15 Christmas Inspired Pretend Play Ideas

It’s no secret that my children love pretend play so today I have gathered together 15 fun and fabulous, Christmas inspired pretend play ideas for those children who love to imagine and pretend. Some are small world ideas and others are larger, themed dramatic play spaces but all of them are simple to set up and are great for free play – engaging your children so that you can get all of that last minute Christmas preparation done I’m hoping!

15 Christmas Inspired Pretend Play Ideas

Pretend Play Ideas

Christmas sleigh play

1. A Magical Sleigh Ride via My Little Bookcase.

Santa's Workshop pretend play ideas

2. Santa’s Workshop Wrapping Station via Childhood 101.


3. Christmas Card Making Station via Childhood 101.

15 Christmas Pretend Play Ideas

4. Christmas Pretend Play Corner and Book Corner via My Little Bookcase

5. Christmas Cookie Baking Play via Edventures with Kids.

6. Sugar Plum Factory via Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.

Igloo play ideas

7. Indoor Igloo via My Little 3 and Me.

Small World Ideas

15 Christmas Small World Play Ideas

8. Gingerbread Rice Christmas Village via Childhood 101.

9. Pine Scented Christmas Small World via Picklebums.

10. Christmas Playdough Village via Creative Play Central.

Christmas tree-small-world

11. Christmas Tree Small World via Buggy and Buddy.

15 Christmas Small World and Pretend Play Ideas

12. White Christmas Wooden Train Play via Play Trains.

13. Small World Snow Scene via My Little 3 and Me.

14. Small World Train Play via Little Bins for Little Hands.


15. Snowy Small World via One Time Through.

Have fun playing pretend this Christmas!


  1. I adore the train play! I think I’ll have to get the cotton wool and some teeny gifts and set up our wooden railway with a Christmas theme sometime next week.

  2. How fun! I love the sleigh idea! We always have fun decorating our train table for Christmas!

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