No More, “I’m bored!” a Family Autumn and Winter Bucket List

I love Spring, but Autumn and Winter are close favorites because there are so many activities for a family to do together inside and out!

I created an Autumn and Winter bucket list full of fun so you won’t have to hear, “Mommmm, I’m so bored!”

Family Autumn and Winter Bucket List

Rake leaves into piles and jump in them

Take a drive to look at Autumn foliage

Roast marshmallows or make s’mores

Roast chestnuts

Gather together with loved ones

Pay for the coffee order of the person behind you in the drive-thru at Starbucks and throw in a cookie just because

Teach little ones the meaning and history behind the holidays we celebrate

As a family, make a list of all your blessings and things you are thankful for

Donate money to a food pantry or organization that provides Thanksgiving meals to those who would go without

Make a bonfire

Bake pumpkin bread

Read books together to learn about holidays other cultures celebrate

Make soup using pumpkin or butternut squash

Take a hayride

Watch a nighttime light parade

Volunteer together as a family

Deliver treats to those who can’t be with their families on the holidays, like policemen, EMS, firemen, etc.

Look at photos and videos from previous holiday seasons

Make holiday-themed art projects

Drink hot apple cider

Make homemade wassail

Dress like an elf

Make paper snowflakes

Drink hot chocolate


Roll down a hill in the snow

Take a sleigh ride

Wear jingle bell jewelry

Buy a real Christmas tree

Make handmade ornaments

Shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk, driveway, and front steps

Go sledding

Send Christmas cards

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Build a snowman

Have a snowball fight

Create a snow fort

Make snow angels

Make snow cones with real (clean) snow

Drink egg nog

Drive around looking at Christmas lights

Listen to Christmas music

Bake Christmas cookies

Have a Christmas music karaoke contest

Wear matching Christmas pajamas

Play Secret Santa

Take a family photo in front of the Christmas tree

Make a cheese ball in the shape of a snowman

Build a gingerbread house

Take a photo with Santa

Sit on Santa’s lap

My daughter enjoying her visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Write a letter to Santa

Buy a gift for an Angel Tree angel

Wrap Christmas gifts together

Donate toys in good shape to a charity that will give them to children in need

Bundle up and go outside to look at the stars

Donate unused coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to a coat drive

Go window shopping

Kiss someone special under the mistletoe

Go Christmas caroling around the neighborhood

Secretly pay off someone’s layaway at a store

Donate to a Salvation Army bell ringer

Volunteer to ring a bell for the Salvation Army

Sit out cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve look for NORAD updates on Santa’s location

Decorate the Christmas tree

Make paper chains in Christmas colors to hang as garland around the house

Bake goodies for your neighbors


Watch Christmas movies together

Buy Christmas stamps

Make homemade fruitcake

Visit a nursing home

Read Christmas books

Make popcorn balls

Watch a tree-lighting ceremony

Host a cookie exchange

Send care packages or Christmas greetings to those in our armed services serving overseas

Have an ugly sweater party or contest

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Have a handmade gift exchange

Go ice skating

Create your own Christmas cards

Create a bird feeder to hang outside for winter birds

Make peppermint bark

Act out the Nativity story

Write thank-you notes

Make cinnamon rolls, monkey bread, or a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning

Donate warm blankets to animal shelters or to the homeless

Start a new holiday tradition

Have a New Year’s Eve party

Create New Year’s resolutions

Make homemade valentines

What are your family’s favorite activities to do together during Autumn and Winter?

Share your ideas in the comments section!

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