The Christmas season is all about joy, love, and celebration. And what better way to celebrate than with a festive Christmas hen party?
With all the other events going on around this time of year, the thought of planning a Christmas hen party might feel a little overwhelming. No worries – we’ve put together the ultimate Christmas hen do itinerary.
The Best Christmas Hen Party Ideas
Are you in charge of planning a Christmas hen party? If so, you’re in luck because we have the best festive hen weekend ideas that will make your celebration unforgettable. From festive decorations to fun activities, we’ve got you covered. So grab a mug of hot chocolate, sit back, and get ready to plan the ultimate Christmas hen party!
1. Book a festive hen do cabin
What better way to celebrate your friend’s last weekend of freedom than by booking a festive hen do cabin and pretend like you’re Cameron Diaz in The Holiday? A hen party house or cottage out in the sticks offers the perfect setting for a cosy and memorable gathering with all your closest friends.
Imagine snuggling up by the fireplace, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights and the scent of pine in the air.
When it comes to choosing a venue for your Christmas jumper hen do, consider a cosy cabin in the woods with a hot tub for your hen party, a rustic barn, or a festive-themed event space. This will provide the perfect backdrop for your celebrations and add to the overall festive atmosphere.
Best Accommodation for a Christmas Hen Weekend
1. Treetops, New Forest
Surrounded by woodland, this cosy, wooden dwelling makes the perfect house for a Christmassy hen weekend.
- Pub nearby
- Sleeps 5
2. The Lodge At Glebe Farm, Devon
If you fancy cosying up amongst the trees for your Christmas hen party then look no further than this lodge set in the brau.
- Has a treetop woodland walkway
- Dogs welcome
- Sleeps 6
If you want to create a warming, Scandi vibe for your Christmas hen weekend then this amazing house in Yorkshire with its own hot tub will make a great venue.
- Sleeps 8
- On site spa
- Your own hot tub with fluffy robes
To make the most of your hen weekend festive getaway experience, consider opting for a location surrounded by scenic beauty. You might even get lucky and get a white Christmas for your festive hen weekend and you can go for walks in the snow!
2. Organise Christmas hen party activities
Once you’ve sorted the perfect winter hen weekend accommodation, next up is to think about what you’ll do while you’re there.
You’ll want to organise a nice mix of indoor and outdoor festive hen party activities so you can enjoy cosying up in your cottage with some drinks as well has head out and have some fun.
Indoor Festive Hen Party Activities
Have an Ugly Christmas Jumper Competition
Encourage everyone to come dressed in their most outrageous and festive sweaters for a friendly competition. Have a catwalk-style fashion show and let the group vote for the ugliest, most creative, or funniest sweater. This activity will not only bring laughter but also provide great photo opportunities.
Alternatively, you could have a Christmas jumper decorating station, where guests can personalise their jumpers with glitter, pom-poms, or festive patches. Afterwards of course you all need to head out wearing your embarrassing Christmas sweaters, especially the bride!
Festive film marathon
This is the perfect festive hen party idea because it involves getting comfy under a load of blankets and re-watching all your favourite Christmas films – extra points if you choose the Christmas rom-coms. Add these Christmas films for a hen do to your list:
- The Holiday (obviously)
- Love Actually
- Home Alone
- It’s a wonderful life
Gingerbread House Decorating
Provide gingerbread house kits and let everyone showcase their decorating skills. From icing and candies to colourful sprinkles, this activity will bring out the inner child in everyone. Have a competition to see who can create the most elaborate and eye-catching gingerbread house.
Make Festive Cocktails
No Christmas hen party is complete without delicious drinks and treats. Serve festive cocktails, such as candy cane martinis or hot chocolate with Baileys, to keep the party spirits high. Also, prepare a mouthwatering spread of Christmas-themed treats, such as chocolate truffles, festive cupcakes, and mini mince pies.
Try the bottled cocktails from Kocktail, they’re amazing!
Wholesome Christmas Crafts
Get creative with some Christmas crafts on your hen do. Set up a DIY tree hanging station where the hens can personalise their own ornaments or create handmade Christmas cards. You could even give Christmas wreath making a go!
Winter Wonderland Photoshoot
Capture the festive magic with a winter wonderland-themed photoshoot. Set up a photo booth area with props like Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and fake snow and combine these with your classic hen party accessories like willy boppers and L-platets!
Keep the spirit of giving alive with a gift exchange. Set a budget and have each guest bring a small, wrapped gift that is somehow related to the bride. For example, if she likes dogs it might be a little dog key chain. Arrange the gifts in a gift exchange game, like “Secret Santa” for the group to enjoy. This will add an element of surprise and excitement to the hen party.
Dancing and Karaoke
Let loose and dance the night away with a festive playlist. Create a dancefloor area with fairy lights and a DJ booth or a Spotify playlist. Include popular Christmas hits to get everyone in the spirit. You can also set up a karaoke station for those who want to sing their hearts out.
