The holidays are a popular party season, so you need to make yours stand out to invitees to encourage them to attend!
One easy way to separate your celebration from the rest is by choosing a specific theme. Party themes are so great because they help guide the décor, menu items, games, and much more!
A theme makes planning so much more streamlined and focused. Not only will you be excited to play up a cool theme, but guests will be extra enthusiastic about attending.
We’ve got an extensive list of Christmas party theme ideas to help you plan for the ultimate holiday bash.
Christmas Party Themes – Choosing a Theme for your Holiday Celebration
Turn your Christmas celebration up a notch by choosing an imaginative and festive theme.
A specific Christmas theme will help guide the menu, fun activities, colorful and creative décor, and more. Guests will love the thought and the effort behind the event, and you’ll have a great time bringing your unique holiday vision to life!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when mulling over these fun and creative Christmas party theme ideas:
Time of Day or Night
When you are planning to throw the party can influence the theme you choose. Some styles are best for evening affairs, while others work well during the earlier hours of the day. Many Christmas party themes are versatile enough to be suitable for day or night, but it’s still a detail to keep in mind.
Do you have a favorite seasonal character, movie or symbolism you love?
Let your passion for a particular Christmas character, movie, or other holiday element inspire the party theme. What speaks to you and sparks your creativity? Whatever it is that you love, chances are that some or all of your guests are also fans of it, too! Planning a party about something you really like can turn into a new and fun tradition that you can keep going for years to come.
Types of Guests? (Co-workers, friends, family, children)
Make your guest list and check it twice because you want to be sure that you pick a theme that’s going to be a guaranteed crowd please! Some themes are best suited for adults-only affairs, while others are ideal for the young and the young at heart. Keep your guests in mind as you pick from our popular Christmas party theme ideas.
Consider the Location of the Celebration
Your event location can limit or expand your theme options. Try to choose one that will work well in the space that you have to decorate. The location can also impact the types of activities that you can plan to include. Some Christmas party themes are best suited for the comfort of a home, while others can be pulled off in venues like restaurants and rental halls.
Floral & Nature Christmas Party Themes
Be inspired by the natural beauty of wintertime and the holiday season. A floral or nature theme brings the colors and textures of the season into your home or party place. From flowers and other natural elements that are commonly associated with Christmas to the sights, smells, and sounds of the winter season itself, there are many ways to incorporate natural beauty.
Take those special seasonal touches that speak to your style and use it as the springboard for your party theme.
Pretty Poinsettias Christmas Party
Poinsettias are the unofficial flower of Christmas, since they bloom during the season and are often given as gifts to brighten and cheer any home. Use their bold red and soft pink tones with hints of dark green as the color scheme for your event. The flowers themselves will make for beautiful arrangements on tabletops.
A Beautiful Balsam Fir Theme Party
The gorgeous dark green of a fresh balsam fir brings to mind both the beauty of a Christmas tree and the enticing fragrance it offers. Use the lush green branches as the aesthetic inspiration for your holiday event’s theme. Add real trees or cuttings from a balsam fir to dress up the party place and bring the beautiful smell indoors.
Winter Woodland Christmas Theme
Turn the party place into a magical and enchanting winter woodland wonderland! Use all natural and rustic elements to create a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Little details like pine cones, holly leaves, branches, bark, and soft snowflakes will help capture the spirit of this theme.
Christmas Party Themes – Using Color to Get Creative!
Color combinations play an important role in signifying the changing seasons, and the holiday season is no exception! While we typically associate red and green with Christmas, there are other colors that also speak to the sights and sounds of Christmastime.
You don’t have to stick with the traditional colors when there are so many other fun ideas to consider. Try one of these creative color themes:
All White Christmas
Pristine sparkling snow can inspire this fresh theme. Use all shades of white to deck out the décor.
A Peacock Christmas Party
Go bold with beautiful blue hues by going with a peacock inspired color scheme.
Red, White… & Robin’s Egg Blue Theme
Give your Christmas party a cozy country touch with a red, white, and robin’s egg blue color scheme.
Dazzling Metallic Christmas Party
Throw a shimmering party that’s sure to dazzle guests with a metallic theme.
A Simple CRAFT PAPER & White Christmas
Keep it classic and classy with a simple craft paper brown and white theme.
A Rainbow Christmas Party
Go all out by representing every color of the rainbow with this bright, bold, and artistic theme.
