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20 Activities for Winter Holidays

fun activity ideas|Winter holidays around the world

The holiday season is finally here, and it brings magic and joy to everyone around the world. This time of the year is all about being with your loved ones and celebrating the magic with them.  The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving gifts, as well as baking cookies and decorating the house together with your family, and most of all.. making sure that there is never a dull moment! Being your secret little helper, The Holiday Blog has decided to assist you with the last one by creating a handy list of fun activities you can indulge in during the winter holiday season! So pack up your holiday enthusiasm, and let's dive right into it!

 

 

The Best Activities for Winter Holidays to Celebrate with Friends and Family

 

Make Homemade Hot Chocolate

Nothing comforts and brings happiness simultaneously the same way as a cup of hot cocoa during the winter does! Yum!

 

 

Visit Chicago's Navy Pier

Navy Pier's  "Light up the Lake" is a must-see Christmas event.  The jewel of Lake Michigan offers one of the biggest indoor, temperature-controlled light gardens, featuring large-scale light-sculpture displays, an Alpine ice skating rink, an authentic holiday beer garden, and many more. Capture your favorite moment at  Navy Pier with My Photo! The platform allows you to upload your images, select your favorite Navy Pier themed background, download the photo, and share the memory instantly with family and friends! The light show is available for visits from November 26 through January 2 and should definitely be on your holiday experiences list this year. 

 

 

 

 

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Yes, you do! Put on your mittens and create some snow magic with your friends this holiday season!

 

Create Holiday Magic This Season!

Let the holiday magic come to your home this season. My Photo Santa Magic allows you to create some fantastic holiday memories without having to turn your living room into a film studio! Visit createholidaymagic.com and get yours today! Upload your favorite personal pictures to the platform and appear immediately in beautiful, festive backgrounds! Make something special for everyone in your family, including your pets, this holiday season. And if you value traditions over everything else, your best bet is The Holiday Traditions Bundle! With it, not only will you get to create unlimited wonders using the MyPhoto platform, but also have Santa read your kids a bedtime story and have a personal Live Video Call with him!

 

Go Sledding

Sledding is not only for kids! If you live in an area often covered in snow during the winter, it is a big miss not to go sledding at least once during the holiday season. Take it up a notch and make sledding a family affair! Gather your loved ones and organize a sledding competition!

 

Visit a Holiday Magic Village

Take a trip down to a Holiday Magic Village- the most exciting pop-up event of the season! Celebrate the holidays with all of your favorite characters in one place! Whether you want a traditional picture with Santa or a one-of-a-kind photo experience with The Grinch™ © Dr. Seuss, The Holiday Magic Village is sure to have something for you and everyone in your family. Don't let the magic slip away- book your visit today!

 

 

Read by the Fire

If your house has a fireplace, cuddling up next to it and spending some quality time by yourself + your favorite book is a great way to relax during the holiday season. 

 

Visit Comcast in Tinseltown 

Enjoy a magnificent outdoor Christmas light display at The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks this holiday season. The Comcast begins on November 26, and in addition to the lights, visitors to this winter wonderland will be able to satiate their desires with a variety of seasonal culinary treats. Tinseltown's top holiday event also features an opportunity for traditional photos with Santa from November 26 through December 24. Mrs. Claus can also be found in her reading room, where she will be reading some of her favorite holiday tales for you and your family to hear. The event offers convenient sensory-friendly entry times as well as dog-friendly nights. It's definitely worth the visit. 

 

 

 

Go Ice Skating

This is an activity that scares most people but is one that you should definitely give a try. So why not now? Put on your brave face, go out on the rink and have the best time of your life! 

 

Host a Bonfire Party

A bonfire party with friends, snacks, and marshmallows is for sure a great way to spend a lovely evening out during the winter holidays. The popping of the burning wood, the magic in the air and the shared laughs are the perfect recipe for holiday fun!

 

Capture Santa Magic with a Traditional Holiday Photo

Is it even a holiday season without a moment to remember with Santa? Dream a little dream and capture the magic with a commemorative photo this Christmas! Locate the nearest Santa Magic location and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family and friends! 

 

Have a Game Night

Holidays are meant for spending time with family and friends, and there is nothing more bonding than spending time together playing entertaining games. Whether you prefer classic board games or adventurous video games, playing together is guaranteed to be lots of fun for the whole squad!

 

Visit Santa at Brand New Big Lots Locations!

That's correct! Big Lots is hosting Santa Magic this year.  The jolly old man withh make appearances is select Big Lots locations across the United States. Modernizing the traditional photo with Santa, this experience incorporates a cozy feel thanks to the use of comfortable furniture in the backdrop. While you're there, take advantage of the great deals on holiday shopping they've got going on! Make sure to check out a Big Lots store near you to participate in the Santa Magic photo experience!

