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31 Fall Hygge Traditions and Activities

31 Fall Hygge Traditions and Ideas will help you slow down and enjoy this gorgeous season.  There’s something about fall that revitalizes the soul. 

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31 Fall Hygge Traditions and Activities - Teapot and cup and saucer with fall foliage
31 Fall Hygge Traditions and Ideas

“Hygge happens when we commit to the pleasure of the present moment in its simplicity. It’s there in the things we do that give everyday life value and meaning, that comfort us, make us feel at home, rooted and generous.” – Louisa Thomsen Brits

Summer flies by at a hurried pace, but fall is the time we allow ourselves to catch up with our bodies and drink in the season’s magic.

Hygge is a term used by the Danish, who has been determined to be the happiest group of people on earth.  It’s a lifestyle that celebrates living in the moment, finding beauty in simplicity, and nurturing yourself and others with coziness.

As trees shed their brightly colored leaves, we should also strive to release the stress and busyness surrounding us.

It’s time to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures and the bounties of the season graciously offered.

This list is not something to add more tension to your life by trying to complete each task, but to offer ideas from which you pick and choose.

How do you pronounce Hygge?

Hygge is not pronounced the way you think it is. “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say it. If you want even more clarification, there are Youtube videos that will help you out.

Woman's hand holding fall leaves
Fall Color

Where did Hygge originate?

The word hygge originally came from Norway.  It’s translation loosely meant well-being. 

The Danish adopted the word as their own, and they embody the hygge lifestyle.  Danes are among the happiest people in the world, and they attribute their happiness in part to hygge. 

What is Hygge?

Hygge cannot be summarized in just a word or even a sentence. 

The best way I can describe it is an outlook on life that focuses on simple pleasures, and taking the time to cultivate more of them in your life. 

It’s when you give your body, mind, and spirit a rest and enjoy the good things in life.  

You take the time to appreciate a sunrise or sunset, reading a book in front of crackling fire, taking the time to savor a delicious mug of gourmet tea, and spending time with friends and family in a comfortable setting. 

What is a Hygge Lifestyle? 

Instead of living your life on autopilot, hygge is a way of life that makes sure you live your life in a way that brings deep contentment to your soul. 

Sometimes the outer things in life (money, power, achievements) aren’t the things that will make us happy.  A hygge life encourages us to look at what truly brings us joy and make sure we include those things in our days. 

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Here are 31 Fall Hygge Activities to Rejuvenate Your Soul:

1. Plant tulips

Orange Fall Tulips in a Field
Orange Fall Tulips in a Field

Planting bulbs in your garden to bloom in spring will be fun for the whole family.

I was fortunate enough to live near tulip farms in Washington State for a while.  Every year, I would head to the tulip farms in April to look at the magical display of blooms dotting the landscape. 

Pale pink and white tulips danced in the front yard of my previous house every spring.  

Occasionally, I would find another color tulip, compliments of my resident squirrels that would dig up neighbor’s tulips and plant them in my yard.  

I love that there are so many different types of flowers to choose from.  They come in with such a wide array of colors too.  

The effort now will give you joy, year after year. October is the best month for planting.

2. Make chili

Fall chili topped with sour cream, cheese and green onions in an orange pot
Fall Chili topped with Sour Cream, Cheese and Green Onions

Nothing says fall like a big pot of chili and some homemade cornbread.

Whether you prefer vegetarian or a hearty, meaty chili, it’s the perfect excuse to invite a few friends over to enjoy a bowl and take note of the crisp autumn air.

I think chili is one of those dishes that make you feel so nourished when autumn starts.  

Maybe it’s because we love creating our own bowls of yumminess by adding our favorite condiments for the utmost perfect fall hygge dish.  

3. Beautiful blessings

Giving Thanks for Blessings - Hands in Prayer at Sunset
Hands in Prayer

Fall is also the season to be thankful for all the abundance in our lives. Instead of just thinking about what we are grateful for, how about writing it all down in a journal?

It’s easy to focus on the negative and our endless to-do lists.  What if we made a daily effort to realize how lucky we really are?

Even the simplest things deserve our gratitude.  Hot water, a roof over our heads, kindness from strangers, and even a rainy day is cause to celebrate.  

