How to Plan a Kids' Christmas Party

Getting ready for the Christmas party can be part of the fun

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It begins every year sometime right after Thanksgiving and it keeps on keeping on until Santa Claus finally arrives. December is party season, specifically Christmas party season, and if you think adults are hard to please when it comes to celebratory ho-ho-ho events, just wait until you roll up your shirtsleeves to host a party for the little ones.

Let's face it—kids have this Christmas stuff down pat and they're often very quick to pounce if something is simply not right. Whether you’re hosting a kids' Christmas party at home or helping to plan a party at school or at church, here are some great ideas for Christmas games, Christmas treats and snacks, fun Christmas activities, crafts, and more. There's enough here to satisfy every young partygoer. 

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    Christmas Games for Children

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    The holidays provide an excellent opportunity for kids to enjoy fun Christmas activities. Many of them can just be variations on games they play all year long, just with a little added holiday spin. Here are some great ideas for Christmas activities that can inspire kids' creativity, challenge them to think, and most of all, let them have fun!

    How about a snowball race? Of course, you'll want to use Styrofoam or something similar in place of real snow, at least if you're indoors, but have the kids balance the white stuff on a spoon and race around the room or a designated area without spilling their precious cargo. 

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    Christmas Treats and Snacks for Kids

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    The holidays mean yummy, festive treats for the whole family—and not just on party day. Here are some great recipes for Christmas treats and snacks that are great for kids and adults, too. There are also some nut-free and gluten-free Christmas treat recipes for family members who have food allergies and intolerances.

    Of course, you can't go wrong with cookies like peanut blossoms along with some healthy milk for the children, but adults might really appreciate a little cocoa divinity. If you think divinity is too difficult to make, think again. This recipe makes it easy. 

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    Christmas Cookie Decorating Fun

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    Take those cookies one step further. Why make them all in advance down to the last sprinkle of colored sugar? Decorating them is an excellent activity that can be the main focus of a Christmas party or just an added part of the fun.

    Make or buy some sugar cookies, then get a few decorating bags and some icing and...voila! You’ll have instant fun for kids who will love decorating—and devouring—their beautiful creations. Don't forget those sprinkles. 

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    Fun, Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

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    Another great way to celebrate the holiday season is to decorate your home with festive Christmas crafts and a little help from your kids. Your children will have fun creating the crafts, and they'll be proud to see the contribution their creativity makes to the holiday decor when they're done. You can have them roll their little shirtsleeves up at the party or let them begin decorating in advance. 

    And don't forget those invitations. Help your kids to make them and maybe some Christmas greeting cards, too. Use them as inspiration to unleash the artist within!

It's All in the Planning

Planning some great Christmas activities is an essential part of any successful kids' Christmas party, and you can incorporate them into party "tasks," either during the party or for some fun leading up to it. Planning is key. Know what you're going to do, then map out how you're going to get there. The fun can last the entire season.