5 Fun COVID-Friendly Holiday Activities

Kelly McGarry, Staff Writer

During the pandemic, it seems like the activities people can partake in are limited. With this list, that will not be the case anymore.

  1. Go on a Randonaut journey

Get the Randonautica/Randonaut Location Generator from the app store to go on a fun journey. Indicate the distance you would travel and come up with an intent to give meaning to the journey. For example, if you want to see something beautiful, you set your intent of the trip to ‘beauty’. The app will select a random place and your goal is to travel there! It’s a fun way to get out and move during the pandemic.


  1. Bake a Christmas cake from a foreign country

What’s not to love about cake? Learn about a new culture and tradition all the while making delicious sweets!

Some Examples:

  1. France: Bûche de Noël is a traditional French Christmas cake that is shaped like a log. It is a great treat for those that love dark chocolate.

Find recipe here

  1. India: The Allahabadi is a rum cake that consists of a traditional Indian candy called petha with a splendid mix of different spices.

Find recipe here

  1. Germany: The Black Forest Cherry Cake is a chic and scrumptious chocolate cake with lots of whipped cream, cherries, and dark chocolate chips.

Find recipe here

  1. Turkey: The Revani is one of the most popular Turkish cakes with variations in Greece, Egypt, Israel, and beyond. This is the perfect cake for those that love citrusy flavors. The simple mix of semolina, lemon, and orange makes this an easy bake for any beginner.

Find recipe here


  1. Learn a new language

Impress your friends with your new language skills after the break! Whether it be Chinese or Finnish, there is a world beyond Duolingo! Babbel, Drops, and Memrise are excellent apps to learn languages in a fun and innovative way.


  1. Watch a horribly rated Christmas movie

Sometimes a show or movie can be so bad that it becomes good. Have a laugh with your friends and family and be entertained with some Razzie-award-worthy movies this Christmas. A quick search on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes can give you extensive lists of some of the worst-rated Christmas movies of all time.


  1. Virtual Secret Santa

Use Elfster to make a wish list and draw names. There is also a special ‘hint’ feature on Elfster to give clues to the person you are giving your gift to. Once it is gift-giving time, secretly mail/drop-off Secret Santa gifts to your person’s house! After giving and receiving gifts, assemble on zoom to open gifts and guess your Secret Santa!