competition
  • Go Christmas shopping with your other half
  • Decorate your whole house with decorations and lights
  • Hang stockings or put out a Santa sack
  • Write a letter to Santa

Going Out And About

While I am not a fan of the cold, there are many things to do over the festive season. I love when all of the Christmas markets and ice rinks pop up. If you're ready to brave the cold, these ideas can help you get out and about this winter. These ideas range from free to more costly, so there is something for everyone to do.

  • Watch a Christmas light switch-on
  • Buy a real-life Christmas tree to decorate
  • Go ice-skating
  • Catch a Christmas movie at the cinema
  • Christmas shop at a large mall or shopping centre
  • Visit a Christmas market
  • Go to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
  • Meet Santa in his grotto
  • Go on a Christmas train
  • Go to Church for Midnight Mass or Christingle
  • Watch a firework show on New Years Eve
  • Go sledging (either indoors or on a snowy slope!)
  • Join in at the work Christmas party
  • Watch the Nutcracker at a theatre
  • Watch a nativity play
  • Spend a bomb in the Boxing Day sales
  • Sing Christmas carols with the choir
  • Go on a Christmas drink/snack crawl (try all the festive coffee shop treats)
  • Go to a Christmas craft workshop
  • Have a mini Christmas getaway

Ideas For The Food Lovers

If you ask me what my favourite thing about Christmas is, I wouldn't have an answer. However, the food is a huge part of Christmas for me. Whether it's baking with Christmas films or eating a family dinner, food can be a great way to bring people together. Some of these things can be done from home, while others can lead to a great day out. If you love food, here are some delicious things to do this Christmas!

  • Decorate a gingerbread house with the people you love
  • Drink eggnog, or make your own!
  • Make your own Yule log
  • Bake gingerbread men and decorate them as elves
  • Drink a peppermint hot chocolate
  • Get the latest Starbucks festive drink
  • Cook a massive Christmas dinner for the family
  • Create reindeer food to feed Rudolf and his friends
  • Make and enjoy some mulled wine
  • Have a mince-pie taste test and rank each supermarket/brand
  • Make your own Christmas pudding
  • Make your own smores on a firepit
  • Eat a brussel sprout, even if it is just one!
  • Drink some Baileys with ice - Or try M&S's mince pie version!
  • Make a deluxe hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows
  • Bake a delicious Christmas cake
  • Create a Christmas menu for your guests
  • Have a work Christmas lunch or a meal out
  • Eat Lebkuchen or other Christmas cultural treats
  • Try one of these festive Christmas recipes!

Christmas DIYs and Crafts To Make

I've recently purchased a Cricut machine, and I love crafting with it. There are so many Christmas crafts that I'd love to make this holiday season, including printing my own matching PJs! Crafting can be very relaxing and great if you've got children who want to keep busy. If you want to get creative, here are some fun Christmas crafting ideas to try this year! 

  • Make your own Christmas cards
  • Create some ornaments for your tree
  • Design paper snowflakes to hand around the house
  • Try making your own decorations
  • Create a DIY gift hamper
  • Make a Christmas eve box for your loved ones
  • Put popcorn on a string to make garlands
  • Design your own Christmas jumpers
  • Cut old cards and make them into gift tags
  • Make your dream Christmas table spread
  • Make your own scented candles
  • Use brown paper and make your own wrapping paper with stamps and stickers
  • Create table placements for your guests
  • Get creative with desserts and make them Christmassy
  • Make some reindeer food to feed the reindeer with
  • Infuse your own vodka
  • Take some wood, engrave it and make your own cheeseboard
  • Make your own DIY Christmas gifts
  • Try some Pinterest DIYs
  • Make all of your Christmas food from scratch

Giving Back To The Community

Since the pandemic started, I started to understand the power of community. I love helping where I can, volunteering and supporting small businesses. There are so many things you can do to give back and make a difference. Not everyone can have the magic of Christmas, so giving back to the community can help spread a bit of magic. Even if you don't have money to donate, here are other ways to help your community this Christmas! 

  • Do 5 random acts of kindness for strangers
  • Donate some money to a charity close to your heart
  • Volunteer At A Charity Shop or Soup Kitchen
  • Donate To Food Banks In Need
  • Gift Toys To The Giving Tree
  • Pack A Show Box For The Samaritan's Purse
  • Support small businesses
  • Create care packages for the homeless
  • Do a charity Santa fun run
  • Host an elderly person for Christmas dinner

There are so many fun things to do at Christmas. I am so excited for Christmas. Hopefully, it'll be a lot better than the rest of the year. It's my favourite time of the year, and I am ready for all the festive joy. I've tried to include a range of things for everyone to try, that way this bucket list appeals to everyone. These are my favourite things to do at Christmas, but everyone has their own traditions. What things would you add to this bucket list? I'd love to know your favourite holiday activities are, and what makes Christmas for you!

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  1. Some amazing ideas here - I'm starting to get into the festive spirit now too!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

  2. Some awesome ideas em! I really love the idea or making your own cheeseboard, it would make a fab gift x

  3. I love all these goals, especially the list of food ones xx

  4. I am soo doing all of the things on your bucket list, I've got my own going but I love your stay at home ones. I will 1000% be making my own massssive cheese board!


  5. I literally want to work my way through everything in this list! Brilliant post Em. Heres to a happy and as full of Christmas fun month as possible x x

  6. Oh I love this Christmas bucket list, there's some wonderful and exciting ideas here! x

    Lucy |

  7. I love your post so much! I haven't done a lot of these but I am so excited to come back to this post once I am done scheduling my Blogmas posts. Also, I need to try that mistletoe thing haha I've been with my bf 7 years, but my family doesn't really do that in our home. So this Christmas I might have to buy some and take it to our Airbnb cabin we got for Christmas lol

    Grislean |