Seven Tips for an Easy and Fun Classroom Holiday Party

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with your students! But if you’re anything like me, the thought of planning a party for 20+ kiddos can be daunting. Never fear! With a little planning and these six easy tips, you’ll be on your way to hosting a stress-free classroom holiday party that your students will love.

1. Keep it Simple

The holidays are already a busy time for you and your students, so don’t try to do too much! Stick to one or two simple activities that won’t take up too much time or create too much mess. Some of my favorite ideas include decorating holiday cookies or making paper snowflakes.

2. Make Your Holiday Party Meaningful for your Class

Choose activities that will meaningfully engage your students and get them thinking about the holiday season. This is a great time to introduce students to a variety of cultural holidays or discuss why certain holidays are celebrated. For example, you could have students create a winter holiday card to share what their family celebrates during the season.

Girl showing Christmas bow drawing created during a winter holiday classroom party
Allow students to share their traditions by making cards that showcase their holidays.

3. Have Fun!

Make sure your holiday party is fun for everyone! Holiday music can be an easy way to get your students in the spirit and lighten up the atmosphere

4. Incorporate Technology

Technology can be a great way to add some fun and excitement to your party without adding to your workload. There are tons of great holiday-themed games that your students will love. For example, our Christmas Around the World Virtual Field Trip, Catch and Elf Escape Room, or Holidays Around the World Passport Escape Room. All of these are available in MagiCore Academy!

5. Go Potluck Style

Planning and preparing all the food for a party can be overwhelming, so why not ask each family to send in their favorite holiday snack or dish? This not only lightens your load, but it also gives your students a chance to share their cultural traditions with their classmates.

child with King cake or Rosca de Reyes, a Spanish dessert for Christmas
child with King cake or Rosca de Reyes, a Spanish dessert for Christmas

6. Use Classroom Materials

You don’t need to go out and buy special materials or supplies for your party—just use what you have on hand! Get creative and repurpose some of the materials from your classroom. For example, use construction paper to make garlands or turn Solo cups into reindeer noses.

7. Make Your Classroom Holiday Party a Team Effort

Enlist the help of fellow teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, or even older students to help you plan and execute the party. Having extra hands on deck will make things run more smoothly and help you enjoy the party right alongside your students!

Hosting a classroom holiday party doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive—just follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to throwing an easy and fun celebration that your students will remember for years to come!

You can check out all of my winter holiday resources here!

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