Christmas Tradition: Christmas Lights Drive {with printable awards}

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Doing the annual drive around town to see the cool Christmas lights is a favorite tradition of ours. I know I’m not alone. The Christmas music, the cocoa, the snacks, the oohs and ahhs. 

Well, be prepared to have the best Christmas lights drive yet! Here are some tips to take this tradition up a notch this year.

Make Your Plans

  • Choose a time. After dinner and before the kids’ bed time is just right for us. 
  • Pack a bag with extra fun before you go. 
  • Pick your route – a special area or just around your neighborhoood? Ask friends for recommendations.

Build Anticipation

  • Spend some time with the kids brainstorming ideas for a memorable drive. 
  • Build a playlist together or pick out some Christmas CDs.
  • Print and use these fun Minivan Express tickets from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  
  • Decide on snacks and drinks together, or make a little menu for them to select from. Popcorn, cocoa, mill, cookies, pretzels, and granola bars can all be festive fare!  

Extra Fun

  • Scavenger Hunt: Make a Christmas light scavenger hunt like this one from Layers of Learning
  • Christmas Lights Contest: Hold a contest and choose houses win! If you feel comfortable doing so, give the residents of the homes little awards. You can use the printable below and laminate the cards or stick them in a zip bag with a little prize. Perhaps a $5 coffee card for the grand prize and candies for the runners up? 

Save Your Sanity

  • Make sure you plan around inclement weather. Getting stuck in the mud or snow is no fun!
  • Bring some bottled water, tissues, napkins, diapers, baby wipes, garbage sack, and anything else you think will help you keep the sanity. 

Are you ready for a memorable tradition and your first annual family Christmas lights contest? Download your Christmas Light Awards and start planning!

Award Downloads:

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 This post is part of our 25 Frugal Days of Christmas series and was written by Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker.

Tauna loves her family and loves God. She is a homeschooling mama that has been married for 8 years and has 4 young children. She writes at, so named because, as she says, “me becoming a wife, mom, and homemaker proves that anything is possible with God.” Like what she wrote? Join her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest!
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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions
Day 9: Bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to Life for your Spouse
Day 9 {2}: A Frugal Family Christmas Tradition
Day10: Frugal Gift Idea: DIY Christmas Crackers
Day 10 {2}: 6 Ways to Repurpose Kids Art for Christmas
Day 11: Repurposed, Reused, Free and Frugal Christmas Decor
Day 12: Frugal Gift Idea: Favorite Things Memory Box
Day 12 {2}: Frugal Family Christmas Tradition Ideas
Day 13: Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Day 14: Frugal Christmas Ornament for Kids

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