9 Entertaining Christmas Party Ideas

Are you in charge of organising this year’s Christmas party? Maybe you’re looking for work Christmas party ideas, or you’re planning a Christmas do’ with your friends? Either way, you want to be brimming with Christmas party ideas that will wow your party guests and ensure that everyone has a great time.

After all, you need to organise Christmas party games, food, and everything else that comes with a Christmas party. So you’d better start getting organised!

If you’ve been assigned to Christmas party duty this year, we’re here to make life a whole lot easier. Read keeping to get our top Christmas party ideas. You’re welcome!

1. Ugly Sweater Party

Christmas Party Ideas - Ugly SweaterBy Oh My Creative

You’re picturing them now, aren’t you? Garish knitted sweater vests, usually in the boldest greens and reds, complete with hideous white embellishments. To turn your perfunctory office Christmas party into a fun event that people actually look forward to, make it an ugly sweater costume party.

The rules are simple; everyone must wear an ugly sweater to gain entry, giving people an easy dress code to comply with as well as a fantastic conversation starter. Continue the fun by having your guests vote on the most hideous sweaters, and award the winners with prizes.

2. Cheap and Easy Table Centrepieces

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By Frugal Wife=Wealthy Life

If you’re looking for Christmas party ideas to set the tone, keep reading! These table centrepieces look fantastic and wonderfully festive, but if you know where to shop they’ll turn out to cost nothing more than a few dollars.

Head to a discount store for some glass bowls and vases, and fill them up with budget-priced Christmas baubles for effective centrepieces that won’t cost the earth.

3. Secret Santa

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The Secret Santa idea wasn’t always so popular. But these days Christmas parties don’t seem to be much fun without a clever and often raucous gift exchange game! There are so many different varieties of gift exchange games, and they also seem to change and evolve from one party to the next. This variation of the children’s game Pass the Parcel looks like fun, as does the Musical Gifts game idea.

In our experience, Secret Santa is the ultimate icebreaker, and will usually end up being the most memorable part of the event. For that reason, we would recommend playing the gift exchange game towards the beginning of your Christmas party, to lighten the mood and encourage people to relax and start having fun.

4. Christmas Collage

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Want something to really show that Christmas spirit? Why not create a fantastic Christmas collage full of photos of the gang? Whether it’s a collection of work photos or a family Christmas collage, this is a great way to wrangle the troops and create something truly special. After all, every Christmas is a little bit different. This is a great way to showcase that. You could even do another collage in five years time to see how much everyone has changed.

Your Christmas themed collage could feature the whole group across the course of the year, or it could feature last years Christmas snaps. To really get everyone involved, decide on a theme and ask everyone to send one photo each. Then simply head to Canvas Factory, design your collage, and order. It’s that simple!

5. Santa Hat Brownies

Christmas Party Ideas - Santa HatBy I Heart Naptime

These tiny sweet hors d’oeuvres are wonderfully festive and equally easy to create. If you use a brownie mix as the base (and we would highly recommend that you do – no one is going to give you “brownie points” for making the base from scratch!) then from there it’s a simple matter of cutting the brownies into uniform shapes and affixing a lovely ripe strawberry with white icing. Don’t forget a tiny dollop of icing on the tip of the strawberry to represent the pom-pom on the end of Santa’s hat!

6. Waffle Cone Deserts

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From Buzzfeed

Speaking of sweet treats, we absolutely love this idea of creating Christmas tree themed deserts by decorating upside down waffle cones. For bonus points, create a Christmas tree decorating station where your party guests can decorate their own upside down waffle cone however they choose. Have someone take a photo of each guest with their waffle cone creation to remember the moment.

7. Name Cards and Food Labels

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From Buzzfeed

When it comes to the top Christmas party ideas, it’s the little things that matter. The small details can also have the biggest effect, and this can certainly be true for party decor. By gluing three miniature candy canes together you can create name cards and food labels stand up by themselves and colourfully display the necessary information.

As a variation for name cards, keep the candy canes in their individual plastic wrapping and instead of gluing the three candy canes together, use a small amount of tape to affix them so that the name cards will double as little party favours for the guests to take home.

8. Slightly More Elaborate Party Games

Christmas Party Ideas - Games

By Zach and Callie

Some Christmas parties will have just the one gift exchange game as the main event. If you’d like to include more Christmas-themed games for your party, we’ll send you straight over to this site which has a fantastic collection of games perfect for any Christmas party, along with detailed instructions for each one.

9. Keep Those Cameras Clicking

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When you’re the party organiser, it can be all too easy to spend the event running from one task to another and making sure that everyone’s got a drink in their hand and that the event is running smoothly. In addition to all your other responsibilities, there are two more thing that you should try to keep in mind throughout the Christmas party. The first is to make sure you have fun as well, and that you take the opportunity to eat and participate in the games as much as you can. Secondly, check that someone is taking photos throughout the event. A few of our suggestions above – such as the Christmas themed photo booth and the waffle cone desert Xmas party ideas – involve producing photos, but you’ll also need to know that someone is taking photos of other elements of the Christmas party, too.

Your final job as the organiser of this year’s office Christmas party will be to choose the best photos from all those produced on the day and upload them to our online tool. From there, your work is finally done, as we will take care of turning your Christmas party memories into a professional quality holiday canvas print to proudly display in your workplace for everyone to enjoy.


Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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