As winter sets in, keeping children engaged and entertained can be a challenge. Grab your warmest coats and woolliest hats, and there are plenty of things to do outside as well as indoors. There are plenty of enriching winter activities that not only promise fun-filled family bonding but also stimulate children’s creativity and learning.

In fact, some kids love winter even more than summer, so let’s embrace the chill and create warm memories that last a lifetime.

When it comes to winter activities to do with the kids, you’re truly spoilt for choice (and that’s an understatement). Winter is great for both indoor and outdoor activities, so let’s run through some of the best ideas for parents to try.

1.   Set Off Fireworks on New Year’s Eve or Bonfire Night

Pretty soon after winter starts, New Year’s Eve is here. Knowing this, it’s a great idea to stock up on fireworks from With your fireworks, you can put on an amazing show in your back garden on Bonfire Night or New Year’s Eve, whether you choose the Pyro Party Bag or Bang Bang Bang Pack. One thing is for certain: your kids will love it — especially if you let them help you set up the fireworks before retreating to a safe distance for go time.

Pro Tip: Read our guide on how to have a safe home fireworks display to ensure everyone’s safety.

kids visiting father christmas
All kids love the magic of visiting Father Christmas

2.   Go and See Santa!

Nobody will deny that Christmas is the best part about winter. Unsurprisingly, kids enjoy it more than anyone. After all, they get to open tons of presents and go crazy. So, to get them extra excited, you should take them to go and see Father Christmas at Santa’s Grotto. Here, they’ll be able to sit on Santa’s lap, get a photo with him, and even receive some surprise presents. Now that’s exciting!

Plus, through in the festive setting of the North Pole, complete with elves, candy canes, sleigh, and reindeer, it’s impossible not to life the Christmas spirit all round.

3.   Visit the Local Christmas Market

During winter, there’s likely going to be at least one Christmas market in your local area. If so, gather the whole family together and head down there for a fun time. You’ll be able to enjoy some tasty foods, find some fun things to buy, and even go on some rides.

Children can also find joy in selecting handmade ornaments, perfect for adding a personal touch to your Christmas tree. Unique souvenirs serve as mementos, reminding you of the shared joy and cultural insights gained during this festive season.

The carolling experiences also offer a chance to bond and sing along to heart-warming holiday tunes, making this holiday season unforgettable.

kids watching christmas movie on data projector

4.   Create Your Own Mini Home Movie Theatre

It’s no secret that most families spend a lot of time indoors during winter, particularly when the weather’s bad, and it’s gone dark outside. When you and your family find yourselves stuck indoors, why not set up your own home movie theatre? All you need to do is:

  • Buy a home movie projector
  • Move your sofas around and make them extra comfortable
  • Pick a movie, close the curtains, and let the fun begin!

It’s wintertime, which means you should (obviously) pick some winter movies to watch. Some classics include Home Alone 1, Home Alone 2, and Elf, so make sure to introduce them to your kids if they’ve never seen them before.

Pro Tip: Buy a 4K projector for maximum quality!

children making christmas cards
Making Christmas cards with friends is a great way to spend a productive play date

5.   Make Christmas Cards

Lastly, spend some time with your kids making Christmas cards. This will allow them to have fun, get creative, and send meaningful messages to their loved ones and school friends. Just make sure you have plenty of different coloured pens to choose from!

Final Thoughts

You’ve now reached the end of the guide, but there are plenty of Christmas activities you can do. If you’re unsure what to do with your kids winter, simply do any of the activities listed above. Whether you put on a home fireworks show or spend an afternoon making Christmas cards, you’re going to have a great time.