Are you looking for a great way to spread some holiday spirit this year? I have some simple ideas and tips to help you plan your next Christmas caroling party! What better way to say “Merry Christmas” to your neighbors, friends or loved ones? Christmas coloring is old-fashioned fun, so add it to the Advent list, along with gingerbread house building and holiday light viewing. So, don those Santa hats and let’s get to some caroling fun!
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How to Plan a Christmas Caroling Party
Save the Date
The holiday season is filled with many Christmas traditions and commitments, so make sure to save the date early. Propose two or three options to your small groups and see which one is best. This time of year, consider a Friday or Sunday night instead of Saturday evening, since those tend to book up quickly. You can even send out electronic Christmas cards with a Christmas caroling invitation via free websites like evite.com. This is especially helpful for managing a large group. Of course, another great idea is to utilize social media to invite more friends to join in the fun.
Make a Plan
One of the best tips for your Christmas caroling party is to make a plan! Be sure to make a list of your favorite songs that most people can recall easily. Get in the Christmas spirit with tunes like Jingle Bells, The First Noel, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, and O Holy Night. Be sure to print a song sheet of all of the holiday songs, as sometimes we can all forget some words of even the most popular Christmas carols. Get ready to spread some Christmas cheer!
Plan Your Route Helpful Tips
Take some time as you sit by your lovely Christmas tree to make a caroling route. Decide if you will target a specific neighborhood or two or if an indoor venue (like a nursing home or a local hospital) would be better. Before your Christmas caroling event, check the weather forecast and make any adjustments. If you have young children, make sure to consider the length of your route and how long they can stay perky!
Have a Mini-Rehearsal Session: Ideas and Tips for Your Christmas Caroling Party
Another thing to add to your Christmas caroling ideas is to have a little mini-rehearsal session before you head out! Hand out your Christmas song sheets and get into the spirit of Christmas together around the piano (or sound system.) It doesn’t have to be perfect. The important thing is just to make sure everyone feels comfortable with the Christmas music before you head out.
Hand Out a Little Treat
If you want to spread a little extra holiday cheer, consider making a little treat. Keep it simple: let young children hand out candy canes, wrapped decorated sugar cookies, or small chocolates. It’s an easy way to spread the Christmas spirit with your own Santa’s elves. The entire family can help prep them and watch the reactions of the people you are visiting!
Fun Ideas for a Wrap Up Party: Ideas and Tips for Your Christmas Caroling Party
After you are done caroling, it’s a great time for a party! It’s the best part of Christmas caroling for my crew. Before you set out, set slow cookers with hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Have some small simple appetizers like a cheese ball with crackers, mixed spiced nuts, Christmas cookies and brownie bites out for easy snacks. Set up a hot cocoa bar with crushed peppermint, whipped cream, sprinkles, and festive mugs.
To extend the fun, have a little Christmas party. Have each caroler bring a “white elephant” gift and have fun swapping the presents. Small children can make simple crafts, like decorating reindeer antlers or gingerbread houses. It’s the perfect way to spread a little Christmas cheer amongst your friends and family.
Cookie exchanges are also fun to have on our Christmas caroling night. Check out some of my simple Christmas treat recipes here. Have each caroler bring 2-3 dozen and have a cookie swap! One of the many creative ways you can celebrate this holiday season! Another one of our favorite things is to play some fun games to bring a little Christmas fun. It’s the perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas. Check out these simple games from Good Housekeeping that everyone will enjoy.
I hope these simple Ideas and tips for your Christmas caroling party help you get into the spirit this year! Enjoy being with family and friends with this old-fashioned tradition. Merry Christmas!
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