Making Holiday Memories: Fun Activities for Seniors

By Michelle Cemental

For most of us, the holidays are a magical time full of family, friends and memories. However, as we age the holidays can be stressful, confusing, or lonely. To help spread some cheer, there are many activities that you and your senior loved ones can do this holiday season. Here are just a few fun and safe activities. 

Local Events

In many locations of the country, large holiday concerts are held with a wide array of music. They are an ideal why to enjoy time with your loved one and also listen to a variety of soothing music together. Additionally, most towns have one or more holiday parades every December. Set up chairs along the curbside so your loved one can safely sit and enjoy the passing floats and bands. 

Wrap Presents Together

Many seniors enjoy wrapping presents in colorful paper and bows. Enlisting the help of your elderly loved one in wrapping holiday gifts is a fun activity to share together. They will also enjoy keeping the gifts' contents a secret from little ones until time for the gift exchange.


One of the best activities that the whole family can enjoy are movies! Here are some of our favorites. 

It's A Wonderful Life

Jimmy Stewart was an absolute master of the craft of acting. Few places display that ability better than Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas masterpiece It's A Wonderful Life. The Story of George Bailey's life, and the importance of our actions on the people we care about is timeless. It speaks to the importance of community and altruism in a way that movies since have never successfully recaptured.


Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the ultimate story of the transformative powers of the Christmas spirit. One of the best versions in recent memory, however, was the Bill Murray-headed, 1988 version Scrooged. Adding an acerbic wit to the Dickens classic elevates the story of Christmas goodness. If your loved one has a funny bone, this might just be the perfect pick for a Christmas evening film.

Home Alone

The image of a young Macaulay Culkin slapping his hands to his cheeks with a shocked expression on his face is one of the most iconic images from film in the 1990's, and with good reason. Home Alone and its sequel are fun, funny, and poignant. The Home Alone movies are the films to watch if you're getting ready for a multi-generational holiday get-together.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

If your loved one has a bit of a funny bone, this might just be the perfect pick. Starring the uproariously funny Chevy Chase, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will appeal to anyone's who's ever had to host a stressful holiday get together.

Polar Express

A modern classic, Robert Zemeckis's 2004 computer animated tale of a train that takes children to the North Pole is an absolute delight for all ages. Starring audience favorite Tom Hanks, Polar Express is a beautifully animated film hearkens back to a time when we all still believed the world was a little more magical.

Bake a Favorite Family Recipe

Pass down those secret family recipes to the younger generations by hosting a bake off. Invite your senior loved one to teach everyone how to bake some cookies from scratch. Get everyone in the mood by putting out some fabric paint and canvas aprons to decorate. Then, watch as your senior loved one shows off their favorite baking tricks.

Make a Memory Ornament

This budget-friendly craft results in a treasured keepsake for the family. To make a ornament can be an exciting idea for your senior but the whole family.

Go on a Holiday House Crawl

Seniors love to socialize, and putting together a holiday house crawl is a great way to encourage mingling. Simply arrange for a group of your family or friends to open up their houses to your senior loved one on the same night. Then, you can go from house to house to enjoy a light snack or holiday activity. This is a great way to fit in visits with everyone in a short period of time.

We know how important it is to include seniors in safe and fun holiday activities. At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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