Is your family prepared for the winter? This time of year doesnâ€™t mean you have to stay cooped up in the house, listening to kids complain of boredom. It also doesnâ€™t have to be a season full of being chained to computers, iPads, TVs and other electric devices. There are so many fun and wonderful things you can do together as a family in the winter. Some families just find themselves struggling to come up with ideas. Put together your own Winter Family Bucket List!
Thatâ€™s why I’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a HUGE list of things that you can do this winter with your family. Youâ€™ll never be short on ideas and you can feel free to repeat the ones that your family loves as often as you want.
Everything on the list may not be practical or possible for you and your family, so feel free to pick and choose or to use it as a guideline to help you build your own personalized winter family bucket list. There are no rights or wrongs â€“ itâ€™s all about having fun and spending time together.
75 Activities for your Winter Family Bucket List
- Go ice skating.
- Go ice fishing.
- Build a snowman.
- Have a snowball fight.
- See the Nutcracker.
- Ride snowmobiles.
- Go sledding.
- Donate old towels and bedding to an animal shelter.
- Donate old toys to a shelter.
- Eat snow ice cream.
- Make apple cider.
- Make a gingerbread house.
- Go snowboarding (or learn how).
- Learn to Ski.
- Go on a sleigh ride.
- Volunteer for a charity.
- Donate toys to Christmas programs.
- Attend a hockey game.
- Watch classic Christmas movies.
- Spend a night (or weekend) in a winter cabin.
- Go snowshoeing.
- Create a pine cone wreath.
- Make winter crafts.
- Make your own winter table centerpiece.
- Take a Christmas light tour.
- See the holiday lights in your own neighborhood.
- Bake homemade bread.
- Bake holiday cookies.
- Make your own snow globe.
- Make snow angels.
- Host a football party.
- Do Elf on a Shelf.
- Make a nativity scene (or display yours).
- Sit/read by the fire.
- Roast marshmallows/ make sâ€™mores.
- Cut a fresh Christmas tree.
- Decorate your Christmas tree.
- Stay in your pajamas all day.
- Have an indoor picnic.
- Set goals for the New Year.
- See a play or musical.
- Do an outdoor winter photoshoot.
- Make holiday cards for friends and family.
- Take professional winter family photos.
- Create an indoor workout routine.
- Host a family game night.
- Make a huge warm breakfast.
- Watch a marathon of your favorite show. Needs ideas? Try these:Â 25 Days of Christmas or the Hallmark Christmas Movies
- Make handwritten letters to friends and family.
- Send a care package to a soldier.
- Go through your old photos/ tell stories about them.
- Make hot cocoa and share family stories.
- Try all your favorite new soup recipes.
- Make your own Christmas tree ornaments.
- Make gingerbread men.
- Write letters to Santa.
- Cute out snowflakes.
- Make treats for your neighbors.
- Eat candy canes.
- Write your own Christmas story.
- Start a new winter family tradition.
- Make cinnamon rolls.
- Have a â€œno screen dayâ€ together.
- Try a new restaurant.
- Swim at an indoor pool.
- Declutter and organize your closets.
- Plan a winter staycation.
- Learn a new hobby.
- Take a winter walk.
- Make Christmas stockings.
- Visit Santa / take a picture with Santa.
- Do anÂ advent calendar.
- Adopt a child/ family for Christmas.
- Go caroling.
- Enjoy a great holiday dinner with family.
Donâ€™t stop at this list. There are so many great things you can do as a family in the winter and we hope that this list has inspired you to try some and to keep thinking of more great, fun ideas on your own. You can even get your family in on the action and have them come up with ideas to add to your winter bucket list as well.
Now that you have this awesome list of things to do this winter, all thatâ€™s left is to start doing them. Have a wonderful winter!
This is such a great list! My family will never run out of things to do this winter! Thanks a lot!
Liz Mays says
There are so many things I still need to do. We probably won’t be getting any snow so I may have to travel up north.
Ruth I. says
So many ideas here! No more boring moments during winter. I will start planning now and enjoy the coming winter with these activities.
Love the idea of having a holiday or winter bucket list. Our winters are so long here, it is easy to get in a rut of being bored and not doing a whole lot. This adds some motivation to doing a bunch of fun activities.
I think these are all great ideas. There is a lot you can do for winter activities. It can be so much fun.
Michelle Cantu says
Oh you just inspired me to do one for each day through December. My kids will love this
I really love all the activities you listed here! Sadly we get no snow here so we can’t enjoy the most fun activities. We do love making tons of Christmas crafts and also to take a Christmas light tour.
Such a great list! I use to love driving through the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Living out in the country makes it a little hard. Next time We visit my moms we will have to take a drive through the city
This sounds like a great winter bucket list! I would love to do a few of these things myself!
sara lafountain says
This is such a great list. I am going to give it to my kids so they can choose some fun things to do over winter break.
Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog says
We have an Elf on the Shelf and ours is bouncing around the house. He has even been known to move during the day while the kids are at school too.
I wish that I could go ice skating but it is too dangerous for me to do now. I had back surgery 2 years ago and falling could cause major problems.
What an awesome list! We’ve never experienced a winter vacation yet. I would love to go spend a night in a winter cabin with my boys and perhaps learn how to ski. 🙂
Cyn Gagen says
Fabulous ideas! You could have so much family fun with these. Mind you, we’re going to need for our weather to get colder before we can do a few of them. We have been having unseasonably warm weather and really no snow yet.