35 Free December Activities for Westchester Kids

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December is a magical time for kids, with the advent of winter fun and the abundance of holiday festivities occurring all month long. All this (plus gifts!) can cost families a pretty penny, so we've rounded up free ways to get out of the house and have fun. Your piggy banks—and kids—will thank us!

Read on for frugal fun that doesn't skimp on festivity. Also consult our December GoList and our Holiday Fun Guide for many more ways to savor the season!

Our Event Calendar is well-stocked with many more options to choose from, and more keep coming. 

1. Create foot-long (or more!) ginormous snowflakes.

2. Decorate a gingerbread house—even if you’re a big kid.

3. Literally hand-paint a winter scene (using paint and your hand print).

4. Create a bling tree from jewelry for some holiday ooh-la-la.


Holiday lights are one of our favorite free activities this month! Image courtesy of ERDAJT.

5. Dazzle your family on a tour of Christmas light displays in Westchester or the Hudson Valley. .

6. Write a letter to Santa with others who believe…

7. …or hand your list directly to Santa and tell him how good you’ve been.

8. Decorate cupcakes like the pros using fondant.

9. Make ornaments using the art of paper quilling.

10. Tour the historic home of FDR in its holiday regalia.

11. Make snowmen or other wintry friends out of clay.

12. Make a card that lights up for STEAM-y holiday greetings.

13. Decorate your home with glittery icicles you make from recycled milk bottles.

14. Take a breather from the holiday cray-cray with family yoga.

15. Strut Teddy at the stuffed animal tea party.

16. Enjoy a Hanukkah story and craft in time to…

17. …celebrate the Festival of Lights at the Bedford Chanukah Village & Menorah Lighting.

18. Catch a magic show, make a dreidel, feast on latkes and get your face painted at Hanukkah Magical Spectacular.

19. Create holiday trees and candles using watercolor, tissue paper and glue. Hot cocoa all around!

20. For gifting or for keeping, make jewelry out of paper beads.

21. Got Star Wars fever? Make your own lightsaber

22. …or watch The Force Awakens on the big screen.

23. Participate in a citizen-scientist project.

24. Depict favorite aspects of winter or the holidays in a family fiber-art workshop.

25. Clamor at the Hanukkah gelt catch, as thousands of chocolate coins are dropped from 25 feet high.

26. Attend a Christmas handbell concert.

27. Catch the classic (and tear-jerking) It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen.

28. Create and compete for the “top top” at the Ugly Sweater Party and make ugly-sweater cookies.

29. Celebrate the lengthening of daytime at Winter Solstice Celebration.

30. Or paint your own snow using sugar and water as paint.

31. Make an optional (but worthy) donation to catch seasonal films at Alamo Kids Camp.

32. Feast on assorted chocolate activities as you compete in the Chocolate Olympics.

33. Decorate a hot-cocoa cupcake and sip on the good stuff.

34. Ring in the new year by counting down to noon.

35. Volunteer. There are ways to help others as a family, a great way to embrace the true spirit of the season.

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