Twelve Days of Hometown Holidays

Celebrate the season all month long with us!

12 Days of Hometown Holidays kits are available for purchase  for $40 online here or at the Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria St. Each kit includes all of the supplies needed for two people to do each day's craft and a few extra bonuses. 

Starting Dec. 4, we'll post a video on Facebook every day that corresponds to that day's activity. Watch and play along live, or watch them later when it fits your family's schedule. All videos will be posted here as well, so a Facebook account is not required to participate. The videos will remain up all month, so you can complete the activities in any order and start at any time.

Any questions, please contact angie.henley@mansfieldtexas.gov.



Day One: Letters to Santa


Write a letter to Santa on the form we included or on your own paper and drop it off at the Mansfield Activities Center by Friday, Dec. 18 and Santa will reply! Be sure to include your full name and address so the elves at the post office know how to get it to you.

Don't forget to tell him all the ways you were good this year and the  things on your wishlist. He can't wait to hear from you!

Day Two: Gingerbread Tips & Tricks


There's nothing sweeter than the holidays spent with the ones you love, making a mess and making memories! We're sharing our favorite tips and tricks for decorating gingerbread houses. Use the kit included in our 12 Days of Hometown Holidays pack, any store bought house or make your own. There's no limit to the options beyond your imagination and no wrong way to decorate. Have fun and enjoy our ideas and inspiration!

Day Three: Holiday Helpers


Tis the season for showing love and helping others! Today's 12 Days of Hometown Holidays is all about how you can be a Holiday Helper, in your own home or in the community. We've got a very special guest joining us today from the Mansfield Police Department to share some suggestions, and we'd love to see your ideas for being a helper to others this holiday season. 

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Day Four: Storytime with Mrs. Claus

On the fourth day of Hometown Holidays, Mansfield gave to me...a very special storytime with Mrs. Claus! She zoomed in all the way from the North Pole to read a few books generously provided by the Mansfield Public Library. Snuggle up together and listen along with us!

Day Five: Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with us! We're making ornament crafts.

Gather the following supplies to follow along: Cardstock, paint, paintbrush, scissors, hole punch, permanent markers, colored paper, shrinky dink paper or No. 6 plastic, ribbon or ornament hooks

Day Six:  Movie Magic Night

This is perfect holiday movie watching weather, and just in time! Today's 12 Days of Hometown Holidays is all about our favorite films. First, we're making popcorn garland. Then, we've got a fun movie trivia game for the whole family to watch and play along. 

Click here for a handy list of popular movies and where they're streaming, including the ones available for free rental at the Mansfield Public Library. 

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Day Seven: Snow Much Fun


It's a winter wonderland in Mansfield! Let's make snowflakes, snow and s'mores for a holiday treat.

Supplies needed: popsicle sticks, yarn, shaving cream, baking soda and s'mores ingredients.

Day Eight: Merry Mail


Let’s bring out your creative abilities by crafting holiday cards for your whole family! From creating mosaic trees to finger painting snowmen, there is a craft for everyone to enjoy and sure to be a family keepsake to look back on for years to come.

Supplies needed: paper, markers, crayons, tissue paper and school glue.

Day Nine:  Family Game Night

Game on! Our elf has trivia and bingo games for your whole family to play together. For trivia, just write your answers on paper or call them out and see who's the smartest candy cane in your house! To play bingo, download the cards here and watch as he calls out the numbers to see who gets a row of matches first.  Your kit included prize to award to the winners, and some cards you can use to play another round of fun if you want...Happy gaming! 
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Day Ten: Holiday Handprints


All hands on deck for this fun family craft that will be a treasured keepsake for years to come!

The only supplies needed are craft paint, permanent markers and a canvas or paper to be the surface of your artwork. 

Day Eleven: Caroling with an Elf 


The best way to spread cheer is singing loud for all to hear! A special elf from the North Pole came down to sing along with you.

Click here to download our lyric sheet and practice your best carols, then surprise a friend or family member with a curbside carol or video call to show off your musical skills!

Day Twelve: Cookies for Santa


Don't forget to leave a treat out for St. Nick! Learn how to decorate a custom plate with permanent markers in the final video of our series.
Merry Christmas to all, thank you so much for joining the fun!