Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Family-Friendly December Activities

As a single parent who loves holidays but has a finite amount of money, I’ve always scoured community papers and websites for affordable Christmas fun. There are many things to do within a 20-minute drive of my home. You may have some similar opportunities. For example:

Victorian Christmas event in a neighboring town – free

Town Christmas tree lighting ceremonies – free

Town Christmas parades — free

Festival of Trees sponsored by a hospital and displayed in a fancy hotel – free

Churches with a “Walk through Bethlehem” and live nativities – free

Christmas light displays – prices vary, per car or per person, but driving through decorated neighborhoods is free

Christmas recitals/concerts – some are free, while others carry a cost

Visit with Santa — some are fundraisers, but most are free if you don’t get a photo

Christmas plays or musicals – most sell tickets; however, I won four free tickets (in a drawing I learned about on Facebook) to a Christmas musical this year, so my daughter and I each selected a friend to take with us!

Caroling —free; often done in nursing homes by a group of students with their chorus teacher

Walking along a decorated downtown street, admiring the window displays — free

Kids may also enjoy baking/making treats with you or a grandparent. Art-loving kids will enjoy Christmas crafts, while the very imaginative my prefer writing Christmas poems, stories, or songs.

Ice skating — not free, but it’s good exercise for burning those calories from the treats you made and ate!

What is your favorite family Christmas activity?

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