Christmas Themed Costume Ideas

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It’s that time of year again! The holidays are upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about what you will wear to all those holiday parties. If you’re stuck for ideas, never fear!

We’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas costumes based on popular Christmas characters. So we’ve got you covered whether you’re looking for something cute, funny, or just plain festive.


Best Costume Ideas for a Christmas Party

5. Santa Claus

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One of the most popular Christmas movies of all time is The Santa Clause, and what better way to show your holiday spirit than by dressing up as the film's star, Scott Calvin, aka Santa Claus.

What would Christmas be without Santa Claus? This costume is easy to put together with a red suit (you can even borrow one from a friend or family member), a white beard (real or fake), and a big black belt. Don't forget to stuff that belly with a pillow for added authenticity!


Watato Santa Suit


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10. Ralphie from The Christmas Story

One of the most iconic Christmas movie characters is Ralphie from A Christmas Story. This costume is perfect for anyone who wants to dress up as a classic character from a beloved holiday film. All you need is a pink bunny suit and some glasses.


Briefly Stated A Christmas Story Bunny Union Suit Pajama Costume


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12. Clark Griswold

If you're looking for a costume that is sure to get a laugh, look no further than the patriarch of the Griswold family from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Find an ugly Christmas sweater (or make your own!) and pair it with some high-waisted jeans to create this look. Don't forget to add a strand of Christmas lights around your neck for extra festive flair.

14. Hermey the Elf

One of the most iconic characters from the classic Christmas story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is Hermey, the misfit elf who dreams of becoming a dentist. This costume is easy to put together with just a few key pieces. 

Start with a green felt tunic and add some red and white striped tights, brown leggings, and elf shoes. Don't forget to add a pair of glasses and a fake toothbrush to really sell the look!


Elf Dentist Funny Christmas Long Sleeve T-Shirt


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15. Yukon Cornelius

Another iconic character from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is Yukon Cornelius, the lovable prospector. You can transform into the iconic Christmas character with just a few items. Start with a brown flannel shirt and add some blue jeans, a fake beard, and a pickaxe.

16. Jack Skellington

In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who dreams of Christmas. This fun and creative costume option brings a dark twist to your holiday party. Start with a black suit and add white stripes down the sides, a black bowtie, and a pumpkin mask.


Jack Skellington Prestige Adult Sized Costume


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17. Gremlins

One of the most iconic Christmas movies of all time is Gremlins, and what better way to show your holiday spirit than by dressing up as one of the furry little creatures. You can choose from the cute furry Mogwai variety or get a little slimy by dressing up as a gremlin instead. 

Start with a brown fur bodysuit and add some black pants, woolly gloves, and black shoes. Don't forget to add some pointy ears!


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18. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This classic character is always a hit at holiday parties! For this costume, you'll need a red nose (you can buy one online or make your own with some red construction paper), brown antlers, and a brown or red shirt. Add some black eyeliner around your nostrils to really sell the look.


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20. Frosty the Snowman

This fun character is good for anyone who loves winter weather! All you need for this costume is a white sweater, pants (or a white dress), and some fake snow (you can find this at most party stores). To sell the look, carry around a carrot or two for Frosty's nose.


Forum Novelties Men's Plush Snowman Mascot Adult Costume


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21. Ebenezer Scrooge

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Another popular Christmas character, Ebenezer Scrooge is perfect for anyone who wants to dress up as a classic literary figure. For this costume, all you need is a Victorian-style coat and hat, along with some dollar bills stuffed into your pockets (to represent Scrooge's love of money).

22. Gingerbread Man

This classic character is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth! All you need for this costume is some brown felt (or construction paper) and some icing or glue to create the gingerbread "look." Add some candy buttons down the front of your shirt or dress, and you're good to go!


Men's Iced Gingerbread Man Costume


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23. The Nutcracker

A holiday favorite among many, the Nutcracker makes for an easy and recognizable costume. All you need is a black leotard, bodysuit, and some black tights (for men) or tutu (for women). You can also add sparkly accessories like jewelry or sequined fabric to sell the look.


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