There’s only one thing better than celebrating Christmas each year. Doing it twice! One of the best things about this occasion is that you get to enjoy all the amazing things about winter and summer in one go. Get ready to party because these Christmas in July party ideas have you covered.

Christmas in July party ideas

If this is your first time to hear about Christmas in July, then you’re in for a treat. This holiday has been around for over 80 years, originating in North Carolina at a girl’s camp. Australia celebrates during their winter season, which is the equivalent of our summer.

There are places in the U.S. that are famous for their events. But, if you would rather make this holiday your own and party at home, here’s how.

Double the Fun with Your Décor

1. Pick a Party Theme

Unless you live in the Eastern Hemisphere, then temperatures are at an all-time high. This means you get to celebrate Christmas in July having fun in the Summer sun.

family picnic Christmas in July party ideas
Photo and tree décor by Jennifer Perkins

Why not celebrate with a picnic? You can spread out a couple of blankets and dine on your lawn or on the beach. If it’s too hot, picnic indoors like Jennifer Perkins. She decorated a green Christmas tree with decorations based on what her kids love: fruit! They had fun crafting and eating fresh, sweet treats.

luau Christmas in July party ideas

Another idea is to fire up your grill for a barbecue and have a pool party. If it’s just too hot for either, crank up your AC and have a buffet-style spread inside the cool comfort of your home. How about a Carribean cruise-themed party? Or did anyone say luau? Bust out your Tiki décor and put on a Hawaiian shirt (or skirt) instead of the traditional ugly Christmas sweater.

2. Choose Your Color Scheme

Colors for Christmas in July party ideas

Put on two of your creative caps—one for Christmas and the other for summer—and start planning your color palette.

4th of July and Christmas in July party ideas

You might want to trade in the green, red, and gold of Christmas for the bright hues of summer. Think flamingo pinks, citrus peel oranges and yellows, ocean blues, and summer picnic greens. You can even combine your Christmas and 4th of July celebrations by using patriotic colors.

Just like Jen, pull out your traditional green tree from storage, give it a good cleaning, and set it up. Because what’s Christmas without one? Or, use a colorful artificial Christmas tree plus a wreath and garland. Choose them in your favorite shade. Pink, blue, red, white, orange, purple, and even rainbow, there’s one for your unique Christmas in July decorating vision.


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3. Weave Your DIY Ornament Magic

Decide on what you love most about summer. Whatever it is, you can use it as inspiration for your Christmas in July DIY ornaments. Mix and match your creations with classic Christmas decorations to keep Santa in the loop.

fun tree for Christmas in July party ideas
Photo and décor by Jennifer of Smart Fun DIY

Love the beach? Then go with a coastal theme and decorate it with nautical elements like Jennifer Perkins. Can’t live without ice cream? Craft up a DIY ice cream ornament storm like Jennifer Priest of Smart Fun DIY, who hung them on the Knocked Upside Down Tree.

fun tree for Christmas in July party ideas
Photo and décor by Jennie of Craft-O-Maniac

Jennie Larsen of Craft-O-Maniac decorated a white Christmas tree with flamingo-themed decorations. She extended the theme to her table setting down to the pink drinks with flamingo decorative straws.

DIY crafts for Christmas in July

Here are more projects to try out:

Get Creative with Your Christmas in July Menu

Now that you have your theme nailed down, plan a menu to match. There are a lot of traditional Christmas food and beverages that you can serve despite the warm weather. Plus, you can always make some summery tweaks to the recipe.

1. Drinks

eggnog for Christmas in July party ideas
Image source: The Novice Chef

Take eggnog, for instance. Serve it chilled and use coconut rum instead of cognac or brandy. We spotted this amazing Puerto Rican take on eggnog or coquito by Jessica of The Novice Chef.

