The holidays can be very expensive and finding ways to cut costs is important for many families. Cutting costs does not have to mean cutting down on the fun; in fact many of the inexpensive ways to celebrate the holidays with kids cost very little money.
Children do not have to be involved with expensive holiday activities to have an enjoyable time; it is reassuring to remember as a parent or care giver that showing a child you care is not about how much money you spend on them, but instead how much time you spend with them.
There are many holiday activities for kids that are fun and enjoyable. Here you will find some of my favorite inexpensive holiday activities.
Bake Holiday Cookies
This sounds like a simple activity I know, but it really is a fun and inexpensive activity to do at the holidays and it can very easily turn into a tradition. When I was young, my Grandma would bake holiday cookies with my Mom and Aunt and I would help with the baking. Throughout the years, my younger sisters and I would continue to bake cookies with my Mom and when we had kids of our own, we continued to get together a few weeks before the holidays and each bring two or three recipes for holidays cookies and bake together for one day, all day. My daughters are now in their early twenties and they still look forward to yearly holiday cookie bake with the family.
Read The Polar Express and Drink Hot Chocolate
Every year about a week before Christmas, I would plan a special night for just my daughters and I and the inexpensive holiday activity involved reading to them the book, The Polar Express. The evening of the reading I made hot chocolate for my girls and we made necklaces together using large bells from the local craft store along with red ribbon. My daughters absolutely loved wearing that bell while reading the story. Watching The Polar Express movie is also an added fun holiday activity that would make the time spent together even more special. This holiday activity for kids is fairly inexpensive because the book can be purchased one time and used over and over again or can be rented from the local library. The bells and ribbon were very minimal cost and I would buy those in bulk and save the materials for a couple years.
Drive or Walk Around to See Christmas Lights
When my daughters were young there was a street in a nearby town that got the nickname of Candy Cane Lane because one of the houses decorated their entire home with candy canes. The festive feel caught on down that street and eventually the entire street of homes decorated extensively. We loved driving to that particular street right before the holidays to see the beautiful holiday lights and decorations, there was always a long line of cars waiting to get to the street so the anticipation was almost as fun as actually seeing the lights. The street no longer decorates like it used to but my daughters and our family still have wonderful memories of that incredibly beautiful and festive street. Taking a drive or walking to see lights is an inexpensive way to celebrate the holidays together.
Holiday Movie Night
Every Christmas time my family and I pull out our holiday movies such as Disney movies and other wonderful classics and we have a movie night. I make lots of popcorn and sometimes snacks, we turn on the fireplace and we all get comfortable on the couch or floor and watch holiday movies all evening. Movie night is fairly inexpensive because once I purchased the movies, we use them over and over again every year. However, excellent holiday movies can be rented from the local library for free or for a very low price at movie machines.
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