12 Festive (and Free!) Activities to do with Your Family This Holiday Season Feature Image

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have fun with your family during the holiday season. There are lots of festive, fun and free things to do at home or in the area. Check out our list below!

Christmas Lights

1. Drive around to look at all the great Christmas light displays
Get some ideas for how you may want to decorate your house next year.

Holiday Books

2. Read holiday books together
Read books you already have or visit the public library to check some out. Cedar Rapids and Iowa City have a great selection!

Christmas Tree Farm

3. Visit a Christmas Tree farm
Enjoy the sights and smells of real Fir, Spruce and Pine trees.

Christmas Cards

4. Send holiday cards
Whether they’re store bought or homemade, they’ll be sure to bright up a loved one’s day.

Egg Nog

5. Make homemade egg nog
You only need a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Girl Singing

6. Have a holiday karaoke night
All you need is Youtube and a real (or faux!) microphone to rock out on.

Scrapbook Photos

7. Scrapbook family memories from throughout the year.
Gather your photos, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia from the year and put it together.

Gingerbread House

8. Make a gingerbread house
It’s not as hard as you think! Start by making the house walls and roof, and once it’s constructed you can decorate away. Pressed for time? Make one with graham crackers!

Holiday Movie

9. Have a holiday movie marathon
There are many great holiday movies playing right now. Whether you have cable, Netflix or Hulu, you’ll be sure to find something entertaining!


10. Write a letter to (or go see) Santa Claus

If your kids are old enough, have them write a letter to Santa and send it off to the North Pole. If they want to see the big guy in person, visit him at the Coralville Von Maur for a free complimentary photo.

Hot Cocoa

11. Drink hot cocoa with marshmallows
Can’t get through the holiday season without at least one mug of hot cocoa! Here’s a simple recipe using ingredients you probably already have.


12. Make homemade ornaments from backyard finds like pinecones and acorns
With goodies found in your yard, jazz them up a bit with some paint or glitter and hang them on your tree.


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