Here are 100+ Hygge Journal Prompts to get you started. 

4. Fireplace meal

Homemade Pizza
Homemade Pizza by the Fire

A real fire in a fireplace is simply magical. Cooking a meal in your fireplace is even more extraordinary.

One of the most memorable dinners I went to was to visit one of my cousins in their new home.  

His wife made homemade pasta, and the rest of the meal was placed in foil packets and cooked in a fire in their stone hearth.  

For some reason, that meal tasted better than the ones I’ve eaten in fancy restaurants.  It’s one of my favorite autumn hygge memories that I’ll never forget.

5. Go apple picking

Fall Apple Basket
Fall Apple Basket

Picking apples right off the tree is a fun way to spend a fall hygge day.

You can plan the day with your family or girlfriends and then go home and have a cooking party to make the most out of your bounty.

It’s also a great time to get photographs of your family in such a beautiful setting.  

Apple pies, cider, applesauce, and baked apples are just some ways to enjoy the spoils of the day.

In my previous house, I was lucky enough to have three apple trees full of ready-to-pick apples in October.  I would save up all the apple recipes I wanted to try and go to town that month.  

Fall hygge and apples go hand-in-hand. 

6. Hit the road

Fall Road Trip to Watch the Changing Leaves
Fall Road Trip

Rent a convertible if you can and travel to the best places to see the leaves changing colors. Bring a picnic along to sit under the trees and watch each leaf drift to the ground.

Make sure you bring food that celebrates the season like hot cocoa, pumpkin bread, and soup.

Think about how many fall seasons in the past have whirled that you never had the time to fully experience.

It’s time to slow down and take the time to marinate in all the autumn hygge bounties of the season.  

7. Cabin in the woods

Fall Foliage Cabin in the Woods Overhead Picture
Fall Foliage with Cabin

You might even want to expand your drive and rent a cabin deep in the woods. Make this an annual tradition to enjoy a weekend away from it all and reconnect with loved ones.

Bring along your hiking boots, board games, family photo albums, and camera for a vacation to warm your heart and soul.  

Make sure you unplug from all your devices and spend some time outdoors.

Recently, we went exploring a lake that is a couple hours north of our home.  It would make the perfect place to rent a cabin to take in the changing of the leaves.  

Take a look on a map of the different locations you haven’t had time to explore and see which ones look like a cozy place to stay.  

8. Make pumpkin bread

Fall Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie with Leaf Edges
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

Or pumpkin anything. The arrival of pumpkin patches gives a tug on everyone’s heartstrings.

Carving up a pumpkin and creating baked goods from scratch will signal the start of this beautiful season. The incentive for going to all this trouble is making roasted pumpkin seeds.

Who doesn’t love roasted pumpkin seeds?  They are so darn good. On top of everything, they are a healthy treat!  

One of the simple ways I like to add to pumpkin to my food is by adding one to two tablespoons of pumpkin puree stirred into my oatmeal.  Then I add a little brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice to top it off.  

Here’ some ideas for your hygge fall pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin pie 

Pumpkin muffins 

Pumpkin sheet cake 

Pumpkin cookies 

Pumpkin cheesecake 

Pumpkin milkshakes 

Pumpkin scones 

Pumpkin smoothies 

Pumpkin French toast 

Pumpkin pancakes 

Pumpkin roll 

Pumpkin bundt cake 

Pumpkin donuts 

Pumpkin bars 

Pumpkin fudge 

Pumpkin cookies 

Pumpkin risotto 

Pumpkin dinner rolls 

Pumpkin bread pudding

I think you’re starting to see the endless possibilities…

9. Decorate your front porch

Fall Front Porch with Pumpkins with Mums
Cozy Fall Front Porch

Adding touches of fall to your front porch is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home.

Some fun ideas to get started with on your hygge fall front porch are:

Corn husks 

Straw bales 

Pumpkins and squash 

Fall mums (these are so inexpensive and make your front porch beautiful!) 

Wood “harvest” sign


Leaf garland with fairy lights 

Wreath with miniature pumpkins 

Wooden wagons 

Indian corn 

Hygge Fall welcome mat like this one on Amazon.

