15 Christmas Party Themes to Spread the Holiday Magic in 2023

15 Christmas Party Themes to Spread the Holiday Magic in 2023
Written by: Sara Mezyk
Updated on: November 20, 2023
9 mins read
9 mins read

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to celebrate the season with a grand party!

Whether you’re hosting a soirรฉe with friends or a jolly office bash, we’ve prepared the ultimate guide to help you host a Christmas party that will have everyone talking well into the new year. From glamorous winter wonderlands to hilarious ugly sweater shenanigans, weโ€™ve got all the best Christmas party themes for adults to enjoy.

So grab a cup of cheer, put on your Santa hat, and let’s go sleigh this yearโ€™s celebrations!

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๐ŸŽ… Classic Christmas Party Themes for Adults

Embrace the charm and timelessness of the holiday season with a selection of classic Christmas party themes.

๐ŸŽ„ 1. Christmas Past, Christmas Yet to Come

Get inspired by this classic Dickensian story, and take a journey through time with a Christmas Past, Christmas Yet to Come themed party. Choose a nostalgic look back into the 20s, 70s, or, if youโ€™re partying with Gen Zs, even up into the 90s, or imagine what Christmas will look like in 30, 40, or even 100 years in the future!

retro themed venue
Enjoy a Christmas blast from the past in a themed venue. | Christmas Offer at The Little Scarlet Door, London, UK

๐ŸŽ„ 2. Nutcracker Ballet Bash

Get ready to embark on a journey filled with beautiful music, stunning performances, and the joyous spirit of the holiday season with this timeless Christmas staple. This theme is all about sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, and dancing snowflakes coming to life. The Nutcracker Ballet Bash is a theme for both fans of the ballet as well as those looking to immerse themselves in a festive atmosphere.

๐ŸŽ„ 3. Santaโ€™s Workshop

Bring the joy of creation to your celebration with a Santa’s Workshop theme. Turn your party into Santaโ€™s workshop, and let participants work together on a DIY project. This type of party is a great opportunity to craft and connect, and each participant gets to take their creation home. Ideas for holiday crafts include:

๐ŸŽ Making Christmas ornaments
๐ŸŽ Painting candles
๐ŸŽ Making cards
๐ŸŽ Making seasonal wreaths.

people sitting at easels in dark-lit room
Crafting Christmas magic, one festive DIY project at a time. | Paint Cabin | Toronto’s Original Paint Bar, Toronto, CA

๐ŸŽ„ 4. 12 Courses of Christmas

A Christmas potluck party is always a great idea, as it takes the pressure off the host and allows participants to bring in their favourite dishes. This year give it a little twist and test your guestsโ€™ creativity, and let the potluck dishes be inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas carol. What will two turtle doves or eight maids a-milking inspired dishes look like? Itโ€™s time to find out!

๐ŸŽ„ 5. Favourite Holiday Song

Channel your inner Mariah Carey, and get ready to sing your heart out with a favourite holiday song theme party. Ask your guests to dress up as their favourite holiday song or artist and then perform their song karaoke-style. You can continue your party with more karaoke hits!

a venue room with a mini stage and microphones
Strike a festive chord with a Favourite Holiday Song themed party. | Festa, San Francisco, CA, USA

๐ŸŽ„ 6. Winter Wonderland

The winter season is all about cosiness, warmth, and comfort. So why not bring this feeling into your party with a Winter Wonderland theme? Decorate with white, silver or gold accents, and ask your guests to dress accordingly. Keep the lighting dim and play ambient music to capture the mood.

๐ŸŽ„ 7. Red (and Green) Carpet

Roll out the red (and green) carpet for an elegant Christmas celebration! Invite guests to dress in their finest festive attire for an evening of glamour and sophistication. With sparkling dรฉcor, exquisite cuisine, and plenty of champagne toasts, it’s a holiday affair worthy of Hollywood’s elite.

an elegant hall
Get ready for glamour and glitter under the mistletoe at an elegant Christmas celebration. | Lounge at Aqimero, Philadelphia, PA, USA

We have other great ideas for elegant Christmas themes if thatโ€™s your cup of hot cocoa!

๐ŸŽ„ 8. Helping Elves

Embrace the spirit of giving and invite your guests to turn into helping Elves and participate in charitable activities. Those can include wrapping gifts for retirement or childcare homes, assembling care packages, or raising funds for a favourite cause. It’s a heartwarming way to come together, celebrate the season, and make a difference in the lives of others.

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๐ŸŽ… Unusual Christmas Party Themes for Adults

Bring a twist to your holiday celebrations this year with these out-of-the-box ideas, perfect for unusual but merry celebrations.

๐ŸŽ„ 9. Reindeer Races

Gather around for a party full of games and competition. Guests can participate in games like reindeer relay races, antler ring toss, and sleigh-pulling contests. You can also play board and card games. It’s sure to be a night filled with laughter and playful competition, where everyone’s a winner in the race to spread Christmas cheer!

funky venue with mini golf course
Host your party in a venue offering multiple games for various experiences! | Birdies, London, UK

๐ŸŽ„ 10. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

This Christmas party theme is bellowed for a reason! Invite guests to wear their most outlandish, colourful, and creatively hideous Christmas jumpers for guaranteed laughter. Organise a contest for the ugliest design, and donโ€™t forget to snap many photos!