 

 

Make a Homemade Soup

If there is one food considered as the best one during the winter holidays, this is for sure the hearty homemade soup. It is healthy, delicious and it warms not only your body but also your soul. A good idea to use all the extra free time during the holidays is to experiment with some tasty recipes, and who knows? You might even find your new favorite soup recipe!

 

Knit a Scarf or а Hat

Discover some new hobbies during the winter holiday season! And what better thing to try out than knitting a warm scarf or a funny festive hat? They don't have to be perfect. Also, with Christmas approaching, a self-made accessory to keep someone warm is a great gift idea! 

 

Soak in Natural Hot Springs

This is a must winter activity that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite person, locate the nearest hot springs and prepare for lots of fun. Off you go!

 

Relax in a Spa

The break from the hectic daily life has a good effect both physically and mentally. And the winter holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy some quality, calming time. Find the nearest spa location or take a trip to the one you always wanted to visit and let steamed baths, saunas, and wellness be the highlights of your winter holiday celebration. You deserve it!

 

 

Have a Snowball Fight

Release your inner child this holiday season by challenging your favorite person on a snowball duel! It will be so much fun! 

 

Celebrate the Magic of Giving

The holidays are all about spreading the magic, so what are you waiting for? Do a random act of kindness! Not only will you have the opportunity to bring a smile to someone's face, but it will also help you appreciate what you have, and the meaning behind the saying that giving is better than receiving. 

 

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The Holiday Blog hopes you enjoyed these ideas for exciting things to do and moments to share with your friends and family during the holidays. To finish it all up let's check some of the most interesting holidays and traditions celebrated around the world during the winter!

 

 

Three Kings Day

The Three Kings Day is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and other countries across Latin America as well as many countries in Europe. The feast is also known as Epiphany, and its celebration can be traced all the way back to the 4th century. The Three Kings are the figures of three wise men and are loved the same way as Santa is (if not more) in the countries where this holiday is observed. The coming of these men brings joy to everyone, but even more to kids as they receive numerous treats and gifts from them. As per an old tradition, children will be leaving their shoes out at night to be filled with gifts by the kings. Another tradition is the so-called "Al Fresco" feast. It's no surprise that food is a big part of Three Kings Day observation and to celebrate people prefer to have their meals outside- the alfresco way. Rice and black beans are commonly used as well as slow-cooked meats, nopales, and yucca. Another star of the celebration is the king's cake, also known as Rosca de Reyes.

 

Diwali

The festival of Diwali is observed in India and many Southeast Asian countries. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness and aligns with new year and the ending of the harvesting season. The holiday name has its origins from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which means a row of lights. Diwali celebrations always fall on the new moon night of the Hindu month of Kartika, or between late October to mid-November according to the Gregorian one. Lighting a candle or igniting an oil lamp during Diwali is regarded as a way to help the soul's inner light come out in the physical space. Knowledge and self-awareness are emphasized during the festival and the importance of seeking the right path. Diwali is the day when love, joy, positivism, and enthusiasm take over the darkness and spread throughout the world to be celebrated.

 

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an 8 days long celebration among the Jewish community. The name of the holiday comes from Hebrew and has the literal meaning "Dedication." Hanukkah is also known as the Feast of Dedication, Festival of Lights, or Feast of the Maccabees. Its celebration begins in the Jewish month of Kislev, which usually falls in December according to the Gregorian calendar. The lighting of candles on each of the eight days of Hanukkah confirms Jewish principles and celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah was not mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures but it became widely celebrated through the last centuries and to this day is considered the most popular feast in the Jewish religion.  This year's celebration begins on November 29 all the way to December 6.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is an African-American festival observed around the world from December 26 to January 1. The name of the holiday comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" and it means "first fruits." Kwanzaa is celebrated in various ways, but in general, these celebrations include traditional music and dances, African drumming, storytelling, poetry reading, and of course, a variety of tasty, traditional meals. The holiday revolves around 7 principles, which are considered the essence of African cultural values and serve as a way to strengthen the community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also contains 7 primary symbols which represent ideas and beliefs indicative of African culture. The youngest child's lighting of one of the candles on the traditional Kinara, followed by a gathering of the entire family for a discussion of the principles, plays a significant role in celebrating this festival. This event occurs on each of the seven nights, and each lit candle represents a different principle that also becomes the main topic of the given day discussion. 

 

The Holiday Blog hopes you enjoyed learning about winter celebrations around the world and wishes you and your loved ones a very happy and eventful welcoming of the holidays!  

 

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