Christmas Countdown 4 Kids in Des Moines {+ FREE Paperchain Printable} –

Christmas Countdown 4 Kids in Des Moines

When I was a kid, I loved making Christmas countdown paperchains at school.  So, when my kids were old enough, we started making them at home and they quickly became one of our family Christmas traditions. Since, we make the paperchain at home, we’ve jazzed it up a bit and have added fun activities and holiday events to the chain links, which the kids look forward to discovering each day. 

To assemble the paperchain, the kids cut out the strips, make loops and staple them together.  We then attach it to the wall and top the whole thing off with a cute Christmas Countdown sign.  I am sharing our template, activity and event ideas, in case you want to make one too.  Enjoy!

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25 Days of Christmas Countdown Ideas for Kids in Des Moines

  1. December 1stWrite a Letter to Santa.  A few area Parks and Recreation Departments, including Ankeny Parks and Recreation, are accepting letters and will send a reply to your child.
  2. December 2ndRead Twas the Night Before Christmas. Enjoy many holiday story times at Libraries all over the metro.
  3. December 3rdSing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  You can sing along with him at Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Musical at Stephens Auditorium in Ames.
  4. December 4thLook at Holiday Lights.  Drive through Jolly Holiday Lights or another light display in Des Moines.
  5. December 5thEnjoy a Live Show.  A couple of picks: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Des Moines Playhouse and A Christmas Carol at Terrace Hill.
  6. December 6thRide the Santa Express. Ride the rails with Santa on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad.
  7. December 7thBuild a Gingerbread House.  You can make it look like a Des Moines landmark.
  8. December 8th Sing Jingle Bells.  Go caroling around your neighborhood.
  9. December 9thMake an Ornament for Someone.  Spread a little Christmas cheer to a neighbor, grandparent, friend, or teacher.
  10. December 10thAttend Jingle in the Junction.  Stroll through Historic Valley Junction, see Santa and his reindeer, listen to carolers and get some holiday shopping done.
  11. December 11thWatch the Polar Express. See it for FREE courtesy of the Urbandale Community Action Network.
  12. December 12thEnjoy Breakfast with Santa.  Old St. Nick won’t waste away this year.  He will be enjoying breakfast at many locations around Des Moines. You can find where he will be on our calendar.
  13. December 13thAttend the Nutcracker Ballet.  You don’t want to miss seeing Clara or The Mouse King on a Central Iowa stage this holiday season.
  14. December 14thWatch a Holiday Movie Classic.  You can find many to watch on TV this holiday season.
  15. December 15th Visit Santa.  Give him your list and have your photo taken at Bass Pro Shops, Jordan Creek Town Center, Merle Hay Mall or Valley West Mall.
  16. December 16thGo on a Christmas in Des Moines Scavenger Hunt.  Create a fun family adventure and find all kinds of Christmas fun in your own backyard.
  17. December 17thEnjoy a Sweet Treat.  Beaverdale Confections and Chocolate Storybook will both have a little something in store.
  18. December 18thGo Ice Skating. Brenton Skating Plaza is open for the season.
  19. December 19thEat Out.  Let the kids pick the place and treat the fam to a holiday meal at a fun Des Moines restaurant.
  20. December 20thGo on a Sleigh Ride.  Go dashing through the snow at Jester Park Equestrian Center.
  21. December 21stHelp Wrap Presents.  Put your little elves to work and have them help you finish up your wrapping.
  22. December 22ndBake Cookies for Santa.  Keep your eyes peeled for our favorite sugar cookie recipe!  We’ll be sharing it in the near future.
  23. December 23rdGo Sledding or Skiing.  Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! Go skiing or sledding at Seven Oaks in Boone.
  24. December 24thDon’t Forget Santa’s Cookies!  And, lay out a carrot or two for the reindeer.
  25. December 25thMerry Christmas!!!

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