Gather ’round, for it’s that time of year again when we teachers and parents become Santa’s little helpers, spreading holiday cheer with Christmas classroom party ideas!

And just like Santa’s workshop, we’ve been working tirelessly to craft the most magical, mischief-managed, and mirth-filled ideas to make this year’s celebration the jolliest yet.

Grab your elf hats, sprinkle some glitter on that lesson plan, and let’s sleigh this classroom Christmas party planning together! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ


Here at Little Learning Corner, my goal is to keep learning fun for the kids and affordable for you!  The same goes with classroom parties!

Simple Classroom Christmas Party Ideas

Keeping things simple can help ensure that all students, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds, can participate in the celebration.

Overly complex or elaborate parties may inadvertently exclude some students.

Additionally, elaborate parties with extensive decorations, food, and activities can be expensive.

Simpler parties are more budget-friendly, and teachers often have to spend their own money on classroom supplies, so they appreciate cost-effective options.

Christmas Cookie for Decorating

Decorating Christmas cookies with kids has been one of my favorite classroom Christmas party activities!

Yes, it’s messy, but the kids love it! 

Get enough sugar cookies for the kids to decorate 2-3, stock up on icing and cookie decorations, and let the fun memories begin.


When planning for my kindergarten Christmas party, I would have the cookies and supplies set up at one station (usually my guided reading table).

The kids would rotate through different stations, one of which was my decorating table.  If you have room parents, you could do this as a whole class activity.  Simply place the cookies and decorations at every table.

Put on some Christmas music, and let the kids all do their own.  The parent volunteers can help supervise – which is a blessing within itself.

Even if you are looking for last minute ideas for classroom party, this will not disappoint.

Christmas Pipe Cleaner Crafts

We all know kids love making holiday crafts.  However, we also know it can be difficult managing 25 kids doing crafts that involve cutting, gluing, and glitter. This, friends, is why I love Christmas pipe cleaner crafts.

I’m not teaching this year, but you bet I still made some of these fun crafts with my youngest daughter.

Grab a few Christmas pipe cleaner sets from amazon, or your local craft store, and you’re set.


Christmas Pipe Cleaner Craft Ideas

  • Christmas wreath
  • Reindeer
  • Christmas lollipops
  • Christmas tree
  • Strands of Christmas lights
  • Candy canes
  • Mistletoe
  • Stars
  • Christmas bell

Pin the Nose on the Reindeer

Kids love a fun game of competition. 

This fun Christmas Party set comes with a large poster, 24 red noses, and a blindfold.  Whoever gets closest is the winner!

Nutcracker Ring Toss

Perfect for in the classroom or at home with the family, this Nutcracker Ring Toss is a hit!

Kids Gift Exchange Ideas

Last, but not least, your kids can do a small gift exchange. This, too, has always been a popular Christmas party idea for the classroom.

Around Thanksgiving or the first week of December, I send home a letter to the parents letting them know about the exchange.   This way, they have plenty of time to let their kiddo pick out a gift.  There are gift ideas below.

This year, my daughter wanted to take in stackable holiday pencils to pass out to all her classmates. 

We simply tied red curling ribbon around each one, and make it look festive.


Two types of gift exchanges for kids:

  1. The kids buy one $5 gift to put in the collection.  On party day, everybody gets to pull one present from under the classroom tree.
  2. The kids bring in enough small tinker gifts for everybody in the classroom. (i.e. Christmas party favors at the dollar store.)  On the day of the party, the kids pass out a tinker gift to each student.

10 Kids Gift Exchange Ideas

Planning a Christmas classroom party for young kids can be a wonderful and heartwarming experience that creates lasting memories for both students and parents.

As teachers and parents, our shared goal is to make this festive season special and inclusive for every child, regardless of their background or beliefs.

By keeping the celebration simple, age-appropriate, and budget-friendly, we ensure that the focus remains on the joy, wonder, and unity that the holiday season can bring.

Remember, it’s not about the extravagance of the decorations or the grandeur of the activities; it’s about the laughter, the smiles, and the sense of togetherness that our little ones feel during this magical time of year.

Embrace the spirit of creativity, imagination, and collaboration.

Together, we can craft a Christmas party that sparks excitement, spreads happiness, and reminds us all of the true meaning of the season โ€“ the gift of love, compassion, and the joy of learning.

Here’s to a delightful and heartwarming celebration that will warm the hearts of our young learners and create cherished memories for years to come.

Merry Christmas, and may your classroom party be filled with joy and wonder! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ

Before you go, here are a few blog posts you may be interested in:

35 Ideas for Indoor Recess

52 Gift Ideas for Kids

10 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids


Classroom Christmas Party Ideas