You may love watching Elf more than your kid does, but let’s face it… Christmas is all about them! Don’t you remember not being able to sleep on Christmas Eve? The mind-boggling pile under the tree the next morning? Swearing that you hear Santa’s sleigh bells outside? Keep Christmas magical for your little ones with these 15 ideas for a Christmas party for kids!
I’m pretty sure Rice Krispies were invented just to mix with marshmallow and make adorable treats. These Reindeer Rice Krispies Treats are cute, festive, and easy to make.
I have a feeling this Snowball Party Mix is fairly addictive and you may want to hide a batch in your special “no kids allowed” cabinet! But for the sake of a Christmas party, we’ll let them have some of it too. And hey, it’s easy enough that they can even help make it!
For a healthier treat, try these Grinch Kabobs! They’re quick and easy to assemble as a last-minute snack idea. Pro tip: Keep the bananas from going brown by placing the slices in a bowl of lemon or lime juice first.
For a kids party, you can’t go wrong incorporating pizza somewhere in there. These Crescent Pizza Stockings are perfect! I bet you already have all the ingredients in your fridge from that time you decided you’d have a weekly “Make Your Own Pizza” night!
I’m a big fan of the classics, so a simple Shirley Temple in a holiday cup works for me! It’s already sparkly and red so it fits right into any Christmas theme. There are only two ingredients: grenadine and lemon-lime soda. Pour a little grenadine in the bottom, then tilt the cup and slowly pour the soda down the inside to keep the layers intact. Oh, and then toss a maraschino cherry on top if you’d like!
Games and Printables
Kids have short attention spans, so keep the party moving with some games! Here are some Christmas party printables to make it easy for you.
Who doesn’t love Bingo? Hey, you could even use this Christmas Bingo printable for an adult party! We’ve created a set of 8 cards, so if you have more than 8 players, you may want to team up.
Christmas Memory Game
For younger age groups, this Christmas Memory game is perfect! Cut the squares of the printable below and hand out to the kiddos facedown. Let them take turns turning over two cards looking for a match. If they find a match, they keep them and get another turn. The person with the most matches when all the cards are gone wins! We’ve included a set of 12 cards for you. Print onto thick card stock for best results.
Snowball fights are such a fun part of the holidays! Bring the competition indoors with this cute Christmas party game called the Snowball Slam. If you really want to be authentic, these “snowballs” are awesome! (A little pricey though. Balled up white socks work just as well!)
Sure, party games and printables are fun, but nothing lights up a child’s face like a visit from Father Christmas himself! Booking a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus is an experience that they’ll never forget. Santa can join in the games, pass out gifts, listen to Christmas wishes, and pose for pictures. Mrs. Claus can read stories, lead songs, and pass out cookies and milk. They love children and make Christmas truly magical.
Santa brings a certain kind of magic, but a magician is a whole different way to mesmerize your guests! If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, booking a children’s party magician is a great option. They have experience working a crowd of kiddos and can sometimes tailor their show to your theme. Just ask!
If there’s one thing that is certain, it’s that kids love having their faces painted! No kids party is complete without a face painter. Whether they want snowflakes or Santa beards, a face painter can do it!
One of the best things about the Christmas season is the music. Help the little ones burn off some energy from all those Rice Krispies treats with a sing-along or a holiday dance party! A kids DJ has all the Christmas songs kids love. And children’s music show is a great way to get your guests joining in the holiday fun! Feel free to give the entertainer a list of your favorite holiday hits so they can tailor to your needs.
Want the kiddos to use their creativity? Book an arts and crafts party! These companies will lead the group in a unique craft, like a glittery Christmas ornament or a handpainted Christmas cookie plate. Let your kiddos get a little messy! But don’t worry, an arts and crafts party will usually supply the aprons and other supplies needed.
Ready to book something amazing for your Christmas party for kids? Find the best at GigSalad.
Megan is the Director of Customer Experience at GigSalad and has gained 9+ years of insight on what makes a great event on both sides of the booking process. Her favorite things include books, true crime podcasts, coffee, hiking, puns, and making people laugh.