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So, it’s that time of year, but this time in July! We celebrate Christmas in July! So, let’s have a party and enjoy time and good food and drink with the people we like!

I’ve put together a wonderful collection of recipes for you here with sweet and savory delights for a unique Christmas in July party!

But before you dig into the delicious recipes, why do we celebrate Christmas in July? I mean, yes, you can always celebrate, right? But where does Christmas in July come from? So let’s take a quick detour to find out:


What Christmas in July is all about?

Christmas in July or Christmas in Summer is a second Christmas celebration held around the summer season, mainly during July. It is centered around Christmas-themed activities and entertainment, including small gatherings, seasonal music and specials, and shopping, with the goal of getting the public in the “Christmas spirit” during the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.


Werther, an 1892 French opera with libretto by Édouard BlauPaul Milliet, and Georges Hartmann, had an English translation published in 1894 by Elizabeth Beall Ginty. In the story, a group of children rehearses a Christmas song in July, to which a character responds: “When you sing Christmas in July, you rush the season.” It is a translation of the French: “vous chantez Noël en juillet… c’est s’y prendre à l’avance.” This opera is based on Goethe‘s The Sorrows of Young Werther. Christmas features in the book, but July does not.

In 1935, the National Recreation Association’s journal Recreation described what a Christmas in July was like at a girl’s camp, writing that “all mystery and wonder surround this annual event.”

The term, if not the exact concept, was given national attention with the release of the Hollywood movie comedy Christmas in July in 1940, written and directed by Preston Sturges. In the story, a man is fooled into believing he has won $25,000 in an advertising slogan contest. He buys presents for family, friends, and neighbors, and proposes marriage to his girlfriend.

Source: Wikipedia

Another explanation for Christmas in July is that the concept of Christmas in July itself was originally a way for people living in southern hemispheres to make up for missing out on that typical white Christmas we’ve been dreaming of. Celebrating in July gives those living in the southern hemisphere a chance to eat all the hearty Christmas cuisine and wear ugly Christmas sweaters as seen on TV. But it’s not just isolated to the individual with many shops and restaurants offering Christmas in July sales or meals for the season.


How to celebrate?

  • Deck your halls
  • Get creative with your Christmas in July menu
  • Bring back the Elf on the Shelf
  • Keep it simple with your Christmas in July gifts
  • Find other ways to bring some holiday fun to your summer


Which countries are celebrating Christmas in July?

  • Australia
  • UK
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • USA


Interesting, isn’t it? But now it’s time for the promised recipes.

36 Christmas in July Recipes for your awesome Party

A delicious beverage can not be missing at a Christmas party, even more so. Therefore, we begin our journey into the party recipes with a few delicious drinks!

Party Drinks

1. Christmas Morning Mimosas – The Short Order Cook

Christmas in July needs a fun red pomegranate mimosa to start the day. Cocktails that are this easy & delicious will get the party started.
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2. Christmas Cosmopolitan

Enjoy a festive drink with my Christmas Cosmopolitan. It is a great way to begin a celebration and you can be certain that it is a crowd pleaser.
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3. Frozen Hot Chocolate Frappe – The Stress-Free Christmas

Enjoy all the fun of Christmas even during hot weather with this frozen hot chocolate frappé. It’s delicious and easy to make and share with friends.
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4. Irish Coffee Milkshake Shooters

Irish coffee ice milkshake shooters are a year round treat for adults. Festive enough for summer cooling, it cost winter nights.
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5. Peppermint Martini Recipe

Peppermint Martini is a festive and delicious mint cocktail that is so refreshing. This mint martini is great for holiday entertaining.
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Savory Party Food Recipes

It does not always have to be sweet! Here are delicious savory recipes to discover for your Christmas in July party!

6. Christmas Salad

Contains all the colors of Christmas! This fresh, bright salad is made with broccoli, cauliflower, red onion and cherry tomatoes mixed with a creamy dressing.
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7. Caprese Christmas Wreath

This Caprese Christmas Wreath is the ideal addition to your festive table. It is delicious, easy to prepare and works well with so many things.
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8. Ranch Snowman Cheeseball

Tangy cream cheese and zesty ranch come together in this super simple appetizer. It is easier to make than it looks. Guaranteed to be the cutest item on the holiday buffet!
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Tangy cream cheese and zesty ranch come together in this super simple appetizer. It is easier to make than it looks. Guaranteed to be the cutest item on the holiday buffet!

9. Beef Crostini with Mascarpone Sauce

Christmas in July wouldn’t be complete without a savory appetizer of beef crostini. It’s thinly sliced beef tenderloin served on a piece of toasted baguette with a delicious and creamy mascarpone sauce.
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10. Easy Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Easy and filling, these puff pastry sausage rolls are filled with ground beef and potato and are packed with flavor. Can be prepared ahead of time for easy entertaining.
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11. Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Baked brie cheese with cranberry sauce is a crowd pleasing party appetizer. This vegetarian cheese appetizer is gluten-free. You will love this easy recipe that makes a showstopper, elegant and festive appetizer!
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12. 4 Cheese Ball Recipes

4 Cheese Ball Recipes for Christmas holiday appetizers, and this party food looks like tree ornaments!
Learn how to make four Festive flavors: White Cheddar Rosemary Pomegranate, Cheddar Pimiento, Garlic Chive Goat Cheese, and Blue Cheese Cranberry Pecan.
These will be the star holiday party appetizer on a cheese board, and don’t they just say Merry Christmas..
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Sweet Party Food Recipes

But if it should be something sweet, you will certainly find the right recipe here!

