5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays During a Pandemic

If the Chinese calendar were based on current events, then rather than it being a rat year (which actually feels about right), 2020 would likely be dubbed the Year of the Zoom! If my opening joke didn’t make you chuckle, then either you’re one of the lucky (or unlucky depending on your perspective) people whose employment cannot be performed remotely, or you don’t have minor children struggling to adapt to new distance learning formats at home.  

Either way this year we all inevitably find ourselves seeking new and adaptive ways to enjoy ourselves and maintain some semblance of happy and productive lives. And especially as we face the approaching holiday season, in which we typically enjoy socially un-distancing ourselves with close friends and family, we will undoubtedly be hard-pressed to find new ways to enjoy all of our old customs.  

With that in mind, try checking out these five family-friendly wintry activities that can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of your own home! 

See the lights without the drive

Take this Virtual Christmas Light Tour that highlights some of the best public displays in 20 of the western United States.  

Virtual Christmas Light Tour! 

Holiday fun for the whole family!

The Big American Winter Holiday Musical Spectacular! 

Watch this family-friendly holiday comedy musical concert: The Big American Winter Holiday Musical Spectacular. Sign up here to get a link to the free online show.

A warm night at home
Snow without the cold

Watch a digital fireplace or falling snow. There’s nothing better than curling up with a hot beverage and watching the fire crackle or snow fall, even if it is YouTube video! For a fuller effect, bounce it to your smart TV for a comfy sofa cuddle session!  

Crackling Logs in a Fireplace 

Beautiful Falling Snow 

Choose your own Advent Adventure

Create and share an online Advent Calendar. Each day can bring your friends and family a laugh or a warm “awwww” depending on what images you choose to include. What a cool way to connect and remember what matters most during the holidays! 


See a preview here

Check out how some other cultures celebrate the winter months, like this annual festival held in Japan that exhibits some of the most amazing snow sculptures in the world! 

Sapporo Snow Festival – Best Sculptures of 2018