Christmas Party Theme Ideas

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Look no further for wonderful Christmas party theme ideas geared to this joyous season of giving. Gather together your friends and/or family and make this a warmly memorable occasion.

Christmas Music

Whichever of the Christmas party theme ideas you go with, you're going to want the perfect Christmas music to accompany it. For a formal affair, choose orchestral or instrumental versions of stately carols like Ave Maria, O Come All Ye Faithful, and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear. For a kitschy gathering, opt for campy tunes like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, and All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. And finally, for a traditional get together, standard holiday songs like Angels We Have Heard On High, Silver Bells, and Deck The Halls serve the purpose well.

Red and Green and White

Elegance is always in style, so why not give your guests an opportunity to display their most fabulous attire at a formal affair. The only stipulation is that the colors must fit the season: red, green, or the white of new-fallen snow. Ladies, picture yourselves in gowns of lush emerald velvet or heavy red silk. Gentlemen, you'll present quite the dashing figure in your white tuxedos accessorized with a deep green or cheery red cummerbund or bow tie. And if that doesn't strike your fancy, consider these other alternatives:

  • Green and red plaids for a rich look in all your group party pictures.
  • Red and white stripes or red and white polka dots on all of the women; green of any pattern on all of the men.
  • Black on everyone, but with silver and gold accents to sparkle it up.

Ornaments Galore

What's Christmas without a Christmas tree, and what's a tree without great ornaments? Turn that natural duo into the focus of your next Christmas party. As Christmas party theme ideas go, this one is pretty straightforward: make the "price of admission" one Christmas ornament. You'll be amazed at the unique ornaments you'll collect as the years go by: ones made of straw, glass, wood, feathers, crystal, paper mache, shells, silk, metal. Each time you hang one more beautiful than the next, you'll gratefully remember the person who gave it to you.

Costume Party

Costumes aren't just for Halloween. Indulge the kid in you and throw a party where people come as a Christmas character or item.

Santas and Santa's helpers will probably abound, but there are so many more your guests can surprise you with: Jack Frost, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the Star of Bethlehem, a Christmas tree, a snowflake, Frosty the Snowman, a sleigh, a wrapped gift, a Christmas stocking, an angel, a candy cane. Promise a prize for the best costume, involve everyone in the voting, and your party's well on its way!

Prize ideas:
  • Bouquets of candy canes
  • Plaid Christmas vest
  • Christmas crown (decorate a costume store crown with holiday greens)
  • Autographed CD of Elvis’s Christmas CD (autograph it yourself)
  • Copy of Miracle on 34th Street, the original of course
  • Ugly Christmas sweater
  • Shoebox of fake snow
  • Light-up Rudolph the Reindeer nose
  • Carton of eggnog
  • A really big Christmas cookie—really big

Sleigh Ride

After countless years of singing Jingle Bells, who wouldn't be curious about a sleigh ride? If you live in a snowy place, Christmas party theme ideas don't come much more magical than a caravan of sleighs drawn by horses in the moonlight. Provide plenty of blankets to wrap up in. Hand out the lyrics to your favorite Christmas songs so that everyone can participate in caroling on the move. Provide thermoses of hot mulled wine and mugs. Wind up at a rustic cabin already prepared for your guests: fire ablaze in a huge fireplace, table laid with a feast, Christmas music playing cheerfully in the background.

Christmas Movie Night

For a wonderfully simple Christmas party theme, gather your cronies for a glorious movie night. You'll have a hard time choosing the best movie with the Christmas season as a central theme. Prepare for your guests by arranging plenty of comfy seating around a big TV screen. Oversized pillows on the floor are a nice touch. Set out bowls of popcorn, mulled wine, and cocoa. Have numerous movie titles on hand and let your guests vote on which to view during your festive movie marathon.

Here are a few titles to get you started on this laid-back Christmas party theme idea, ranging from the classic to silly. And remember, tis the season of sharing, so don't be shy about asking friends to lend you titles you don't already have on hand.

  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Christmas Story
  • Die Hard
  • Elf
  • Holiday Inn
  • Home Alone
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Jack Frost
  • Joyeux Noel
  • Last Holiday
  • Love Actually
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Scrooged
  • The Bishop's Wife
  • The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
  • The Holiday
  • The Polar Express
  • The Preacher's Wife
  • The Santa Clause
  • We're No Angels
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • White Christmas

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