Old ladder with plaid quilts 

10. Soup night

Soup Night - Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Fall Soup Night – Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Now that the cool weather is upon us – pick a designated night every week for soup night.  Add a delicious salad and a rustic loaf of bread, and you have yourself a meal everyone will enjoy.

I recently asked the Cozy Living Members what their most memorable bowl of soup was and where did they first taste it?  Quite a few members answered it was their mother’s homemade soup that was the best.  

Soup is a way to build happy memories with your family and friends.  

You might want to try my recipe for To-Die-For Rustic Hungarian Mushroom Soup to start your new tradition. Yes, it really is that good.  

11. Take up knitting

Fall Hobbies - Knitting Needles and Yarn
Fall Hobbies Knitting

Or crocheting. Perhaps needlepoint? Use your hands to create something beautiful for yourself or home.

Spending time on a project that relaxes you is always an excellent way to enjoy a quiet evening at home.

We sometimes forget we need downtime too.  Life is hectic.  Starting a craft that brings tranquility to your life is just what the doctor ordered.  

Here are some ideas on hygge crafts:


This hobby is a bit of an investment, but worth the price.  Handmade pottery is something I collect.  

I think everyone would rather fill their cupboards with items made from the heart, versus things made in a factory.  


I love that adult coloring books have become so popular now.  There’s a reason children like to color so much.  It’s such a creative and relaxing activity.  

There are even hygge coloring books you can buy now.  Here’s one on Amazon.  


Once upon a time, I had a grumpy neighbor.  He was angry all the time and very vocal about his issues with everyone in the little apartment complex where I lived.  

I decided that he was just a lonely, older gentleman that needed a little kindness.  Every day I went out of my way to wave at him and say hello.  At first, my friendliness was not welcome.  He would scowl every time I acknowledged him.  Over time, I wore him down.  

It turns out, he had PTSD from his time spent in the military.  

He ended up becoming a friend.  What was so funny was that everyone in my small apartment unit also became friends with him because of the shift in his outlook.  

What on earth does this have to do with puzzles?  He started a hobby of putting together 3-D puzzles and invited my neighbors over to help him.  He said they helped relax him.  

If puzzles can help a traumatized veteran, I know they can help calm anyone’s nerves. 

For more ideas on starting a hygge craft or hobby, check out 31 Hygge Hobbies to Try.

12. Make a scarecrow

Fall Garden Scarecrow
Fall Garden Scarecrow

A homemade scarecrow in your garden would be fun for the whole family to create.

A scarecrow doesn’t have to wear jeans.  You could have her wear a dress and an apron.  If you’re ambitious, each family member can make one his or her self.

You could use the old clothes that you no longer wear, or hit the thrift stores for a contest who can find the best outfit.   

How about making homemade autumn hygge scarecrows for your friends and family members?  

13. Moonlight fishing

Fall Moonlight Fishing
Fall Moonlight Fishing

There’s something so energizing about the moon. Most of us don’t spend enough time enjoying it.

Have you ever been out fishing at night?  If not, why not?  

Now that darkness arrives earlier, you can head out to the nearest lake and catch your dinner.  

Think of all the beautiful memories you can make with your family by teaching them to marinate in the world’s beauty.   

15. Homestead living

Fall Hygge Homestead Living - Rustic Homemade Bread
Rustic Homemade Bread

Fall is the perfect time to learn a new skill that you can use in your home. Learn to make homemade bread…salty, crusty, chewy bread that will be worth every carb.

How about taking a class on making your own cheese? Or brew your own beer?

One of my friends loves to ferment her food.  She started with a couple of recipes and ended up being the go-to gal for fermenting.  

Spend the hygge fall season becoming an expert in your new skill and when you have mastered it, give your new talent away as Christmas gifts.

15. Cozy nook

Fall Cozy Nook with Coffee and Socks
Fall Cozy Nook

Create a comfortable retreat in one corner of your house to relax in at the end of the day.

Make sure your chair is comfortable, and you have an ottoman. Have a thick blanket nearby and a side table to hold all your books and a cup of tea.

Take the time to nurture yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Making our homes a more peaceful environment is something so important to our lives.  Here are 13 Ways to Create a More Peaceful Home.  

