Winter party themes are elegant, classy, and full of romance.
White snow, warm drinks, and the smell of cinnamon and evergreens makes winter a season of charm and enchantment.
Perfect for a party!
Afterall, what is more captivating than holiday nostalgia, cozy fires, and decorations that evoke wonder?
Deciding to throw a winter party is a no brainer, but selecting the right theme can be difficult.
A theme is the most important element of a party.
It is essential that you choose one that is unique and engages guests with its festive atmosphere.
33+ Ideas for Winter Party Themes
If you’re ready to throw the party of the season, then you’ve come to the right place!
Browse our selection of image roundups to inspire your winter party theme.
1. North Pole Inspiration
2. Let it Snow
3. Ice Magic
5. Cocoa Bar
6. Mulled Wine Station
7. Cookies and Treats
8. Ice Skates Party
9. Nordic Style
10. All White and Beige
11. Candle Lights
12. Red and Gold
13. Fairy Lights and Shimmer
14. Winter Wonderland
15. Winter Candy Bar
16. Icy and Sweet
17. Natural Touch
18. DIY Gold Pine Cones
19. Christmas Pudding Cups
20. Under the Mistletoe
21. Christmas in the Backyard
22. Christmas Pounch
23. Cozy Home Lunch
24. Christmas Sweater Party
25. Fun with Wine
26. Themed Straws
28. Snow Time
29. Frosty Coffee Bar
30. Magical Winter Party
31. Christmas Nest
32. Gingerbread House Party
33. Tasty and Sweet
34. Pastel Pink
35. Nutcracker Party
36. Smores Bar
37. Candy House
The Magic of Winter Party Themes
From ice, chill, frost to spiced cookies and drinks, the winter season is full of inspiration to create a magical gathering.
Bring snowy landscapes indoors to ignite a sense of wonder or create a cozy sanctuary to keep your guests warm from the inside out.
From winter wonderland to holiday fun, there are so many opportunities to explore the wide range of creative themes that capture the essence of the season.
Classic Winter Wonderland
The timeless appeal of a Winter Wonderland theme, with elegant white décor and shimmering accents.
Some decorative ideas for your winter wonderland party include:
- Hanging snowflakes from ceilings, windows, and door frames.
- Hang some faux icicles
- Faux fur pillows, blankets, and rugs add warmth and texture.
- Lighting candles creates ambiance and cozy vibes.
- Decorate with white fairy lights to gently brighten a space.
- Decorate with elegant white accents and decor to really add a wintery feel.
Inspire your guests with the spirit of exploration by making your theme Arctic Expedition.
Few places in the world can embody winter and the holiday season like the North Pole.
From the northern lights, to Santa Clause and all his elves, the arctic is a place of exploration and wonder.
Inspire your guests with the spirit of polar exploration by making your theme Arctic Expedition.
All aboard, this party is bound for adventure!
Decorate your Artic party to resemble icy landscapes with:
- Fake snow
- Christmas elves
- Colorful napkins or drink ware to resemble the northern lights
- Faux fur blankets
- Candy canes
Cozy Cabin Retreat
If cold snowy evenings, fuzzy socks, board games, and loads of cheer is your party style, then a Cozy Cabin theme might be right up your alley
Create a snug and rustic atmosphere with warm blankets, plaid patterned decor and natural wooden elements.
A great way to get your guests in a festive mood is to set up a hot cocoa station for everyone to enjoy!
Some tips to make your hot cocoa station a true party sensation are:
- Provide different types of hot cocoa from all over the world.
- Offer different flavoring agents.
- Toppings including, whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate and caramel sauce, ice cream, and spiced liquors.
- Festive mugs
- Knitted mug cozies
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza
Ugly Sweater parties are classic winter season fun!
Make your ugly sweater event special with knit decor and embellishments, mini sweater cookies, and other themed decorations.
No Ugly Sweater party is complete without a little competition.
Encourage your guests to don their most outlandish winter-themed sweaters for a chance to win a prize or be crowned the Ugly Sweater King/Queen.
Have your guests anonymously cast their votes for the best sweater and let the fun begin!
Winter Carnival Celebration
Carnivals are full of mystery and fun!
Create a winter themed carnival party complete with games, carnival treats, and festive entertainment.
Some creative treats include candy cane popped corn, funnel cakes, peanuts and hot chocolate!
Decorate your space with white decor and candy cane accents to create that classic Big Top aesthetic.
Other carnival inspired decorations include:
- Animal print or white animal figurines
- Silly mirrors
- Streamers and colorful flags
To really achieve that carnival atmosphere, set up mini carnival booths where guests can play games, try strange new foods and cocktails.
Some fun winter themed games to entertain your guests both indoors or outdoors are:
- Murder mystery
- Winter trivia
- Snowball fight
- Sled racing
- Gift wrapping race
- Winter themed memory game
Holiday Movie Marathon
Holiday movie marathons are great ways to connect with friends and family over the winter season. Classic winter and holiday films are full of nostalgia and fun.
Make your movie marathon party a night to remember with classic cinema snacks with a holiday twist such as:
- Caramel popped corn
- Candy canes
- Soda pop
- Hot fudge sundaes
- Holiday sugar cookies
No party is complete without decorations, so don’t forget to add in some festive film related elements or characters like:
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- The Grinch, Santa Clause
- Elf stockings
- Film canisters
- Chalkboards with classic holiday movie quotes
Ice Queen Ball
Throw the ball of your fairytale dreams this winter. Inspired by fairy tales and royalty, an Ice Queen Ball is an affair of elegance and prestige.
From ice sculptures, chandeliers, champagne, and shimmering accents, your guest will dance the night away and take home memories to last a lifetime.
Decorate for your Ice Queen Ball theme with shades of blue, silver, and shimmering accents with some of these elements:
- Ice sculptures
- Tableware in varying shades of blue
- White table cloths
- Blinking fairy lights
- Faux Diamonds
- Frosted glassware
There are so many winter party themes that can delight and amaze your guests this snowy season!
From cozy and intimate to elaborate affairs there is a winter theme to suit every occasion.
Classic themes include, Winter Wonderland, Cozy Cabin, Holiday Movie Marathons, and Ugly Sweater Parties.
While more off beat and elegant themes include Arctic Expedition, Winter Carnival, and Ice Queen Ball.
When planning your winter party, it helps to choose a theme that resonates with your individual style and personality.
Feel free to come up with your own inventive food and decoration ideas. Adding a personal touch to your party helps create unforgettable winter events.