50 Fun Holiday Activities Your Teen Will Love

Get your teen involved in decorating Christmas cookies.
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Finding age-appropriate Christmas activities for a teenager can be a challenge. Too old to sit on Santa's lap and too sophisticated for the elf on a shelf, teenagers have outgrown many of their childhood traditions.

But, that doesn't mean you shouldn't work hard to get your teen involved in meaningful Christmas traditions. Seek age-appropriate activities that will help your teen enjoy a little Christmas spirit with the whole family. 

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50 Fun Teen-Oriented Holiday Activities

  1. Decorate Christmas cookies together.
  2. Decorate your teen's room with lights or let your teen have her own tree to decorate.
  3. Make a glitter painted glass ball ornaments.
  4. Make Christmas cards.
  5. Organize an event where teens can sing Christmas carols at a library or other community event.
  6. Volunteer at local area projects or a nursing home.
  7. Hunt for a Christmas tree together.
  8. Trim the Christmas tree together but be open to your teen's suggestions about how to make it look best.
  9. Make Christmas beaded safety pin patterns.
  10. Make cinnamon ornaments.
  11. Make tinsel-filled ornaments.
  12. Make ribbons and sparkles ornament.
  13. Make Christmas wreaths and sell them.
  14. Have a Christmas movie marathon.
  15. Send a Christmas card and letter to a soldier.
  16. Buy gifts together for a family in need.
  17. Let your teen host a Christmas party. Planning the event can be your teen's job.
  18. Listen to Christmas music together.
  19. Go look at Christmas lights together.
  20. Make a Christmas wish list.
  21. String popcorn for the tree or mantel.
  22. Read a holiday story.
  23. Have your teen research Christmas crafts and then pick a few to make together.
  24. Create homemade gifts to give to friends and family members.
  25. Research how people around the world spend Christmas.
  26. Make a music video using Christmas carols.
  27. Hold a contest where everyone in the house has to wrap their bedroom door like a present.
  28. Make Christmas candy together.
  29. Organize a local coat drive.
  30. Make your own Christmas wrapping paper.
  31. Learn to make a traditional family holiday dish or dessert.
  32. Adopt a grandparent or visit a nursing home with a group of friends.
  33. Volunteer to read Christmas stories to children at your local library.
  34. Offer to babysit for a Christmas shopping night for a family with younger kids for free.
  35. Make ugly Christmas sweaters.
  36. Donate money to a good cause in someone's name.
  37. Write letters to people you appreciate instead of buying them gifts.
  38. Read stories about how Christmas celebrations have changed over the years.
  39. Make an ornament that depicts some of your favorite memories over the last year.
  40. Start a gratitude jar.
  41. Become a Secret Santa to someone you know could use a little holiday cheer.
  42. Make a gingerbread house.
  43. Make fudge.
  44. Track Santa online.
  45. Make a holiday journal.
  46. Hold a Christmas photo session.
  47. Make Christmas cards for your friends.
  48. Read the Christmas story in a Bible.
  49. Challenge everyone in the family to perform acts of kindness for the 12 days of Christmas.
  50. Sit in the room with your Christmas tree with all the lights out but the tree lights.