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23 Festive Christmas Party Themes

Hosting a holiday party is a great way to get in the spirit of the season, but if you're fresh out of creative themes it can be a little stressful. Find a theme that reflects your own style whether that's a classic Christmas party or a unique new theme that surprises guests. No matter what you choose, a stylish and fun holiday party invitation can serve as a source of inspiration for your Christmas activities and set the tone for guests before they partake in the holiday festivities!

  1. Gingerbread House Party

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    Everyone loves a gingerbread house, so why not host a gingerbread house building party? Get your guests to bring supplies and you can provide the space and the icing! Your invitations can hint at the fun to come by featuring a gingerbread house or candy-shaped design. Include a decorating competition complete with prizes for a fun and interactive theme.

  2. Caroling Party

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    Mix up a huge pot of hot cocoa and invite your friends to go caroling with you. This old-fashioned fun can make for a night of hilarity, and your neighbors are sure to be impressed.

  3. Santa Costume Party

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    Invite all your guests to dress up like Santa and give prizes to the best, most hilarious and most unlike Santa-style costumes. You should encourage guests to be as creative as possible and add a new twist to the traditional Santa costume.

  4. Classic Holiday Party

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    A classic holiday party invitation should remind guests of all the wonderful things that the Christmas season has to offer. Decorate with Christmas classics like a Christmas wreath, tree, gift box and snowflakes. And don't forget the mistletoe!

  5. Cookie Exchange Theme

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    A Cookie Exchange is the perfect theme for your party if your family loves to bake! Baking cookies during the holiday season is a common tradition and you can transform this popular holiday activity into a gifting party. Family and friends can bring their own cookies and everyone can fill up decorative holiday tins with their favorite treats.

  6. Deer-Themed Winter Party

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    A deer-themed holiday party is a contemporary holiday theme that offers a new take on winter-styled parties! You can choose an invitation that has beautiful deer antlers on the front to match all of the creative antler dècor that can be used at your party.

  7. Christmas Sweater Party

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    A Christmas sweater party is a fun and interactive theme for your holiday party! Family and friends can wear their favorite Christmas sweaters or you can opt to go with an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party.

  8. Formal Holiday Party

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    If you're hosting a formal holiday party, set expectations ahead of time in your invitation to ensure everyone fits the dress code. Much like a classic Christmas party, you can include a lot of traditional decorations for a beautiful winter scene. Take extra care with lighting and food plating to create a formal ambiance.

  9. Christmas Pajama Party

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    Switch up your usual party theme and encourage guests to wear Christmas pajamas to your event. This is an especially fun theme for kids because they can get special Christmas pajamas to wear to the party and again on Christmas Eve.

  10. Christmas Karaoke Party

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    One of the most special parts of Christmas is the music that accompanies the festive season. If you already find yourself belting out Christmas tunes at any opportunity, then a Christmas karaoke theme is the perfect fit for your holiday party.

  11. Winter Wonderland Party

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    You can have yourself a white Christmas in any climate with a winter wonderland party. Deck your house in white décor and cozy touches for an unforgettable night.

  12. Christmas Cocktail Party

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    Throw a modern cocktail party where guests dress casually and drink some of their favorite holiday-themed cocktails. You can supply the beverages yourself or ask everyone to bring their favorite wintery mixed drink.

  13. Hot Chocolate Party

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    Create a beautifully styled hot chocolate bar, and go the distance with personalized mugs and toppings. To really impress guests, offer a range of syrups and other add ins like peppermint syrup so they can fully customize their drink.

  14. Christmas Ornament DIY Party

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    If you love crafting, plan a Christmas ornament-making party that's kid-friendly and fun. Turn up some holiday tunes and serve some Christmas snacks while everyone paints for a fun DIY evening.

  15. Christmas Tree Trimming Party

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    Throw a tree trimming party, and invite guests over to help decorate your tree and partake in some Christmas activities. Check out some creative Christmas tree decoration ideas before you start to get in the spirit.

  16. Christmas Around the World Potluck

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    Invite guests to a potluck extravaganza, and ask them to bring a cultural inspired dish. You can share stories of travels, and learn more about how other cultures celebrate Christmas around the world.

  17. Christmas Movie Night

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    Everyone loves a good holiday film to get in the Christmas spirit. Invite family and friends over for a night full of their favorite Christmas movies along with desserts and drinks.

  18. White Elephant Gift Exchange

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    A white elephant gift exchange is entertainment in itself, and hilarity is sure to ensue. Have each guest bring a gift and then take turns drawing names from a hat. After all the swapping, stealing and laughing, the ugliest, most pointless gift wins!

  19. Ornament Exchange

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    Each guest will walk away with a special gift after this party. Remind guests to bring a wrapped ornament to contribute to the community pile. You can exchange homemade or store-bought ornaments.

  20. Nightmare Before Christmas

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    If you're just not a fan of traditional Christmas parties, fill your home or party venue with Nightmare Before Christmas décor and treats for a spooky holiday affair.

  21. Community Service Party

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    The holiday season leaves everyone feeling extra generous and thankful for what they have. Get together with family and friends to donate canned goods to your local homeless shelter, take gifts to a children's hospital or perform random acts of kindness around town.

  22. Holiday Card-Writing Party

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    Warm someone else's heart this season by throwing a holiday card-writing party. After you've already sent your own Christmas cards it can be fun to write cards to Veterans, nursing home residents or hospital patients.

  23. Winter Beach Party

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    It's the opposite of Christmas in July! Bring a touch of summer back with tropical décor and treats, and for extra contrast play Christmas music and dress in winter attire.

Creating a solid theme and making sure your guests are informed is the number one priority in planning a Christmas party. Don't settle for something that's less than ideal. The theme will guide your choices in almost all other aspects of the gathering, including invitations, attire, décor, food, entertainment and more. Personalize your perfect themed invitation for an event that's flawlessly festive!

If you're looking for ways to keep your guests entertained during your Christmas party, check out these popular Christmas games.

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