13 Ideas For Christmas Party Themes That All Ages Will Love!

Need ideas for Christmas party themes? Great how to throw a holiday party tips to become part of your Christmas fun traditions! Christmas parties are a great time for parents to get some time off and have fun with their kids or even throw an adult Christmas party. If you’re looking for ideas for the holidays, here are 13 fun holiday party themes that all ages will love!

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Best Ideas for Christmas Party Themes

 If you want to give your family a memorable holiday party this year, consider the following themes!

What are good Christmas party themes?

Christmas Theme Ideas For All Ages:

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  • Nutcracker Theme
  • Christmas Caroling
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater
  • Christmas Vacation Party
  • Funny Holiday Hats
  • Christmas Movie Red Carpet
  • White Elephant Gift Exchange
  • Funny Gag Gift Exchange
  • Cookie Swap Party
  • Christmas Potluck Pitch-in
  • Secret Santa Gift Exchange
  • Tree Trimming Party

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Best Christmas Party Themes

1) Christmas Carols and Cookies Party Theme

This fun Christmas party theme will have your family members caroling their favorite Christmas songs with each other for the whole evening as they enjoy a buffet dinner and a few delicious seasonal cocktails.

You can Christmas carol indoors with karaoke or even carol at your neighbors or local friends’ houses! End it with a hot chocolate bar at your house and cookies (or even a cookie decorating party!).

2) Nutcracker Party Theme

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas party theme that is sure to bring out everyone’s inner child, then this one may be perfect for you.

  • Dressing up as favorite Nutcracker Ballet characters.
  • Read The Nutcracker by the Christmas tree.
  • Watch The Nutcracker.
  • Play music from The Nutcracker during the party.
  • Decorate with Nutcrackers.

3) Funny Holiday Hats Party Theme

Another fun Christmas party theme that is sure to bring out the child in everyone is having everyone wear funny Christmas hats. Give away prizes for Best Hat, Funniest, Most Festive, and more!

There’s nothing like a Christmas hat for making you feel silly and giddy!


4) White Elephant Party Theme

You can’t have a Christmas party without the White Elephant game!

Have everyone bring a fun, inexpensive, wrapped Christmas gift. (Be sure to set a price limit.)

To play the game, give everyone a number. The person with Number #1 goes first, chooses a gift, and unwraps the gift. The person with #2 can either steal the gift from #1 or choose a new gift to unwrap. (If they steal from person #1, then person #1 goes again.)

Keep going until all gifts have been unwrapped!

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5) Bad Gift Party Theme

One thing you ‘ll never have enough of when you entertain is the bad gifts that your guests bring to any party.

This theme works just like the White Elephant Game, but instead of legit gifts you have guests bring gag gifts.

If you really want to throw things for a loop, add in one cool gift (like a good gift card) and watch everyone scramble to end up with it!

6) Bethlehem Dinner Christmas Party

Bethlehem Christmas Party Theme

We actually did this holiday party theme last year and it’s DEFINITELY something we’ll do again.

We wanted to learn more about the culture, food, music, fashion, etc. during the time Jesus was born. After our studies, we decided to host a Bethlehem dinner and serve only things that were available and common for that time.

You can read all about our Bethlehem Dinner and how to throw your own Bethlehem party here.

7) Christmas Vacation Party Theme

Relive a favorite Christmas movie with this holiday themed version of the classic movie.

Dress up in some tacky Christmas sweaters (or robe like cousin Eddie), put on the Christmas Vacation movie, have a movie trivia contest, and even include some fun accessories from the movie as prizes!

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8) Nostalgic Grandma’s Best Recipe Potluck Party Theme

If you’re looking for an excuse to get all of your family members together so everyone can help cook the holiday dinner, this fun Christmas party theme is a great way to do it!

Have everyone pitch-in their favorite recipe that they remember from childhood. If it’s family, have them also bring old photos and place photo boards around the room where they can stick their photos for everyone to see.

We love this clip-on photo hanger for this party!

9) Secret Santa Party Theme

Here’s another fun Christmas party theme that will make sure all of your family members are included and have a good time. Everyone loves the White Elephant game, but it’s even more fun when everyone has to bring a secret Santa gift!

It takes a little more planning and coordination, but everyone “draws” a name before the party. Then, they wrap a gift for that person.

Make it even more fun by leaving off the giver’s name and see if people can guess who their Secret Santa is! (You can even give prizes for people who guess right!)

10) Christmas Story Party Theme

This is a fun Christmas party theme that works well for everyone, especially if you’re looking to go all out with decorations.

Watch the Christmas Story, have Christmas Story movie theme menu, and even have guests dress up like their favorite characters from the movie!

Also, go all out on vintage decorations like tree tinsel, bubble Christmas lights, and even a FRAGILE leg lamp!


11) Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Theme

You could also throw in a fun Christmas party theme like this one to make it feel more funny and festive.

Everyone has their own idea of what an ugly Christmas sweater looks like, so there is no telling who will come in with the tackiest one! Be sure to have a vote and give away prizes for categories like Ugliest of All Sweaters, Prettiest Ugly Sweater, Most Colorful Ugly Sweater, etc.

One year, we also had an ugly sweater cookie decorating contest. We put out voting “boxes” and everyone voted with money for different categories. We then gave the money raised to charity! (It was a huge success!)

Just grab some sweater cookie cutters and make the cookies ahead of time. Then, provide all the decorating items!


12) Christmas Lights Party Theme

Have everyone dress up in twinkly lights, twinkle light hats, and even light up sweaters.

Then, load up in the car and drive around to look at Christmas lights in neighborhoods.

Once back at your house, have a hot chocolate bar and some Christmas snacks and snuggle down for a Christmas holiday sleepover!

13) The Office Holiday Party Party Theme

If you have a group who loves The Office, put on an Office Christmas Party.

Dress as your favorite Office characters and watch some of The Office Christmas episodes like:

  • Christmas Party Season 2, Episode 10
  • A Benihana Christmas Season 3, Episode 10
  • Moroccan Christmas Season 5, Episode 11
  • Secret Santa Season 6, Episode 13
  • Classy Christmas Season 7, Episodes 11-12
  • Christmas Wishes Season 8, Episode 10

You can even play Office Trivia, Office Uno (with a special rule!), The Office Clue, or a hysterical (adults only) Office Meme Game.

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What are your favorite ideas for Christmas party themes?

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Friends have called Jackie the "Midwestern Martha" [Stewart] because of her 20 years of over-the-top theme parties, super fun sleepover tips, and fun theme recipes.

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