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The Ultimate Winter Bucket List For Families – 100 Awesome Ideas

Inside: the ultimate holiday bucket list – 100 fun winter ideas for families

Little boy in a warm hat The ultimate winter bucket list for families 100 ideas

My twins looked out the window, mesmerized by the tiny pieces of white clouds falling down from the sky. Their little brother was watching, too. This was the first time in their conscious lives they saw snow. Living in the south, we do get cold weather, but it’s a real treat when there’s anything that remotely resembles snow. 

It snowed twice more that winter season, which was more white goodness than we could ever ask for. We had just enough snow to make decent-looking snow angels and a small snowman with the whole family.

We didn’t have sleds or mittens, so we used laundry baskets and double socks on our hands to slide down the hill and play in the snow. 

I love making memories with kids, and even though we don’t always get snow this time of year, we have a great time every year because there are so many more ideas for fun things to do in the winter months. 

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No matter if you live in a warm climate or if you get snowed in often, these fun ideas will keep the family fun going all winter long.

100 Things to do With Your Family in the Winter

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  1. Bake a pie
  2. Go bowling
  3. Make s’mores
  4. Feed the birds
  5. Go snow tubing
  6. Make hot cocoa
hot cocoa list of 100 ideas to do in winter with family
  1. Roast chestnuts
  2. Have a tea party
  3. Enjoy a campfire
  4. Look at old photos
  5. Have a pajama day
  6. Get Elf on the Shelf
  7. Mail letters to Santa
  8. Cook dinner together
  9. Go see Disney on Ice
  10. Go to a hockey game
  11. Go to a winter festival
  12. Stay up past midnight
  13. Go Christmas caroling
  14. Play with instant snow
  15. Go see the Nutcracker
  16. Have a role-switch day
  17. Decorate for Christmas
  18. Get an advent calendar
  19. Have a “no screen” day
  20. Go on a scavenger hunt
  21. Have an indoor Nerf war
  22. Host a Christmas dinner
  23. Take pictures with Santa
  24. Make a popcorn garland
  25. Make spiced apple cider
  26. Visit an indoor waterpark
  27. Have a silly dress-up day
  28. See a live Christmas play
  29. Have breakfast for dinner
  30. Go to a Holiday Craft Fair
  31. Watch a Christmas movie
  32. Wear Santa hats in public
  33. Cut out paper snowflakes
  34. Have a family reading day
Young Girl reading a book by the christmas tree
  1. Have a “sleep-in” morning
  2. Build a gingerbread house
  3. Start a new family tradition
  4. Take a Christmas light tour
  5. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  6. Camp out in the living room
  7. Build a blanket fort together
  8. Play a new fun holiday game
  9. Do a random act of kindness
  10. Make a Christmas countdown
  11. Host a cookie exchange party
  12. Do a family winter photoshoot
  13. Write a letter to your older self
  14. Learn to cook in an Instant Pot
  15. Attend a tree lighting ceremony
  16. Have story time by the fireplace
  17. Donate winter coats to a shelter
  18. Have a family board game night
  19. Make a DIY salt dough ornament
  20. Set family goals for the new year
  21. Send a care package to a soldier
  22. Buy groceries for a family in need
  23. Catch snowflakes with your tongue
  24. Make up your own Christmas Carol
  25. Have a picnic by the Christmas tree
  26. Fill an Operation Christmas Child box
  27. Pint family photos and make a collage
  28. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
Decorated Christmas cookies things to do in winter
  1. Host an Ugly Christmas Sweater party
  2. Write handwritten letters to each other
  3. Feed someone’s expired parking meter
  4. Build a giant puzzle and glue it together
  5. Decorate your own Christmas stockings
  6. Buy Christmas gifts for someone in need
  7. Attend a midnight Christmas Eve Service
  8. Get a new book (or a few) to read together
  9. Support artisans by buying handmade gifts
  10. Decorate wrapped Christmas gifts together
  11. Make a pinecone wreath for your front door
  12. Blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze
  13. Go see the latest family movie at the theater
  14. Take a Christmas photo in matching pajamas
  15. Invite a family in need to have dinner with you
  16. Have a Home Alone movie-watching marathon
  17. Swim in hot springs or an outdoor heated pool
  18. Leave a nice surprise on a neighbor’s driveway
  19. Write thank-you notes to friends and loved ones
  20. Declutter closets and donate clothes to a charity
  21. Visit a tree farm and pick out your Christmas tree
  22. Learn to say “Merry Christmas” in another language
  23. Make or order holiday cards for friends and family
  24. Have a Christmas music dance party in the living room
  25. Make a photo album with pictures from the previous year
  26. Invite friends over and perform a Christmas play for them
  27. Have an indoor snowball fight using socks rolled into balls
  28. Bring Christmas cookies and candy canes to kids at the hospital
  29. Invite another family over and play charades against each other
  30. Bundle up and take an evening walk to look at neighborhood lights
  31. Paint your freshly snowed-in yard with water and food coloring in spray bottles
  32. Drive around your neighborhood to look at houses decorated with Christmas lights. Bonus points if you make a DIY “first place” certificate and tape it to the mailbox with the best lights.

What to do With this Winter Bucket List for Families

Use these ideas to create your family’s custom list and beat the winter blues. Make everyone a cup of hot chocolate and have each member of the family go through these winter bucket list ideas and pick a few of their favorites.

Then combine those favorites into a personalized list that will feel custom-made just for your family. All you have to do then is pick an activity from your family’s winter bucket list and have fun!

Check these fun activities off the list as you complete them, and see how many you can do in one winter. Turn it into your annual winter bucket list and do it again next year.

Make it even more fun by trying to beat last year’s score. Bonus points if you take pictures of your activities and make a yearly scrapbook with that year’s checklist. So fun!

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