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Christmas Theme Ideas

Friday 18th November 2016

Get your section into the Christmas spirit for the night with these themed ideas:

GET ACTIVE – Gift Wrap Relay

You will need

  • Table
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Gifts (a range of items, same for each team)
  • Stocking


Get the children into teams for this relay race, each team needs a table set up ready to wrap. All the items should be ready on the table; team members should go one at a time from a starting line, race to the table set up with all the items and wrap one item. They need to then run with the item and place it in the stocking. The first team to complete is the winner. You should make sure that all items are properly wrapped and you could then judge the wrapping which may change the result of the race!

GET CREATIVE – Lollipop Nativity


  • Lollipop sticks (at least 7 each)
  • Felt tips or paint/paint brushes
  • Marker pen
  • Glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Gold pipe cleaner


Distribute at least 7 lollipop sticks to each child (ideally two of which should be cut in half). Have the children colour in or paint the long sticks to form the frame of the stable. Glue together and put to one side.

Add some glitter glue to the roof of the frame and colour three half lollipop sticks to create the nativity characters, using a marker pen to draw eyes (the simpler the design for the faces, the better). Glue them to the stable frame. Use another half lollipop stick to create an angel for the roof, decorating with a golden pipe cleaner.

GET ACTIVE – Human Christmas Tree


  • Green crepe paper
  • Tinsel
  • Baubles
  • Anything else you can think of!


Get the children into teams and a volunteer to be the Christmas tree. Set a time limit and on the word ‘Go’ the remainder of the team simply decorate their tree. A leader(s) should then judge the team’s efforts and decide on a winner.

GET OUT & ABOUT – Neighbourhood Food Collection

Help support people facing hunger this winter by joining the UK’s biggest food collection. From the 1st to 3rd December, all Tesco stores will be hosting a food collection as part of the ninth Neighbourhood Food Collection.

Christmas can be a difficult time for individuals and families who are already managing on extremely tight budgets. The increased winter fuel bills, and the pressure of choosing between heating and eating, will sadly push many families into food crisis. Donations made to Trussell Trust foodbanks are used to provide three days of nutritionally balanced, emergency food to people in crisis that have been referred by frontline professional agencies such as Citizens Advice or children’s centres.

Get your section involved by collecting food and delivering it to your local Tesco store between 1st – 3rd December.

Find out more at tesco.com/food-collection/

GET ACTIVE – Name that Christmas Song/Carol

Make a list of lyrics from songs that only provides 3-4 words from each song (not the title). The person who names the most songs in a certain amount of time wins.

GET INTO THE BIBLE – Christmas Lights

Bring a string of Christmas lights to plug in and light up.

Ask the children why we have Christmas lights. Ask them to think about what light is good for and give examples. They might say things like finding your way, not feeling scared, amongst other things.

Read: John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

One of the greatest things about light is that it helps us to see. In the bible verse that we read, the Bible calls Jesus the “light of the world”. What this means is that often we can find ourselves in darkness, because we do things that are wrong (sin). If we turn to and follow Jesus he can help us out of that darkness and show us the light.

Christmas is all about Jesus being born, to be a bright light, a shining example to follow and to give us hope.

JUST FOR FUN – Sweets in the jar

Fill a jam jar full of sweets and give each child the opportunity to guess how many sweets are in the jar. At the end of the evening, announce how many sweets there were and the winner, who takes home the jar of sweets.


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