The Holidays are such a hectic time of year that we often forget what they’re all about: spending time with friends and family! We show our love and appreciation for our friends and family by giving and receiving gifts, but also by spending time and having fun with them. This goes for people of all ages, including kids, teens, and adults.
What are some teen Christmas parties that aren’t boring? Teens can have amazing parties by creating themes, fun games, and awesome and easy to make snacks!
Give the teens complete control over planning their party. They can pick a theme that they love and that all of their friends can participate in, play games that are fun for everybody, and make snack bars and treats that are sure to be crowd pleasers.
In this article we’re going to cover:
- Simple and Easy Teen Christmas Ideas that Aren’t Boring
- Teenage Christmas Party Game Ideas
- The Best Themes for a Teen Christmas Party
- Easy DIY Themed Christmas Snacks for Teens
Even a gift exchange can be turned into an exciting part of the party instead of typical, boring “here yah go!” gift giving. (click here for the Best Teenage Christmas Gift Ideas on Amazon) Keep reading for some great Teen Christmas party ideas that aren’t boring.
Simple and Easy Teen Christmas Party Ideas That Aren’t Boring
Teen Christmas Parties don’t have to be boring if you have the right theme, games, and snacks. A parent can help plan the party but the teens can plan it themselves to guarantee that they’ll have fun!
Just a Few Simple Teen Christmas Party Ideas That Aren’t Boring:
- Throwing a themed party such as an ugly Christmas sweater party
- Having a hot chocolate or cookie decorating station
- Playing games like “What would you rather do?”
- Exchanging gifts by playing a dice game
- Making Christmas themed snacks
These ideas are just the icing on the cake. Below we’ll go over more Teen Christmas Party Ideas and the props to help you set up an epic Christmas party.
But first, why themes? It’s important to have a theme for your party so that the teens have something to get excited about. It’s something that everybody can participate in and that brings the whole party together.
Creating stations like a hot chocolate bar or cookie decorating stations allow everybody to express their creativity and are totally fun. Plus, comparing their creations is a great ice breaker!
Christmas games are another great icebreaker. They get everybody together so that the teens can bond as a a group, and nobody gets left out.
Dice games are a great way to exchange gifts because nobody has to pick out a personalized gift for one person. They just bring a gift that they think is cool and the dice decides who gets what.
Christmas themed snacks are a must have. They satiate the party-goers hunger while bringing a festive vibe to the party.
If you combine all of these elements, you’re sure to throw an unforgettable holiday party that nobody will describe as boring.
Teenage Christmas Party Game Ideas
There are a ton of Christmas party games out there that are appropriate for teenagers to play. Some of them require some preparation and a little bit of crafting, but others require almost no ahead-of-time work at all.
Whether your teen wants to craft an elaborate activity or just go for simple no-prep game, entertainment is a guarantee with these crazy fun Christmas games.
There will be no awkwardly sitting around chatting with one small group if you have a few great games to play. These get EVERY party-goer involved and no one feels left out!
Christmas Party Games:
- Santa’s Hat Game
- The Guessing Game with Christmas Stockings
- Name That Tune
- Ornament Decorating with an Ornament Decorating Kit
- Gift Exchange Christmas Dice Game
(Scroll below to see the descriptions of each of the Teen Christmas games)
Santa’s Hat Game
Santa’s Hat Game requires you to hand out Santa hats to everybody as they enter the party. Tell everyone to keep their hats on until you take yours off.
Start playing other games and doing other activities to distract everyone. Partway through the party, discreetly remove your hat. The first person to notice and take off their hat wins!
The Guessing Game
For the Guessing Game, fill two stockings with around 10 wrapped items each. Divide the teens into two teams (randomly so this doesn’t turn into a “I got picked last for dodgeball” type situation).
Set a timer and have each team feel the stocking and write down what they think the items are. The team that correctly identifies the most objects wins! Either divy up the items or use them as prizes for the winners of the other games.
Name That Tune
To play Name That Tune, have somebody play short clips of Christmas Songs. It’s easiest if you have an Alexa bluetooth speaker like or something similar like a JBL Speaker loud enough to play over the talking teens.
You can stream music directly to the device and choose particular clips within the songs or just play the first 10-15 seconds.Have the teens write down what they think the songs are, and whoever has the most correct answers wins!
Ornament Decorating is always a blast during holiday season. Grab some plain glass ornaments, some glue, and a variety of glitter or you can get an Ornament Decorating Kit from Amazon. Gather the teens in a circle around all of the supplies they need to make their ornaments.
Consider laying down a tablecloth to keep the glitter off your floor. Let the teens go crazy decorating their ornaments! Place them in empty egg cartons or hang them up to let them dry.
This is a great one to do towards the beginning of the party, so they’re nice and dry for the kids to take home with them.
You can choose just a few of these games, but it’s totally possible to fit all of them into a party.
Christmas Dice Snowman Game
The Christmas Dice Snowman Game requires everybody to roll the dice (click here for Christmas Dice on Amazon)and try to draw a complete snowman. Each number on the dice corresponds to a different part of the snowman. Have everybody bring a white elephant style gift to the party.