2. Starters

gazpacho Christmas in July party food
Image source: Inside the Rustic Kitchen

It’s a good idea to start your holiday feast with soup and salad. This time go for a soup that’s best served cold like gazpacho. This recipe from Emily and Nathan of Inside the Rustic Kitchen for Melon Gazpacho Soup with Crispy Prosciutto has a distinct Italian flavor. We love how they used melon as a sweet and fruity base.

chicken salad for Christmas in July party
Image source: My Food Story

It’s time to put the summer greens growing in your garden to good use. This recipe by Richa of My Food Story puts a tropical twist on your favorite grilled chicken salad with a mango cilantro dressing that also acts as marinade. She used veggies like cucumber, avocado, and lettuce and spiced them up with peppers.

3. Your Main Course

Turkey burgers for Christmas in July picnic
Image source: The Stay at Home Chef

Your Christmas in July menu won’t be complete without a turkey, but this time why not cook it on the grill instead of the oven? This is perfect for if you’re hosting a barbecue. If you’re picnicking on the lawn a more casual option would be turkey burgers. Rachel of The Stay at Home Chef has a recipe that guarantees one juicy bite after another.

4. Dessert

alternative fruitcake for Christmas in July party
Image source: The Brick Kitchen

For dessert, an idea is stick to a traditional Christmas favorite: fruitcake. But, instead of the usual candied fruit, get inspired by this recipe from Claudia of The Brick Kitchen. She used blueberries, apricots, and raspberries to add a burst of flavor to a simple but delicious vanilla cake. It may not be the fruitcake you’re used to, but it’s the perfect Christmas in July dessert that you can bring to the table.

You Got Game!

For your Christmas in July party, why not plan some games that the kids (and the big ones) can enjoy?

1. Pin the Heart on the Grinch

Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey, pin the heart on everyone’s favorite holiday fiend! If anybody in your party is in a funk, this should lighten their mood because nobody wants to be the one who stole Christmas in July.

2. White Elephant

Girls gifts Christmas in July party ideas

Just because its summer it doesn’t mean you can’t keep the holiday tradition of gift-giving alive. This game makes it more spontaneous. Bring a summer-themed gift to the party like a beach towel or cute pool float. Pass around a hat with names so each person can draw their recipient randomly. Hold a separate game for the kids so they’re sure to get age-appropriate gifts.

3. Wreath Toss

wreath for Christmas in July party ideas

This classic Christmas game is usually done indoors. It’s basically ring toss but with wreaths. Now that it’s sunny outside you can play it in your yard. The good thing about doing this outdoors is you can anchor your wooden post firmly to the ground by driving it into the soil. Use wreaths in the smallest size. Six to seven feet away is a good distance. Or, keep it closer so the kids can join in on the fun.

Ukelele music christmas in july party ideas

When the fun and games are over, play some Christmas music to keep things extra lively. You can go for a traditional playlist like this one on Spotify. Or, if you play the ukulele, strum your own renditions of classic holiday tunes and ask everyone to sing along.

We hope these Christmas in July party ideas help you throw an unforgettable house party. Share this post with friends and family who love the idea of having a merry one twice in a year!

159 Comments

  1. Mya Murphy Reply

    I love the idea of a White Elephant fun Christmas in July!! The funnier, crazier..the better!!

  2. Teresa Harris Reply

    I would love to have one of these to use all year for each season. My youngest daughter loves to decorate trees so she would love this.

    • Kristin walker Reply

      I love the egg nog idea! I have to have egg nog every Christmas so having it for Christmas in July is a must as well!!!

  3. Cliff Plummer Reply

    Love the ice cream theme ! Anything beach related is great for summer,too.

  4. Linn Pieper Reply

    So many great ideas !!! A Luau would be fun !! A holiday bbq theme for a July Christmas could be fun,too!!

  5. Aubrey Scott Daniels Reply

    My son would absolutely love the Pokémon tree! I’m partial to the grinch myself.

  6. Barbara Short Reply

    These are all wonderful theams and now I know how to plan a Christmas in July and i love my idea was Fruit 🍉 ideas and you had a tree like I would do., thanks for all the great ideas.

  7. Jennifer Webb Reply

    The flamingo tree is so adorable! Great idea for Christmas in July.

  8. Barbara Pacific Reply

    All of these ideas inspire me so much. I would do a beach themed tree with sand toys

  9. All of these ideas are amazing and creative! I think I’m going to go with a Beach theme next July. Thanks for the ideas!

