Holidays are filled with family fun, friends and parties, and lots of memories.
By choosing a fantastic Christmas party theme, you’ll be on your way to making incredible memories that last a lifetime.
I’ve got here Christmas party themes that are great for home or office. Some of them are perfect for large groups and some for smaller family gatherings.
Check out also 15 fun Christmas party games, including Christmas mafia and gifts down the chimney.
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Holiday Party Themes
Loving the holiday parties! Sometimes I wish December was longer so I could do more fun stuff with relaxing days in between.
This Christmas party theme list has fabulous ideas, especially for those looking for something else but an ugly sweater theme.
Are these the best Christmas party themes for families? I’ll let you decide.
1. Christmas Around the World
Celebrate Christmas with various traditions from around the world. If you have friends from these foreign lands, ask them to bring a dish or prepare a game.
Decorate the party area with mini flags, ornaments, and other Christmas decorations from various countries.
This holiday party theme is perfect for young adults, millennials, and the generation Z, who often have connections world-wide.
For fun ideas, check out the Christmas Around the World book by Mary D Lankford.
2. Christmas Ice Cream Party
Host a sweet Christmas ice cream party! A refreshing party theme for work or home.
Create a Christmas ice cream sundae bar with delicious ice cream and seasonal toppings.
The easiest thing to do is to buy a variety of ice cream flavors, no toppings are even needed.
But it’s always safe to go with vanilla and chocolate ice cream and lots of fixings, such as
- candy canes
- coconut flakes
- gingerbread cookies
- cranberry sauce
Visit Relaxed Hostess for more ideas and to grab the Free Christmas Ice Cream Sundae Bar printable.
3. Scandinavian Christmas
Decorate your Scandinavian Christmas-themed party with gnomes and straw ornaments.
These are adorable! Sit the gnomes on a shelf or place them under the tree.
Handmade with good quality materials, these large Scandinavian Gnomes bring Holiday cheer to you for years to come.
The classy look makes this also a great Christmas party theme for work.
Straw ornaments are very typical Christmas decorations in Nordic homes. These cute little straw ornaments are great for the dinner table. Use them to decorate the napkin rings or place cards.
As a fun activity at this Christmas party, prepare Scandinavian Christmas crafts.
In the Scandinavian Christmas book you’ll find ideas for table decorations, cards, ornaments, and Scandinavian Christmas baked goods.
4. Christmas In Paris
Let’s look at Paris: the City of Light to continue with Christmas ideas around the world.
Your guests will love this elegant Christmas party theme. Decorate the party area with lots of lights: candles, lanterns, string lights.
Serve mulled wine or champagne (sparkling grape juice for the kids), gingerbread, and roasted chestnuts. And a chocolate yule log as dessert.
An Eiffel Tower is a must for this party. Get a big one to stand on the floor or a smaller one for the dessert table like this Eiffel Tower.
The tower comes in various sizes and is made with durable metal. I love the shimmering silver color but that’s not the only choice you have.
You can choose antique gold, turquoise, red, green, or dark blue, among other brilliant colors.
5. Hawaiian Luau Christmas Party
Let’s go from the elegant Paris party to the aloha-filled Luau.
Put on your grass skirts; it is time to Hula!
Grab FREE Luau Christmas party printables from RelaxedHostess.com.
Until I saw this sparkling invitation, all I could picture was a colorful Hawaiian Luau. But this one is festive and perfect for a Christmas party in the office or at home.
You can get this lovely Holiday Luau invitation as a digital file or printed and sent to your home.
If you had something more colorful in mind, check out this Luau Christmas party invitation.
And what would a luau be without yummy food and awesome luau games?
You’ll find all that and a bunch more in the popular luau party ideas article.
These tips will make hosting your Christmas party a breeze.
6. Gingerbread Christmas Party Theme
If you pick this Christmas party theme then “Christmas calories don’t count.” That’s what the sign says!
