We’ve gathered together fifteen of our favourite ideas for festive winter walks with the family. They are free, simple, and perfect for getting out and about despite the weather and covid-challenges.
We all know it can be a bit of struggle to persuade little ones out of the house on a chilly day. That’s why we have created a list of easy activities to keep the children occupied and having fun whilst getting fresh air and exercise too. All the activities are social-distancing friendly and perfect for December adventures.
So, grab your woolly hats, prep a flask of hot chocolate, pop on your boots and off we go!
Christmas Lights Competition
You’re never too old to be excited by a stroll after dark!
Grab your torches and bright jackets, and head on out to take in the sights of the neighbours’ Christmas lights*.
Meander your way through local residential streets to ooh and aah at the designs (and discuss electricity bills!). Then have a family vote on your favourite. You could even drop in a note to that house to say how much you appreciate their efforts – read more here about a family who do just that!
*To find the best-lit streets in your area, hop on a local Facebook group and ask.
Keep the kids busy whilst you stroll with a scavenger hunt.
Use our free printable lists below for young children here, or just look for the rainbow (i.e. a different item for each rainbow colour) or the alphabet.
Find the 12 Days of Christmas
Our unique take on the scavenger hunt! Don your gloves and hats, and head out for a stroll in your local area to see if you can spy 12 Christmas wreaths, 11 twinkling lights, 10 Christmas trees, etc.
Cross each item off on our free printable as you go along.
Christmas Card Drop
Plan a route around all your local friends’ homes and take a trip out to drop off your Christmas cards. This is a great activity for practising map skills with children.
And, if you don’t have that many friends locally, why not drop cards into your neighbours or local care homes instead?
Christmas Shop Windows
Seeing the Christmas Lights on the street and the festive store window displays is one of those classic seasonal activities we remember from our own childhood. Why not continue the tradition with your family?
Take a stroll along your local High Street, or head to a nearby city for a spot of Window Browsing. The adventure is only improved by being out in the dark! Take a winter picnic along – hot chocolate and cookies, or a flask of soup and some bread rolls – to ensure everyone stays happy and warm.
Winter Foliage Hunters
There are so many beautiful Christmas decorations that can be created from items found on a woodland wander. So, head out with your loved ones to gather pine cones, holly sprigs, greenery and much more to design your own ornaments, wreaths and garlands. Just be sure not to take flowers from private land or uproot plants that could be endangered!
A variation on the classic iSpy game.
Everyone chooses a colour and, as you stroll, you keep tally of whose colour was most popular for Christmas trees or houses you pass.
You could do Team White Lights and Team Multi-Coloured for this as well.
This is the perfect activity for combining some Christmassy crafting at home with festive winter walks!
Decorate some rocks at home with Christmas patterns and then hide them in your local area for others to find on their winter walks!
Join a Neighbourhood Trail
Join in one of the neighbourhood trails being organised around the country. Decorate the front of your home for others, and then enjoy going to see their decorations too.
If there isn’t a trail planned for your local area, why not reach out to the neighbours and see if they would be interested in starting one!
Feed The Birds
Head out to spread some seed for the birds in your local park, or make a bird feeder Christmas Cake to hang on a branch. Then, hide out nearby and watch to see who comes for some lunch!
Muddy Days have a great Christmas Cake recipe for you to use > here.
Set up a Star Activity Course
This one requires a little forethought but the effort will be well rewarded!
Cut some stars out in card, add a hole punch and tie string through the hole so they can be hung up. Then, write a different activity on each star, e.g. 10 star jumps, run on the spot for 30secs, 10 giant paces, etc.
Hang the stars on branches of trees on a walking route near your home. Then, repeat the route with your loved ones in tow and have them search for the stars and complete the activities as you go around.
Help make your local area look fabulous over the Christmas season by doing a session of litter picking.
What’s more, litter pickers make great Christmas gifts for kids and are great for developing those motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination!
Make An Elf House
See if you can spot a great place for an elf house, maybe an opening at the base of a tree, or a hole in a wall. Use things you find nearby to decorate the entrance so that any passing elf will be sure to step inside and enjoy a special new resting place!
Make Bark Rub Wrapping Paper
Turn your festive winter walks into craft adventures! Create your own unique wrapping paper by completing bark rubbings of trees with interesting patterned-bark in festive colours.
Leave a Sign
Why not make a sign out of twigs and other things you find for other people enjoying a stroll? Write Merry Christmas or Happy New Year in the undergrowth and see if anyone spots your design. You could end up a celebrity on your local Facebook group!
We do hope you have found our festive winter walks ideas useful. Leave a comment to let us know what you decide to do this Christmas season.
For lots more activities to enjoy with your loved ones over the festive season, click here.