๐ŸŽ„ 11. Christmas Around the World

Join Santa on his tour and bring holiday staples from around the world to your party this year. Whether it’s a French Yule log or Italian Panettone, global holiday traditions will add an international flair to your celebration.

restaurant room with Japanese paintings
An international Christmas party calls for an international venue! | KABUKE – Modern Japanese Gastrobar, Singapore

๐ŸŽ„ 12. Dancing with the Christmas Stars

Put on your dancing shoes and take to the floor for this cheerful holiday dance bonanza. Either simply put on your favourite dance numbers, or organise a dance class for you and your guests. With twinkling lights and festive tunes, you’ll dance the night away in a whirl of joy and jingle bells.

๐ŸŽ„ 13. Tropical Christmas

Do you love Christmas but hate winter? Then this theme is for you! Deck your party space with palm trees, sandy beaches, and exotic tropical decorations, serve summery cocktails and Caribbean-inspired delicacies. Santa in shades? Now that’s a tropical delight!

Tropical-themed room
Celebrate the season with a tropical flair. | Tropix, London, UK

๐ŸŽ„ 14. Holiday Movie Night

Lights, camera, Christmas cheer! From Elf to It’s a Wonderful Life, play a marathon of timeless classics, serve themed snacks, and celebrate the season with cinematic splendour. For extra fun, ask your guests to dress up as their favourite Christmas film characters.

๐ŸŽ„ 15. Christmas in the Barbieland

In case you missed it: 2023 is the year of Barbie. After its record-breaking opening weekend and the impact the film made even before its premiere, we cannot imagine the Barbie theme not taking over any and every party that will take place this year, even a Christmas one.

The theme is actually pretty easy to carry out because, with Barbie, you can be anything you want: an accountant Barbie, a CEO Barbie, a stay-at-home-mom Barbie, and, of course, a Christmas Barbie. And, as we learned from the movie, Kens can be anything they want too! So everyone will find it easy to dress up and play along.

Pink coloured sophisticated bar venue
The Barbie theme is usually associated with pink colours, so choose a venue to match! | The Cocktail Room at Ms Collins, Melbourne, AU

๐ŸŽ… Final Thoughts

So there you have it, 15 Christmas party themes for adults to make your holiday celebrations merry and bright! Whether youโ€™re going for a traditional theme or planning to switch things up a bit, a dull yuletide is not in the books this year. So grab your tinsel and twinkling lights, and get ready to host the most unforgettable Christmas party!

For more seasonal cheer and inspiration, check out our Christmas section.

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What makes a Christmas party theme good?

A good Christmas party theme reflects the joy and warmth of the season and matches your guestsโ€™ interests and tastes. Classic themes like Winter Wonderland or Ugly Christmas Sweater parties are always hits, but you can also try something unique like Christmas Around the World or Tropical Christmas.

How can I spice up my Christmas party?

Spicing up your Christmas party is all about adding those extra touches that make the evening memorable. Incorporate fun games like a White Elephant Gift Exchange or festive DIY workshops. Don’t forget the music and festive decorations. You can also hire a unique venue that will add to the festive atmosphere.

What are good Christmas party themes for work?

When planning a work Christmas party, consider themes that are inclusive and enjoyable for everyone. A Winter Wonderland theme brings seasonal magic, while an elegant Red Carpet soirรฉe adds sophistication. For something more relaxed, a Christmas potluck or a fun-filled Reindeer Games Night can foster camaraderie among colleagues.

How can I entertain guests at my Christmas party?

Entertaining guests at your Christmas party is about engaging them with activities, music, and food. Set up various activity stations, such as a DIY ornament crafting table or a photo booth with festive props. Offer a mix of finger foods and drinks to cater to different tastes and keep the atmosphere vibrant with a Christmas playlist. You can also hire a venue that offers games such as mini golf, darts, or board games or one that has a karaoke machine.

How do you plan a successful Christmas party?

Planning a successful Christmas party starts with selecting a theme that resonates with you and your guests. Send out invitations well in advance, and set an RSVP date at least two weeks before the party. Coordinate the decorations, food, music, and activities to align with the theme and create a timeline for the event to ensure a smooth flow. If you plan to hire a venue for your party, itโ€™s best to start searching 2-3 months in advance, as Christmas dates get booked quickly.

How do you throw a fun Christmas party for adults?

Throwing a fun Christmas party for adults is about embracing the festive spirit and providing a variety of entertainment options. Themes like an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or Tropical Christmas can add humour and creativity to the celebration, while Red Carpet or Winter Wonderland themes allow a sophisticated celebration. Interactive games, engaging activities like DIY workshops, and a playlist filled with favourite holiday tunes encourage guests to mingle and enjoy the party.

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