  10. Hannah Branham Reply

    I love all your trees! Christmas in July is fabulous and so are youuu!

  11. Heidi Huseman Reply

    I love the idea of doing a black tree with maybe flamingo or watermelon decor!😻

  12. Jamie Isaacs Reply

    I love the 9’ skim milk pencil tree. Great for our small space and we can use a larger variety of color schemes. We just moved to Florida so I think the beach theme and teal blue colors will be our 2020 tree 🌊🏖🦩🐳🐬🐟🐠🐡🦀🐙🦞🕶

  13. Kayte CookWatts Reply

    White Elephant is one of my favorite December traditions and I welcome any excuse to do it twice!

  14. Lisa Barrett Reply

    I just love all the different tree’s and ideas for decorating.

  15. Soraya E M Reply

    I just loved the upside down tree. It’s a real head turner.

  16. Gina Ferrari Ferrari Reply

    Omg the beach theme is so cutee!!!! Nothings better than the beach

  17. Gina Ferrari Reply

    Oh my God the beach theme is so cute! nothings better than the beach

  18. Kimberly Pemrich Reply

    HAHA the pin the heart on the Grinch is moving to my xmas in December also!!

  19. Sherry McCarthy Reply

    I like the white elephant idea, as soon as it’s safe, this is on my list.

  20. Jenna Marie Reply

    Great ideas! Thanks for them!! I never thought of picking just a single theme for a Christmas in July party!

  21. Marilyn Holt Reply

    I love the Ice Cream Cones on the tree! such a fun and playful way to show your summer spirit! I love the mixing of the tree’s too with the blue top and red and white bottom. perfect for those all American tree’s and 4 th of July. I can think of so many designs to use on that tree.

  22. Kimberly Benton Reply

    We’d Love a Tree with every color of Birds. I have such a variety in my yard in Kansas City & my Grandbabies Love It 💛

  23. Wow,You have put up some great ideas.Thanks for the suggestions.

  24. Arielle Morgane Reply

    Can’t wait to assemble my Biker Themed Christmas in July tree! Everything motorcycling and biker related schwag you can imagine!

    • patricia cartelli Reply

      Lots of great Ideas, I am going to decorate a tree for fall this year and if course Christmas, and maybe Valentine’s day

  25. Patti Toole Reply

    I really Love the Ice Cream Cone ornaments on the tree and the Pin the Heart on the Grinch game. So creative and So much Fun. 🙂

  26. The couldn’t be a better year to have a Christmas in July party. We all need a little Christmas spirit.

  27. Karen McGiffin Reply

    Love how your steps are clear cut with great suggestions! Always love Treetopia and your amazing trees!

  28. wish I could have a Christmas in July party during this pandemedic

  29. My favorite Christmas in July decor idea is the Nautical Decorations by Jennifer Perkins

  30. These are such fun ideas. It’s great to celebrate in times like these.

  31. I want to make a Seaside Tree for Christmas in July! I love the fruity tree slot!

  32. Dana Matthews Reply

    White Elephant….I like the recommendation of keeping it holiday tradition themed..meaning all the white lights, wreaths, big tree, little trees and holiday dishes and embellishments for my guests to see!

  33. Donna Rhodes Reply

    I love the idea of a tree for summer parties with summer treats all over it like the ice cream cones. Very festive!

  34. Frankie Pinnix Reply

    My favorite Christmas in July decor idea is the beach theme! I love the beach, so this speaks to me! Very informative and interesting article!

    • Olivea Iverstine Reply

      The upside down tree is wild! My husband and I love the strange and usual!

  35. Lisa Lawton Reply

    I love the flamingo tree!!! Perfect for Christmas in July!!

  36. Karen Myers Reply

    My daughter loves Pokemon. Awesome idea. Going to have to use this idea and share with friends.

  37. Elizabeth Armstrong Reply

    Never thought of a Christmas tree in July! What a great idea.

