Festive Christmas In July Ideas & Activities

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Square feature image of santa garden gnome in a flamingo floaty sitting near a DIY Drink Umbrella Christmas Tree made with sand to look like a beach.

Looking for unique Christmas in July ideas, then you’re in the right place!

If you love Christmas then you’ll love celebrating ‘Christmas in July’! This fun holiday gives summer a little boost and it’s a way to squeeze more fun out of July.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like summer just flies by and I like to get all the gusto I can out of those warm months.

Christmas in July is a time to throw a party, binge-watch all of your favorite Christmas movies, make a s’more gingerbread house, and celebrate Christmas but in a much more laid-back way!

Check out all of the festive ideas and activities below. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

1. Decorate ‘Christmas In July’ Style

Photo of five plastic flamingos with santa hats in the yard grass in the foreground and flowers in the background.

Have fun decorating inside and out by adding splashes of summer to your traditional Christmas decorations. Here are a few ideas…

  • Drag out the Christmas tree and decorate it with Hawaiian Leis
  • String Christmas lights
  • Make a Christmas tree out of drink umbrellas (easy tutorial below)
  • Display festive decorations on the lawn.

Tutorial: How to Make a Drink Umbrella Christmas Tree

Vertical feature image of santa garden gnome in a flamingo floaty sitting near a DIY Drink Umbrella Christmas Tree made with sand to look like a beach.
Drink Umbrella Christmas Tree (tutorial below)

To Make a Drink Umbrella Christmas Tree, you’ll need the following:

  • Drink umbrellas
  • A foam cone (I’m using a 12-inch tall cone)
  • A topper (optional: starfish, a shell, or sand dollars)
  • Hot glue
  • A skewer

Step 1: Hot glue a starfish, a sand dollar, or any topper onto a skewer and push it into the top.

Instructional photo of skewer glued to a dried starfish.
Hot glue a wood skewer to the back of your topper and push it into the top.

Step 2: Open up your drink umbrellas and stick them into a foam cone. Start at the bottom and work your way up. If needed use a dab of hot glue to secure them.

Drink Umbrellas being put on a foam cone to make a DIY Umbrella Christmas Tree for a Christmas in July decoration.

2. Throw A ‘Christmas in July’ Party

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Yup, Christmas in July is another reason to party. Here are a few ideas to help get the party started…

3. Make Festive Ornaments

Make ornaments with your kids by painting shells or make these cute snowcone ornaments! For the full tutorial visit — > Easy DIY Snow Cone Ornaments.

Finished DIY snow cones in red, white and blue for the snow top and red and blue dots on a white snowcone cup. String hanging from the top but they are shown in a wicker basket with a palm leaf behind for Christmas and July!
DIY Snow Cone Ornaments

4. Watch Christmas Movies

The Hallmark Channel has tons of Christmas movies to choose from or stream a few of your holiday favorites! Our family loves Elf and The Christmas Chronicles.


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5. Make a Gingerbread House

Make a gingerbread house with your kids. Even better, make a s’more gingerbread house! For the full tutorial visit –> Easy to Make Graham Cracker Gingerbread House.

Square feature image of a S'more Gingerbread House made with graham crackers, chocolate bars for a roof and marshmallows for snow.

6. Exchange Gifts

On July 25th of course! Small pool toys, lip glosses, and bubble wands make great summer stocking stuffers. Or hand out sand buckets with beach toys or ice cream sundae gift baskets. Of course, pick some up for yourself, it’s Christmas and you deserve it!

7. Take A Family Photo

Take a family picture and print up those Christmas Cards early! December is a busy month so why not make cards ahead?

8. Give Back

Why wait until Christmas to donate to local charities? And you don’t have to give money, clean out your closet, and donate winter clothes you don’t wear anymore. Or donate your time to help out a nursing home or pack boxes at the food pantry.


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