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Holidays Around the World Themed Classroom Christmas Party


Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

Classroom Christmas parties can be tough! We want to have some holiday fun with our students, but we are exhausted! We are desperately trying to finish report cards, make parent holiday gifts, bake, shop, etc, etc. I actually love party planning and if this teaching thing doesn't end up working out- I may become a party planner! So I thought I would take away some of your stress by helping you to plan a fun and simple celebration for your students. 

I love a party that has a theme! I have been giving you lots of different party theme ideas over the past several days. Today we are going to plan a holidays around the world party. After learning about the different ways that Christmas is celebrated around the word, my students love to incorporate these celebrations in our class party!

I like to have some treats and crafts from a variety of counties. You can make each country into a station! I am going to share several ideas from four different countries.


Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

In Australia, reindeer don't fly Santa's sleigh. Instead, he has six white boomers, or kangaroos. How about teaching your kids the song Six White Boomers? You can grab a free printable of the song lyrics by clicking HERE.
Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

Students would love making these Australian aboriginal art ornaments from Mrs. Ds Corner. They just use paint, Q Tips and solid colored ornaments!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

It would be so fun to serve pavlova, which is a traditional dessert in Australia. This pavlova recipe from One Perfect Day looks yummy!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

Kids in Australia love fairy bread and I bet your students will too! I mean look at all of those sprinkles! Check out THIS simple recipe for fairy bread. Seriously, it is just bread, butter and sprinkles! Make it a party activity by letting the kids make their own.


Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

It would be so much fun to have your students take off their shoes and place them outside the classroom door. Then have a volunteer or coworker, fill them with fruit and small candies!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

This Eiffel Tower craft from Tiny Little Bites would be a great craft in the classroom! And straws are so cheap!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

It would be delicious to have a traditional yule log or Buche de Noel cake! This recipe from Easy French Food sounds pretty simple.
Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

To make the cake even more simple, and turn it into a party activity- I had my kiddos frost a Twinkie!  They were in their glory!


Germany might be my favorite because you can do so much with Christmas trees, candy canes and gingerbread!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

These Christmas tree grahams from Kasey Trenum are adorable and super simple! Kids could make their  own! It is an activity and a treat!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

These Christmas tree STEM projects from Left Brain Craft Brain look like a blast. I especially like the gumdrop tree!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

Wouldn't it be fun to do a science experiment at your party? The kids would love it! Check out this candy cane experiment from The Brown Bag Teacher.

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

I highly recommend making these candy cane ornaments from Teacher's Pet. They are super simple and perfect for a party station.

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

Gingerbread cookies would be the perfect treat. I love to let the kids decorate their own cookie. This makes a fun treat and party activitiy! I love the way Hostess with the Mostess set up her cookie decorating table. The individual cups of frosting are genius! And using popsicle sticks instead of knives is a fantastic idea!

If you want to add more gingerbread fun to your holiday party, you should check out THIS post about a gingerbread man party. All of the treats and activities would be perfect for Germany!


Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

This poinsettia directed drawing from Art Projects for Kids is super fun. My students had a blast doing them last year and they turned out gorgeous!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

How about doing a piñata with your class? You can buy them at most party stores.

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

If you are not feeling adventurous enough to have kids smacking a piñata in class, how about having students make a piñata? This paper bag piñata from Unsophisticook looks cute and simple!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

For the food, I think it goes without saying that you need some chips and salsa! Tamales would be a very traditional Mexican Christmas dish to share.

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

These sombrero cookies from Tales of a Super Mom are absolutely adorable and super simple to make!

Food, crafts and activities that are perfect for completing a unit about holidays around the world. Such a fun Christmas party or activities for the last week before break.

I hope that these ideas help you to create a fun holidays around the world celebration with your students!


If a holidays around the world party is not a good  fit for your class, you might enjoy one of my other Christmas party posts.







Gingerbread Man Themed Classroom Christmas Party

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

Classroom Christmas parties can be tough! We want to have some holiday fun with our students, but we are exhausted! We are desperately trying to finish report cards, make parent holiday gifts, bake, shop, etc, etc. I actually love party planning and if this teaching thing doesn't end up working out- I may become a party planner! So I thought I would take away some of your stress by helping you to plan a fun and simple celebration for your students. 

I love a party that has a theme! I have been giving you lots of different party theme ideas over the past several days. Today we are going to plan a gingerbread man party!


Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

Having gingerbread cookies seems kind of obvious. I love to let the kids decorate their own cookie. This makes a fun treat and party activitiy! I love the way Hostess with the Mostess set up her cookie decorating table. The individual cups of frosting are genius! And using popsicle sticks instead of knives is a fantastic idea!

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

These gingerbread man marshmallow pops from The Decorated Cookie, blow my mind! So darn cute! And marshmallow pops are much easier than cake pops!

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

I like to serve more than just sweets at my parties, so I am in love with these gingerbread man shaped sandwiches from Kara's Party Ideas! All she did was use a cookie cutter on them! Fun and very simple!


Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

How fun would it be to have your students make this gingerbread play dough from Parenting a Forest? Even my third graders are obsessed with play dough! And your room will smell so good! 

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

These gingerbread man cans from Glitter to Gum Drops would be lots of fun to paint! You could have students use them to hold treats or even to plant a seed!

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

These gingerbread man clips from Eyeballs by Day are super cute and would be very simple! I would put a magnet on the back so that parents can use them to hold a picture or art project on the refrigerator! 

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

These cinnamon dough gingerbread ornaments from Wholefully are really cute and they would smell delicious! They make a great Christmas gift for parents!


Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

A gingerbread party would not be complete without making gingerbread houses! The easiest way that I have found to make the houses with a class is to get empty small milk cartons from the cafeteria. Now students just need to put the frosting on the box and attach the gram crackers. Without the milk carton, walls are always falling down! I love this gingerbread house making table from Party Wishes!

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

I recommend putting together a gingerbread man photo booth similar to this one by Miss Jenny's House of Sass. Students love posing for fun pics! I would suggest having a few gingerbread men and women so that students can take pictures with their friends too.

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

It would be fun to get the kids up and moving with this gingerbread man scavenger hunt by Discover-Learn-Connect. She included FREE printables and lots of ideas for adapting the hunt based on the number of students you have and their age. My school does a big gingerbread man scavenger hunt. It's fun to watch the kids running around the school!


There are so many fantastic gingerbread man books out there! You can read them the week leading up to the party or even at the party!

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

The Gingerbread Boy is the classic story of the gingerbread cookie that escapes from one mouth to find himself in another! Everyone needs to hear this fairy tale!

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

The Gingerbread Cowboy is such a fun book! It's a western version of the gingerbread boy story. The pictures and descriptive language make this one of my favorite holiday read alouds.

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

Gingerbread Man loose in the School is always a favorite with my students. While the kids are at recess, the gingerbread man tries to escape from the school. The entire school is working together to find the gingerbread man and the ending is perfect!

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

The Gingerbread Baby is a fun tale of a Gingerbread baby that escapes from the oven. All the characters in the book are chasing the cookie through the village. 

Lots of fun treats, crafts, activities and books to throw a gingerbread man themed classroom holiday party!

I hope that these ideas help you to put together a fun holiday celebration for your students! 


If a gingerbread man party doesn't seem like a good  fit  for your class, you might want to check out my other posts about holiday themed parties!





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