Winter activities that are fun and mostly free

Christmas is only a week away and you’re probably wondering how to keep your kids busy while they are on vacation without spending a fortune. It’s your luck day because we’ve compiled a list of fun, holiday activities that are sure to save you money and your sanity.

Good Ol’ Winter Stand-bys

These are the winter activities that you probably had fun doing when you were a kid and now you can bask in the nostalgia with your own kids. Many of these activities are completely free if you already own the equipment or have someone to borrow from. Get creative and do a little research beforehand for cheap rentals or other deals.


Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and lots of layers!

  • Tobogganing
  • Skating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowball fight
  • Building a snowman
  • Downhill skiing or snowboarding **This one is not free, but still fun!**
  • Those of you blessed with warmer climates can play outdoor sports like football together.

‘Tis the Season

If you want a little more Christmas spirit you can find all sorts of ways to keep everyone busy and happy.

Whip up some seasonal drinks like apple cider and a yummy snack like caramel corn to go with the holiday fun!


  • Decorate cookies or gingerbread houses
  • DIY ornaments or other crafts
  • Holiday movie marathon
  • Decorate the house/tree
  • Sing carols
  • Play boardgames
  • Write letters to Santa
  • DIY advent calendars
  • Scope out the neighbourhood decorations

We hope this gives you guys plenty to do in the next couple weeks so that you can make the most of your holiday!

For more inspiration, check out the City of Edmonton’s guide to local winter festivities: