18 Special Christmas Eve Essentials Perfect for Waiting for Santa

Jill Holtz

December 1, 2020

Christmas Eve Essentials

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It’s Christmas Eve! The excitement is building, the kids are up to high-doh, the sense of anticipation is magical. So while you wait for Santa to arrive, we have worked with Onesieful to compile our list of 18 Special Christmas Eve Essentials Perfect for Waiting for Santa.

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Christmas Eve is one of the most special nights of the year. Children around the world are getting ready for the arrival of Santa. They are giddy and excited waiting to see if Santa was able to get them the gifts that were on their list.

We have teamed us with Irish company Onesiful to bring you a list of Christmas Eve essentials that are perfect for waiting for Santa to arrive.

18 Christmas Eve Essentials

#1. Cuddly Christmas Onesies/Jammies


Christmas onesies or pyjamas for the kids to put on after their bath or shower (so you’re all clean for Santa!).

You can order these online for adults and children, from Irish company Onesieful.

From unicorns to dinosaurs, lions to monkeys, Christmas to Easter, Wonder Woman to Spiderman, Hello Kitty to Cookie Monster, Minnie to Friends and even the Primark range they have the Onesie for you! So many to choose from, the selection really has to be seen to be believed.

They are great for keeping warm and cozy while waiting for Santa. Don’t forget to check out their PJs and hoodies range also.

#2. Cosy Dressing Gowns

The kids will look extra cuddly in their onesies or PJs with a cosy dressing gown.

#3. Fluffy Warm Footwear

And to keep their tootsies warm as they run around excited, a pair of fluffy warm slippers or socks.

#4. Christmas Treats For Late Night Visitors!

here comes santa claus

You’ll need some teats to leave out for Santa and the reindeer. We usually leave a Christmas cookie or two, a glass of something for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph in our house!

#5. Christmas Music

Whether you are into carols or Christmas pop songs, it’s essential to have that music on in the background, it really gets everybody into the mood! Check out our Mykidstime Hip Christmas playlist on Spotify for something a bit different!

#6. A Classic Christmas Movie

Christmas Eve wouldn’t be the same without watching a classic Christmas movie together. Our favourites are The Snowman or Elf or Home Alone. Or if we have time, all three!

#7. One Gift To Open

hot toys for Christmas 2020

In our house, everyone gets to choose and open one small gift on Christmas Eve.

I’ve also heard recently about parents giving their kids a Christmas Eve Box with some of these Christmas Eve essentials in them like jammies and hot chocolate mix which I think is a lovely idea.

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#8. Christmas Stockings

Need we say more?

#9. An Open Fire

As the Christmas classic song goes, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” and an open fire really is the biz (if you have a fireplace) for making it feel perfectly Christmassy.

#10. Suitable Christmas Apparel For Mum And Dad

If you can persuade Mum and Dad to put on their Christmas jumpers or a Christmas onesie then they’ll look just the part. Or failing that a set of reindeer antlers or a pair of Christmas socks!

#11. Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows

hot chocolate Christmas Eve essentialsIt’s just the deliciousness of the hot chocolate with melted marshmallows that makes it feel Christmas Eve-ish.

#12. Christmas Drink For Mum And Dad

Yes, Mum and Dad are definitely ready for a glass of bubbly or a cocktail! (Especially if they have a complex toy to assemble or even a trampoline as we did one Christmas Eve!)

#13. Reindeer Food

A bag of Magic Reindeer Food to sprinkle in the garden to let the Reindeers know where to come!

#14. Candles

I love a Christmas-scented candle or putting tealights in my Christmas holders, there’s something so soft and gentle about candle light. (Just remember to keep an eye on them at all times and blow them out at bedtime!)

#15. A Gingerbread House

gingerbread house Christmas Eve essentials

A proper Gingerbread House is lovely to break pieces off and nibble on. Or how about baking this easy but stunning gingerbread village?

#16. Santa Tracker

You must have the Santa Tracker up and following progress on the tablet or laptop!

#17. A Family Board Game

We like to play a family board game together on Christmas Eve, it helps pass the time too. Some favourite board game suggestions from Mykidstime parents.

#18. A Christmas Bedtime Story

And of course when your kids are tucked up in bed, there’s nothing nicer than reading a Christmas bedtime story together. Here are our favourite Christmas stories.

Have your say. Is there anything we have missed on our Christmas Eve Essentials list? Tell us in the comments below!


Christmas Eve Essentials List

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Published On: December 1st, 2020 / Categories: For Parents, Things To Do / Last Updated: March 31st, 2021 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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