Christmas Activities Advent Calendar
A Christmas activity advent calendar is another fun way to count down the days. Make it simple so you don't add any pressure to the holidays 😊
Free Christmas Activities
Watch a Christmas Movie. All the classics pop up on tv this time of year. Our favourites are Elf, The Grinch and Love Actually. The new Netflix movie ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ with Kurt Russel is pretty good too.
Visit the Myer Windows. This year they are Alice in Wonderland. On display from 7am until late daily. Geelong Myer. Also has a Christmas windows display and you might remember it from a couple of years ago with it’s lovely little Melbourne Christmas scenes.
And if you love the Myer Christmas windows visit Make Believe at Melbourne Museum, a new exhibition celebrating the windows from the past. Free with entry and kids go free to the museum.
Christmas baking. Check out this list for some quick and easy suggestions to get you started.
See the Christmas lights. I haven’t made a list for this year yet because the houses haven’t turned on yet but last year’s list is still on the website to give you an idea of where some good houses are likely to be.
Make a decoration for the tree.
Take a Christmas photo to post or email.
Crown Christmas Show and ArtVo Christmas pop up. The crown show runs daily from 10am on the half hour. The ArtVo Pop Up is Open all the time, great for Christmas Card photos!
Create some Christmas Art. Great for wrapping paper!
Make Christmas hats for the toys. Here is an easy way to make tiny woolen hats without any knitting skills needed.
Federation Square Christmas Display. Projections, the official Melbourne Christmas tree and the giant bauble. More details on the Federation Square website.
Gingerbread Village will be at Federation Square this year. Donations are supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital. Opens December 1st.
Decorate the bikes or scooters for Christmas.
Ride the Christmas tram. (Free city circle tram that has been decorated for Christmas).
Write a letter to Santa. There's a special Santa post box in the city if you'd like to make sure it gets to the north pole in time.
Make a snowman at the beach.
Go to the local carols. There are dozens of events happening all over the city.
Have a Christmas Campout under the Christmas tree.
Play Christmas Lego. Just pull out the red, white and green pieces and plenty of accessories. No instructions needed, just get creative!
Visit the floating Christmas Tree in Geelong. It lights up every night and is on now.
Activities that will cost money.
Buy a gift for a toy drive.
Santa's magical kingdom. Check out our review here. Open now, tickets available online.
Visit Santa. Visiting santa is free but photographs generally start at $25+.
Buy a Christmas book. A nice little tradition to start, check out our favourite book stores: The Younger Sun, Readings Kids and The Little Bookroom.
Go out for a Christmas cookie/cake. Lots of cafes get in on the festive spirit, you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking down a Santa cookie.
Buy food for a food drive. Food Bank and West Welcome Wagon run drives along with many others.
Visit a Christmas Market. Sure, these are generally free but going to a market is certainly going to result in spending money!
Visit Legoland who are putting on Christmas themed fun.
Go to the Melbourne Zoo Christmas Party.
Tips on putting together an activity advent calendar:
1. Consider making a 12 days of Christmas one rather than a 25 days if it’s all a bit much.
2. Keep is achievable.
3. Have a good mix of activities that can be done at home and those out and about.
4. Be flexible, move activities around if things don’t go to plan.
5. Do the baking and/or decorations before school finishes for the year to hand out to school mates and teachers.
Hope this list helps you with a few ideas in the lead up to the big day! Merry Christmas!