  38. My granddaughter will love playing Pin the Heart on the Grinch!

  39. Tina Fleenor Reply

    I love the watermelon decorating idea! Perfect for Christmas in July!

  40. DIANE ERAL Reply

    I would love to have a summer theme party right now. But as we all know, that is impossible right now. Hopefully, I can have a party this fall before school starts.

  41. Linda Davidson Reply

    Love all the tips. My favorite tree is with the tropical theme and flamingo.

  42. My favorite Christmas in July decoration is a summer tree with our favorite memories.

  43. Tiffany Green Reply

    Ready to put a tree up and decorate it daily at this point!

  44. Love the picture of the 4th of July party! All the heart eyes! Thanks for all the fun ideas!

  45. Jenny Smalley Reply

    I love this, a tree for every occasion! My son loves the idea of a pikachu tree

  46. Tonya Buenrostro Reply

    I love the black trees! I need a big one now that I have more Halloween ornaments!

  47. Molly Bearshield Reply

    We would definitely go with a cool treats theme, ice cream and popsicles with pastels colors to match a pretty in pink tree!

  48. paige chandler Reply

    I like a good color scheme. Thanks for sharing such cute ideas

  49. Tammyelle Cliff Reply

    I just love your trees! This will be my first year decorating my new home and as a newly wed, so excited!

  50. Bob Aycock Reply

    Lots of fun ideas! I love celebrating Christmas in July. 😊🎄☀️ We pull out some of our favorite Christmas decorations and mainly celebrate the week leading up to July 25th. Of course, the Christmas music starts on July 1st.

  51. donna porter Reply

    These are some really cute ideas! My theme would be beach.

  52. These are all great ideas! I love the pin the heart on the Grinch game. (And the beach towel as a tree skirt is a genius idea!)

  53. Stephan Grant Reply

    What do you folks at Treetopia this a COVID-Christmas is going to look like this year? Will we still have Christmas office parties, visits to Grandma on Christmas Eve, caroling and other group activities? Thanks for the reminder that Christmas is just 6 months away.

  54. I would do an ice cream sundae theme with a cherry on top of the tree!

  55. Oh my goodness ! The cutest ideas for Christmas in July ! I round live to have a party & love the idea of the games & this egg nog ! But the hardest part is picking out what kind of tree because they are all sooo cute !!

  56. Cecile Slinkman Reply

    I love the July 4th party theme. It always makes a tree look so colorful with the red, white and blue. And patriotic!

  57. Anne Marie Carter Reply

    I love the themed Christmas in July decorations with the food and the games that match the chosen theme. My theme would be the beach.

  58. AMANDA HAMILTON Reply

    Wow, I really love all your beautiful Christmas Trees, and my Favorite is Pretty in Pink With lights…..Please pick me!

  59. The Melon Gazpacho Soup with Crispy Prosciutto looks very tasty!

  60. I’m obsessed with pink! I want the pretty in pink for year round decorating

  61. Awesome ideas, I finally threw away my 10 year old tree it’s time for an upgrade.

  62. PAULA Gillespie Reply

    I like the luau idea for Christmas in July since it is summer and hot. All great ideas and look like so much fun!

  63. Crystal Gryniuk Reply

    I have always wanted an upside down Christmas Tree. Loved seeing one in this blog post.

  64. Ooh I like this info! I haven’t figured out everything yet and we are celebrating Sat July 25th.

  65. Carolann McLaughlin Reply

    I am thinking of making the Independence day type of tree for the entire summer with everything red, white and blue. Love all of your ideas.

  66. Megan Wilson Reply

    These are all great ideas! I would like boat, firework ornaments, stuff like that!

  67. I’ve never had a Christmas in July party but I’m definitely thinking of having one now

  68. ROSIE BRITTON Reply

    I think a Christmas in July party with white elephant gifts is a great idea!!

  69. Buddy Garrett Reply

    This is the first time I have heard of a Christmas In July party. I love all of these great ideas.

  70. xxxxxxxxxxx Reply

    just what the doctor ordered to chase away the corona virus blues

  71. amanda robertson Reply

    I love your ideas for games and the upside down tree is sooo cool

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