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19 Festively Fun Christmas Party Theme Ideas

Fa la la la la! The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching. Which means, Christmas party planning begins right about…now!

Whether you host an annual holiday party or this is your first time, the key is proper planning, choosing a great theme and inviting with a cute Christmas party invitation. Go all out or keep it simple; no matter what Christmas party theme you choose, your guests will have a blast.

Featured Christmas Party Invitation: Plaid Party

1. Party Theme: Drinks and Donations

First up – a Christmas party theme that sums up the spirit of the season! Throw a party with a Drinks and Donations theme and you’ll have a whole lot of fun and do a whole lot of good too!

On your party invitation, ask guests to bring a donation to the charity of your choice. Give to a local Christmas toy drive or collect cash donations for your favorite non-profit. Thank your friend with their generosity with holiday cocktails!

2. Party Theme: Wear Plaid! 

Tell your friends to channel their inner Paul Bunyan and throw a plaid-themed holiday party. That’s right – no one can get through the door without wearing plaid. Shirts, dress, heck, even plaid socks count!

Get your camera ready because the photo opps with this theme are priceless.

3. Party Theme: Winter Wonderland

This one’s magical! Turn your home into a winter wonderland with fun and easy-to-create details. First, add mood lighting with lots of candles. The star of your winter wonderland is the food and drink. Think frosted cocktails, sugar-dusted pastries and classis snowflake-shaped sugar cookies.

4. Party Theme: Dress Your Best

Want to throw an elegant holiday party? Have your guests dress the part! On your Christmas party invite, tell them to dress to the nines. Trust us, everyone loves a reason to dress up, especially during the holiday season. Serve up the fanciest drinks (champagne, please!) and if you’re extra brave, host a dinner party.

5. Party Theme: Secret Santa

Are you and your friends doing a secret Santa gift exchange? Wrap up the fun with a Christmas party and invite in the most adorable style with this Secret Santa party invitation.  

Featured Christmas Party Invitation: Santa Suit

6. Party Theme: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

This classy holiday party theme puts the focus on the most important part of any party – food, drinks and fun! Invite with an eat, drink and be merry holiday party invitation to set the tone for a sophisticated evening.

7. Party Theme: Cookie Exchange

Have you ever been to a cookie exchange? If you haven’t, you’ve got to host one this year! Here’s how it works: every attendee bakes their favorite Christmas cookie (before the party!) and brings enough to divvy several out to each guest.


Everyone leaves with a platter full of unique homemade goodies. It’s the perfect way to get holiday-ready without spending a weekend in the kitchen.

8. Party Theme: Bah Humbug

This is a pretty funny Christmas party theme and especially perfect when you’re in that time of life when the holidays feel like sooo much work. Ship your kids off to grandma’s house for the night and gather your friends for some fun!

Throw a Bah Humbug themed party, but make it cute. On your Christmas party invitation, tell guests to wear black. When they arrive, hand them a Santa hat or reindeer antlers. Bonus points if you can convince everyone to participate in a group Tik Tok!

9. Party Theme: Jingle and Mingle

This simple Christmas party idea is super fun, and we’re suckers for a theme that rhymes.

To tie in the “jingle” add jingle bells around the stem of your champagne or wine glasses. Instant ambience!

Featured Christmas Party Invitation: Let’s Jingle

10. Party Theme: Holiday Spirit

Find your holiday spirit with some holiday spirits! This party theme is all about Christmas cocktails.

Invite with a Holiday Spirits party invitation, then create a Christmas-themed bar. Create a make-your-own style bar with recipe cards and all the ingredients your guests need to whip up their own festive concoctions.

11. Party Theme: Gingerbread Jamboree

If you want more cookies and less booze, throw a gingerbread jam! This holiday party theme is a fun way to gather your girlfriends for a cute activity and is great for kids too. It centers on decorating gingerbread men and no, you don’t need to bake (unless you love to bake!).

To make it easy, order plain gingerbread men from your local bakery. Then, gather cookie decorations like frosting, sprinkles, mints and more. Your guests will have so much fun decorating cookies and will leave with a sweet treat!

12. Party Theme: As Lit As The Christmas Tree

This Christmas party theme for adults is sure to get giggles. Invite your friends to come over and get as lit as the tree (wink, wink).

Make a boozy cranberry cocktail, which is perfect for the holidays. And don’t forget the food, or you might regret this theme. Simple charcuterie boards will do just fine! 

13. Party Theme: Brunch-Mas

Not a night person? Throw a brunch themed Christmas party. Serve up impressive and holiday-worthy treats like this Christmas Star Twisted Bread or decedent Cinnamon Rolls.  


If you want to serve up a breakfast cocktail with a holiday twist, this Clementine 75 looks mouth-watering.

14. Party Theme: Pop. Fizz. Clink. 

You know that week between Christmas and New Year’s when you’re sort of in a daze? Snap out of it by celebrating the New Year with a Pop, Fizz, Clink themed holiday party.


A little sparkle and a lot of champagne is all you need to pull off this festive theme!

Featured Christmas Party Invitation: Pop Fizz Clink

15. Party Theme: PJ Party

Put those Old Navy matching jammies to work! If you’re looking for a holiday party theme for families, this one is really fun. Encourage everyone to wear their pajamas and give out prizes for the most-festive family.

Create family-friendly activities with holiday games for the kids and kid-friendly food too.

16. Party Theme: Cocktails and Carols

Have you ever gone Christmas caroling? It’s seriously so fun! And, it’s even more fun with your favorite group of friends. 

Invite your friends to a cocktails and carols themed party, and tell everyone to bring an insulated tumbler. Now, brew up some warm holiday cocktails and fill up those cups with some liquid courage. Once you’re feeling warmed up, head out to the neighborhood and start knocking on doors. This is one memory-making party!

17. Party Theme: Christmas Movie Marathon

We’re back with another fun family Christmas party theme. Throw a Christmas movie marathon, complete with sweet treats.

Set up a movie projector outside (if you’re lucky enough to be able to!) or basement and encourage the kids to bring all their coziest blankets and squishy things. Put together a fun playlist like Home Alone, The Santa Clause and Elf. The parents can have their own fun with drinks and food while the children are having a blast.

18. Party Theme: Beers and Cheers

Another rhyming holiday party theme! A Cheers and Beers Christmas party just needs two things – brews and festivity.

For a fun twist, pick up some limited edition holiday beer from local breweries.  

19. Party Theme: Ugly Christmas Sweater

And finally, a modern classic! This theme just never gets old. To have a little extra fun with it, and set prizes for Christmas sweater categories. Here are some ideas to get you started: Best Vintage Sweater, Best Blinged Out Sweater, Best Couple’s Sweater Theme.

Feel like you’re ready to host your best Christmas party ever? Make it memorable with a super fun theme and get ready for some festive fun!


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