Here is a huge list of Christmas holiday activities that you and your loved one with dementia can do together. Adaptations may be necessary to ensure your loved one has success. 

tray of decorated Christmas cookies with words 74+ Christmas activities for loved ones with dementia

Are you looking for activities that you and your loved one with dementia can do during the Christmas holiday season? I have gathered over 74 activities that you can do together during the holidays. I bet you’ll be able to find something to do from this list.

Yes, some of these may indicate they are activities for preschoolers. If you’re a caregiver of your loved one with memory issues, a preschool activity may be just the right skill level. For others it may be too easy. You can always adapt them to fit the skill level of your loved one. There are a lot of activities that involve hot glue guns so supervision will be needed.

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Think about your loved one. What era did they grow up in? What activities did they do at that time in their life? That may help direct you towards what they might enjoy.

There’s always these old standbys:

  • Cut out paper snowflakes

  • Paper chain garlands

  • String popcorn

  • Decorate cookies with sprinkles and icing

Check out Michaels, Amazon or your local craft store for wooden items that can be painted such as bird houses or little chests like these from Hobby Lobby.

Wood birdhouse
small wood chest

But let’s go beyond those ideas……

Check out this cute Christmas card activity in this post. I think this would look great with either buttons or small pom poms.

Washi Tape

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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Mitten Ornaments

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Wooden Tags

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Who knew that adding colorful, fun tape to something could be so satisfying! Check out these colorful choices for Washi Tape below and check your local dollar stores as well. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Monogrammed Ornaments

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This link no longer works so it has been removed. You could do this craft by putting washi tape on a cardboard cutout letter.

Christmas Tree

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Ball Ornaments

For these, I would stick with plastic ball ornaments rather than using glass ones. 

Colour Themed

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Snowman Ornaments

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Marble Paint

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Pom Poms

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Neon Puffy Paint

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Personalized

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Melted Crayon

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Reindeer

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Fabric

Additional ideas – stuff the ball ornaments with narrow strips of fabric ribbon or colored tinsel.

Nail Polish

Marbled look

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Marbled variation

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Doily

Hoop

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Decorated

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Terra Cotta Pots

Polka Dot

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Variety

OMG! This round-up has a bunch of pots that are so stinkin’ cute. Such variety but especially check out #6 and #16.

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A Few More

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Christmas Tree

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felt ornaments

Santa

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Christmas Tree

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Vintage Baubles

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Snowman

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Variety

Check out this post, DIY Festive Felt Ornaments from The Spruce Crafts for a variety of felt ornaments. Take a look at #5, the intricately twisting ornament.

toilet paper tubes

How about making a cute Santa using toilet paper rolls!

Twig/stick ornaments

Not only do you have an activity your loved one can create but you can also get them outside for some exercise when you go out picking up sticks! A 2-for-1 deal!

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Clay Ornaments

One note of caution with this type of ornament –> make sure your loved one doesn’t try to eat the dough/clay.  

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popsicle stick ornaments

Rustic Planked

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Snowman Hat

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Mini Pallet Signs

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Sled

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Santa

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Wood Ornaments

Not to be confused with popsicle sticks or twigs, this category refers mainly to the round slices of wood you can purchase or cut yourself and wood beads.

Rustic Wood

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Painted

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Wood House

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Small Wood Balls

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Wood Blocks

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Ideas for men

In my opinion, most of these activities seem to be more feminine things. Most “manly” DIY projects seem to involve nailing, sawing and building.

It was hard to find activities that I thought men would like that didn’t involve nails and tools. Some of these are more gift ideas rather than creating Christmas decorations.

Make a Clock from a Book

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Comic Book Coasters

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Doormat

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Square Pots

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Yarn Wrapped Flower Pot

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Flannel Trees

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Yard Dice

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Stacked Wood Pieces

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Yarn ornaments

Yarn Wrapped

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Wrapped Cardboard

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Wrapped Reindeer

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Yarn Ball Ornaments

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Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Initials

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clothespins

Snowflake

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Reindeer

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Snowman

Rudolph Variation

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odds and ends

Beads

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Large Metal Can

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Bells

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So….are the ideas running wild in your head now that you’ve seen a few of these? I’ve included a few links to some craft items below from Amazon.  (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

wire

Personalized

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Star

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paper

Hanging Ornament with Tassel

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Cone Tree

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Stars

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(Update – As of October 19, 2023, the above link does not work so it has been removed.)

A Bunch of Other Paper Ideas

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burlap

Frames

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Ornament

More Burlap Projects

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I-Spy ornaments

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Let your imagination run wild with this group when thinking of things to put in the ornament to search for. If your loved one with dementia loved gardening, look for some garden tool miniatures. Sports lover? Look for those miniatures. Look for dollhouse miniatures. Hobby Lobby is a good place to look for these items. Also check out buttons. 

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I chose these activities by thinking about my mom (more on her here) and what she would have been capable of. Early on in her dementia journey some of these would have been too easy and she probably would have pooh poohed them. For someone who was so creative and could sit and draw things, towards the end I couldn’t even get her to color a simple picture. There were too many cognitive steps involved and she just couldn’t do it.

And there you have it. Surely you’ll be able to find something in this list that your loved one might like to do during the Christmas holiday season.

You be the judge. If there’s an activity you think your loved one might like, go for it, just adapt it as needed.