As the winter months draw in, it can be hard to think of affordable activities that your family can do. Traditional winter events such as ice skating, Santa’s grottos and Christmas markets can be very expensive, and if you are already on a budget then it can seem that festive fun is out of reach for your family. But don’t worry – we have lots of ideas for brilliant budget friendly activities that you can do this winter with your family that work alongside our money saving tips for Christmas. Here are our top 5 favourites for family fun…
Have a festive family movie night
This is the perfect activity for cold, dark winter evenings. What could be better than snuggling up on the sofa with your family for a traditional Christmas movie! A packet of popcorn costs less than £1 and kids will love making the popcorn themselves. It’s great fun when the corn starts to splutter and pop and you can make your own culinary creations by adding syrup, toffee sauce and sprinkles to the popcorn.
Movies are cheap to rent and you can also borrow them from your local library for a minimal cost. Keep an eye on the T.V. guide too, as there are many festive movies on at this time of year, so record any free seasonal films in preparation for your family movie night.
Get wrapped up for a winter walk
Walking is fun, free and great for your health! On a crisp, winter’s day, it’s lovely to get out and blow off the cobwebs with a fun-filled winter walk. So pack some snacks and a flask of hot chocolate and head out on a family adventure. Whether you decide to feed the ducks at the park, collect pinecones in the woods to make Christmas decorations or take an early evening stroll into town to look at the Christmas lights, it’s a wonderful chance to spend time together as a family.
Hold your own Great Christmas Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off has become something of a national institution, so why not host your own ‘at home’ version of this fun foodie competition. Ask your family and friends over to create some festive goodies – gingerbread men, mince pies or snowman biscuits are all easy to make and it’s great to let the children get creative in the kitchen. Once your cakes are baked, then make like Mary Berry and encourage everyone to do a taste test and vote for the overall winner. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon and a good way to encourage cookery skills too.
Plan a festive treasure hunt
Make use of all those chocolate coins by setting up a festive treasure hunt. Create Christmas themed clues around the house for the children to find and follow which will lead them to a seasonal treasure trove of sweets and chocolate. You can adapt this for older children and teenagers too by sending them around your town with a festive quiz sheet to fill in. It’s great fun and will keep them occupied for hours!
Get Christmassy at a carol concert
When you hear your first Christmas carol on the radio, you know that Christmas is really here. There’s something so cheerful about these merry songs, and going along to a carol service can be a lovely family activity. Local churches and choirs often put on free concerts where you can enjoy the singing along with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine too! It’s affordable and is guaranteed to make you feel festive!
With these great ideas, you’ll never be short of something to do in the winter months. The whole family will be able to have fun and you won’t break the bank either!
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