Red & Gold Christmas Party
Go bold with a gold and red theme. You can choose just one shade of red or a mix to create a layered look.
Silver & White Christmas Party
Instead of sticking with all white, add in some silver for an extra sparkle with this color scheme.
Christmas Gift Exchanges – Theme Ideas
Hosting a Christmas gift exchange with family, friends, or coworkers? Make it even more memorable and exciting by setting up some simple guidelines for guests to follow. This is a cool way to put a little twist on a traditional gift exchange.
Choosing a specific theme gives your guests more focus as they shop for that perfect present!
- Baked Goods: If you can bake it, you can bring it! Tasty treats are always appreciated.
- Mugs: If there are a bunch of coffee lovers in your group, this gift exchange is budget –friendly and practical! Think funny, inspirational or artsy mugs.
- Wine Country: Get everyone to pick a different country and buy a bottle of wine from that region.
- Christmas Ornaments: Choose funny, tacky or beautiful – there are so many great ornaments on the market today – so participants will have no trouble at all finding one! There’s enough stress at Christmas, right? Keep it simple with this easy gift exchange.
- Socks: Think Holiday, hilarious or toasty warm – whatever participants choose, everyone loves a good new pair of cozy socks!
DIY & Crafty Christmas Party Themes
Host a hands-on party that helps your guests get into the holiday spirit! A DIY & crafting get-together is the perfect way to enjoy a few hours of creativity and comradery with friends and family. From baking to crafting to gift wrapping, a DIY theme is both productive and playful.
These inspiring Christmas party themes are ideal for getting fun things done while celebrating with the special people in your life at the same time:
Christmas Gift Wrapping Party
Gather up your scissors and tape along with your favorite wrapping paper rolls to host a gift wrapping get-together! It’s a fun way to finish up this essential Christmas task while spending time with friends and family.
Wreath Making Party
Whether they’re faux or made from real pine branches, wreath making is a great way to get together over a holiday DIY. Ask guests to bring their wreath form and you supply the ribbons and embellishments for this creative Christmas party theme.
Christmas Cookie Making Party
Bust out the measuring cups, flour, and colorful icing! Baking is always more fun with friends and family. Invite them over for a cookie baking and decorating party. It’s ideal for guests of all ages, and kids will especially love getting to decorate Christmas cookies. Make it even more fun by doing a cookie swap so that everyone can go home with a variety of the freshly baked treats to enjoy.
Ornament Decorating Party
Whether they’re to keep or to give as gifts, handmade ornaments are always so special at Christmastime. Invite friends and family over to create custom ornaments that they’ll treasure for years to come. It’s a sweet way to celebrate the season and add something extra special to the tree this year.
Gingerbread House Decoration Party
Looking for a DIY Christmas theme that works well for all-ages? Consider a gingerbread house decorating party. Kids and adults alike will love creating a colorful and sweet house out of candies, icing, and gingerbread.
Traditional Christmas Party Themes
From favorite characters to beloved traditions, there are so many things to appreciate about the Christmas season. Why not keep it simple and turn one of them into the focus of your festivities?
Lovers of Christmas will surely enjoy these traditional holiday party themes:
Santa Claus Theme Party
Invite Old Saint Nick into your home for this jolly Christmas theme.
Christmas Tree Trimming Party
Tree trimming is such a special tradition for many families. Invite loved ones over to your home help you decorate your holiday tree as you enjoy snacks, drinks, and reminisce.
Elegant Christmas Party
Kick it up a notch with a classic and beautiful upscale theme. Create an elegant atmosphere with decorations and lighting. Use your existing Christmas décor and add lots of soft lighting with an extravagant centerpiece.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Party
Transform your party place into a magical winter wonderland. Think blues, whites and snowflakes for this wintery Christmas party theme.
A Plaid Christmas Theme
Play up this popular style with a plaid party. Choose just one plaid design, or do a mix of several of your favorites to achieve this classic Christmas look.
Holiday TV Specials & Christmas Movie Theme Parties
Watching those beloved holiday classics is something that folks of all ages look forward to each year. Why not plan a party based on a favorite holiday TV special or a classic Christmas movie? It’s an awesome way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit by dressing up as favorite characters, reciting lines, and even feeling like a kid again!
These Christmas party themes play off of popular movies, shows, and characters that are beloved by so many:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Party
Don’t let him spoil your holiday season! Transport guests to Whoville with the green Grinch and all things celebrating this beloved classic holiday cartoon.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Theme Party
Plan a few fun reindeer games with a Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer party theme.
