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30 Ideas for Your Classroom Holiday Party

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it? School supplies are dwindling, desks are messy, and holiday fever is in full effect. But have no fear! We’re here with a mega list of holiday lessons, activities, and classroom holiday party ideas that will keep students engaged until that final school bell rings—letting you off the hook for a whole week (or longer if you’re lucky!).


30 Ideas for your classroom holiday party


Holiday-Theme Lessons

With a classroom full of rambunctious kids, sometimes a holiday-theme lesson is just what kids need to satisfy their holiday spirit. (Any lesson can be adapted to be multicultural or winter-themed based on your school’s holiday policy.)


1. Snow globe writing activity. Simply take and print pictures of each student acting like they’re “trapped” inside a snow globe. Then give each child small plastic bowls and Epsom salt to create their snow globes, and have them write about what it would be like to be trapped inside.

Learn more at Boy Mama Teacher Mama

snow globe writing activity


2. Elf applications. Create an “Elves Wanted” poster and go over the job description with your students. Then give them each an application and have them write out why they would be the best elf for the job.

Learn more at Boy Mama Teacher Mama

elf applications


3. Snow poetry. Brainstorm words you can use to describe snow. Have students write stories or poems about their favorite snowy memories.

Learn more at Teach Hub


4. Milk jug igloo. Try a classroom engineering project using recycled milk jugs for a team activity that kids will never forget.

Learn more at Hub Pages

milk jug igloo


5. Snow science. If you’re lucky enough to have snow on the ground, bring a snowball into the classroom—or better yet, bring the children outside to grab their own. As each snowball melts, point out the physical changes, temperature, and how and why it sticks together.

Learn more at Teach Hub

snowman with stick arms


6. Analyze classic poetry. Reread a familiar holiday classic like The Night Before Christmas or How the Grinch Stole Christmas and discuss concepts like rhyme, rhythm, scheme, and figurative language.

Learn more at Teach Hub

the nightmare before christmas book cover


7. Old song, new lyrics. Encourage students to use any theme they want (maybe it’s their hometown or a sports team they play on) to pen their own lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Learn more at Scholastic


8. Gingerbread house STEAM activity. Have students build their own gingerbread houses using graham crackers, icing, and various candy materials. Then, implement one of these lessons to address specific math standards based on grade level:

  • Count the number of mini chocolate chips and tell whether they’re even or odd numbers.
  • Measure the dimensions or find the perimeter, area, and surface area of various parts of the house.
  • Give students basic materials like graham crackers and icing, then allow them to “purchase” the different candy materials they will need to complete their house. They should get a certain allotment of “money” that they can spend.

Learn more at Sadlier Math Blog

gingerbread house steam activity


9. Invent-a-Holiday. Discuss how different December holidays are celebrated around the world within different cultures. Then have kids break into groups and invent their own holiday based on their favorite foods, colors, symbols, and traditions. You can even choose one group’s holiday and have an in-class celebration.

Learn more at Scholastic


10. Christmas read-aloud journey. Grab your “passports” and take your students on a journey to various countries to see how they celebrate the holidays. You can watch clips of videos showing different celebrations, eat different foods, read books, sing songs, and create crafts specific to each culture.

Learn more at Really Good Stuff

man reading books to childrens class


Classroom Holiday Party Games and Crafts

There’s something about craft activities around the holidays that turn every student into a budding artist—and the crafts don’t have to be typical handprint reindeer or construction paper trees. We have some new takes on holiday favorites that make the perfect gift for kids to bring home to a loved one or enjoy themselves.


1. Snow globe in a jar. These snow globes are easier than they look and they come out looking amazing. If you have some extra mason jars lying around, this activity is a must-do (and if mason jars are out of your budget, small baby food jars work too!).

Learn more at Julie Ann Art

mason jar snow globe


2. Yarn-wrapped stars. This is great craft for students of all ages (it’s also great for bilateral coordination!). Simply cut stars out of cardstock or have kids cut them out themselves, tape a small piece of yarn in a loop about an inch from one of the tips of each star, and let kids go nuts wrapping the yarn to cover their star!

Learn more at The Inspired Tree House

yarn wrapped star ornament


3. Macaroni snowflakes. Talk about budget-friendly—all that’s required for this one is some pasta, glue, white paint, and glitter.

Learn more at Katy Elliott

macaroni snowflakes


4. Paper plate holiday crafts. Got paper plates? Who doesn’t?! From Santa masks to Christmas wreaths, these simple crafts are sure to please.

Learn more at Crafty Morning

paper plate holiday crafts


5. Reindeer slime jars. The slime craze is far from over, and we love this holiday spin on a kid-favorite.

Learn more at The Best Ideas for Kids

reindeer slime jars


6. Hot cocoa ornaments. Who doesn’t love a warm mug of hot chocolate? Create these super simple cocoa ornaments for kids to enjoy at home or give to someone special.

Learn more at Forkly

hot cocoa ornaments


7. Pin the heart on the Grinch. If your students could use a fun game to get the giggles out, try this new take on the old-fashioned party game for an instant crowd-pleaser. The Grinch template can be printed on two sheets of 8½-inch by 11-inch paper while the hearts can be cut out of red construction paper. Simply give kids a blindfold, spin them around, and let the fun begin!

Learn more at Twin Dragonfly Designs

grinch cutout with hearts pinned to it


8. Snowman slam. This game is tons of fun, and you probably already have everything you need right on hand. Have kids bring in a pair of white socks from home, decorate their own cups—and game on!

Learn more at Growing a Jeweled Rose

snowman slam game


9. Silver bells matching game. Affix sticky dots to the bottom of Hershey’s kisses to create a memory game that can be adapted for variations like letters, numbers, sight words, and more.

Learn more at I Can Teach My Child

hershey's kisses on a table


10. Popsicle stick sled. Popsicle sticks, glue, and some candy canes are all you need to make these adorable sleigh keepsake ornaments. Go a step further and have students decorate them with paint and glitter to add their own creative touch.

Learn more at Crafty Morning.

sled made out of popsicle sticks 



Classroom Holiday Party Treats

Kids love anything that has a holiday theme, especially when they can eat it! All of these holiday party treats are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, and if your school has a store-bought-only rule, most of these snacks will fill the bill.

1. String cheese snowmen

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string cheese snowmen


2. Marshmallow Dreidels

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blue Marshmallow Dreidel


3. Rudolph applesauce cups

Learn more at The Melrose Family

rudolph applesauce cup


4. Doughnut snowmen

Learn more at Sherbert Cafe

snowmen made out of doughnuts


5. Reindeer waters

Learn more at Selections By Sisters

bottles of water decorated like reindeers


6. Santa’s belly cheese rounds

Learn more at Cute Food For Kids

cheese rounds decorated like santa's belly


7. Popcorn snowmen cups

Learn more at Simple Seasonal

popcorn snowmen cups


8. Santa’s juice boxes

Learn more at The Podunk Librarian

juice boxes wrapped like santas


9. Rolo pretzel reindeer

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pretzel and rolo candy reindeer


10. Snowman soup

Learn more at Glorious Treats

snowman soup


Do you have other great ideas for your classroom holiday party? Share them with us in the comments section!

And don’t forget to make it easy to collect everything you need for your classroom activities by posting a wish list. Wish lists are the easy (and free) way to let parents know what you need for your classroom—and they can even purchase items right through Amazon!


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