Christmas Eve ideas

Hmm, what to do on Christmas Eve? Luckily, the possibilities are endless with all the magical creations made or sourced by our small businesses. Personalised books, handmade stockings, the tastiest treats… discover sleighfuls of exciting finds for little reindeer spotters. And there’s plenty of Christmas Eve ideas for adults, too – just scroll down to see our inspiration for bigger ones.

Joy-filled activities

Prepare for excited smiles with a Christmas Eve box. Fill it with a personalised book, cosy new PJs, delicious cookie dough and ‘feeling thankful’ colouring postcards. Then sit back and enjoy watching the magic unfold.

Prep for Santa’s arrival

Make sure your ho-ho-home is suitably dressed for the man in red’s climb down the chimney with Santa-shaped storage, a bespoke plate for reindeer snacks and snowy boot stencils... He’s been!


Create magical Christmas memories and start a new tradition with this advent storybook (above). Embark on a journey around the world with Santa, reading a page a day and finishing on Christmas Eve. It can be personalised with your little one’s name… and the best part? It ends in the place that matters most – home.

- Heather Wren, Baby and Child Curator

Our step-by-step guide to the cosiest Christmas Eve

Move over, little ones

No matter how old you get, the festive excitement doesn’t ever stop. From show-stopping snack ideas to original family games, we’re wholeheartedly embracing Christmas Eve frivolity for adults. After all, why should the 25th December have all the fun?

Eat, drink and be merry

Go on, put on some new PJs, pour yourself a warming tipple in the loveliest glassware and tuck into something mouthwatering (Christmas Madeleines are the new mince pies, don’t you know?). If that doesn’t float your boat, our edit is brimming with food, drink, games and more...


Small business spotlight

The inclusive boutique Bunny Hop was founded by Julia, who believes little ones should see themselves represented in the toys they play with – and their diverse collection of dolls is a brilliant place to start. They’re available in a range of skin tones and also include dolls with Down’s syndrome. Helping build a world based on love and acceptance, they make a thoughtful under-the-tree treat for every child.