This December, the saying “there’s no place like home for the holidays” rings especially true. We’ve tackled socially-distanced Thanksgiving celebrations and are looking for ways to celebrate the season and keep holiday spirits high without many places to go. We’ll help you scope out some safe holiday fun to get out of the house. Hop in your one-horse open sleigh and get ready to spread some cheer!
1. Drive around your city to see the lights and shop windows.
Some of the magic of Christmas is found in the wonderland created by twinkling lights and enormous evergreen trees. An easy holiday tradition you can celebrate this year is driving through your city to see the best holiday displays. You can usually scope out some of the best through social media. Some cities have dedicated parks or zoos to drive-thru lights displays, with coordinated Christmas music when you tune your radio to a special station.
2. Find a drive-in theater screening your favorite holiday classics.
This year, some drive-in theaters are staying open past their usual season to keep spreading holiday cheer. In some major cities like Chicago, New York City, and Washington DC, you can enjoy all the Christmas classics! Bring a thermos of hot cocoa, candy canes, and a bag of Hershey’s kisses for some extra tasty holiday cheer. Check your local drive-in to see their movie lineup for the month of December and plan a cozy movie night with the kids or your loved one!
3. Host your own holiday baking championship—and deliver the winner’s desserts!
You may be guilty of binging the Great British Baking Show on Netflix this year so why not host a holiday bake off in your own kitchen? Challenge your roommates, kids, or partner to create the best holiday treats! Avoid bias in your household by dropping off your delicious desserts to family and friends. Let them do a blind taste test and have them rank their favorite treats. While you won’t get a prize for winning, you’ll get ultimate bragging rights for the rest of the holiday season.
4. Take the kids to the post office to mail a letter to Santa.
Sitting on Santa’s lap is one of the most memorable holiday traditions for many people. This year, have your kiddos write a letter to Santa to keep the spirit alive.The USPS has the Greetings from the North Pole program where each letter addressed to Santa will receive a reply letter, complete with the official North Pole Postmark! Have your children write a letter, stamp the envelope, and let them drop it off at a USPS mailbox and watch all their Christmas wishes come true!