Frosty the Snowman Christmas Party
Frosty is a friend to all, so why not invite him to be the star of your celebration? This classic cartoon has been loved by generations of children, making him a familiar face that guests will be pleased to party with.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Party Theme
The Peanuts gang knows just what makes the season special. Let Snoopy lead the way as you plan a Charlie Brown Christmas party.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Theme
Stay home for the holidays and host family with a party theme that celebrates this hilariously beloved new classic.
Nightmare Before Christmas Theme
If you consider it a Christmas classic, focus your festivities on the Nightmare Before Christmas with Jack Skellington and friends.
A Bad Santa Party Theme
Are you on the naughty list this year? For a funny adults-only theme, let Bad Santa be your guide to creating a cool and laid back holiday party.
Fun Themes for Christmas Parties
One way to throw a memorable holiday get-together is by choosing an amusing and lighthearted theme.
From the silly to the celebratory, these Christmas party themes help bring just a bit more fun and playfulness to your holiday bash:
Candyland Christmas Theme
If there’s ever a time to indulge in confectionery delights, it’s over the Christmas holiday. Satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth with a colorful Candyland Christmas theme.
Candy Cane Theme Party
Red and white stripes will rule the décor with a fresh and tasty candy cane theme.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Theme Party
Ugly Christmas sweaters have become so popular in recent years, and for good reason. They get a laugh out of everyone, and let’s face it- they’re fun to wear! Let guests know that they should come dressed up in their ugliest Christmas sweater for your themed soiree.
Feliz Navidad Holiday Fiesta
Turn the Christmas festivities into a fiesta with a Feliz Navidad theme.
Santa’s Workshop Theme Party
Transform the party place into Santa’s secret workshop with a fun theme that will be enjoyed by all ages. Kids will surely get a kick out of feeling like they’ve been transported to the North Pole, and grownups will, too!
A Nutcracker Theme
Sweep your guests off of their feet with a Nutcracker ballet inspired theme. It’s practically perfect for parties with little girls, but works well for all ages.
Christmas In Vegas Theme Party
What happens at this holiday party stays at this holiday party! Take a gamble with a Christmas in Vegas theme.
Christmas Costume Party
Ask your guests to get silly and come dressed in their favorite holiday costumes, whether it’s Santa, Frosty, or a holiday elf.
A Gingerbread Theme Christmas Party
This sweet theme is sure to please! Let colorful candies and tasty gingerbread inspire your cheerful celebration.
Christmas Cocktail Party
A classy, cocktail focused affair is perfect for getting guests to socialize, mix, and mingle. This is an ideal theme if you’re hosting an elegant evening.
Christmas Party Themes – Hobbies & Interests
Put a spin on your Christmas theme by focusing on a favorite hobby, activity, or interest.
These themes are great for like-minded groups who enjoy share the hobbies, or even just for those who like a little twist on the typical holiday party:
Golf Themed Christmas Party
A golf lover’s take on the Christmas holiday is sure to be a hole-in-one hit with guests.
Fishing Theme Christmas Party
Reel in a special Christmas catch with a festive twist on a fishing theme.
Gardening Theme Christmas Party
Just because it’s the winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy gardening. A garden theme focuses on the natural beauty of the season.
Music Lovers Theme Christmas Party
A music lovers theme is perfect for folks who love the sounds of the season, from classic carols to modern Christmas music and everything in between.
Vintage Wine Themed Christmas Party
Bust out the corkscrews for a classy vintage wine tasting holiday get-together.
More Christmas Themes to Consider
Still looking for more creative options for your Christmas get-together? Try one of these interesting ideas for Christmas party themes that will excite and entertain any crowd:
Christmas Karaoke Party
Crank up the Christmas carols with a fun karaoke party.
Holidays Around The World Party
Put a fun twist on your Christmas party by seeing how other cultures celebrate this special season around the world.
Holiday Movie Marathon Party
Pop some popcorn, light the fire, and get ready to settle in with your guests for a movie marathon featuring all of the Christmas classics.
Sound the Party Horns!Any kind of Christmas party can be merry and bright, but choosing a specific theme will make yours extra special! Your guests will be excited to attend when they know you’ve gone all out to make your party more memorable.
Christmas party themes can be playful, adding to the already lighthearted and celebratory atmosphere. With so many creative holiday themes to pick from, planning the ultimate Christmas bash is easier than ever.
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