6 Fun & Festive Christmas Activities for Young Students

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we get ready to welcome Christmas with open arms, the excitement is at an all-time high. Santa’s arrival will definitely be the highlight of this winter, but there are a lot of exciting activities in store for you until the big day comes around.

In this blog, we’ll highlight three fun, festive, and exciting Christmas activity ideas for young students. It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and make the most of this season! Let’s begin!

1. Visit a Holiday Market

a brightly lit Christmas market

Christmastime is known for its impressive holiday markets. There’s so much to do: sip hot cocoa, buy new toys, sing Christmas carols, try delicious treats, take festive rides, hang out with Santa, try your hand at ice sculpting, and so much more.

Your local holiday market will leave you surprised. Ask your parents to plan a trip and take your friends along. This will be a day to remember!

Here are the best Christmas markets in the UK:

  • Bath Christmas Market
  • Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
  • Edinburgh Christmas Market
  • London Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
  • Manchester Christmas Markets
  • Newcastle Christmas Market
  • Nottingham Winter Wonderland
  • Padstow Christmas Festival

2. Play the Classic Christmas Stacking Cups Game

This is originally a minute-to-win-it game, but everyone puts a Christmas spin on it during the holiday season. Find some red solo cards and festive cardstock. Follow these instructions, and let the fun begin!

3. Bake Christmas Treats


If you’re tired of baking Christmas cookies every year, it’s time to try something more exciting! Red and green cupcakes, chocolate pavlova, gingerbread trifle, Christmas panettone pudding, rhubarb tarts, pecan caramel clusters, apple cobbler crumble, and chocolate chess pie are all excellent options.

You can also put your own creative spin on it! Try sprinkles, edible pearl balls, and other exciting toppers. Want to make this activity more fun? Turn it into a competition with your friends! Whoever does the best decorating job wins an exciting present. Take pictures to preserve the day. You’re in for a treat—both literally and metaphorically!

4. It’s Time for Xmas Song Association

Song association is one of the most fun Christmas games. If you’re a music lover, this will be right up your alley. Request an older friend or a family member to help you out. This is a multiplayer game so make sure you invite your closest friends for a fun day of music and mystery.

Ask the game host to make a list of festive words like Christmas, merry, sleigh, Santa, gift, etc. Once the list is ready, the host will sequentially read each word out loud. The group is supposed to name a song that includes the word in it. For instance, if the word is “jingle”, you can press a buzzer/ring a bell/make a sound to indicate that you’re ready to answer. If you answer “Jingle Bells” and sing two full verses, you get the point!

Sounds easy, right? The game will become slightly trickier as the words get a little more difficult. Have fun!

You can also try the emoji version of this game. The rules are simple; the host will show you a set of emojis. Whoever names the song first gets the point. You can find a set of Christmas emoji trivia sheets online, so you don’t have to rack your brain and come up with it from scratch. Both of these games are incredibly fun for music lovers.

5. Set Up a Hot Chocolate Stand

Move over, lemonade stands. There’s a new sheriff in town! Hot chocolate stands are extremely popular during the holidays. This is the perfect opportunity to learn some entrepreneurial skills and become a business owner, albeit temporarily. You can sell hot cocoa, coffee, spiced cider, tea, or even baked goods; the ball is in your court.

Gather the essentials, set up a stand, choose a funky sign, and you’re good to go! Make sure you select a location that gets a significant amount of foot traffic. You can also do this with friends to make the activity a lot more enjoyable. As you manage money and communicate with customers, you’ll get a taste of what running a business feels like.

6. Go Ice Skating Outside

people ice skating outdoors

Indoor ice skating is fun, but outdoor ice skating is in an entirely different league. As you feel the crisp air on your skin and glide around the ice rink all bundled up, you’ll feel overwhelmed with joy.

Outdoor ice skating is thrilling, exhilarating, and simply magical. This is one of the most fun and adventurous Christmas activity ideas for young students! If you live in the UK, explore these outdoor ice skating venues:

  • Sky Light Rooftop, London
  • City Hall Lawn, Cardiff
  • Ice Village, Manchester
  • Eden Project, Cornwall
  • Royal Pavilion, Brighton
  • Ice Skate, Birmingham
  • Somerset House, London

7. Ask Your Parents to Set Up a Christmas Bonfire

two young girls standing in front of a bonfire

Christmas bonfires are considered a Christmas tradition. If you want to soak in the holiday magic in all its glory and festiveness, request your parents to set up a big bonfire and have your friends over! To top things off, enjoy a beautiful fireworks display towards the end of the day. It doesn’t get better than this!

At Cambridge Home School Online, we believe that students must enjoy a healthy school-life balance. While academic growth is important, personal, social, and extracurricular development is also critical. Spend time with your loved ones this holiday season, explore fun activities and make some time for academic growth as well!

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What are some exciting Christmas activities suggested for young students?

The blog recommends a range of festive activities for young students, such as visiting a holiday market, playing the classic Christmas stacking cups game, baking unique Christmas treats, engaging in a game of Xmas Song Association, and setting up a hot chocolate stand.

Where can I find the best Christmas markets in the UK?

The blog lists several top Christmas markets across the UK, including Bath Christmas Market, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, Edinburgh Christmas Market, and London Hyde Park Winter Wonderland among others.

What are some alternative treats to bake for Christmas?

Instead of the usual Christmas cookies, the blog suggests trying out other treats like red and green cupcakes, chocolate pavlova, gingerbread trifle, and Christmas panettone pudding, to name a few.

How can I turn Christmas activities into a competition?

For activities like baking Christmas treats or setting up a hot chocolate stand, you can turn them into a competition among friends to see who does the best decorating job or manages the stand most effectively.

What does Cambridge Home School Online offer?

Cambridge Home School Online provides four competitive homeschooling programmes covering different age ranges. They offer resources like an eLibrary and experienced teachers to help with academic growth, allowing for a balanced school-life experience.