Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is a magical time during the holidays. These Christmas Eve traditions will help you create memories with your family. 

Mantel decorated for Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…

Christmas Eve is exciting for the children and a magical time for adults as well. It’s a time that families come together to celebrate the season and build memories. 

Dining Room Christmas Decorations

Our family has several Christmas Eve traditions, some have been carried down from my family and my husband’s family. And others are new traditions that I started with my own children. 

Perhaps you can start one of these traditions this year with your own family. 

Cheese Ball spread on cracker

Serving Appetizers for dinner is our families tradition. They are easy to make when time is short, and the whole family loves them. 

Here are over 35 holiday appetizers for you to choose from. 

Christmas Eve Gift Basket

Create memories with this meaningful gift basket! This Christmas Eve Gift Basket will be loved by the whole family! Reindeer Food, FREE Printable Games, Hot Cocoa, Christmas Movies, a cozy blanket to curl up with and treats as you wait for Santa to arrive!

Santa with cookies and milk

Leaving cookies out for Santa is a fun tradition that most families enjoy. Here are a few of my favorite cookie recipes that Santa will love – 

Christmas Cookies for Santa

And don’t forget Hot Chocolate for Santa! 

Reindeer Food in jar

Let’s not forget Santa’s reindeer, they need a snack too. The kids can help make the Reindeer Food and then scatter it outside to give the reindeer a little treat. 

Polar Express Movie Night

Creating this Movie Night with Polar Express is fun for all ages! There is a Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board filled with goodies to add to hot cocoa, an edible craft with trains, and a hobo dress up basket. 

Christmas Printable Games

Keep the kids busy with these FREE Printable Christmas Games!

This set of Christmas printables includes – 

  • Christmas Bingo
  • Pictionary Cards
  • Ornament Scavenger Hunt
  • Christmas Carol Guessing Game
  • Bag Toppers

Christmas Lights at Indiana State Fairgrounds

Taking a ride around your town to see the Christmas lights is always fun. This year we saw the new light display at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It was truly magical with the music coordinated with the lights, and thousands of lights throughout the grounds. 

Christmas Music Playlist

Music is a big part of our lives, especially at Christmas time. This Christmas Music Playlist has 50 of your favorites all in one place. 

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Turn off the lights in your home and light all the candles. It will bring magic to your Christmas Eve. 


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