Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world, but some things remain common: it’s a joyous time to gather with loved ones and get into the spirit of giving.
What better way to learn about Christmas traditions around the world than with a Christmas around the world party?
Celebrate this holiday international style with songs, food (like delicious cookies!), ornament crafts, games, and more!
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How to Plan a Christmas Around the World Party
The basic steps to putting together a Christmas party that brings together festivities from around the globe:
- Learn about how Christmas is celebrated in other places
- Invite guests
- Cook up an international holiday menu
- Put together festive decorations, crafts, and games
- End the party with a bang
We’ve got a ton of great ideas to help you with each step along the way.
The first thing you’ll need to do is research on how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world, whether it’s singing carols on the beach in Australia or burning a yule log in France, or decorating oil palms with bells in Libya or pines with spiders in Ukraine.
Here are two great resources that even kids can use to learn about Christmas traditions around the world.
First, we have Christmas around the world worksheets that talks about Christmas traditions in:
- New Zealand
(via ISL Collective)
Second, is a Christmas around the world unit study with fun facts, how to say "Merry Christmas," and craft or food recipes. Find a lesson plan focusing on these 9 countries:
- Great Britain
Next, you’ll need to send out invites to your party. You could go with a globe decked out in Christmas colors, ornaments of international flags, or something as simple as different ways to say “Merry Christmas” as the background of your invitation.
You’ll also need to plan the party menu. Here are some ideas for Christmas around the world cookies and other recipes. You could organize a potluck with guests contributing an international dish as well.
Finnish Porkkanalaatiko Casserole
For an appetizer, try this traditional custard-like casserole with carrots and rice. (via Alternative Finland)
South African Malva Pudding
This version of an already rich, moist dessert is made more decadent with chocolate. (via African Bites)
Colombian Natilla Custard
Here’s a coconut delight with a dash of cinnamon is a refreshing holiday treat in South America. (via My Colombian Recipes)
Argentinian Alfajores Cookies
This popular South American sandwich cookie has caramel filling and is rolled in coconut. (via Pretty Simple Sweet)
Greek Melomakarona Cookies
An ooey, honeyed Christmas cookie is a cross between baklava and pecan pie would also be a crowd pleaser. (via Scrummy Lane)
Polish Kolaczki Cookies
This traditional Christmas dessert made with cream cheese and fruity filling is popular in a number of European countries like Austria, Denmark, and the Czech Republic. (via Polish Housewife)
Mexican Hot Chocolate
And for a holiday drink, try this kid-friendly drink made from wholesome ingredients (not the packet stuff!) with a hint of chili for some added kick. (via Isabel Eats)
Next up, setting the mood of your party. These catchy carols would make great background music.
Petit Papa Noël
This French “Little Santa Claus” Christmas lullaby is very familiar to children in France. (via The Best Christmas Songs)
This version of a Nigerian Christmas carol is sang by an African glee club. (via Africana Digital Ethnography Project)
El Burrito de Belén
Or "El Burrito Sabanero" is “The Little Donkey from Bethlehem (or Savannah)” is a very popular Latin American Christmas song originating from Venezuela. (via Canticuentos)
Listen to this medley of “Jingle Bells” in 20 different languages, from Portuguese to Korean to Hungarian. (via DunkanYare)
For decorations that can also double up as a hands-on activity to occupy kids and adults alike would be these homemade Christmas around the world ornaments.
Create stations to make these Christmas around the world crafts that you can display on a tree to add to your party decor and/or have guests take home as keepsakes.
Japanese Origami Swan Ornament
Origami is a traditional paper folding art from Japan. At Christmastime, the most popular type of ornament to put on a tree is a swan. (via Just Crafty Enough)
Filipino Parol Ornament
Parols are colorful paper lanterns that symbolize the Star of Bethlehem. (via Jahric Lago)
German Star Ornament
This fancy design is made from simple colored or patterned strips of paper. (via Carla Schauer)
Danish Heart Ornament
Create a little heart pocket that you can stick goodies in, like nuts or or small Christmas cookies. (via Mama in the Now)
Australian Seashell Ornament
Decorate seashells to get the coastal vibe of a beachy, summer Christmas like they do Down Under. (via Mod Podge Rocks)
Mexican Poinsettia Ornament
The popular holiday poinsettia plant is native to Mexico, Make an ornament that showcases its beauty. (via First Palette)
Fun Christmas printable games are an easy activity for folks to learn about how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world.
Christmas Around the World Jeopardy
We created different Christmas jeopardy game printables, including this international version with the following topics:
- Santa by another name
- O Christmas tree
- Interesting traditions
- Holiday Guinness records
- Other December festivities
Merry Christmas in Different Languages
Another simple Christmas party activity is this matching game printable, with 15 different ways to say "Merry Christmas" that you’ll need to identify the language they are in.
This fun printable is part of our huge Christmas party game printables bundle that you can currently get at over 40% off from our Pen + Paper Made online shop.
Finish the party with an easy Christmas favor inspired by British culture.
English Christmas Crackers
Use the free printable template on patterned paper and follow the instructions for how to make this party popper that you can add treats to and pass out as favors at your around-the-world Christmas party.
Travel the world this holiday season with Christmas around the world party ideas to incorporate unique Christmas around the world traditions, food and cookie recipes, songs, games, and crafts to learn about the fun and different ways that this popular holiday is celebrated across the globe.
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