Gingerbread-theme is quite delicious for a Christmas party. Everyone will love it!
Decorate the party area with various gingerbread items such as the beautiful gingerbread tiered tray decor.
The eight-piece set can be purchased as a set or individual pieces. Everything is carefully hand painted or stained by Rustic Willow Signs.
You’ll enjoy these adorable decor items enhanced with lively 3D accents throughout the Holiday season.
Or make your home look like a gingerbread house with candy decorations.
Decorate cookies together. Turn it into a competition, and hand out prizes, such as a rolling pin, flour, sugar, cookie cutters, and powdered sugar.
Hide gingerbread cookies or paper cutouts and go for a gingerbread scavenger hunt.
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7. Candy Cane Party for Work or Home
To continue with the sweet ideas… host a candy cane-themed Christmas party.
This well-made candy canes sign is all you need to set the mood, besides some candy canes.
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Check them out. Lots of fun signs to choose from!
If you want to go crazy with the candy cane theme:
- Turn your home or office into a candy cane lane.
- Red and white decorations with a touch of silver and green create a perfect atmosphere for your party.
- Get jumbo candy cane balloons for easy decorating.
- You could also make giant candy canes with pool noodles and small ones with pipe cleaners.
- Drink hot cocoa and use candy canes as stirrers.
- Turn three mini candy canes into a place card holder. See the candy cane place card stand tutorial at Vicky Barone.
- Hide candy canes and send the guests looking for them.
Lots of fun things you can do with this theme.
8. Santa’s Workshop Christmas Party for Families
Santa’s workshop. Elves wanted!
This is a Christmas party the kids will remember. They get to be elves in Santa’s workshop!
Create the perfect look for your party with Santa’s workshop backdrop. It also provides an excellent background for elf photos!
You can order the custom printed backdrops in various sizes and materials, including fleece, vinyl, stretch fabric, and poly paper. Whatever suits you the best!
Hang it up in the Christmas party area, and let your imagination take you to Santa’s workshop.
Photo Prop Floors & Backdrops has a huge collection of Christmas backdrops.
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Set up a few stations where the elves can work to make gifts. They will have a blast preparing and wrapping Christmas presents. Or putting together food baskets.
Play Christmas music in the background, take a break to have warm cocoa, and eat brownies decorated to look like wrapped gifts.
It would be so cool if you could have someone dress up as Santa and make an appearance or stay for the entire event.
9. Santa’s Ho Ho Hoedown
Instead of rockin’, you’ll be line dancing around the Christmas tree in this fun-filled country-style Christmas party.
It’s a great Christmas party theme for a large group.
Serve popcorn and trail mix along with other Christmas goodies such as red truck-shaped cookies.
Join us for Santa’s Ho Ho Hoedown! A cute red truck Christmas party invitation will get the guests all excited.
This invitation can be customized! Just let Party Monkey know what your event is about, and they will take care of the invitation details, including colors as you wish.
You can get this gorgeous invitation as a digital file or printed and sent to you.
10. Pancakes and Pajamas
A fun Christmas brunch party idea for the family.
Host a Holiday brunch and invite the guests over with the lovely pancakes and pajamas invitation.
The cozy chalkboard and flannel design is perfect for the Holiday season. You’ll simply customize it with your party details, and print as many as you wish.
Holiday brunch with pancakes would also be a fabulous finish for a teen Christmas sleepover.
You could watch movies, make Christmas crafts, decorate cookies, play Christmas games or go to see Christmas lights the night before, and then enjoy a pancake brunch in the morning.
11. Christmas Masquerade
Host a holiday masquerade! A great Christmas party theme for adults and a large group.
Invite your guests over to a Holiday masquerade with this gorgeous masquerade invitation.
I absolutely love the look of this invitation! It will be customized with your information. All you need to do is to print it.
