Christmas Party Themes

Christmas offers a unique opportunity to create themes for your holiday parties. This Christmas party themes guide will help make holiday entertaining fun for you and your guests.

Christmas Themes 101

Whether you host a cookie swap or craft circle, a theme party is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family, and create lasting memories too. A holiday party theme like caroling or cookie decorating can inspire new traditions and get everyone into a giving mood. It also creates an occasion where loved ones can meet and mingle while you keep the activity on track. Hosting a tree-trimming or gift-wrapping party is a ton of fun, and can also help shorten your Christmas to-do list. Arrange some simple snacks, beverages and festive music, then relax and let the holiday spirit take over.

Party Theme Ideas


Gingerbread House Decorating Party

A gingerbread house decorating party is sure to bring smiles to the faces of adults and children, and a delightful aroma to your kitchen. Give each guest their own gingerbread house and let them decorate with a selection of sweets, colourful candies and icing. Pull the theme together with Christmas party ideas like candy cane-striped invites, child-size aprons and chef hats, gumdrop centerpieces and mini-trees trimmed with treats. Add a game of checkers with candy pieces for an even sweeter celebration.

Re-gifting Party or Gift Swapping Party

If you’re looking for a holly, jolly time, a re-gift exchange is a fun and festive take on the traditional gift swap, and a great excuse to get together with friends. Ask each guest to bring an unloved present from a Christmas past or buy an inexpensive, novelty item, wrapped and ready to swap for something else. Guests can draw a number and pick from the pile of Christmas cast-offs, or pluck someone else’s. Add some festive treats and appetizers to the mix and a memorable night is guaranteed.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

An ugly holiday sweater party is sure to generate belly laughs and good cheer while stirring up some seasonal spirit. Encourage your pals to wear their craziest Christmas knits, hats, scarves and sweaters. They’ll have fun comparing and mocking their favourite holiday fashion faux pas, and taking pictures for scrapbooks or sharing online. Award prizes for best and worst sweaters, and serve ugly sweater-clad gingerbread man cookies. Deck the halls with tacky holiday towels and toilet cozies to set your fete apart. 

Holiday Crafting Party

A holiday crafting party lets you and your guests check off holiday to-do items while enjoying each other’s company. It’s a low-stress way to introduce newcomers or reunite old friends in a light and fun atmosphere. Set up tables with craft supplies and let your guests craft Christmas cards, stamp their own gift wrap and create holiday ornaments. Don’t forget to set a kids’ table to keep them busy on their own holiday projects. Serve drinks and snacks and crank up the carols to encourage all to discover their creative side.

Holiday Movie Marathon

Kindle some Christmas spirit with holiday movies. It can start out kid-friendly, with classics like Elf or A Christmas Story. Once little ones are asleep, you might fancy a grown-up flick like Love Actually and add Christmas party games to the mix. Keep the audience merry by serving nibbles and drinks inspired by each film; for example, mulled wine for It’s a Wonderful Life or hot cocoa for The Polar Express.

Christmas Carol Karaoke Night

Bring jingle and joy to your next holiday party by hosting a Christmas carol karaoke for friends and family. Buy or rent a home karaoke machine and rock out to everyone’s favourite holiday jams. This fun twist on traditional caroling is sure to crank up the holiday spirit for young and old alike, but make sure your playlist or CD picks include enough musical styles to please everyone on your guest list. Set up a stage, string colourful lights, add fun props for photo ops and include prizes for a merry and memorable night

Trim the Tree

A tree-trimming party lets your nearest and dearest share the tradition of decorating the tree. Set up a Christmas tree, string the lights and have each guest bring an ornament to hang. You can thank your guests with a small wrapped gift like homemade goodies, or an ornament for their own tree. If you’d like to stick to a theme, you can go traditional with the Family Heirloom Collection or add glitz and glamour with the Glory Gold Collection. The Winter Lodge motif calls forth a snowbound woodsy cabin, and the Merry & Bright assortment lets you really get creative. You can also set out mini trees for the littlest elves on your list to decorate so you’ll have table top trees for every corner. Crank up your favourite carols, serve egg nog and desserts and everyone will have a fun, festive time. 

Cookie Exchange

Take advantage of some classic cookie recipes by playing host to a cookie exchange. Send the link of cookie recipes to friends and family and encourage everyone to bake up a batch of sugary goodness for the party. Mix up your recipe suggestions to ensure a wide variety of yummy fare for all. Remember, some guests will love super-sweet cookies while others will prefer a little less sugar. Invite all to swap recipes while comparing and tasting. Serve festive drinks, and distribute takeout boxes so everyone has treats to take home. 

Christmas Party Tips:

• Make a shopping list so you have everything on hand to make Christmas parties easy and effortless
• Set the mood with a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday music suited to all tastes
• Serve a variety of appetizers and finger foods to encourage mingling
• Use natural accents such as pine cones for inexpensive decor and ambience
• Consider a self serve punch bowl or beverage table including glasses and garnishes so guests can refresh their own drinks
• Ask guests to bring a beverage or party favour to suit your theme and encourage conversation
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