10 ideas for a fun Christmas party with friends

Christmas party with friends

The Christmas season is a time to spread joy and cherish your loved ones. Organizing a Christmas party with friends is a great way to celebrate the season and create heartwarming, unique memories. However, you’ll want to plan all event details and incorporate original themes and activities to spark your party. 

Whether you’re looking for unusual Christmas party ideas to celebrate with friends or just some fun activities, you will find them in this article. Keep reading for exciting themes and games that are sure to breathe new life into your Christmas gathering and make it memorable. 

Fun Christmas party ideas & games for friends

Christmas movie marathon  

If your group is in the mood for chill, a classic movie night is your best option this year. You will need a large TV or projector and plenty of space for everyone. Ask your friends to vote for movies they want to watch. To recreate the movie theater experience, serve fresh popcorn with a variety of toppers and decorate the place with fairy lights. Here are some movie suggestions: 

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
  • Bad Santa
  • Elf 
  • Home Alone. 

Cocktail-making contest 

Organizing a cocktail-making party is a great idea for an adults-only gathering, and a competitive spirit will make it even more exciting. There are two ways to organize the contest. First, you can use virtual mixology classes and encourage the guests to make classical cocktails and then determine a winner. Or, you can encourage everyone to send you a simple recipe and bring ingredients, and then prepare a cocktail during the party. Serve the cocktails to guests and determine a winner together. 

Gingerbread house decorating party

Gingerbread house decorating contests never go out of fashion! Set up a big table so that everyone could sit around and bake gingerbread houses (or purchase the ready kits to save time). You’ll need icing, candy canes, M&Ms, chocolate chips, and coconut for decoration. Encourage everyone to get creative and then choose the winner. This is a perfect activity if your guests have kids.

Gingerbread house decorating ontest
Get the gingerbread house decoration contest up and running! Image courtesy: Pixabay.com

Classy Christmas party 

How about hosting an elegant wine and appetizer Christmas party this year? Decorate the room in muted colors and prepare a bread board with meats, cheeses, nuts, and fruits. Serve a variety of wines, including red, white, sparkling, and non-alcoholic options, or ask the guests to bring drinks with them. Decide on a dress code, for example, elegant cocktail dresses for women and casual suits for men. 

Pajama Christmas party  

Looking for something informal-themed? Invite everyone to wear their favorite Christmas-themed pajamas for a cozy and casual Christmas celebration with your closest friends. Think classical Christmas movies, mulled wine, cocoa with marshmallows, and a pillow fight! Couples can wear matching pajamas. Spend a cozy evening talking and laughing, or make fondue, wrap gifts together, and create DIY ornaments. 

Did you know? 70% of Americans are looking forward to spending Chrismtas time with their families and friends and consider it the most important activity during holidays. 

Ugly sweater party 

Are you tired of classy and sparkling Christmas outfits? Then, an ugly sweater party might be exactly what you need. Put on the ugliest sweater you got for Christmas years ago, and ask your friends to do the same. Silly hats, jewelry, and funny socks are welcome, too! Engage guests in crafts and decoration contests, and be sure to set up a DIY photo area – pictures of everyone in fun sweaters will surely spark up your social media!  


Wreath-making is a traditional Christmas party activity that both the kids and adults will enjoy. Buy wreaths from the local market and have your guests prepare décor, such as DIY ornaments, holly, ribbons, dried citrus, berries, candy cane, and more! Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Wreath forms
  • Glue sticks 
  • Décor 
  • Clippers and scissors
  • Greenery 
  • Paper roll for the table. 

Watch video tutorials or use your imagination. Or, run a contest to give your wreath-making a competitive edge. 

Secret Santa gift exchange 

Secret Santa is a traditional Christmas activity where everyone is involved in gift-giving. Have your guests draw names ahead of time so that everyone becomes someone’s Santa and prepares a present for them secretly. On Christmas day, put all the presents under the tree. Everyone unwraps the present and guesses who it is from. 

Secret Santa helps your friend save on gifts while preparing a personalized present for one assigned person. With MySanta service, you can quickly draw names online and see who gives a present to whom. Moreover, you can create wishlists and chat with your Santa anonymously.  If playing Secret Santa is already a tradition in your group, learn about ways to play the popular game with a twist

Secret Santa online organizer
Draw names in seconds with the MySanta online service. 

Spread reindeer food 

If your friends bring kids to the party, entertain them by preparing and spreading the reindeer food. Kiddos love the idea of getting Santa Claus into the house and will be eager to participate. You will need uncooked oats, colored sugars, festive ribbons, and plastic bags. Mix the ingredients and sprinkle the magical reindeer food on the lawn on Christmas Eve so that the reindeers can have a snack while Santa is delivering presents to kids! 

For more Christmas games and enjoyable activities for kids, read our article on how to make Christmas magical for your little ones

Talent show party 

If you have talented people in your group, why not showcase their unique talents during the Christmas celebration? Encourage dancers, singers, musicians, stand-up comedians, and other talented people to participate, no matter if they are seasoned performers or simply want to show their skills. Give everyone the opportunity to participate, including those who aren't artistically inclined. Set up the small scene and decorate it with Christmas lights and tinsel to recreate a real talent show atmosphere! You will need to take care of the equipment ahead of time. 

There are many ways to liven up your Christmas party and turn it from an ordinary gathering into an exciting event everyone will remember all year! Use the ideas above for your inspiration, and remember that Christmas is the perfect time to share love with your dear ones and strengthen your friendship.