4 Totally Free Things You Can Do This Holiday Season

4 Totally Free Things You Can Do This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a magical time of year. From festive soirees to cozy family gatherings, there are so many things to look forward to. And while the holiday season does bring that magic, it can also bring a lot of expenses we normally don’t have during the year. From finding the perfect gifts for everyone on our holiday shopping lists to that snazzy new outfit for the office Christmas party, it can be easy to go a little over budget.

The good news is that you can also find many free (or free-ish) ways to get into the spirit of the season. You definitely don’t need to book an expensive winter getaway or reservations at a pricey restaurant to enjoy time with your family and friends during the holidays. Read on for some of our favorite ways to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season that won’t break the bank.

Make Your Perfect Holiday Playlist

If there’s one thing that can get anyone into the holiday spirit, it’s our favorite festive tunes. That’s why it’s so fun to have your personal holiday playlist that you can turn on while you get the house ready for holiday guests, run errands, or cook brunch on Christmas morning.

If you use a music streaming service that has collaborative playlist functionality, you can also invite friends or family to add songs to your collection of festive music. This can turn into a very sweet, low-key, and totally free way to connect with family and friends near and far during the busy holiday season.

Decorate Your Home With Your Loved Ones

Now that you’ve curated and collaborated on a perfect holiday playlist, it’s time to put it to use. Decorating your home for the holidays while you listen to your favorite festive music is a great way to get into the holiday spirit – without having to spend any extra money or even leave home.

Turn on your playlist and gather with family or friends to transform your home into a winter wonderland, using your Christmas décor or other seasonal touches to make your home feel extra festive and cozy in time for the holidays. While this is a fun activity in and of itself, it'll also make coming home after a long day or lounging at home on a lazy Sunday feel extra special throughout the entire season.

Go on a Cold Weather Hike

Okay, maybe you just read “cold weather hike” and thought we should be the ones to “take a hike.” But hear us out: with the right footwear and outerwear, the cold weather doesn’t have to deter you from enjoying nature. For a winter hike, it’s important to pick the right trail, depending on your comfort level. Winter isn’t the best time to get out of your comfort zone as far as your outdoor adventures are concerned, especially if you’re worried about snow or ice. Be sure to check the weather in advance – no one wants to be hiking in sleet – and pack your backpack with all of your hiking essentials.

Wear warm activewear, like fleece-lined leggings and a thermal top, and layer up with your warmest outdoorsy women's winter coat. You can bring extra layers by throwing a packable jacket into your hiking backpack. Don’t forget to bring extra socks and a beanie, and opt for durable, waterproof hiking boots or shoes. Getting out in nature is a totally free way to spend quality time with family or friends this holiday season!

Have a Living Room Campout

Okay, we know we just encouraged you to get outside and enjoy nature, but next up on our list is a fun way to bring the magic of the great outdoors right into your living room. Get your household together for a living room campout by gathering your coziest bedding, sleeping bags, and throw blankets, and planning some fun activities for the night.

This is a particularly fun activity for kiddos. You can even give it a holiday twist by spending the campout in your matching family Christmas pajamas and watching some holiday movies together. A living room campout will feel even more special surrounded by your holiday décor, and you can enjoy festive treats like candy-cane hot cocoa or Hanukkah gelt smores. Who needs an expensive holiday getaway when you can have an adventure like this in your living room?

While some holiday costs are unavoidable, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to enjoy the season that are free. We hope that these activities help you and your family get into the spirit, all while cutting back on some of the stress of holiday spending!


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