Get in the holiday spirit with these themed Christmas party ideas to throw with your kids! From building snowmen, to writing letters to Santa to building your own Nativities, we've got Christmas party ideas for all of your favorites.
Hi Freebs friends! It’s Britney from Color My Happy. Christmas is such a special time of year! I love to celebrate from the time Thanksgiving is over, all the way until Christmas Day. There are just so many fun Christmas party ideas, traditions, activities, and ways to spread holiday cheer.
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Throwing little themed Christmas parties for my kids is a special way to connect and enjoy the season. There are so many Christmas party ideas out there that make December extra magical, and today I’m sharing six fun themes.
Each of these Christmas party ideas includes a themed food, activity, books you can read, and movies to watch. So choose a theme, carve out a couple hours, and create some memories with your family today!
SANTA CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
I mean, who doesn’t love Santa? He’s a cute old man, loves cookies, and brings presents. He’s basically the best! This theme is sure to be a hit with your kids.
DONUT SANTA HATS
Powdered donuts are a childhood favorite, and this yummy treat can easily be turned into a cute Santa hat. Simply layer a donut, an upside down strawberry (slice the very top off so it lays flat), and a mini marshmallow!
I broke a toothpick in half and used that to attach the marshmallow to the strawberry to keep it secure. My kids devoured these!
WRITE LETTERS TO SANTA
Writing letters to Santa Claus is one of our favorite holiday traditions! Here are a few tips to make it a success:
- Pull out markers (one color for each kid) and toy brochures (Amazon and Target usually send them out) and let the kids browse and circle things they want.
- Tell them to narrow it down to their top one or two picks, so Santa knows what they want the most. You can always go back through the brochures to see what else they circled if you need more ideas.
- Play Christmas music while you work and maybe serve some hot cocoa (complete with marshmallows and a candy cane, of course!) to sip while you browse the brochures and make your lists.
- Santa Claus: The World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee
- Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk
- When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey and Genevieve Godbout
- Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas by Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev
- Animated Option: Arthur Christmas
- Live Action Option: The Santa Clause or the new Disney+ movie Noelle
JESUS CHRIST CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
Sometimes in the busyness of December, when we’re surrounded by the fun, commercial side of the things, we can forget the real reason for the holiday—Christ. Using this as a party theme is a great way to teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas and help bring the focus back to the Savior.
BUILD YOUR OWN NATIVITY
This is both a snack and an activity: double win!
- Use graham crackers to create a stable. One for the back wall, one for the roof, and a half for each side wall. Leave the front open. Attach using frosting or peanut butter.
- Two fourths of a graham cracker can be glued together, angled upward, to create a manger. Then stack two Dots candies, wrap them in a piece of Fruit by the Foot, and lay it in the manger as baby Jesus.
- Three Dots stacked on top of one another creates people—Mary and Joseph, shepherds, wise men, an angel—with a piece of Fruit by the Foot used for head coverings. Mini candy canes make great shepherd’s canes.
- Animal crackers are perfect for animals, or use marshmallows for sheep bodies and pretzel sticks for legs.
Every Christmas season, we have a stocking for Jesus. Then we sit down as a family and think of a gift we can give to Christ for the following year. We write it on an index card, stick it in the stocking, and read what we wrote last year to see how we did! This is one of our favorite family traditions.
Here are a few ideas that you can add to your Christ stocking:
- Kneeling for prayer every night before bed
- Working on something we’re struggling with, like lying, or being unkind, or watching too much television
- Doing an act of kindness weekly
- Donating to a food shelter
- Reading scriptures daily
- Completing a big service project
CHRISTMAS BOOKS ABOUT CHRIST
- Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft
- We Believe in Christmas: How the Symbols of Christmas Remind Us of Christ by M. Weber Longoria, Mark Missman, and Dona Gelsinger
- Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd Jones and Alison Jay
- Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline
MOVIES ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
- Animated Option: The Star
- Live Action: The Christ Child
REINDEER CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
I love reindeer! I remember as a little girl getting so excited to leave some carrots for the reindeer along with my cookies and milk for Santa. I always thought it was so hilarious that Rudolph would leave a partly nibbled carrot behind. There’s just something about reindeer that’s extra magical!
These cookies are so fun! Simply bake some cookies—I used premade dough (sugar or peanut butter works best), then add some edible eyes, M&Ms for the nose, and broken pretzels for antlers.
Ta-da! The cutest, yummiest reindeer around! These are the perfect, easy cookies to make and leave for Santa, too. 😉
MAGIC REINDEER DUST
Don’t let Santa miss your house! Create some Magic Reindeer Dust to be sure the reindeer can find your house.
Simply mix together dry oats and glitter in a color of your choice. Then on Christmas Eve, don’t forget to sprinkle some around your yard for the reindeer to spot!
