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 the month 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
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
- Make a s’more gingerbread house. (easy tutorial below).
- String Christmas lights
- Make a Christmas tree out of drink umbrellas. (easy tutorial below).
- Put out festive yard decorations.
2. Throw A ‘Christmas in July’ Party
Yup, Christmas in July is another reason to party. Here are a few ideas to help get the party started…
- Serve up a snowman cheeseball
- Grill pineapple slices and make Aloha Burgers
- Make watermelon punch
- Pull out the slip and slide
- Set up a snowcone station
- Have a cookie exchange
- Swap white elephant gifts
- Surprise the kids with a visit from Santa
3. Make Ornaments
Make ornaments with your kids by painting shells, and pinecones from the yard, or make these cute snowcone ornaments (easy tutorial below).
4. Watch Christmas Movies
The Hallmark Channel has tons of Christmas movies to choose from or stream a few of your favorite Christmas Movies! Our family loves Elf and The Christmas Chronicles.
5. Exchange Gifts
On July 25th of course! Small pool toys, lip gloss, 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!
Make this beautiful DIY Lantern to brighten up your space or as a table decoration for a wedding or event.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. How to Make Snowcone Ornaments
To Make Snowcone Ornaments, you’ll need the following:
- An 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper
- A saucer or small plate (6 to 6.5″ size)
- Foam balls (2 or 2.5″ size)
- Clear scotch tape
- School glue or craft glue
- A pencil
- Markers (optional)
- Paper clips
- Acrylic paint and a paintbrush
Use a small plate and trace a half-circle with a pencil onto a white piece of paper and cut it out.
Next, paint foam balls with acrylic paint.
Decorate the cones with markers (optional). Then form it into a cone and tape it together.
Insert a paperclip into the top of your foam snow cone ball so you can add a string to hang your ornament. Then use school glue or craft glue on the inside of your cone to glue the foam ball in place.
9. How to Make a Drink Umbrella Christmas Tree
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
Hot glue a starfish, a sand dollar, or any topper onto a skewer and push it into the top.
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.
10. How to Make a S’more Gingerbread House
To make a S’more Gingerbread House, you’ll need the following:
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate bars
- White frosting
- A piping bag
- Mini marshmallows
- Candy to decorate
You’ll need four graham cracker halves (two for the roof and two for the short sides) and two full graham crackers (for the two tall sides).
Make the tall sides that hold up the roof by cutting two full-sized graham crackers. Cut your graham cracker at an angle above the halfway mark (from corner to corner) as shown below. Use a serrated knife (like a steak knife) and saw back and forth lightly to score the graham cracker. Then break off the edges. An adult should do the cutting.
Add a good amount to a plate where you want your house to sit.
Stand the graham crackers on the frosted part of the plate and assemble the sides using a piping bag to pipe frosting onto the edges of the graham cracker.
Then pipe more frosting onto the top edges and add the roof pieces.
Let your graham cracker house set up in the refrigerator for at least an hour before decorating.
Then use more frosting to add chocolate bars to the roof and any candy decorations you like. Last, place mini marshmallows around the base of your house.