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Holiday Party Entertainment Ideas for Kids

Decorating the Christmas Tree Photo by Paige Cody

‘Tis the season to be merry...and attend holiday parties.

This year, it’s your turn to plan the big holiday soiree, and you have something special planned.

You have it all mapped out. Games, decorations, music, appetizers, and cocktails: It’s going to be the event of the century (or, at least, the year!). 

Your guests are all going to have a great time...but wait. What about the kids? How are you going to keep them entertained while the adults mingle?

Sure, you could tell your guests to leave them at home. But how many of them will actually show up if their kids aren’t welcome? If most of your guest list includes parents, you can bet that they will appreciate it if you include their kids in the merriment, while providing supervised holiday party entertainment for the little ones.

Holiday Craft Station

Kids love tapping into their creative sides. Create a craft station to keep them entertained during your holiday party. Stock it with supplies to create holiday ornaments: colored construction paper, popsicle sticks, sequins, washable paints, pom-poms, string, and so on. 

If the guest list includes toddlers, consider prepping the craft station with pre-made ornaments for them to decorate. Cut out holiday shapes (candy canes, Santa Claus, snowmen, etc.) from construction paper and punch a hole in the top of each, tying a string onto it. Or, use a hot glue gun and popsicle sticks to create stars; the kids can paint them or glue sequins onto them.

Once they have finished, let them adorn the Christmas tree with their handmade crafts, in addition to garland, tinsel, candy canes, or whatever you have available. (Of course, they can take their ornaments home at the end of the night!)

Holiday Treat Station

A holiday treat baking station is another fun idea to entertain kids during your holiday party. Let them help bake--or simply decorate--treats to eat (and take home with them). Sugar cookies are simple, and the kids will have a blast using holiday-inspired cookie cutters for their creations.

Of course, they will want to help decorate them once they come out of the oven!

If you prefer, you can always pre-make cookies or gingerbread houses for the kiddos to decorate instead. Supply them with colored frosting and sprinkles, red hots, m&ms, kisses and hugs, gum drops, peppermints, candy canes, and more.

Holiday Movie Theater

Put together a ‘home movie theater’ to entertain the kids with holiday movies, while helping them to wind down for the night. Set up cozy seating in a darkened room and serve up fun snacks and drinks, such as popcorn and hot chocolate (or cookies and juice for younger kids). 

Holiday movie ideas for kids include:

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Polar Express
  • Home Alone
  • Elf
  • The Grinch
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Santa Clause
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Christmas Story
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Miracle on 34th Street

Whether you decide on a craft or baking station, a movie theater, or something else to entertain the kiddos during your holiday party, it is sure to be a night to remember.

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