Christmas around the world

Christmas around the world- pupils in santa hats in circle around the world

Christmas craft: Christmas around the world

Inspire a deeper appreciation for our own traditions, while fostering an understanding of the incredible diversity that enriches our vibrant world. Let’s instil in our young learners the spirit of unity and togetherness that this joyous season brings. 

Discover a few Christmas traditions around the world to share with your class and start a discussion of each child’s traditions to learn from each other more. 

Mexico (Las Posadas)

This nine-day celebration reenacts Mary and Joesph’s search for a place to stay. Encourage children to create their own nativity scene using crafts and then act out the story together. Click here for inspiration on creating a cherished nativity scene.


Christmas around the world- Mexico celebration nativity scene

Spain (Roscón de Reyes)

Why not let children try a traditional Spanish treat like Roscón de Reyes. A Roscón de Reyes is a traditional Spanish brioche-like sweet bread eaten the night before or the morning of Reyes or King’s Day (6th January). This day celebrates Epiphany, when the Three Kings came to visit the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.


Christmas around the world- roscon de reyes treat in spain

India (Diwali)

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a major Hindu festival celebrated with the lighting of lamps and fireworks. Why not have a creative arts and crafts session and watch creativity light up with some fun Diwali crafts? 


Christmas around the world paper lantern craft Diwali

Germany (Christkindlmarkt)

German Christmas markets, known as Christkindlmarkt, are a central part of the holiday season. Why not create a mini-marketplace activity where kids can set up “stalls” and play pretend? Use our outdoor playhouse as a festive set to unleash pupils’ imaginations.


Christmas around the world- outdoor playhouse for german market

South Africa (Braai)

In South Africa, Christmas is often celebrated with a Braai, a traditional barbecue. Why not set up a “Christmas Braai” activity where kids can safely pretend to cook outdoors? Doing this can foster a sense of communal celebration among children. Our tabletop BBQ is perfect for this activity.


Christmas around the world- tabletop BBQ for Baai play South Africa

More ways you can bring the joy of Christmas into the classroom!

  • Create a festive fireplace, perfect for a Christmas display or even as a stage prop.
  • Make gingerbread house cards with this set. Great for children to give to loved ones.
  • Decorate a nutcracker with our kit to display around the classroom.


Share these festive traditions with your pupils for them to gain a sense of what Christmas around the world is like. Focusing on other traditions is vital for children as they deepen their understanding of other people and cultures. Try out the activities and discuss everyone’s traditions to further reinforce this understanding while having fun.

For more Christmas inspiration, check out our festive friend’s craft!

<a href="" target="_self">Amber Vaccianna</a>

Amber Vaccianna

Hope blog writer

28 September 2023

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