Try to set a low price limit like $5-$10 to make sure it’s fair. Have the teens sit in a circle and put the pile of gifts in the middle. Give everyone a piece of paper and a pencil.
Here are the rules:
If you roll a:
- 1 – Draw the body of the snowman
- 2 – Draw the eyes and mouth of the snowman
- 3 – Draw the nose
- 4 – Draw the arms
- 5 – Draw the Hat
- 6 – Don’t draw anything, pass the dice on
Have the teens pass the dice to the person on their right. As they complete their snowmen, they get to grab a gift and are out of the game. Once everybody has a gift, they all open them together and they’ll have a great time figuring out who brought what!
The Best Themes For A Teen Christmas Party
The theme that you choose sets the whole scene for the party. The theme can be elaborate and include decorating the whole party space, or it can be something like instructions on what everybody wears.
Feel free to get creative and come up with your own theme, but these are some tried and true great Christmas party themes.
Best Christmas Party Themes for Teens:
- Ugly Sweater Party
- Wrap Yourself Party
- A White Christmas Party
- Pajamas and Pancakes Party
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
An ugly sweater Christmas party is a classic. Everybody finds the ugliest Christmas sweater that they can get their hands on, and wears it to the party. This makes for fantastic photos, and it’s affordable so everybody can participate.
There are so many places to find Christmas Sweaters online. We recommend two specifically. Amazon (click for the Most Funny Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Amazon) or you can check out Halloween Costumes.com (click for the top selling Ugly Christmas Sweaters on HalloweenCostumes.com).
If you’re looking last minute and in a rush you can also check out thrift stores and you can get them for cents on the dollar.
Wrap Yourself Party
A Wrap Yourself Party allows the teens to get really creative. They come to the party as their best version of a gift.
This can include wrapping themselves up in wrapping paper, putting bows in their hair (or anywhere else), making ribbon jewelry, or anything else that they can think of. This one is also absolute gold for photos.
Or, the alternative is to have a bunch a wrapping paper and ribbon or bows available and divide the teens into groups and have them choose one person to be wrapped. You can judge the winner by having the other teems and any spectators applause and the loudest applause wins.
White Christmas Party
White Christmas Parties are both fun and classy if your teen wants to throw a more “grown-up” party. Decorate the party space with white ornaments, table clothes, snowmen, snowflakes, and plenty of sparkles.
Then tell all the guests to wear all white. The teens will feel sophisticated while they engage in the party.
Pajamas and Pancakes Christmas Party
A pajamas and pancakes party is a great themed party that the teens are sure to love. Everybody comes dressed in their favorite PJ’s, so everybody is nice and cozy for the party. This one requires a little work for the adult host, as they will be serving pancakes to the party-goers for dinner.
These are by no means the only themes that you can use for your party, but they are definitely some of the best. And don’t be afraid to go crazy with decorations. The teens will be totally loving taking selfies in a living room turned winter wonderland.
Easy DIY Themed Christmas Snacks For Teens
Snacks are a must for a party to keep the guests happy. Easy Christmas themed snacks will be fun for your teen to make and even more fun for the guests to eat!
These snacks are easy enough that the teen host should have no problem making them him or herself, and they’ll be proud of their work and be able to humble-brag at the party.
Easy DIY Snacks:
Grinch popcorn is the most aesthetically pleasing Christmas snack out there.The bright green popcorn speckled with red and white is as festive as it gets.
To make, add green food coloring to 3 Tbsp melted butter. Toss 10 cups of popped popcorn in the butter to turn it green (You can use more butter if you need to.) Add a bag of red M&M’s and 3 ½ cups mini marshmallows. Then toss to mix it all together.
Crispy Peanut Butter Balls only take 5 minutes to make and are a huge hit. Bring 1 cup corn syrup with 1 cup powdered sugar to a boil in a large saucepan.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup peanut butter and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Stir in 4 cups of rice krispies. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper. Once they’ve cooled a bit, roll into balls.
A hot chocolate bar is a huge crowd please, as the teens get to create their very own hot chocolate recipes. Set up a station for all of the ingredients. This can be a countertop or a table or any other available surface.
Make sure to have a carafe of some sort so the kids don’t have to line up at the microwave. Get several jars, glasses, baskets, or other containers to store all the mix-ins. Set the station up with foam coffee cups and packets on packets of hot cocoa.
Then choose your mix-ins and display them artfully on the station.
Some tasty mix-in ideas are:
- Chocolate Straws
- Chocolate Syrup
- Caramel Syrup
- Vanilla Wafers
- Chocolate Chips
- Whipped Cream
Serve whatever else you can think of and let the Teens have fun with it! And, there you have it, how to throw a teen Christmas Party that isn’t boring.
If you’re looking for ideas for kids younger than teens check out our article on 10 Simple Christmas Party Games for Kids.
In conclusion, have fun with it! If you put in the time and have a great theme, games, and snacks, your party is sure to be a huge hit. And planning and throwing this party can be just as fun for you as it is for your teens!