Holiday Writing Prompts: 53 Amazing Ideas and Topics

Motivate students to reflect upon and celebrate the most festive days of the year using these fun holiday writing prompts.

For most, the holiday season covers the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. However, holiday writing prompts fit any time of the year when celebrating a special day.

Creativity, excitement about writing, and reflection of ideas grow significantly when using these holiday writing prompts.

Here are 53 creative and fun holiday writing prompts for students of all ages.

Holiday Writing Prompts

Find here holiday writing prompts related to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


1. What is your favorite part of Halloween and why?

2. What was the last costume that you wore for Halloween? Why did you choose the costume?

3. Write a short, scary story about a Jack-o-Lantern.

4. What did you last carve on a pumpkin on Halloween? Describe it in detail.

5. What is the scariest creature associated with Halloween and why? Examples include ghosts, mummies, and witches.

6. Write three unique holiday writing prompts about Halloween.

See more Halloween writing prompts.


1. What are you most thankful for during this holiday season and why?

2. The Plymouth colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Write about the foods that were included in the first Thanksgiving meal.

3. Imagine that you can invite a historical figure to Thanksgiving. Who would you invite and why?

4. Write three original holiday writing prompts about Thanksgiving.

See more Thanksgiving writing prompts.


1. What is the main gift that you want to receive this year, and why do you want it?

2. Santa Claus lost his reindeer. What animal will he use to pull his sleigh and why?

3. Write a short story that begins with, “Santa’s elves didn’t know what to do. They had run out of…”

4. Research and write about the histories and traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

5. You need to find the perfect holiday gift for a family member. What is the gift, who receives it, and why?

6. Draft a creative story about the time that you helped Santa deliver presents.

7. Imagine that you are an elf at Santa’s workshop and need to create a new toy. What is the toy? Describe how it looks and how it works.

8. The best gift that I ever received for (Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa) is…

9. Does your family travel during the holidays? If so, where do you go? If not, how do you spend the holidays?

10. What do you like more, giving or receiving gifts? Explain your answer.

11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is not the only reindeer. Write a short story about another reindeer that saves Christmas.

12. How does Santa get into a home without a chimney?

13. Imagine that you live on Candy Cane Lane. Describe what the neighborhood looks like.

14. How many gifts do you normally receive during the holidays? Describe some of your favorite gifts.

15. Write a new version of the classic Christmas story The Night Before Christmas.

16. Imagine that Santa is sick and cannot deliver presents. Write a short story about what happens next.

17. Write a short story that explains the history of Santa’s elves.

18. Would you rather be a snowman, reindeer, or elf? Explain the reasons for your answer.

See more Christmas writing prompts and snowman-themed writing prompts.

More Holiday Writing Prompts

The following holiday writing prompts include special days outside of the traditional holiday calendar.

1. Describe a typical Easter holiday experience for you. What do you see, hear, feel, taste, or smell during this time? See more Easter writing prompts.

2. What activities are best for celebrating Black History Month? See lots more Black History/Martin Luther King Jr. writing prompts

3. Write about some ways to show love and friendship to family plus friends on Valentine’s Day. See more Valentine’s Day writing prompts.

4. Explain the reasons why you think that New Year’s Day is a special occasion. See more New Year’s writing prompts.

5. What is your favorite holiday? Explain what you like about the holiday.

6. People often set goals for the next year. These goals are called “New Year’s resolutions.” Brainstorm at least three New Year’s resolutions, and explain why you choose them.

7. The best part of the holiday season is…

8. What holidays do you and your family celebrate? Describe one or two of the traditions associated with each.

9. Create your own holiday. Give it a name and history. Describe the activities held on your holiday.

10. What holiday tradition do you look forward to each year and why?

11. Try to list as many holidays as you can. Write a short description of each holiday that you list.

12. What is your least favorite holiday tradition? Provide at least three reasons why you dislike the tradition.

13. Write a report on the history of St. Patrick’s Day and summarize how people celebrate it today. See more Patrick’s Day writing prompts.

14. How does your family prepare for the holidays? Do you decorate the house or visit family?

15. Write a short story about a snowman that comes to life.

16. My favorite holiday food is…because…

17. Write a short story about two children who wander into a town made of gingerbread houses.

18. Do you enjoy the snow? Explain your reasons for liking or disliking snow.

19. Write a short poem about the holidays.

20. What is your favorite holiday song? Explain why you like the song.

21. If you could visit another country for the holidays, where would you go and why?

22. What is your least favorite holiday food and why?

23. You get to create a new holiday tradition. Explain how you would celebrate the tradition.

24. Create a list of 10 things that you enjoyed the most this year.

25. Imagine that the school has a snow day, allowing you to stay at home. What do you do with your day off?

26. Create a list of things that people can do for those who are less fortunate during the holidays.

27. You’re an animal in the north pole. What animal are you? Research the animal and discuss their appearance, diet, and habitat.

28. What is your favorite holiday movie? Write a summary about it.

29. Write two or three holiday writing prompts that you think your teacher may like.

These holiday writing prompts explore imaginations, spark creativity, develop writing skills, and encourage students to share their experiences.

So pencil a few of these fun holiday writing prompts into your lesson plan this week.

For support, teach students how to respond to holiday writing prompts.

If you liked these holiday writing prompts, you will love… these seasonal writing prompts for students of all ages.