No Christmas hen party would be complete without a festive dinner spread. Get the gang all busy in the kitchen preparing the traditional Christmas dishes like roast turkey with all the trimmings, honey-glazed carrots, and Brussels sprouts of course!
Play fun Christmas hen party games
When it comes to planning a memorable Christmas hen party, don’t forget to include some fun and festive hen do games!
Christmas Pictionary – Divide the guests into teams and have each team take turns drawing Christmas-themed words or phrases. The team that guesses correctly earns a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. You can even make it more challenging by using only xmas-themed words.
Reindeer Antler Ring Toss – This game is not only fun but also makes for great photo opportunities. Get an inflatable reindeer antler set and rings. Have guests take turns trying to toss rings onto the antlers.
Jingle Bell Hoopla – This game is a festive twist on the classic ring toss. Set up different-sized Christmas wreaths and attach jingle bells to them. Each guest gets a set number of jingle bells and must try to toss them onto the wreaths.
Outdoor Festive Hen Party Ideas
Go to a Christmas Market
Most big cities in the UK have their own Christmas market, so if you’re having your Christmas hen party anywhere nearby, then why not head there for a hen do mulled wine and some filling festive food.
Set up a festive Scavenger Hunt (free!)
Create a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt around the cabin or nearby surroundings. Hide clues and small gifts in different spots and let the bride-to-be and her friends embark on a fun adventure. From finding candy canes to solving riddles, this activity will add a lively and competitive element to the celebrations.
Go Ice Skating
There’s no more festive hen do activity than ice skating – if you’re near London then there are loads of Christmas ice rinks to choose from and lots of other towns and cities now have them too. Don’t forget to wear your festive and hen do costumes!
Go to Winter Wonderland
If you’re in London for your Christmas hen weekend then you can spend a great evening with all the hens at Winter Wonderland where you can ride the carousel, go ice skating and eat loads of yummy festive food.
See a Pantomime
Why not combine two of the naughtiest things out there for your Christmassy event – a hen party and a panto. You might even be able to arrange for the bride to be ‘chosen’ from the audience to go up on stage!
3. Accessorise your Christmas hen weekend
When it comes to planning a Christmas hen party, it’s all about the festive accessories! Whether you’re celebrating with a winter wonderland theme or opting for a more traditional yuletide look, accessorising your weekend festivities will add that extra touch of Christmas magic.
Festive Hen Party Sashes:
Make your hen party squad feel like the VIPs they are with festive sashes. Opt for sashes in traditional Christmas colours like red or green, or go for a sparkly gold or silver hue to add a touch of glamour. Personalise the sashes with each guest’s name or a fun Christmas-inspired phrase like “Santa’s Squad” or “Mistletoe Mob.”
Personalised Christmas Baubles
Create unique and meaningful keepsakes for your guests by giving them personalised Christmas baubles. Choose ornaments that match your party theme, and have each one engraved with the hen’s name or a special message. Not only will these baubles make for fabulous decorations on the Christmas tree, but they will also serve as a cherished memory of your hen party celebration.
Put up Christmas Hen Do Decorations
To create a festive atmosphere right from the start, set the tone with decorations that scream Christmas. Hang twinkling fairy lights around the venue and deck the halls with garlands and ornaments. Personalise the space by adding a banner that says “Christmas Hen Party” and a welcome sign for the bride-to-be.
4. Christmas Hen Do Abroad Ideas
Of course you might decide that you want to escape the UK and go for a festive hen weekend elsewhere – ideally somewhere EVEN MORE christmassy!
Here are the most popular destinations for a Christmas hen weekend away:
Could you get any more festive than Lapland itself?! Think crisp white snowscapes, warm fires and husky sleds and you’ve got yourself the most christmassy hen weekend you could ever imagine. Plus, the Finnish love a drink so you’ll be in good company on your hen!
There is no more magical time to go to New York than at Christmas, so a Christmas hen weekend in New York with your besties is just about as fun and amazing as the Big Apple gets. You’ll be ice skating under the twinkly lights at the Rockefeller Center, finishing up some last-minute Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue and supping warm winter cocktails on Manhattan rooftops.
Another great Christmas hen weekend destination is Germany where you can explore all the different Christmas markets on offer, while sampling some of their best beer and hearty sausages that will warm you up when your toes have frozen. The best Christmas markets for a hen weekend are in Berlin, Nuremberg and Munich.
Warm winter hen do destinations
While all these snowy and chilly Christmas hen party locations sound very dreamy, they are also bloody cold. So if you know the bride would be happier in warmer climes, why not organise a winter hen party to somewhere like Benidorm or Marbella where the temperatures will be a little more comfortable.
Summary – Throw the best Christmas hen do
In conclusion, a Christmas-themed hen do is a fun and festive way to celebrate the festive season with your bridal party. Whether it’s a relaxed gathering or a more elaborate affair, the Christmas jumper theme adds a touch of whimsy and yuletide cheer to any hen do. So, gather your friends, dust off those Christmas jumpers, and get ready to create unforgettable memories at your Christmas-themed hen do.