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Family-Fun Holiday Ideas to Enjoy at Home

Whether you are searching for a new family holiday tradition or looking to add to your list, check out these fun ideas.

Enjoy a Christmas Light Drive

Take your to-go cups of hot chocolate and load up the family for a drive around the area to look at homes decked out with Christmas lights. For the ultimate holiday light shows, check out Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, TN and The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. Take your favorite snacks (or Christmas cookies!) along for everyone to munch on as they enjoy the twinkling lights and holiday decorations in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

Make DIY Ornaments

Add a custom touch to your tree this year with DIY ornaments. Making ornaments and garland is fun for the entire family, and there are a variety of templates available online to make your project simple. From salt bread ornaments in holiday shapes to paper snowflakes or popsicle stick holiday ornaments, it’s a fun craft project that makes memories and will be treasured for years.

Bake Christmas Cookies

Baking and decorating cookies is a delicious family tradition. Whether you make cookies from scratch or opt for take and bake cookies from the store, decorating holiday-themed cookies is a chance to show off everyone’s creative side. Stock up on sprinkles, gumdrops, and other mini-sized candies for the ultimate decoration choices. For some friendly competition, let family members and friends choose the best-decorated cookie by sharing photos of your creations.

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Family Christmas Movie Night

A family movie night is a perfect way to share your favorite holiday films with the ones closest to you. From the classics to new releases, there are numerous Christmas movies to enjoy throughout the holiday season. Pop some popcorn and turn your living room or den into the perfect movie-watching spot!


While many of the local holiday events in the Tri-Cities TN area have been canceled or look a little different this year, there are still plenty of ways to have holiday fun at home.


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