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What Are the Best Holiday Family Activities to Do? 

Whether your family is big, small, or anywhere in between, finding fun holiday activities to do with them is always a challenge. With the stress of the holidays, figuring out fun family activities can be the last thing on your mind. Beat the holiday stress with these easy ideas for family holiday activities.

There are plenty of reasons to get outside during the winter, but it can be hard to find fun things to do with the whole family when you’re stuck inside and can’t access your favorite winter activities. The good news is there are plenty of winter activities you can do indoors, like making crafts, playing games, and baking.

Families are complicated–they can be a lot of fun, too! And holidays are all about family–whether you’re celebrating a religious holiday or simply keeping things simple with Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can choose from lots of fun activities to do with those closest to you.

Here are six of our favorites:

  1. Games: Monopoly, alphabet matching, 100-question game. It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is only a few days away, which means that it’s time to plan some fun activities for the family to do together. There are tons of different games you can plan to play this holiday season, but some are more fitting for different ages and groups.
  2. A Holiday Movie: ‘Tis the season for movies! Watch A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown, Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Family movie nights can be fun, but they can also be a lot of work. Because we all love a good movie, it’s easy to find inspiration on Netflix. Currently, there are more than 15,000 (!) holiday-themed movies available, but we’ve narrowed it down to just 3: Pat the Bunny, Elf, and Love Actually.
  3. Go bowling: Bowling is fun for all ages. The holiday season is the perfect time for fun family activities. Bowling is one of those activities that the whole family will enjoy. Bowling isn’t just for kids. Bowls are designed to accommodate people of all ages, and bowling parties are fun for all ages. Bowling is an excellent way to spend time with family and friends.
  4. Make a gingerbread house: Kids love to decorate with candies, and the houses make great decorations for the holidays. Whether the kids are excited to go or dreading it, the holidays are a time that families come together and celebrate. And for many, the holidays are about traditions. This is especially the case when it comes to holiday family gatherings. Whether it’s the first Thanksgiving you’ve hosted or the tenth, there are certainly some traditions that you don’t want to forget. Why not make a gingerbread house? You can bond by making memories, and who wouldn’t love that?
  5. Stay in: Instead of going out and spending money, stay in and watch movies, play games, or bake cookies. Staying home for the holidays doesn’t have to be boring. Head over to the Food Network website for some fun, easy, and budget-friendly family activities you can do right there in your own home. There’s something for everyone on this list, from hands-on crafts to healthy recipes. Simply click on the links provided, and you’ll find everything you need to know to keep your holiday festivities both fun and affordable.
  6. Go caroling: Caroling is one of the favorite activities around the Christmas holidays. Many people meet up at their homes, gather around the fireplace, and play Christmas songs. It may be the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, celebrate family, and enjoy music.

When it comes to planning a holiday get-together, getting caught up in the traditions you and your family enjoy can be easy. But there’s nothing like a little change to keep things fresh. Whether you want to plan something fun for the kids or spend some quality time with your family, these activities are sure to get your holiday party off to a great start.

The holidays—and the holiday season in particular—can be hectic and joyful. And that fine line between the two is tricky to navigate. For many families, the holidays mean spending time with loved ones, seeing friends and family, and having too much delicious food.

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