Christmas Event Ideas for Your Student Ministry

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is coming up fast and we want to pull off a killer Christmas event for our students. Maybe you have a event you do every year and it is always a hit with your students. But maybe you are looking for something different this year. Or maybe you have never done a Christmas event with your students before and your trying to think of ideas. Here are a few Christmas events I have done with students and are usually a big hit.

Christmas Progressive Dinner. Let’s face it, students love to eat and if we provide them with free food they will come to almost anything! If you have never done a progressive dinner there pretty fun. You go from house to house and at each house you eat another part of the meal. I have done this with students in the past and it’s always a success. They enjoy hanging out with friends all night and enjoy stuffing their faces with tons of food. Also, this is a great event to get people in the church involved who normally don’t get involved with students. You can ask a few adults outside of your student ministry to host part of the dinner at their house. This allows them to meet the students and provide them food and a place to eat. This event will take some planning and preparation, but will be a hit with your students.

Christmas Party. Your probably thinking why I would even write this since everyone has a Christmas party around this time of year. But a simple Christmas party are always a hit with students. Provide some food, games, and a place to hangout and they are there! I suggest doing a Christmas party at someones house. This year we did a Christmas House Party at one of our volunteers homes. This is also a great event to encourage your students to invite some friends, especially friends who don’t know Jesus and are not connected to a local church. A Christmas party is a “safe” place many non-Christian students would feel comfortable coming to.

Christmas Theme Night. I’m a huge fan of theme nights (I shared a freebie awhile back that contains all you need to do a price is Right Theme Nightclick here for that). What I mean by theme nights is you take your normal mid-week or weekend service you have for your students, and you theme it around one big concept, such as Christmas. So everything from your decorations, games, and teaching is centered around Christmas. These can be great outreach type of nights as well. I suggest letting your students, maybe your student leaders, be involved in making this kind of night happen. Let them decorate, plan what the night look likes, and allow them to run with the theme idea. You will be surprised with what they come up with!

These are just three Christmas events I have done and that are always a success. If you need a Christmas event this year try one of these. Adapt it to your specific context and give your students a event to remember.

[Question] What kind of Christmas events have you done with your students?

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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