15 Fabulous Christmas Party Ideas That Take Your Family Gathering to Whole New Levels of Fun

Take your annual family gathering to whole new levels of fun with these 15 fabulous Christmas party ideas for adults! Perfect for office parties, too! Check them out!

Take your annual family gathering to whole new levels of fun with these 15 fabulous Christmas party ideas for adults! Perfect for office parties, too! Check them out!

Every year, we host a huge gathering for family and friends right before the holidays. It’s pretty much the only time of the year that most of us are in one spot at the same time, so we like to make it as special and memorable as possible. If you want to throw a party that your friends and family will be talking about for years to come, check out these fun ideas that we found for you! The hardest part is deciding which fun theme to go with! Also, while we specifically looked for Christmas party ideas for adults, many of these themes are perfect for families with kids, too.

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Christmas Party Ideas for Adults

  1. 12 Days of Christmas Party– The 12 Days of Christmas Party is inspired by the classic Christmas song. The Daily Meal will give you some ideas for party décor, food, drink and activities. I love the idea of having 12 different holiday appetizers!
  2. Candy Cane Theme Christmas Party– A Candy Cane Theme Christmas Party combines the Christmas sparkle and the smell of fresh peppermint. Party 411 shows you how to plan one of these parties, including ideas for invitations, decorations, food, drink, activities and party favors.
  3. Christmas Around the World Holiday Party– The Christmas holiday is celebrated in more than 160 countries around the world. A Christmas Around the World Holiday Party allows you and your guests to experience some of the holiday traditions that various cultures have. Tasty Catering gives you international menu ideas, decorating ideas and entertainment ideas.
  4. Christmas Cookie Decorating Party- Grab an apron and get ready to decorate some holiday cookies. Martha Stewart has some great tips on hosting a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party.
Christmas Cookies
  1. Christmas Cookie Exchange Party– While Christmas cookie decorating parties are lots of fun, Christmas cookie swap parties are just as fun. Bon Appetit features a step-by-step guide to throwing a festive Christmas Cookie Exchange Party.
  2. Christmas Costume Party– Halloween isn’t the only holiday where you get to wear costumes. Christmas is another holiday where you can get away with wearing costumes, like Santa suits, elf costumes and snowman costumes. Party 411 tells you everything you need to know to throw a Christmas Costume Party.
A Christmas Fantasy Parade: Elves
  1. Christmas in Paris Theme Party– A Christmas in Paris Theme Party is elegant and unique, with a bit of festivity thrown in. The EHow website gives you some ideas for party decorations, food and activities.
  2. Christmas Open House Party– A Christmas Open House Party is one that goes on and on. Basically, this type of party doesn’t have set hours like a traditional party has, allowing guests to drop by the party at their leisure. Party 411 can help you with the details of hosting one of these parties.
  3. Christmas Tea Party– A Christmas Tea Party is a great way to get the girls together to do some catching up during the busy holiday season. Diva Girl Parties and Stuff, shows you how to plan an awesome holiday tea party.
  4. Gift Wrapping Christmas Party– A Gift Wrapping Christmas Party serves 2 purposes. First, it allows you to catch up with family and friends and second, you get your gift wrapping done. P&G Everyday has advice on how to plan one of these parties.
  5. Holiday Cocktail Party– Cocktail parties are fairly common during the holiday season. On the Williams Sonoma website, there are tons of Holiday Cocktail Party tips, from planning the menu and setting up the bar to setting the scene with lights and music. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand, like our favorite virgin Eggnog!

The holidays wouldn't be complete without eggnog, right? It's kind of a staple of the season! We have a delicious eggnog virgin drink that is just perfect for the kids (and non-drinking adults!) at your holiday parties!

  1. Holiday Potluck Party– A potluck party is one of the easiest to organize. Basically, your guests provide most of the food dishes and you provide the hospitality. How Stuff Works shows you how to host a Holiday Potluck Party, from start to finish.
  2. Holiday Wine & Cheese Party– Hosting a Holiday Wine & Cheese Party eliminates having to spend hours in the kitchen, prepping and cooking. Williams Sonoma walks you through planning one of these parties, from choosing the ideal wines and cheeses to selecting festive serving pieces.
  3. Reverse Christmas in July Party– You likely have heard of a July in Christmas Party, right? These parties are held in July and feature a Christmas theme. The Reverse Christmas in July Party is just the opposite. These parties are held around the holidays and feature a summer theme. Party 411 has tons of ideas for planning and hosting one of these parties.
  4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party– It’s really not Christmas without an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, now is it? The website- My Ugly Christmas Sweater- features tips on hosting one of these fun parties, including decoration ideas, foods to serve and games to play.

Can’t decide which of these Christmas party ideas for adults would be perfect for your event? Here’s an idea: mix and match! For example, the Holiday Potluck Party goes great with the Ugly Sweater theme!

Do you have any favorite Christmas party ideas that are perfect for adults? Share below!


12 thoughts on “15 Fabulous Christmas Party Ideas That Take Your Family Gathering to Whole New Levels of Fun”

  1. Some of these are really fun holiday ideas. I want to do the Reverse Christmas in July (maybe call it July at Christmas) party! Also doing the Holiday around the world theme or Costume Christmas party is something I would love to explore in the future.

  2. I love to hear about new ideas to make your holiday parties more fun. The Christmas Around the World Holiday Party sounds like a great idea!

  3. These are all great ideas for Christmas!! We love to do a cookie exchange every year! I would love to do a candy cane party!

  4. I just love all of these holiday ideas for adults. Friends and I were just talking about this and I need to show them this list!

  5. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    I am loving all of these ideas! It’s perfect when you’re planning a get together this Christmas with friends!

  6. Great holiday party ideas. Ugly sweaters never go out of style but they are never quite in style. The cocktail party is great and especially the virgin drinks.

  7. We do not gather for Christmas :( This year we won’t gather for Thanksgiving either, Gram moved down south :( Boo Hoo! I love your ideas for Christmas parties though, wish we did one!

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