Finding Holiday Entertainment that Won’t Break the Bank

Holiday entertainment doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many special events this time of year that are beautiful and sure to spread the holiday spirit. In fact, some of the best things worth experiencing this time of year cost little or nothing at all.

Want to be sure you’re taking advantage of everything the season has to offer?

  1. Make a list of your favorite activities
  2. Explore what’s happening locally
  3. Then, review your budget to ensure nothing will push you over your spending limit.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Outdoor Light Displays

One of the best things about the holiday season is the decorations. And is there anything better than an outdoor light display? Your kids, nieces or nephews will especially appreciate a tour of holiday lights in your area. Don’t just drive by in the daytime. It’s the perfect opportunity to bundle up and take a walk with family or friends. Light displays are meant to be admired. They’re also one of the cheapest ways to spread joy and holiday spirit.

Live Choral Music

‘Tis the season to be singing. If there’s one thing you’re sure to find this time of year it’s music. More specifically, choral music. And they do much more than perform Christmas carols, although those are great, too. If you want to have some fun with your family, do a Google search for choirs and other singing groups. Find out where they perform. There’s nothing more festive than sharing cheerful holiday tunes at a park or inside a performance venue.

Kids Shows & Craft Activities

It’s not a holiday if kids aren’t involved or having fun. And when it comes to festive ideas for children, the sky is the limit. Here are just a few child-oriented ideas you may choose from:

  1. Kids’ play
  2. Kids’ holiday chorus
  3. Live readings of holiday stories
  4. Craft activities at libraries
  5. Community center activities
  6. School shows

Whether your kid prefers skating, sports, or something else entirely, find out what’s happening in your area. It shouldn’t be about spending a ton of dough, but spending time together. What children remember is the adults who spend time with them or go out of their way to show them a good time.

Visit a Tree Farm

There is something magical about tree farms. Between the fresh smell of pine needles and the crisp air all around you, this activity is great for people who love a more traditional, outdoorsy holiday experience. There may be other charming holiday decorations to explore, such as freshly made wreaths for your doors, or poinsettias and mistletoe for an event you plan to attend.

Holiday Movies, Gift Wrapping, Tree Decorating and Hot Cocoa

If you’re more of an indoor soul, there’s nothing like streaming or renting your favorite holiday movie and curling up with a hot cup of cocoa to watch it.

The great thing about doing activities at home is they can always be combined with other things, such as baking, gift wrapping, and tree trimming. Invite someone special over who you haven’t seen in a while! People get busy, and sometimes they forget to reach out to connect with others. Make this season about reconnecting with people and catching up.

Be Financially Prepared: Visit Currency Exchanges (CCEAs) in Illinois and Midwest

Being financially prepared for all the fun activities on your calendar will take some of the angst out of holiday planning. At Currency Exchanges throughout the Midwest, we have many services to help you stay on top of your financial obligations:

  • Check cashing
  • Loading up debit cards
  • Electronic bill payment
  • Money transfers
  • Auto title & registration
  • Much more

Visit Community Currency Exchange (CCEA) online, or stop by the location closest to you.

Some cash next to a boxed gift.

With over 350 locations, many open nights, weekends, and holidays (and several stores with 24/7 availability), you can rest easy knowing your financial needs can be taken care of when you need them most. We’re in the heart of every community. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.