15 Inclusive Ways To Celebrate the Holiday Season at School

Winter-time traditions your whole school will love.

Examples of inclusive holiday celebrations

The holiday season is in full swing! Think beyond the holiday party and find time to make sure holiday inclusivity happens at your school. It’s easy to create special seasonal traditions for your school—events kids will look forward to year after year. And better yet, your school can do this while still being inclusive of a variety of traditions and cultures in your community.

1. Host an all-school seasonal read

Awesome Winter Picture Books

This is such a sweet idea. There are many wonderful inclusive seasonal reads that your community will love. At your next all-school assembly, pick one student to unwrap a short book, and then have a special guest read it in front of the whole school.

2. Get some Sneaky Cards

Everyone has the capacity to spread kindness at this time of year. Sneaky Cards are super-fun cards that give the holder a special joy-boosting mission.

3. Play bingo for prizes

Source: Jeff Veal on Twitter

Joyful adults create fun and productive learning experiences for kids. What could be more joy inducing than all-faculty bingo? Announce numbers between periods and give away awesome prizes!

4. Popcorn bars are easy to make


Source: East Aurora High School on Twitter

Get some cute seasonal bags so teachers can grab their popcorn and go. This is a cheap and easy treat with big returns.

5. Let the band play

Source: Tamara Letter on Twitter

What a great idea! Students are no doubt already practicing for their winter concert, so why not give them another chance to show off? Bonus points if you post the pictures on Twitter.

6. Give the gift of gratitude

Source: Tara Martin on Twitter

Gratitude is the best gift. Is someone knocking it out of the park these days? Is there someone whose kindness makes you smile every day? Now is the time to recognize them and say thanks.

7. Host a holiday food drive

Source: Russ Schwartz on Twitter

Do good by supporting members of your community who need extra support. Make it into a competition and reward the winners with a “pajama and hot cocoa” day!

8. Send a joy email each day

Source: JoAnne Duncan on Twitter

Here’s a brilliant idea: For one week, document joy all over your building. Ask teachers and other staff to contribute pictures. At the end of the day, send out a joy dispatch to your whole community.

9. Set the tone with fun accessories

That’s right. If this is your thing, December is your time to shine! Wear all your loudest and most whimsical holiday sweaters, and watch the instant smiles.

10. Make a selfie station

Harness the power of the selfie! Bring in winter-related props to make a selfie station that celebrates the season. Make a hashtag on social media to find what your community creates. Collect, print, and then display them in the hallways.

11. Celebrate the outdoors

Source: Michelle Edwards on Twitter

Wait until January to stay inside. Now is the time for enjoying the season! It’s easy and fun to organize outdoor activities that celebrate the season.

12. Music can enhance the celebration

Jazz up passing time with holiday music! Each day, create a new playlist that includes the Frozen soundtrack or holiday music from around the world. Let kids and faculty get in on the fun with chances to make musical requests.

13. Show gratitude on wheels with a snack cart

One thing is for sure: This is one of the busiest times of year. As much as they want to, it might be hard for teachers to make it out of their classrooms for even the smallest reprieve. Take your show on the road with this brilliant snack cart to hand-deliver some goodies.

14. Movie time is magical

Source: Bobbie French on Twitter

Everyone loves a movie day. All-school film viewings are a great way to build memories together! Kids never forget these kinds of experiences.

15. Create a thank-you-note station


We all know that small gestures have a big impact. Offer your team an opportunity to say thank you to one another by setting up a thank-you-card station. Keep the cards seasonal to maximize inclusivity.

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