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Christmas Party Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Need some ideas for a holiday party in your upper elementary classroom? Here's some Christmas Party Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Christmas always sneaks up on me as a teacher. The week of our Christmas (or holiday) party, I would begin scrambling around for activities and gift ideas. My brain was always fried by that time of year, so I started keeping a list of some Christmas activities for a Christmas party.

Need some ideas for a holiday party in your upper elementary classroom?  Here's some Christmas Party Ideas for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Below are some of my favorite Christmas party ideas! Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you choose to buy through any of the links, I may be compensated at no cost to you.

1. Candy Cane Races

Divide the class into two teams and complete some relay races using candy canes.

Pass the Candy Cane: Have each team line up. The first person in line holds a candy cane using only one index finger (the “hook” of the candy cane rests on the finger). Students must pass the candy cane to the next person in line, with each person using only one index finger. The first group to finish wins.

On the Face: Have each team line up. The first person must run to the opposite end of the room and then return to their line with the candy cane on their face. If they drop the candy cane, they must start over. After they make it back to their line, the next person goes. The first team to have everybody carry the candy cane on their face without dropping it wins.

Between the Knees: Have each team line up. The first person must run to the opposite end of the room and then return to their line with the candy cane in between their knees. If they drop the candy cane, they must start over. After they make it back to their line, the next person goes. The first team to have everybody carry the candy cane between their knees without dropping it wins.

Over the Head: Have each team line up and face the same direction. Students must continue to face the same direction for the entire race. Give the candy cane to the first person in line. They must pass the candy cane over their heads to the next person in line. Repeat, passing the candy cane to each person in line. The last person in line gets the candy cane and begins to pass it back to the first person in line, once again over the head. Whichever team gets the candy cane back to the first person in line first wins.

2. Build Gingerbread Houses

Divide students into small groups and have each group build a gingerbread house. The easiest way to do this is to give each group a gingerbread house kit. You’ll start seeing these at Walmart or Target around the holidays. This can be a really fun team building activity.

A cheaper alternative is to have each student create a “Christmas Tree” using ice cream cones, green frosting, and toppings. Check out an example of this here.

3. Watch Polar Express and drink hot chocolate.

This is a classic. (And it gives you time to finish grading if you need it!) I would make hot chocolate in my slow cooker (this is the one I use), and then let students add marshmallows if they wanted to.

If you want to make this a more educational activity, then you could also read the book and have your students compare and contrast the two.

For more ideas on comparing and contrasting books and movie, check out this blog post.

4. Have a Paper Snowball Fight

A fun and cheap activity. Give each student a couple of sheets of paper to crumple up into a snowball. Make sure students understand any rules you might have while they are having a snowball fight – my rules are always no running or screaming,
freeze as soon as I stay “Freeze,” and if you don’t follow instructions you don’t get to play again.

Then, let students start throwing paper snowballs at each other!

If you like this, then you might also like my blog post on comparing and contrasting with a snowball fight.

5. Have Students Create Their Own Ornament

Oriental Trading sells clear ornaments fairly cheap. (Find them here.) These clear ornaments can be used in a variety of ways. If you search Pinterest for “clear ornament crafts” you’ll get more ideas then you know what to do with. Some of my favorites are:

1. Photo Ornaments – Take pictures of each of your students and put them the photos in the ornaments. Students can decorate the ornaments however they want. Find more instructions here.

2. Hot Chocolate MIx Ornaments – Put all of the ingredients for hot chocolate (including the marshmallows!) in a clear ornament. They are cute, and they can be used after Christmas to make hot chocolate! See more instructions here.

3. Melted Snowman Ornament – Use salt, an orange piece of felt, and peppercorns to make a melted snowman. More instructions here.

Other Christmas Activity Ideas

If you are like me and have no energy or creativity left in you by the time Christmas rolls around, then you might like some of these low prep activities from Oriental Trading:

Color Your Own Christmas Mugs

Magic Color Scratch Bookmarks or Magic Color Scratch Snowman Ornaments

Christmas Ornament Sand Art Bottle Necklaces

Color Your Own Christmas Stockings

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