Christmas Classroom Activities, Printables and Lesson Plans

Christmas - celebrated on December 25 each year - is a time for sharing, singing, decorating, and enjoying the holiday season. Spread festive cheer in your classroom with Christmas-themed lesson plans, Christmas crafts, art activities, printables, and worksheets. Read on for holiday teaching ideas or explore our Christmas resources below!

Christmas Activities to Bring Holiday Cheer

Looking for ideas for keeping your students engaged before the Christmas break? Here are some ideas for Christmas-themed activities that incorporate reading, writing, and math. Browse our full library of Christmas and winter-themed resources below.

Read a Christmas Classic

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a great festive poem to read with elementary grades. Download the printable version of the text and choose from poetry, reading, writing, and math activities to accompany the poem. Explore our collection of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas resources to find the perfect activity for your students.

Create Christmas-themed learning centers

Students often enjoy the freedom to choose their learning activities. Our Christmas-themed choice boards are great for setting up learning centers, as well as for early-finisher, extension, and take-home activities. These math choice boards, for either elementary or middle school, are great for math centers. Browse more choice boards below.

Make time for Christmas arts and crafts

We all know that Christmas crafts and art activities are popular during the holiday season but it doesn’t have to be all you do. Try setting up an early-finisher craft station or set aside quiet time for mindful coloring. Early elementary students will love our Christmas Coloring Pages, Printables and Crafts, and we have plenty of other arts, crafts, and coloring printables to choose from.

More Christmas Classroom Activities

Experience the joy of Christmas with your students using Christmas lesson plans, activities, and printables. Browse our collection of teaching resources, curated to help with incorporating the holidays into your curriculum - from language arts to math and science, to social studies and art. There is so much for your students to enjoy!

Christmas Choice Boards

These choice boards for elementary and middle school feature fun Christmas activities and printables that are perfect for learning centers, or for extension and early-finisher activities.

Christmas Printables

Browse printables to help your students learn more about Christmas, including reading activities, guided discussion questions, word games, and word scrambles, as well as reading warm-ups and teaching guides.

Holiday-Themed Lesson Plans

Our holiday lesson plans are great for helping students learn about Christmas and other winter holidays with activities including creating acrostic poems, making paper chains with symbols, and more.

Literature & Christmas Connected

Christmas stories, books, and poems are a great way to expand students’ knowledge, vocabulary, and reading skills. Track their reading progress or combine reading activities with story writing to improve their creative writing skills.

Social Studies & Christmas Connected

Explore Christmas and winter holiday connections using these social studies resources. Includes a slideshow with the origins of Christmas traditions, writing acrostic poems, and a geography activity.


Browse our collection of slideshows to find resources to enhance your curriculum with the Christmas holidays. Includes reading passages as well as fun art activities.

Christmas-Themed Packets and Projects

Rich and comprehensive cross-curricular projects and themed packets that connect Christmas and subjects like math, reading, writing, and poetry. Perfect for 1-2 class periods to reinforce the subjects you're teaching while spreading some holiday cheer.

Christmas Crafts and Art Activities

Bring some festive fun into art class with Christmas coloring pages, craft activities like potato print wrapping paper or holiday paper chains, and Christmas art activities.

Christmas Math Activities

Interconnect math skills with these Christmas activities. Includes printables to help students practice multiplication, solving word problems, and calculations.

Language Arts & Christmas Connected

These festive activities are great for helping students develop reading comprehension, practice writing skills and use creative thinking skills by reviewing synonyms and reading stories.

Winter Activities & Printables

Winter is a great time to extend your students' knowledge of weather with activities such as making a thermometer, creating a weather station to predict the weather, and learning about the winter solstice.

More Winter Holidays

If you enjoyed these resources for Christmas, you might like to check out our holiday packets or explore resource collections for other winter holidays.
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