- Olive, The Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold
- The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
- Reindeer Christmas by Mark Kimball Moulton and Karen Hillard Good
- Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares
- Animated: Elliott the Littlest Reindeer
- Live Action: Blizzard
SNOWMAN CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
We live in a place that never snows, so my kids have never built a snowman (and neither have I). But I think that makes them all the more fun! Frosty the Snowman is a childhood classic and snowmen are a Christmas staple!
MINI SNOWMAN PIZZAS
Pizza is THE BEST! But pizza shaped like a snowman is even better!
- Cut pizza dough into individual-sized circles. I used premade Pillsbury dough and a cookie cutter to accomplish this.
- Pre-bake the dough.
- Add pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, two sliced olives for eyes, mini pepperonis lined up for a smile, and a shaved carrot nose.
- Place back in the oven to finish cooking.
BUILD A SNOWMAN
If you live where it snows, go outside and build a real snowman! If snow isn’t available, use white Play-Doh and random household items for eyes, a nose, a hat, etc. to create one inside. Get creative with this and see what you can come up with!
- Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn and Mark Buehner
- Snow What Fun! When Snowmen Come to Life on Christmas Eve by Cheryl Hawkinson and Mike Esberg
- The Snowman’s Song: A Christmas Story by Tracy La Rue Hohn and Marilee Joy Mayfield
- Animated: Frosty the Snowman
- Live Action: Jack Frost
ELF CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
Did you ever want to be an elf? When I was a kid, I know I sure did! And my kids do too. Elves are kind, hard workers, and very silly! What’s more to love?
Elf pancakes will take breakfast from blah to yay! My kids were so excited when I served these up!
Whip up some mini pancakes, then decorate as follows:
- Mini M&Ms for eyes
- A mini chocolate chip nose
- A tiny piece of Twizzlers Pull ‘n’ Peel for a smile
- Tiny raspberry or strawberry slices on the forehead for the rim of the hat
- Slices of green grapes bunched and shaped to make the top of the hat
- A mini marshmallow or tiny squirt of whipped cream for the pom pom at the end of the hat
- The points of apple slices diced to make elf ears
If you do the Elf on the Shelf, this is a great time to introduce your elf for the year.
Another option is to do some service. Act like kindness elves and perform a random act of kindness in your neighborhood or city! These service ideas are a great way to start:
- Leave baked goods on your neighbor’s doorsteps—ring and run!
- Shovel snow from neighbors’ driveways
- Drop off some food at a homeless shelter—or volunteer at one
- Sing carols at a nursing home
- Leave some cash on a Redbox, vending machine, the dollar spot at Target, etc.
- Pay for the person behind you in line
- Hand out blessing kits and hot chocolate to the homeless
- How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
- The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty and Kirsten Richards
- The Story of the Kindness Elves by Anna Ranson, Benjamin Byrne, and Naomi Berry
- Animated: Prep and Landing
- Live Action: Elf
THE GRINCH CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
I'm sort of obsessed with Dr. Seuss, so the Grinch has always had a soft spot in my heart. I love the book. There's no choosing my favorite out of all three movie versions. I love Max and Cindy Lou and the Whos down in Whoville. It's just the sweetest story and a great reminder about the spirit of Christmas!
These are so cute, healthy, and easy to put together. That’s my kind of themed food!
- Grab a skewer.
- Slide a green grape on the skewer.
- Add a banana slice.
- Place an upside down strawberry on top of that (slice off the top so it’s flat first).
- Finish with a mini marshmallow on top.
- Repeat for as many skewers as you wish to make.
GRINCH KINDNESS ACTIVITY
Discuss as a family some ways you think you can grow your hearts. Then, after the discussion, go around the house and find some items to donate to those in need. Clothes, toys, household items—anything in good condition that someone else needs more than you do. Take it to a donation center or give to a family in need.
Obviously there’s only one: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. But it’s a classic for all ages!
- Animated: The Grinch or the original Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- Live Action: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS
With these six Christmas party ideas, you can celebrate Christmas all month long! Pick your favorite, choose one a week until Christmas, or have a Christmas marathon day where you do them all. Which idea is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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- Check out the ultimate holiday bucket list!
- Get some great tips on how much to spend on your kids for Christmas.
- These are some great ideas for how to make your own family Christmas traditions!
Hi, I’m Britney and I’m passionate about helping moms find joy in motherhood through self-love—recognizing the good we do as moms, productivity—learning how to get more done in less time, and relationships—finding the best ways connect with those we love. Motherhood is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding, things in the world, so I love connecting with other moms and sharing our stories, struggles, and tips & tricks. I’d love to see you over on my website Color My Happy!