Best Things to Do On Christmas Eve

The Top Ten

1 Spend Time With Loved Ones

I like this better because some people do get carried away and think it is all about the toys and presents and it's not it is about spending love, time, and joy with your family and friends.

This is what Christmas means

It is a great thing to put out on the internet for people that are looking forward to some fun and don't know what to do.Thank you for putting this on the internet it has helped me!

I usually spend time with my family on Christmas day but sometimes on Christmas Eve as well.

2 Watch a Christmas TV Show or Movie

We watch the film Polar Express every year, Absolutely brilliant! Love this film

I don't know if this counts as a Christmas T.V. show or movie but on Christmas Eve night I go and watch tsn year in review. Tsn is espn in Canada. Also opening one present on Christmas Eve is good but there is no use for voting for it because its at the top spot. Opening one gift is good because Christmas isn't about getting, you know.

I always watch a movie on Christmas Eve, as there are plenty of Christmas movies on to suit everyone. Watching a Christmas Movie gets you really excited and I find it helps me sleep. Most Christmas movies can be watched by the whole family.

My family watches a different movie every year! The grinch that stole Christmas, elf, and even Charlie and the chocolate factory...

3 Track Santa

It's always fun to track Santa!

I do this all day on Christmas Eve even though I don't believe in him any more

Even if you don't believe in him its always fun to "know" where the big man is on his trip!

One year My brother put his iPod on camera and recorded the living room for the whole night. We caught our parents red handed eating cookies

Lol, my great grandparents don't eat cookies but when I wake up they are gone.

4 Listen to Christmas Music

I will listen to Alexa's playlist for holiday favorites for an hour, playing dolls with my younger sister.

This truly gets you in the mood of Christmas

This really works I Listened and relaxed and listened to 3 Christ mas albums and I looked at the clock and it was 7:30 so I would really suggest every one to do this

I do this every year, brilliant, passes the time so much and before I know it, the family are calling me through for dinner. lol, great idea.

5 Remember to Put Christ In Christmas

Jesus is the reason of the season

Jesus' birth and life is one of my favorite biblical stories of all times Jesus' life means so much for us!
Though I know Jesus most likely wasn't born on Christmas and is still a good reminder of all that Jesus has done. Although I believe that we should be thinking about all Jesus has done for us more often.

Agree 100% It's all about Jesus being born into this sin infested world to take our place & save us from all of our sins. He is the only way the truth & the life. Your faith in him & him only has saved from all your sins. Your sins are truly forgiven go & live in this peace.

Insult Roman Pagans with Saturnalia.
Insult Pagans with Yule.
Insult Germanic People's with Germanic Winter Solstice.
You would've have Christmas if they didn't exist.
Jesus birth wasn't discovered till the 3rd or 4th century.
How about putting "Christ" back into "Christianity" instead.

6 Open 1 Gift

Opening presents can get you into the spirit of christmas! Just to remember your excitement on Chrismas Day when you see that stocking full of presents. Also the enjoyment and rebellious feeling of opening a present early. That alone can get you excited, even if the present you open is well, not so good. If you still don't agree with opening a present on Christmas Eve, then just think, you're get a present early! always a good excuse

I always open just 1 gift on Christmas eve and its always clothes

I love to do thing on Christmas Eve because if you have kids like me (little ones) this usually holds them over until Christmas morning. Pick a small gift that is fun but not a huge time consuming gift. Pick Wisely! Happy Holidays!

In stead of opening gifts on Christmas Eve we make up a Christmas Eve box so the kids can open it. We put Hot Chocolate, Marshmallows, Popcorn, A movie, A new mug, A new Christmas book and new pajamas and then we sit and watch all the movies every one got on their boxes! It really fun and it saves having to open actual gifts.

7 Sing Christmas Carols

I like to do that at home, but singing at strangers doors I'm not so sure...

I sing all day! On Christmas of course, in my mind I'd be singing songs like Jingle Bells and 12 Days of Christmas.

Carols are the best

I always sing Christmas carols before I go to bed

8 Give Gifts to Your Loved Ones

It's fun to do it and it will make them feel loved..

Give my older brother a spanking.

This always gets me in the sprit of the holidays

It's a wonderful feeling...You'll feel so happy that time will fly

9 Have Christmas Dinner

For my family Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner are the 2 best dinners of the year

I to do this with my family

We always go out for mexican food this tradition gives you a chance to spend time with loved ones, eat a delicious meal, and feel even more excited for christmas

Yum :) Love the idea our family's doing the same. I love the steak Turkey and goose liver paté! Hope you like it too!

10 Drive or Walk Around Looking at Christmas Lights

I live by a lot of houses that do that so almost every year we go around looking at Christmas lights and then we come home and draw what Christmas lights/decor we liked the best

I always have a blast doing that with my friends or family! Sometimes I like to see the lights that go all out and beautiful. I usually do this every year with my family for some good memories that I can remember my whole life! I like to take pictures so I could show my kids or friends when I grow up and tell him the story al about it!

I love doing this, one year my mom and I even saw a deer while we were driving around looking a lights. This is a great thing to do with your parents or your kids because it's magical to see everyone's lights. Especially the people who go over board with their lights.

Where I live, the whole court house is lit up and TONS of trees around it are covered in hundreds of lights! Also, my city sets up something called the Valley of Lights you can drive through, and the have a Christmas Wonderland Light Attraction walk through!

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11 Watch Movies

While I'm writing this I have Christmas movies playing and I always do this with my family

My favorite movies are The Charlie Brown Christmas and Elf, the kids especially love How the Grinch Stole Christmas too.

