In a world that is constantly changing, traditions provide a sense of groundedness and familiarity, especially holiday traditions! Each holiday season is ripe with traditions both old and new, for us all to enjoy with our loved ones. Truly, a tradition is something we choose and infuse with love, meaning it can be whatever you’d like!
Classic and Modern Holiday Tradition Ideas
Whether you fancy yourself as a classical holiday traditionalist or are always excited to inaugurate a new holiday tradition, we’ve got a list of delightful holiday tradition ideas for you to execute and enjoy!
1. Bake Holiday Cookies
Nothing is more magic inducing than the aroma of baking in a cozy kitchen! A great tradition to start with young kids and carry on through the years. Not only is it fun to bake, decorate, and then eat the cookies, but if you make enough, you can package them and give them away to friends, neighbors, and loved ones! We love this holiday cookie cutter set.
2. Holiday Movie Night
Depending on how many favorite holiday movies you have, this might be a multiple night extravaganza! Gather your family and friends, pop the popcorn, and select one of your favorite holiday films for a night of nostalgia and holiday magic! Some great movie ideas include A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, the Holiday, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
3. Experience a Tree Lighting
4. Ice Skating
Oh, to get bundled up, don one’s favorite scarf, and whiz around an outdoor ice rink during the holidays! What an experience! For the classical souls, be sure to order a cup of hot cocoa afterward.
5. An Evening at The Ballet to See The Nutcracker
Few sights are more dazzling and dream-inspiring than talented ballerinas dancing to the sweet sounds of Tchaikovsky’s musical genius that is The Nutcracker. Get dressed up, bring flowers to one of the ballerina’s, take a photo with Clara afterward, and go home dreaming of sugar plum fairies!
6. Give to Those in Need
Love and kindness define the holiday season, and many are in need of both this year. The true spirit of the season is to give, and there are many charities that would be overjoyed to have some of your time or resources donated. One such way is to help ensure no child goes without a new toy by donating one or more toys to Toys For Tots.
7. Time With Santa
There are a variety of fun and exciting ways to hang out with Santa Claus. Two of our favorite ways to say hi to Santa include taking the kids for photos with Santa or participating in a Brunch With Santa event.
8. Create Your Own Holiday Tradition!
The holiday season is full of magic and possibilities, and is the ideal time to create your very own tradition! Some fun and inspiring ideas include:
- Holiday Spirits Tasting (for families filled with 21 + members)
- Craft Night – make homemade candles, soaps, butter, or whatever else!
- Family holiday hike
- Yoga around the holiday tree
Whichever traditions you and your loved ones choose to enjoy will be perfect. When it’s all said and done, holiday traditions are just a forum for us to spend time together and appreciate the joy of the season.
If you and yours are in the mood for a festive holiday getaway, book a stay at Doral Arrowwood in Westchester County, New York. At Doral, you can enjoy a special Winter Wonderland Package. Enjoy milk and cookies and a holiday family movie marathon in your pajamas before getting cozy in your spacious guest room. Then wake up and join Santa for brunch on Sunday in the Atrium Restaurant! Enjoy a spectacular brunch while Santa mingles with you and your family. Don’t forget to bring your list for Santa!