16. Harvest nails

Fall Nails painted yellow and orange with leg warmers
Fall Toe Nails

If you get your nails professionally done, why not add a bit of whimsy to your look by having pumpkins or leaves painted on your fingernails?

If you prefer a simpler look, use fall colors to celebrate the season. Here’s a gorgeous shade of orange nail polish that would be perfect!

17. Candlelight magic

Fall Candle with Autumn Leaves
Fall Candle with Autumn Leaves

With the change of each season comes different smells that we associate with it.

Make your home smell fantastic by burning fall scented candles that bring back happy memories of previous autumns.

There are so many different scents of fall, pick your favorite smell to add the season to your home.  

Some fall candle scent ideas are: 

Snickerdoodle (one of the most popular scents!) 

Here’s a Fall Harvest Set with Hot Cocoa, Pumpkin Spice, and Chai Tea on Amazon. 

18. Board game night

Chess board in front of a sofa

Invite family and friends over for a board game night or put together puzzles for cozy fall nights.

When was the last time you indulged in some old-fashioned fun? To make it easy on yourself, have a potluck.

Old-fashioned favorite games are still fun to play, but now there are so many more games to pick from that will compliment your favorite games.  

There’s even a game devoted to hygge.  You can find that Hygge game here on Amazon.  

Who knows, this might turn out to be a weekly tradition!   

19. Family heirlooms

Autumn Hygge Ideas Heirloom Treasures Rolling Pin Cutting Board and Checkerboard Cloth
Heirloom Treasures

Why do you have family heirlooms tucked away so no one can see them? Break out grandma’s rolling pin and make some gingerbread cookies.

I have a collection of old rolling pins displayed in a wooden basket.  They bring such a nostalgic touch to my kitchen.  

How about warming yourself with grandpa’s coat?  You can display it on a rustic peg rack.

Even inanimate objects have energy, so immerse yourself in awe of knowing someone you treasured used to use your treasured item.

20. Pajama day

Partial photograph of a woman with plaid pajama bottoms drinking coffee and a book

Spend one entire day in your pajamas. Plan a day full of things to relax you.

Start your morning off by enjoying coffee in the backyard and observing nature bustling with life.  

Look through old photos, watch a marathon of your favorite movies, or finally start going through that stack of books you’ve meant to read.

You can also use this day to plan the rest of the year by writing in your journal.  

By giving yourself time, you have more to bless others.

21. Picture perfect

Hygge Fall Images - Close-up of Autumn Leaves
Fall Pictures – Autumn Leaves

Take a hundred photographs capturing what fall means to you.

Is it a slice of apple pie, boots waiting by the front door, or leaves in a stream?  

How about photographing a pile of blankets or even your fall recipes?  

By spending time looking for all the seasonal gifts, you’ll be more thankful for all its abundance.

22. Autumn Coziness

Fall Coziness Dog Sleeping with Teddy Bear under an Orange Blanket
Fall Coziness

One of the reasons I love fall so much is the crisp autumn air.  This morning I went out to walk my dog, and leaves were whirling in the air with a cool breeze.  

I love adding layers of blankets and pillows to my bed and creating a toasty warm refuge.

If your bedroom isn’t comfortable, then make it a priority to change it.

A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, so make sure your bedroom reflects it.  Here’s a chunky blanket that will cozy up any room. 

23. Fall Scavenger hunt

Fall craft picture of a pinecone made into an owl

Create a fall scavenger hunt with your kids.

Give your children baskets to collect their bounties and use the items in your decor or to create fun crafts with them.

You can use leaves, acorns, pinecones, squash, and mini pumpkins to create your works-of-art.  

Make sure you take pictures of all the crafts you create, so you have a reminder of the unforgettable memories you made to look back on and share with future generations.  

24. Autumn Restaurant sampler

Fall Restaurant Food
Fall Restaurant Food

Pick three favorite restaurants or mix with ones that you’ve wanted to try. Make sure they feature seasonal items on their menus.

Go to one restaurant for drinks and appetizers, the next restaurant for the main course, and the last restaurant for dessert.  

Danish people pick restaurants based on the atmosphere.  Look for places that ooze fall hygge.  

25. Spread kindness

Rock Painting with the words Shine Bright and a Feather
Rock Painting

There’s a movement going on in the world, and the purpose is to spread joy.

