What Is A Christmas Eve Box?

By | 03/12/2017

A Christmas Eve Box For The Night Before Christmas

I was perusing Pinterest the other day and discovered a ‘thing’ that I’d never heard of before: The Christmas Eve Box.

This is a decorated box (you can make it or buy it) that is filled with little presents and activities. It is given to younger children on 24th December to help to break up the anticipation of the next day.

This is an example of a pre-made Christmas Eve Box available to buy on Amazon. It contains a Santa Tracker, party hats, magic snow, Christmas socks among other things.

Christmas Eve Box


What do you put in a Christmas Eve Box?

A Family Board Game

A Christmas Eve Box may contain a family board game to play on Christmas Eve. See our post on Games For Christmas for ideas. The family game that came out top of ITV’s recent show How To Spend It Well At Christmas was Don’t Be A Donkey by John Adams.

Christmas Eve Box

A DVD For Your Christmas Eve Box

Pick a recent DVD that everyone will be excited to see. Ideas include Despicable Me 3, The Emoji Movie, Beauty And The Beast and Descendants 2 (check age-suitability of course).

New Pyjamas

A few people have mentioned to me that one of their family traditions is new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Also, in recent years there has been a trend for the whole family to wake up on Christmas morning in the same Christmassy PJs. Just take a look at the Twitter/Instagrams of famous celebs to see theirs. The Elf pyjamas below come in sizes for the whole family!

Christmas Eve Box Christmas Pyjamas

A Special Personalised Dressing Gown

We love these personalised dressing gowns for ages six months – 5 years.

Christmas Eve Box

A Christmas Book

Here’s some of our favourite Christmas books (check age-suitability of course) and see our post on Christmas books.

Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

Other Things You Could Add To Your Christmas Eve Box

  • Christmas colouring book and pencils
  • Hot chocolate for bed-time treat – perhaps using those chocolate stirrers
  • Special bubble bath
  • Christmas sweets such as candy canes, chocolate coins or chocolate snowmen
  • Some oats and carrots to leave out for the reindeer

You could always add a treasure hunt so the kids have to find the Christmas Eve box.

Of course you’ll need a box. It could be a large Christmas Gift Box (Paperchase has some fabulous ones this year) or just a plain cardboard box you recycle from all the packaging that comes with online shopping. Or you could buy one that comes out every year. We like this wooden one which measures W50 cm x D28 cm x H28 cm.

Christmas Eve Box

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