Create Holiday Fun with Family Activities

Try these creative holiday activities for family fun on a budget

Family Activities: Girl in front of Christmas tree

Celebrate the spirit of the season with your loved ones with these festive, inexpensive activities.


“In the midst of the holidays, we often forget to slow down. So, for one night, my family institutes a blackout: Lights and electronic devices are off-limits. Instead, we build a fire and make popcorn with lots of butter. Then we take turns coming up with our own fairy tales or songs—the sillier the better. We share some quality time, and we save money on our electric bill!”

—Chrissy Watkins, 


“Help your children get into the spirit of giving by putting together a basket of holiday cheer for a local shelter or nursing home. The kids can make ornaments, pick up crossword puzzles or decks of cards from the dollar store, and toss in some travel-size personal-care items. Your children get the chance to experience the joy of making a difference.”

—Melanie Feehan, 


“Ask out-of-town family members to record themselves—either on a smartphone or a computer— reading your child’s favorite stories, then send the audio files to you. You will have a free book or CD that can make a 45-minute car ride (or bedtime) a breeze.”

—Katie Kimball, 


“When you need a few hours to cook, clean or wrap presents, have your little ones do beginner scrapbooking. Give them a few photos of a recent fun day, some old magazines, scissors and glue and have them make pretty pages to remember the occasion.”

—Marybeth Hamilton,