Get involved in rock painting, and you’ll make new friends, spread hope, and love and make the world a little bit better. Read about becoming a Rock Angel here.

Rock painting is a fun activity that everyone in your family can enjoy.  I love that grandparents find this movement a great way to connect with their grandchildren.  

You don’t have to be an excellent painter to get started.  Some simple designs look great, and even a beginner can master.  

26. Autumn camping

31 Fall Hygge Activities to Rejuvenate Your Soul

Fall is the perfect time to go camping.

The crowded campgrounds are long gone, and you can enjoy state parks without all the hustle and bustle of summer traffic.

There’s a bit of stillness that will soothe your soul during this season.  

Camping is the perfect way to enjoy the season through all your senses.  

The sound of dried leaves as you make your way down forest paths, the smoke of the wood fire, the beauty of a foggy morning, and the taste of roasted marshmallows.

27. Fall bird migration

Fall Bird Migration
Fall Bird Migration

It’s time for migrating birds to head south.  Think about how wonderful this reoccurring event that happens every year, and yet we never have time to enjoy the show.  

Find out what birds in your area will be heading out-of-town and spend an afternoon bird watching.

You can also set up a food and water station to take care of the feathered friends that remain for the winter.

28. Pot pie love

Fall Mushroom Pot Pie Recipe
Fall Mushroom Pot Pie Recipe

There’s something so nostalgic about pot pie.  It even sounds nourishing.  

You can use your favorite herbs, fall vegetables, and meat to create these pots of wonder.  

If you’ve never had homemade pot pie, then its time to head to the kitchen and make your own.  Your family will love you for it.

29. Autumn bike riding

Fall Bike Riding
Fall Bike Riding

Load up your bike’s basket with a thermos of soup and a loaf of bread and take off enjoy fall leaves and the cool air.  

If you don’t have a basket for your bike, you can get an adorable one here.

At first, you can ride to spots close to home.  Once you’ve soaked up all the autumn vibes in your neighborhood, drive your bike to neighboring quaint towns and cruise through the cutest streets.  

Looking at how people like to decorate their front porches is something I make a point to enjoy every season.  

30. Neighborly love

Fall Muffins with Bottles of Milk and Mini Pumpkins
Fall Muffins and Milk

Autumn is the perfect time to reach out to your neighbors and offer bounties from the season.  

You can give them a little fall hygge to start the season off right.

Whip up a batch of maple muffins and put in an orange bag tied with a raffia bow.  

You could include a note of how lucky you are to have them so close to you.

31. Cozy autumn touches

Fall Table with Autumn Place Setting
Autumn Place Setting

As the seasons change,  you change your clothing types and colors.  

Why not do the same to your home?  Fall hygge is about enjoying the season to it’s fullest.  

Add runners to your tables, throw comfy blankets over your chairs and couch, use pops of red, orange, and yellow to your rooms.  

Your mantle is a fun way to showcase each season with garland and fall decor.  

How about your front and back porch?  You can add haystacks to your front porch and set pumpkins and gourds on top.  

One of my previous neighbors loved to decorate her mailbox for each season.  She thought it would bring a little pop of joy to all her neighbors.  

Decorate with gourds, apples, pumpkins, and squash.  You can find out ideas on how to decorate with them here.  

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Fall Hygge Harvest Table

We’ve reached the end of 31 Fall Hygge Activities to Rejuvenate Your Soul.  I hope you enjoyed it.

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Monday 25th of September 2023

I love many of these suggestions, Kelly! Thanks so much for more good ideas

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Holly Whiteside

Thursday 4th of November 2021

First time at your website and I had to laugh when I reached pumpkin. Guess what I have been doing the last three days? I decided to cut up and preserve my jack-o-lantern, made a pie and pumpkin bread, but I have a lot more pumpkin, so I truly appreciate the list!

All of these suggestions are wonderful, and just the kinds of things I love to do. I really appreciate your site. Have a happy fall!


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Hello Holly! It's so funny how much you get from one pumpkin! I'm so glad you made some seasonal recipes. Yesterday I made vanilla muffins from an OLD recipe. Unfortunately the recipe wasn't that great - but fall is definitely for baking. Thank you so much for letting me know. Kelly

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