5 Joyful Activities to Plan for the Holidays

When you hear sleigh bells ringing, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. The most festive season of the year can fly by too quickly, as your to-do list and calendar fill up with preparations and events.  

It’s easy to get caught up in shopping for presents and preparing your home for Christmas, but there are many more ways to feel jolly. From timeless traditions to creative new ideas, these activities are sure to add an extra dash of magic to your celebrations. 

Gingerbread house party 

One of the most special parts of the holiday season is spending time with friends and family. Invite your loved ones over to make gingerbread houses, drink hot chocolate, and share laughs while building a sweet treat. Whether you eat your gingerbread houses or put them on display for a little friendly competition, it’s easy to feel holiday cheer when you’re covered in icing! 

Organize your event with an online sign up, ensuring your home won’t be chaotic when everyone shows up. You can use the RSVP format on your sign up to confirm how many people are coming, plus include custom questions to ask for everyone’s favorite Christmas songsThen, on party day, you’ll have the perfect seasonal playlist.

If you’re hosting a decorating party for the community and not just a small group, you can create a sign up and sell tickets for your event with SignUpGenius payments, powered by Stripe. Don’t forget to choose a festive sign up design from our theme library! 

Winter games 

Even if you have to bundle up, there are plenty of winter activities to do, both indoors and outside, as the holidays approach. With safety and supervision in mind - kids and adults can have a blast creating snowmen, sledding, or going to an ice-skating rink. If you’re feeling extra creative, try putting together a Christmas scavenger hunt. Take the initiative to set up an afternoon of fun, inviting parents and children you may know from school or church. 

Online sign ups make organizing events simple, so you can spend less time chaperoning and enjoy the moment. You can recruit more parent volunteers by sharing your sign up on Facebook or creating a quick flyer with your sign up’s QR code. Make sure to lock slots so you know how many adults are showing up and how many kids are attending before the start of the event 

Themed dinner party 

Eat, drink, and be merry! Sharing a festive meal is a favorite tradition to celebrate the holidays. Potlucks are a great way to gather while sharing the responsibility of coordinating food and drinks with guests.  

When hosting, choose a seasonal party theme and prepare seasonal games or trivia to play. From ugly sweaters to Christmas character costumes, a good theme gives you plenty to talk about around the dinner table.  

Ask custom questions on your sign up to find out any allergies or dietary restrictions. You can also create custom reminders, keeping everyone up to date on the party details and any last-minute items you still need.  

In case your house is hard to find or you’re hosting the dinner party elsewhere, link a map to the location on your sign up so you won’t have to send directions to each person attending. 

Community toy drive 

The season of giving isn’t complete without its truest joy - giving back! Brighten the holidays for families in need by organizing a toy drive or angel tree. Not only can you recruit volunteers, but you can also use your sign up for donations.  

Create time slots so volunteers can choose hours that best fit their schedule. If you’re hosting more than one toy drive, or have other community outreach efforts, link all your sign ups in one place with our tabbing feature. This way, people interested in volunteering can easily find more opportunities to give back. 

Office decorating contest 

As the year comes to an end, it’s nice for work teams to take time to celebrate together. Holiday dinners and Christmas parties are expected, workloads get lighter, and there’s more time to have fun in the office. If you’re doing a gift exchange or secret Santa program, add even more cheer by hosting an office decorating contest 

Use a sign up to invite people to show off their festive décor and recruit a cleanup crew or other volunteers. Set up a voting station in the office so people can pick their favorite displays and announce the winners at your holiday celebration. If you have a virtual team, bring the competition online by asking people to show off their festive desk display or Zoom background. 

Choose any of these activities-or all of them- and add a new tradition to the holidays this year. Have fun creating cherised memories that will warm your heart long after the season has passed. May your holidays be filled with laughter, love, and the joy that comes from sharing special moments with those who matter most!

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