7 Fun and Affordable Christmas Activities To Do With Your Family

November 21, 2021

Here is a list of fun yet affordable Christmas activities that you can do with your family.

The pandemic has changed the way we celebrate our special occasions, such as Christmas. Many of us were not used to celebrating Christmas while cooped up at home but that doesn’t mean that we will have to forgo the fun and holiday cheer. I’m sure you also want your kids to enjoy the warmth and excitement of celebrating Christmas.

Fun Christmas activities with your family

7 Fun and Affordable Christmas Activities To Do With Your Family

    Making health and safety the priority while celebrating

    what’s important to remember when celebrating with your family this Yuletide season is to put health and safety as the top priority. 

    As such, follow all protocols whether you are celebrating at home or if you choose to go out with your family. If you are bringing your kids outdoors, know the risks but also exhaust all efforts to protect them from getting sick or hurt.

    Exciting things that you can do with your family this Christmas

    While the year 2020 caught us unaware, what’s good about the succeeding years is that we were able to make adjustments and adapt to the new normal. I understand that many of us may have been affected financially by the pandemic so these are all budget-friendly activities.

    Here are some of the things that you can do with your family this Christmas:

    1. Hold a virtual Christmas party

    Thanks to new technology, it’s now easier to see our loved ones and hold virtual get-togethers. Zoom is feature-rich but it requires paid subscription to enjoy all the bells and whistles that come with it. A good option would be Viber, Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, and MS Teams.

    You can have trivia games, group production numbers, karaoke contests, kwentuhan with drinks, and so on at the comfort and safety of your home.

    The options are quite endless plus you are spared the hassle of having to prepare food, home decorations, gifts, and drinks. You can even have a virtual exchange gifts and just send out the parcels through your favorite courier.

    2. Check out the attractions at the SM Supermalls

    A trip to the mall is a luxury these days. We used to equate going to the mall with the holiday rush and elevated stress levels, without even bothering to stop for a while and appreciate the bright Christmas decors that adorn the interiors of the malls.

    Christmas centerpiece at SM City North Edsa

    We didn’t realize that there would come a day when we’d be wanting to experience those small things again. Fortunately, SM Supermalls all over the country still continue the tradition of putting up spectacular Christmas lights and decors inside their shopping centers.

    For example, shoppers in Quezon City will be treated to glittering silver and gold lights as well as magnificent greens – a truly enchanting sight to behold in SM City North Edsa.

    Here are some of the other magical surprises that await visitors at SM City North Edsa:

    Enchanted Christmas Tree

    It’s a grand 45-feet tall Christmas tree, decorated by elegant botanical species.

    The Block Atrium looks every bit like an Enchanted Garden, overlooked by a large Victorian greenhouse and offers a freshly Instagrammable walk-through experience for families to enjoy. You can capture the experience with FREE Instax prints & 4R prints from FUJIFILM.

    SM Malls Online Exclusives 

    You can shop anywhere and enjoy a 15% OFF in-app exclusive at SM Malls Online. You choose from any of your favorite brands and enjoy this deal when you order exclusively from SM City North Edsa.

    Gift Market

    Shopping for gift items is made easy with SM City North Edsa’s Gift Market, featuring gift bundles, family feast favorites and Christmas holideals that will surely bring cheer to every Filipino home.

    SM Bears Of Joy 

    This is an annual holiday collectible that has become a tradition at SM City North Edsa as well as in other SM Supermalls. Shoppers may collect all four bear characters: Cookie (Baker), Cammy (Vlogger), Speedy (Cyclist), and Sunny (Plant Lover).

    You’ll get a pair for only P250, one bear for you to keep and the other for this year’s partner charity: CHILDHAUS QC.

    Meanwhile, in the neighboring SM City Sta. Mesa, the Dutch-inspired Christmas Centerpiece dubbed “Merry Holiday Land” is on display for shoppers to enjoy.

    Merry Holiday Land at SM City Sta. Mesa

    It was opened to the public last October 28, 2021 amid special ceremonies attended by Honorable Congressman Atty. Jesus Manuel “Bong” Suntay, Honorable Councilor Hero Bautista of the 4th District of Quezon City, and Police Lieutenant Colonel Von June Nuyda of PS11 QCPD.

    You can check your local SM Supermall for their special Christmas activities and special holiday displays. It's also the perfect time to shop for gifts either at SM Department Store or SM Cyberzone. Again, practice health and safety protocols when you do go out. 

    Personally, I still wouldn’t take my kids out because they don’t like to wear face masks. In the end, your decision is fine as long as you are well-informed of the risks and precautions.

    For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow your favorite SM Supermalls on social media.

    3. Attend local Christmas festivals

    You can attend Christmas festivals within your own locality. If you have not yet done this in the past, maybe this is the perfect time to reconnect with your roots. A perfect example would be the Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Pampanga.

    What’s good about these local festivals is that you may not even have to get out of your family car if you are bringing one. You and your kids can watch the festivities from the comfort and safety of your car.

    4. Watch Ayala Triangle’s light and sound show

    For those living in Metro Manila, one of the most awaited events during the Christmas season is the light and sound show in Ayala Triangle Gardens. However, because of the pandemic, it has now transitioned to the digital space so you can conveniently watch it, as well as the light and sound shows in other Ayala Land Developments, wherever you are around the country.

    5. Visit your local park

    A good way to bond with your kids this Christmas season is to visit your local park. They can enjoy a dose of the outdoors, breathe fresh air, and even marvel at Christmas lights and decors if these are on display.

    You can even bring your bikes or scooters for a quick exercise with your children.

    6. Go on a Christmas movie marathon

    There are a lot of good old Christmas movies as well as animated classics on Netflix. Some movies that you might wat to consider are The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone, The Grinch, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Muppet Christmas Carol, just to name a few.

    7. Read Christmas stories

    Reinforce the joy of reading to your children by having Christmas story sessions with them. It’s also a good way to wean them off from their gadgets even if it’s just temporarily. There are wonderful books that you can buy in Lazada and Shopee or even eBooks that you can purchase from Amazon.

    Books are also a good investment because you and your children can read these over and over again whenever you feel like you need an escape from social media and the digital world, in general.


    These are some of the fun and affordable activities that you can do with your family this holiday season. Just remember that if you are taking your kids out, strictly practice health and safety protocols so as not to compromise their well-being.

    if you have anything else to add more to this list, please feel free to list them in the comments section below.

    Affordable Christmas activities with your family

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    1. Thank you for the tips dadi iv for sure mag enjoy pa din yung family and affordable pa po sure pa na safe ang kids.