31 ways to celebrate the holiday season safely this year

Evergreen tree with holiday lights on it

We’re well into the holiday season, but with COVID-19 still a very real threat across our community, we’re having to adapt and choose safe ways to celebrate.

We’ve put together a list of 31 ways to celebrate—and maybe create some new traditions along the way.

Remember, you should always wear a face mask when with people from outside your household. And make activities safer by choosing small groups, less crowded days and times, and places that allow you to social distance, preferably outside.

Gift giving and shopping

  1. Hold a virtual gift exchange
  2. Send your gifts through the mail
  3. Arrange a contact-free gift drop off
  4. Order your gifts online—each time a package arrives it’s like receiving a present!
  5. Arrange for curbside pick-up—and consider supporting local businesses as you shop this year


  1. Take a nature walk (be sure to avoid crowded days and times)
  2. Go sledding (be sure to avoid crowded days and times)
  3. Have a snowball fight with members of your household
  4. Write letters to Santa Claus
  5. Have a virtual visit with Santa Claus
  6. Go ice skating (be sure to avoid crowded days and times)
  7. Go skiing (be sure to avoid crowded days and times)
  8. Attend a socially distanced bonfire (be sure to wear a face mask!)
  9. Hold a virtual game night (Search for “online games to play with friends” for some new ideas!)
  10. Send a care package
  11. Send holiday cards
  12. Donate to a food bank
  13. Volunteer to go grocery shopping for people who made need help
  14. Try virtual volunteering (Visit your local United Way websites to learn more about opportunities near you)
  15. Decorate your house with members of your own household
  16. Create a holiday craft (or masterpiece, depending on your artistic talent!)

Holiday food

  1. Hold a virtual hot cocoa party
  2. Take the stress out of cooking and order a meal to go from a local business
  3. Grocery shop online and opt for contact-free pick up or delivery
  4. Exchange recipes via email with friends and family
  5. Hold a virtual bake-off


  1. Host or attend a virtual holiday party
  2. Host or attend a virtual happy hour
  3. Create a virtual scrapbook to share memories of 2020 with your friends and family
  4. Write down your 2021 resolutions and share with others through social media
  5. Countdown to 2021 (and say good riddance to 2020!) with a virtual celebration