10 Pop Culture Christmas Costumes for Holiday Parties

With holiday parties in full swing, skip the run-of-the-mill, store-bought Mrs. Claus costume. Whether you’re dashing through the snow with your best friends or your boyfriend this year, these 10 pop culture-inspired Christmas costumes will help you stand out from the crowd.

1. The Plastics, Mean Girls

Mean Girls wifflegif








You’ll look so fetch in this shiny outfit. Go the extra mile and hand out candy cane grams to the other partygoers (but none for Gretchen Wieners).

2. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas


This one requires an ungodly amount of either green face paint or hairspray, depending on which of these two you go for.

3. The Peanuts, A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown

Dressing up like Linus has the added bonus of his trusty blue blanket, which will keep you nice and warm as you hop from party to party. If you’re hosting, Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree makes for a great decoration.

4. Kevin McCallister and the Wet Bandits, Home Alone

Home Alone

I advise against setting booby traps for your party guests.

5. Anna, Elsa and Olaf, Frozen

Frozen costumes

You probably went as Arendelle royalty for Halloween – why not trot out that sparkly Elsa dress one more time? Everyone will wanna build a snowman with you and your crew.

6. Ralphie and the Leg Lamp, A Christmas Story

Leg lamp

For Ralphie: glasses and sweater OR bunny suit. For the lamp: fishnets and a short hoop skirt.

7. The Holiday Armadillo, Friends

Holiday Armadillo

Your part-Jewish friend! In case Party City runs out of Santa costumes, this is always a solid backup option.

8. Buddy the Elf and Jovie, Elf


The ultimate Christmas costume if you’re in love, you’re in love and you don’t care who knows it!

9. Heat Miser and Snow Miser, The Year Without a Santa Claus

Heat Miser Snow Miser

A rendition of the Snow Miser and Heat Miser songs is always a crowd-pleaser.

10. Rudolph and the Misfit Toys, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Whether you go as the toy train with square wheels or Charlie-in-a-Box, these costumes require a lot of DIY magic, but it’s totally worth the result. I’m still not sure what’s supposed to be wrong with the doll.

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