Winter events for Children's Ministry

As we fall into all things pumpkin spice, trunk or treat, and giving thanks, we think it’s a great time to ponder what it will feel like walking in a winter wonderland! Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. And the truth is . . . it’s never too early to start thinking about the winter events your ministry will host this Christmas!

What events are dancing like sugar plums in your head? Or, are there some events that you need to take a cue from Elsa and let it go?

Wherever you are in the holiday planning process, there are a few fun events to consider hosting this winter. Besides, what better way to engage families and partner with parents than FUN?


Winter Events for Your Children’s Ministry

For some winter church events this holiday season, check out the list below:


1. Jingle Jam

Looking for a celebratory winter event that will bring families together in your community? Jingle Jam has everything you need to host a memorable Christmas event this season. Kids and families will come together for a night of worship, celebration, games, and the Christmas story. Not to mention, you can grab the Jingle Jam Free Event Kit with graphics, games, planning files, promotional materials, production, and more.

For some added fun, your ministry could throw an after party for families. Get creative with holiday celebrations and complete the decor with Gingerbread House centerpieces, a hot cocoa bar, reindeer games . . . OH MY!


2. Kids’ Night In and Parents’ Night Out

Imagine a winter event where you could partner with parents, lead small, and mobilize service at the same time?! A Kids’ Night In or Parents’ Night Out event at the church will have you winning on multiple levels! Start by inviting the student ministry to lead the children. By creating a space where small group leaders can build relationships with their few, kids will have fun and develop impactful relationships within the ministry.

While kids are having fun, you are simultaneously equipping families to have a date night or single parents’ night out. For date night ideas to give to the parents in your ministry, take a look at To be sure, the parents, kids, and students in your ministry will be blessed big-time by this fun winter event!


3. Compassion Giving Tree

The holiday season is a wonderful time to equip families in teaching their kids about the importance of giving. What better way to do this than by creating opportunities for families and kids to serve together?

This Christmas, join Compassion International and get a Giving Tree for your children’s ministry space. The kids in your ministry will be able to select an ornament off the tree to help a child or family in need all around the world. Ornaments on the Giving Tree include everything from a $10 Bible for a child to providing chickens for a family as a source of food and income! What an incredible way to instill in children the impact of serving others.


4. Create a Rhythm in the New Year

Once the fast-paced cheer of the holidays settle, families will desire a routine and rhythm to start the new year. As your families naturally look for that New Year’s reset button, lean in. You can equip them with new resources and tools to take their next faithful step. Here are a few ideas to help parents create a rhythm this New Years:

  • Gift your families with an Advent Christmas calendar to count the days to Christmas while keeping Christ at the center.
  • Engage parents where they are already looking on social media with the Winter Social Media Kit for Parents.
  • Host a Parenting Through the Phases winter event or start a Phases small group to challenge parents in maximizing the time they have at home with their children.

We can’t wait to see your creative genius!


Elementary and Preschool Theme Events

Each month, host a fun family winter event to engage families within your ministry. Here are some ideas for both elementary and preschool ministries:


Elementary Theme Events

November: Family bike ride

December: Jingle jam

January: Family game night


Preschool Theme Ideas

November: Plant a Flower event or visit a local park or garden

December: Alphabet Soup or Alphabet Letters gift give away

January: Preschool FX. Visit a local bookstore for story time or host your own


The possibilities are endless! We would love to hear from you about all of your creative themes and ideas. Be sure to add your ideas below and/or share them with your OS.

Feeling a little stuck on ideas in this season? Post a question on our Partners Facebook page or schedule a brainstorm session with your OS. We are better together!

Cheering you on!