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Looking for fun things to do this Christmas with your family? There’s plenty of local events and things you can do at home this year, and here are our top 10!

1. Make Christmas cards
We may live in the age of iPhones and social media, but a homemade, handwritten card still goes a long way. Break out the glitter and cardboard and get crafty!

2. Leave some snacks out for Santa
On Christmas Eve Santa is clearly going to be having a very busy night and could probably do with some snacks! Leave out homemade cookies, hot chocolate, and reindeer food (oats mixed with glitter).

3. Visit the Troppo Treasure Market
These markets feature a vast array of stalls, amusements, and entertainments, turning a trip to the shop into a fun family activity. At Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre, every second Sunday of the month, 7:00am.

4. Create a list of your favourite Christmas songs
Collect all those timeless, nostalgic songs onto a CD or playlist and listen to them wherever you go. Music is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit, and if you’ve picked out the tunes together, you’ll all be bopping along together!

5. Bake Christmas cookies
This is the perfect time for seasonal baking. Get the kids involved in the kitchen and bake some delicious gingerbread men or cinnamon-spiced cookies.

6. Throw a Christmas party
What better way to get together with your friends (or the kids and their friends) than a Christmas party? Lots of games, hot chocolate and cookies, perhaps exchange some small gifts, too!

7. Get your picture taken with Santa
Head down to Caneland Central or Mount Pleasant Centre to meet Santa Clause and the elves, and have your little one’s picture taken. Photos available daily until Christmas Eve.

8. Write a letter to Santa
Help your children write a letter to Santa asking for whatever it is that they would like. Photocopy the letter for a keepsake, it’ll make a great memory for them to look back on in adulthood.

9. Make paper snowflakes
Enter the town of Bethlehem where there will be a puppet show, face painting, animal farm, Christmas carols and more. At Sarina Cultural Hall and Anzac Park Precinct, Saturday 9th December, 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

10.Create Christmas tree ornaments
Personalise your ornaments by adding names, dates or your child’s handprints to your home-made decorations. You could even hang your child’s school photo in the tree.