Thrifty Thursday: Holiday Fun for Less

Bank accounts tend to get a workout this time of year.  But it doesn't mean you can't have a little fun.  Check out some of these fun family activities that will make your wallet smile!

10 Frugal, Fun & Festive Holiday Activities
  1. Tobogganing - here in Ontario it can be hit or miss with the weather, but most years we can get out for some good old fashioned sledding.  Not only is it free, but it's great exercise and a tons of fun!
  2. Twinkling Light Tours - Our kids LOVE Christmas lights.  How about a tour of some of your favourite neighbourhoods to check out the lights?  Or even better, why not grab a couple friends too and do a little walking tour to scope out the lights.  I'm sure you've got a street in your town that goes all out for the holidays.  So charge up your Christmas spirit with a special evening of magical lights.  And top it off with some hot cocoa or cider when you get home.
  3. Holiday Open House - Many businesses have extra special Open House events in the month of December.  So take advantage of some yule time fun, decorations and maybe even some carollers and a treat.  It's also a great way to get some ideas or maybe even a deal for those last few people on your list.
  4. Volunteer - I love teaching my kids about giving something back.  If you children are a little bit older, why not spend an afternoon or evening spreading some cheer at the Food Bank, Soup Kitchen or Animal Shelter.  Put on your Santa hats and the best worst Christmas sweater and fill your hearts with some holiday joy!
  5. Christmas Concerts - it's prime Christmas concert season right now and many of us are missing out on some amazing and free entertainment.  Most local churches or schools have a play or concert that is open to the public.  It doesn't matter if you're religious or not; for a small fee or a food bank donation you can enjoy an evening of cheer.
  6. Deck the Halls - you've got the tree up and some blinking lights, but something seems missing.  Why not add a little yule time flair with some homemade decorations?  When was the last time you strung some popcorn or made paper snowflakes?  Invite a couple friends and get your Christmas crafting on! Add a little Eggnog and your favourite holiday record for a festive & frugal night!
  7. Snowball Fight - why not organize a community snowball fight?  Or maybe just a snow play day!  Build forts, make Snowmen & Snow Angels.  Maybe even an obstacle course! Don't have snow - then be creative and make the best out of your green Christmas.  How about a Sand Angel or maybe potato sack races in your Santa hats?
  8. Movie Night - December means all your favourite Christmas movies play just about each night of the week.  Plan ahead and scope out the TV guide to make sure you don't miss your fave holiday flick.  Snuggle up on the couch in your PJ's with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy!
  9. Explore the Library - grab the kids and hit your local library.  Take out some books about holiday celebrations around the world.  The kids (and yourself) will love to learn what other people do during the Christmas season.  Make it fun and they'll never know it's educational too!
  10. Bake a Treat - nothing like the smell of cookies baking in the oven.  Raid your pantry and make a special treat just for you.  Have the kids help and  when your goodies are done make sure to have a taste test.  And why not share some of your sweet treats with your neighbours?  We've all got a few people on our street who don't get out much in the cold winter months so put a smile on their face and have the kiddos drop off a homemade treat. 
Got a great holiday activity that won't break the bank?  Please share!


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