I love doing this. I always watch Elf on Christmas Eve, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a good movie to watch as well.

Every year on Christmas Day my family always watch a Disney movie. This year Dumbo. Last year we had to watch Frozen. We watch Home Alone too.

12 Leave Sweets Out for Santa

I always leave out milk and cookies for Santa and I always eat at least one of them.

He works hard that night, better give him some energy!

We put out chocolate milk and some type of cookies that we (my family) vote on

Egg nog and a few cookies is alway fun to make with my little Angel

13 Bake Cookies

I always bake cookies and we give 4 to Santa and we keep the rest

This is a tradition in our family. This is because we always bring over TONS of cookies to our grandmothers house, and it will be a tradition that never ends!

I love baking cookies with my kids

Every year we bake cookies they make the whole house smell so good!

14 Go to Church

Lol so I don't believe in god and neither does the rest of my family but we go to church anyways. I don't know why but I just love listening to the stories even though I don't believe them, for me its like a fictional Christma story like the night before Christmas.

I agree! People should spend less time fooling around and actually do what they like, if church is your thing great it may not be anyone else's but I do believe in doing what you love especially during the Christmas season so getting on out there is the best thing for you since the Brady bunch.

Jesus is the reason for the season people! No way would you enjoy December as much if it weren't for him!

Wow. #52? Am I the only one who goes to church on Christmas Eve? Scream "happy Birthday Lois Tomlinson is #14 and Go to Church is #52? Christmas is NOT about the presents or One Direction. it is about JESUS!

15 Go Out On a Drive to See Christmas Lights

I love doing this I always try and count the Christmas trees or drive to a really big hill so you can see all the lights

Great idea it makes you really excited for the big man to come down the chimney

I don't do this but I will in the future! Very beautiful and fun!

I have never done this but everyone says I should so I will try it this Christmas

16 Go to Bed Early

Its not that I like to do this because it gets boring because I can't get to sleep! It's just when your in bed staring at your empty stocking forcing yourself to go to sleep it's so annoying but then eventually after trying to do starjumps, rolly pollys and reading to try and get yourself tired your eyes slowly shut and your out in half an hour ;) its not normal

Because santa is coming

I sometimes go to bed early but most of the time I go to bed and fall asleep is at 10:00/10:30 and on other days I go to sleep at 1 in the morning

I live with a family of seven and 5 of that number is children! So as you can guess it's pretty hard to make them all go to sleep! We tried layering it but the younger ones complained that the older ones would stop Santa from coming and the wouldn't go to sleep until they came up to bed, so we scrapped that idea and decided to try this idea!
We would let them open up their Christmas Eve boxes and then we would buy previously a caldron and we would put it in the middle of the room with hot water and we would let each of the kids pour their packet of hot chocolate on and then read out a little letter that their elf on the shelf left and the letter would roughly say this.
SLEEPY POTION
and it would tell the kids that this was a special drink to make them fo to sleep and it would actually make them sleep!

17 Make Cookies

I love making cookies with my family and have a good laugh well were making them and when there's left overs we like to eat the left over cookie dough! Its always great to spend time with your family!

My family has made cookies at least three times and they keep running out but I just love baking cookies!

Me and my kids (8 years and 6 Years) make cookies what seems like all day on Christmas Eve we make 8 kinds and homemade fudge every year!

Great idea it is helpful because I really forgot about baking cookies

18 Snuggle Up by the Fire With Cozy Slippers and a Blanket

That's my idea of Christmas

And Set Our Wrappers On Fire.

I snuggle with my dogs because no one loves me...

I totally agree with this one

19 Drink Hot Chocolate

Marshmallow and Wiped cream and that when we are having a party

It's just good. I drink Hot chocolate throughout the year, too.

I love love love love... Hot chocolate
It's so chocolaty

Delish yum yum

20 Scream "Happy Birthday Louis Tomlinson!"

Anyone who likes one direction is brain damaged.

Anyone who criticizes someone for liking a harmless thing should learn a little thing called respect because obviously they don't know what that means. - 0w0uwu

Will be doing this lol. One Direction fan myself

Laugh out loud this one is funny

I did this and all I got was really funny looks also it's not fair he gets double presents

21 Turn On Your Christmas Lights

Turn on your lights if you have then on your tree or strung around the house it's a great way to get into the Christmas spirit

No then what is whole point of the light if your going to turn them out:(

I LOVE doing this for Christmas

I love to do that it looks pretty

22 Make a Gingerbread House

I'm going to make one with my other grandma in 2 days

Ha I'm doing that today :) x

I like to do that I am about to make one

I wanna do this

23 Open a new pair of pj's on Christmas Eve and go to bed in them

Every year, my Mum gets everyone new pyjamas and bedding sets. After having a bubble bath and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream we get into bed with our new bedding and pyjamas :-) Mums excuse for getting these year after year... "You've got to look nice and clean for Santa" :-)
Happy Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year

My parents do this every year and give me, my sister, and brother new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve

That is one of our Christmas traditions and it is super fun.

I don't have pj's

24 Try to Guess Your Christmas Presents

Always fun, just no peaking!

Ruins surprise but at the same time fun

I don't guess I already know what I'm getting for Christmas

I don't like doing this. It ruins the surprise

25 Eat Finger Food

Christmas Eve is the only day of the year that I let my children eat chips, dip, candy, cookies, and chocolate to their heart's content. To them, Christmas Eve is a very special smorgasbord.

I'd say have your kids do a Christmas program for your family and sit down at dinner and watch a movie! Happy ideas

Yeah! A great thing to do on Xmas Eve!

Hell no that's cannibalism.

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