Fun Christmas Party Themes to Try This Year

Getting loved ones together at Christmas is one of the things that makes it so special, so arranging festive parties is what it’s all about. Creating a party based on a theme makes it even more fun and memorable, and you can tailor the food, activities and decorations to suit. Here are a few ideas for party themes worth trying!

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Ugly Sweater Extravaganza

An ugly Christmas sweater party is an easy one- most people own a Christmas jumper already and if not they can pick them up really easily and cheaply. You could even encourage your guests to make their own, the sillier, wackier and tackier the better! You’ll all have such a laugh looking at each others hideous sweaters, and you could give our prizes for the best (ie, the worst!) 


Winter Wonderland

Think clear twinkling lights and shimmering decorations- a winter wonderland theme is a classy one and would be ideal for a dinner or cocktail party that you want to be special and magical. You could encourage your guests to dress in colours like white and silver to enhance the wintry atmosphere. Christmas is often a time to go all out with fun and tackiness, but sometimes it’s nice to scale it back and go with something more elegant and serene, if thats what you’re after this could be the perfect theme for you. 


Santa’s Workshop

This is a nice one for the kids, set up Santas grotto/ workshop in your space. You can decorate your space with oversized candy canes, wrap up big boxes to look like presents and as activities, set up crafting stations for DIY ornaments, wreaths or Christmas cards. 


Retro Christmas

If you and your friends forever say things like ‘Christmas isn’t like what it used to be’, why not take a step back in time?! Bring a touch of nostalgia to your celebration with a Retro Christmas theme- deck out your space in vintage decor like brightly coloured lights, lots of tinsel and decorations hung from the ceiling.  Encourage guests to dress in styles reminiscent of past decades and play classic holiday tunes from different eras. For food, revisit the classics like prawn cocktail served in a wine glass, cheese and pineapple on sticks and sherry trifle!


Christmas Movie Marathon

If you want more of a laid back party then why not go with a cozy movie night by choosing a festive film marathon theme. Create a festive movie lineup featuring classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Home Alone.” Set up a viewing area with blankets and pillows, and encourage guests to come in their favorite Christmas pajamas. Serve popcorn, hot cocoa, and holiday snacks and settle in for a night of tasty treats and good company without having to pull out all the stops as the hostess. 


Christmas Murder Mystery

A Christmas Murder Mystery party is a festive and engaging way to spice up your celebrations. Your guests all become characters in a Christmas-themed ‘whodunnit’, dressed in holiday attire and working together to solve a mystery. The atmosphere is filled with excitement and laughter as everyone plays detective, uncovering clues and unraveling a captivating storyline. It’s a unique and memorable activity that adds some intrigue to your Christmas party, creating a fun and interactive experience for everyone. Perfect if you’re after something a little different this year!


Gingerbread House Decorating Party

If you like your parties to be centered around an activity then why not host a gingerbread house decorating party? This is a sweet and interactive Christmas celebration. Set up a decorating station with preassembled gingerbread houses, an selection of colorful icing and sweet decorations to add. The perfect chance to chat and catch up while also getting a little bit competitive and having a blast in the process. This is ideal for older kids, teens and adults alike. 


Christmas Karaoke 

If you love karaoke nights and own a karaoke machine then definitely bust it out this Christmas time. Create a playlist of your favorite holiday tunes and encourage guests to showcase their singing talents. Set up a stage area with holiday decorations as a backdrop, and provide props like Santa hats and reindeer antlers for added flair. This theme guarantees a night filled with laughter, music and celebrations.


Pyjama Party

Ideal if you’re having a few friends stay over, or even if its just for an evening gathering, set the attire as pyjamas and have a relaxed evening in. soothing essential oils, and luxurious robes. Encourage your friends to indulge in self-care and unwind with a mini facial or a relaxing massage. To keep the evening lighthearted and entertaining, consider organising some fun activities like a board game tournament, karaoke, or even a themed costume contest. Encourage plenty of laughter by capturing the memories with a photo booth filled with props and silly accessories. Don’t forget to curate a playlist of your favourite tunes or soothing melodies to set the perfect mood for your gathering. Whether you’re sharing nostalgic classics or discovering new favourites together, music can enhance the overall experience. As the evening progresses, offer a variety of snacks and treats, ranging from popcorn and nachos to gourmet chocolates and homemade cookies. Consider crafting a signature mocktail or cocktail for the occasion, adding a touch of festivity to your laid-back pyjama party.


Grinchmas Celebration

Embrace the mischievous charm of the Grinch with a Grinchmas-themed party. Decorate your space with Grinch green accents, Whoville inspired decorations, and whimsical touches. Encourage guests to come dressed as Whos or the Grinch himself. Incorporate Grinch themed activities like a “Steal Christmas” gift exchange or a Grinch themed scavenger hunt for added festive fun.


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