As we near a time of holiday cheer, be sure to allot some time for fun and festive activities to celebrate the Christmas season. In an already expensive time of year, you and your wallet will love these low-cost activities for all ages.

1. Enjoy The Christmas Lights

There is nothing better than seeing your hometown lit up for Christmastime. Whether you partake in an organized lightshow or simply drive throughout the street, be sure you take time to go for a nighttime drive to see the holiday lights. Don’t forget to pack your favorite snack sand a hot cocoa to enjoy as you stroll the streets.

2. Holiday Movie Marathon

Pick a snowy day to stay cozied up indoors and watch your favorite holiday flicks. There is nothing quite like watching holiday classics with your loved ones to get into the holiday spirit. If you are in need for some ideas, check out The Best Classic Christmas Movies of All Time. If you aren’t subscribed already, consider purchasing a streaming platform to enjoy holiday movies throughout the upcoming months.

3. Partake In Holiday Baking

Holiday food may be undoubtedly one of the best parts about the season. From savory dishes, baked goods and holiday beverages there’s so much to try and flavors to indulge in. Some favorite holiday dessert classics are gingerbread cookies, shortbread, and anything butterscotch or salted caramel. Take the day to challenge yourself to a holiday recipe or make it a day to enjoy with family and friends. From traditional to new and unique – we’ve got you covered with these recipes.

4. Holiday Arts And Crafts

Take the holidays as an opportunity to try a new hobby or craft. Some ideas for seasonal crafts you can enjoy are make-your-own Christmas ornaments, cards, Hanukkah dreidels, or stockings. Of course, there’s nothing you can’t do with some glitter and a glue gun. This is a great idea for an empty afternoon to put your creativity to the test, make some holiday décor, or make some homemade gifts for family and friends.

5. Browse Christmas Open Houses

Many communities offer holiday open houses within local businesses, shops, and often homes to tour. If you love all things Christmas décor this is an activity you will not want to skip on. Sometimes it’s the act of shopping that’s more fun than buying anything.

6. Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is a great activity to be bundled up outdoors. Enjoy a date night or activity with family on the skating rink.

7. Make A Donation

There are many ways to give back, especially during the holidays. Consider donating to a local food or toy drive to support families in need during the Christmas season. If you are unable to give a monetary donation, remember time is equally as appreciated. Some popular activities include soup kitchens, gift-wrapping for donation and coat or food drives. The holiday season is when charities amp up their giving spirit and, often, need an extra set of hands.

8. Attend A Holiday Concert

No matter what your taste in music may be, holiday music is a must this time of year and is even better live. Many holiday concerts are reasonably priced if not free of cost. With the holidays right around the corner, we hope these ideas can get you in the holiday spirit without busting your budget. Create a new tradition this year with an idea on this list. Happy Holidays!