13. Candy Cane Cupcakes | Christmas Dessert | Holiday | EmilyFabulous

These cute and festive Candy Cane Cupcakes are the perfect Christmas or Holiday treat. Topped with homemade peppermint buttercream frosting, these cupcakes taste just like a candy cane!
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14. Strawberry Santas

Try this great snack for the kids, simple and easy Strawberry Santas will be a huge hit for Christmas day dessert or Christmas Parties.
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Strawberry Santas

15. Christmas pudding ice cream

This Christmas pudding ice cream has just three ingredients and is super easy. Perfect for Christmas in July or if you are looking for a festive dessert to wow your guests with this Christmas.
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16. Egg Liqueur Parfait with Homemade Egg Liqueur

A quick, easy, and gluten-free dessert with many garnishing options. Not only for the holidays!
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Egg liqueur parfait with chocolate sauce, egg liqueur filled chocolate covered waffle cup, and advocaat linzer cookie.

17. Poinsettia Cookies – Sula and Spice

These pinwheel shaped cookies look just like poinsettias when you use colored sugar to decorate. So fun!
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Poinsettia Cookies

18. Moist Christmas Cake Balls (My Most Requested Holiday Dessert)| Aleka’s Get-Together

This recipe for Cake Balls is one of my most requested every Christmas. But they can be made for ANY holiday, including birthdays! They are so moist and the one sweet treat that everyone goes crazy for every year.
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19. Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas Tree Cupcakes look impressive but are quite easy and so much fun to make! Making these gorgeous and delicious Christmas cupcakes is a perfect way to celebrate the season.
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20. Snowmen Vegan Meringue Cookies

These snowman-shaped Vegan Meringue Cookies will be a hit at your Christmas in July. They are sweet, crisp, airy and completely adorable!
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21. Grinch Jello Shots

These Grinch Christmas Jello Shots are guaranteed to liven up the party! An easy video tutorial and step-by-step recipe included!
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22. Strawberry Christmas Lights

These Christmas Strawberries are chocolate covered strawberries disguised as adorable Christmas lights! Yummy and decorative!
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23. Festive Eggnog Pancakes That Will Make Santa Proud

Add some joy to your breakfast table with these festive and fluffy eggnog pancakes, served with a cinnamon nutmeg whipped butter and hot drunken maple syrup.
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24. Decadent Whiskey Chocolate Truffles | Marley’s Menu

These decadent bite-sized Whiskey Chocolate Truffles are the ultimate pop-in-your-mouth treat, with intense chocolate flavor and a touch of boozy bliss.
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25. Host an ugly Christmas sweater cookie decorating party

Too hot to wear an ugly Christmas sweater in July? Let everyone decorate their own ugly Christmas sweater cookie instead!
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26. Christmas Pudding Protein Balls

Keep your summer figure with these healthy Christmas pudding protein balls. They are filled with traditional warm spices like cinnamon, allspice, cocoa, and a touch of orange then sweetened with dates and raisins.
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27. Cake Pop Maker Ginger Bread Pops

What better way to spread the joy than with gingerbread cake pops? These delightful, flavorful pops are a quick and tasty treat.
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28. How To Make Stained Glass Cookies

Stained glass cookies start as a buttery sugar cookie, but with a little holiday magic to make the center of the cookie see-thru with sweet candy. This cookie is perfect for a cookie platter, cookie exchange or just delicious holiday baking!
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29. Christmas Tree Cookies

This easy shortbread recipe is the perfect way to make quick Christmas tree cookies that you can decorate in many different ways. The dough comes together with 3 simple ingredients and then is cut out into tree shapes to be baked and dressed up for the holiday spirit or turned into an edible 3D Christmas Tree farm.
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30. Christmas Chocolate Salad

What could bring more festive joy than a Christmas Chocolate Salad? Appealing to the young and old, this easy to make platter of chocolate and fruits will be a fitting end to any Christmas gathering be it in July or December!
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31. Candied Pecans | Sometimes you feel like a nut

Sometimes you feel like a nut… Sometimes you just want some candied pecans. Low in carbohydrates and sodium, these gluten-free treats are sure to go fast at your next holiday party or get together!
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32. Vegan White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)

The perfect holiday cookie recipe that tastes just like Christmas! These Vegan White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are gluten-free, allergy-free, and full of dairy-free white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies! Easy and delicious, they're a fun addition to your seasonal cookie swap and dessert platters!
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33. Homemade Marshmallows

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You won’t believe how easy homemade marshmallows are to make! With a few simple ingredients, you’ll have all-natural, sweet and fluffy marshmallows, and they’re fun to make!
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34. No-bake Vanilla Christmas Cheesecake

A beautiful no-bake vanilla cheesecake with festive reindeer decoration that will bring Christmas cheer to all!
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35. Easy Christmas cake

A simple Christmas cake, packed with fruit and easy to ice.
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36. Vegan Chocolate Star Bread - Sugar Spice ’N Everything Nice

For Christmas in July, we bring to you our chocolate filled, crunchy, vegan star bread to start your holiday season!
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vegan chocolate star bread

Looking for more recipe collections like this one? Check out the Christmas Appetizer Recipe Collection Part I and Christmas Appetizer Recipe Collection Part II, Christmas Dinner Soup Collection, and the Christmas Dinner Main Course Recipe Collection for more inspiration!

With this amount of both sweet and savory party food recipes and delicious drinks, you now have various ideas for your upcoming Christmas in July party! I hope you have fun celebrating! Let me know which recipe it turned out to be! I would be so happy to hear!

If you want to save the recipes for later, download my link list in PDF form, with all the recipes, then you'll have them on hand when you need them!

Have a great summer! And Merry Christmas in July! 😎 🎄

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