36 Printable Advent Activity Cards for Kids {Fun & Easy}

If you are looking for some fun and festive ways to celebrate the holiday season as a family, printable advent activity cards for kids are the way to go! I’ve got 50+ Christmas advent calendar activity ideas to share with you. Plus, 36 printable advent activity cards too!

Christmas Advent Calendar Activity Ideas

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Getting Started with an Activity Based Advent Calendar for Kids

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, taking time to spend quality family time together is so important. One creative way to do that is through an activity based Christmas advent calendar that focuses on doing fun things together rather than candy or trinkets.

Here’s a few ways you can set up your printable advent activity cards:

  1. Garland: Use mini recycled envelopes, twine & wooden clothespins to make a garland. Place printed activity cards inside each envelope.  
  2. Wooden or felt advent calendar: Invest in a nice wooden advent calendar or a felt advent calendar to hold your printed advent activity cards.
  3. Elf on the shelf: If you have an elf tradition, your elf can be holding a new advent activity card each morning.

Now, let’s get to those holly, jolly printable advent activities for kids!

50+ Printable Advent Activity Card Ideas

Here are all of the ideas I brainstormed while making my own Printable Advent Activity Cards.

Outdoor Winter Activities

While you may or may not have snow in December, bundle up and make some family memories in the great outdoors!

  • Take a winter hike
  • Go sledding
  • Have a winter campfire
  • Build a snowman
  • Go skiing
  • Go ice skating
  • Spend the evening stargazing
  • Go on a gratitude nature scavenger hunt
Christmas Advent Calendar Activity Ideas - Outdoor Adventures

Christmas Crafts

Family Togetherness

  • Watch a holiday movie
  • Have a family game night
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Drive around to look at holiday lights
  • Go to a family Christmas party
  • Have a holiday music dance party
  • Read holiday stories
  • Wear pajamas all day
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • Call a family member & wish them a Merry Christmas
  • Take a family photo
  • Have a family subscription box night (order ahead of time!)
  • Look through family photos of previous holidays
  • Put up Christmas lights
  • Read the Nativity story
  • Put together a holiday puzzle
  • Make a blanket fort
  • Choose your own adventure (put each child’s name on a separate slip and they can choose the fun activity for the day)
Christmas Advent Calendar Activity Ideas - Visit Santa

Local Traditions & Activities

  • Attend a Christmas parade
  • Visit Santa
  • See a local Christmas play
  • Attend a Christmas concert
  • Visit a reindeer farm
  • Attend a local tree lighting ceremony
  • Ride a Santa train
  • Go to the library & check out holiday books

Food & Drink Traditions

  • Make hot cocoa
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Eat peppermint ice cream
  • Make a Christmas tree veggie tray
  • Bake homemade bread
  • Have breakfast for dinner
  • Dine in an outdoor igloo
  • Make cinnamon covered almonds

Giving Traditions

  • Donate to a food pantry
  • Donate gently used toys & clothes
  • Give Christmas cookies to neighbors
  • Donate to a favorite charity
  • Send Christmas cards (Paper Culture has some beautiful & sustainable cards!)
  • Clean up a local park
  • Buy new gifts to donate to a family in need
printable advent activities for kids - Advent Activity Cards

My Ready-Made Printable Advent Activity Cards for Kids

For an easy, instant digital download, you will love my Printable Advent Activity Cards, which contains:

  • 35 advent calendar activity cards + 1 blank card to add your own activity
  • Each card has a festive graphic and activity idea
  • 6 pages with 6 cards on each 8.5×11 page

3 Tips for a Low Stress Approach to an Activity Based Advent Calendar

  1. Make it easy on yourself! If you have specific plans already (like a family Christmas party or a school holiday concert) – use those as your advent calendar activity that day.
  2. Shorten your advent calendar to the 12 days of Christmas if activities for 24 days seems overwhelming.
  3. Mix it up between activities and other simple advent calendar fillers like mini treats. 

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Enjoy a Fun & Festive Holiday Together

Whether you creative your own activity based advent calendar or purchase my Printable Advent Activity Cards, I hope this list of Christmas advent activity ideas leaves you inspired. And ready to carve out some quality family time during this busy holiday season. 

If you have additional ideas you would like to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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