This invitation gives you plenty of inspiration for decorations:
- Anything peacock blue, white, gold, purple, pink
- Beautiful snowflakes (you’ll love these shimmering golden snowflakes; hang from the ceiling or place on tables.)
- Peacock blue ribbon (looks great in a vase with the pearls)
- Purple velvet (use as a backdrop, or make bows for the chairs)
- Masquerade masks
- Pearls (place in glass jars, or lay on purple sateen table runners)
- Pink gems (put a candle on a mirror tray and sprinkle pink gems on the tray)
With all these pretty things, your party will look stunning!
Host a grand event with fancy costumes or just simply provide everyone with a masquerade mask.
12. Christmas Movie Marathon
Choose a few of the beloved Christmas movies and host a movie marathon. You could have an all-day open house with the set movie and game times.
Serve movie theater snacks like candy and popcorn. You could also prepare sweet and salty snacks inspired by each movie you watch.
It will be a fun day with family and friends.
Check out the easy ideas for the barbie Christmas movie marathon. It includes fun games and food ideas based on the movies.
13. Christmas Characters
Costume parties aren’t just for Halloween! Dress as a Christmas character! You don’t need to limit yourself to Santa and elves; choose a character from your favorite Christmas movie! SO many options!
14. Christmas Carol-Oke
How about a bit of club feel to the Christmas party.
Bring out the Karaoke machine and do your best Christmas carol performances. Serve specialty drinks, sweet and salty snacks, and have a fabulous time.
15. Cookies Extravaganza
The scent of freshly baked cookies will entice the whole neighborhood to come by!
Bake or decorate cookies together or simply ask everyone to bring their favorite cookies to the party.
Decorate with cookie-themed decorations,
and play games with cookies:
- pin the nose on the gingerbread man
- cookie scavenger hunt
- cookie relay race
- cookie tasting
No other food is needed… unless it has the name cookie in it.
16. Charlie Brown Christmas
I love Charlie Brown Thanksgiving so, the Charlie Brown Christmas party sounds fantastic too.
No party needs to be perfect, especially this one; after all, we are talking about Charlie Brown.
Watch Charlie Brown Christmas movie together.
Play minute to win it games such as tree decorating or tossing red ornaments into a basket
Play the soundtrack while eating dinner; and display a tree with one red ornament.
I wonder what would be served at this party… let’s not repeat the Thanksgiving food but do something else simple.
For example, strawberries and whipped cream, or sandwiches cut into tree shapes.
If you are a Peanuts fan, you will also like the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving party.
17. Christmas Sock Exchange
Host a Christmas sock exchange party!
Cute, comfy, or funny socks belong to the Christmas season.
- Decorate the party area with stockings or Christmas socks.
- Make stocking-shaped cookies. Or decorate those together.
- Stamp or paint stockings on coasters.
- Tie a Christmas sock tag to the napkin rings.
Ask everyone to bring Christmas socks to the party and use those as white elephant gifts.
Play jolly Christmas gift exchange games!
6 Christmas Gift Exchange Games that will make this Secret Santa event merry!
- Holiday Cheer
- Guest the Guest
- Exchange Cards
- Whose Gift Is It
- Roll The Dice
- Christmas Lane
Grab the Christmas Gift Exchange Games and create joyful memories! (for readers in the USA)
18. Christmas Carols
This is not like the Carol-Oke, though; it would be awesome if you sang together!
Let the various Christmas carols inspire you to decorate the party area.
Put up signs with song titles, frame lyrics.
Create themed displays or use them as place cards, coasters, napkin ring decorations, etc.
- Let It Snow: snowflakes
- Silver Bells: well… silver bells, of course
- The Chipmunk Song: chipmunks
- O Holy Night: stars
Make Great Memories
Celebrate the Christmas with a fantastic Holiday party. Keep it small or make it grand. Either way you’ll make great memories that last a lifetime.
Don’t forget to take a look at the Christmas gift exchange game cards or to check out Christmas party games that fill your party with fun and laughter!