Bring festive cheer to your summer with our Christmas in July food ideas! Discover playful twists on holiday classics for a magical mid-year feast.

Tiny Santa figurine facing away from camera under a paper cocktail umbrella in the grass with a sunset coloured sky behind.

There’s something wonderfully whimsical about celebrating Christmas in July. It’s a chance to blend the cosiness of the holidays with the sunny vibes of summer. Instead of hot chocolates and warming stews, think cool-down drinks and BBQ buffets! It’s all about having fun with ingredients, trying new recipes, and turning festive food traditions on their heads.

Here’s 30 of our favourite Christmas in July food and drink ideas for you to try.

Looking for more Christmas in July party inspiration?  Click here to see our other ideas and recipes.

Santa Strawberries

Santa Strawberries

With an abundance of summer berries available, fun festive fruit creations are a great Christmas in July food focus.  Few are more cheerfully eye-catching than these Santa Strawberries!

Banana & Strawberry Candy Cane

Strawberry & Banana Candy Cane

Keeping with the cute fruit display theme, try a super easy banana and strawberry candy cane!

Christmas Tree Fruit Board

Fruit Christmas Tree

Looking to go all out for a table centrepiece?  Or simply want to make a fruit board with a difference?  A Christmas Tree fruit board not only looks amazing, but it’ll taste delicious too!  Full of fresh summer fruit flavours.

Snowman Cheeseball

Jolly Festive Snowman Cheeseball

Fancy a different kind of centrepiece?  Our snowman cheeseball is a perfect option.  It works well as an alternative appetiser to the usual dips and chips, or as a great light meal for cheese lovers!

Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board

Round wooden board with charcuterie treats laid out as a wreath on top, including cheeses, salami roses, grapes, crackers, decorative rosemary and clementines with some silver and gold Christmas ornaments framing the shot at the top.

Another great option to accompany a Christmas in July games night is a beautiful festive charcuterie board.  Layer up your favourite meals and cheeses in the shape of a Christmas wreath and serve with plenty of fresh bread or crackers.

Reindeer Sliders or Burgers

Going down the Christmas in July BBQ route?  What about turning those burger / slider buns into reindeer with pretzel antlers and cherry tomato noses.  Get the tutorial from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons.

Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

Puff Pastry Christmas Trees Three Ways

Quick frankly, when is the wrong time of year for a puff pastry Christmas tree?!  Our pepperoni pizza tree makes a fabulous Christmas in July treat.

Christmas Ham

Jolly Festive's Christmas Ham

Fill your home with all those seasonal scents by cooking up a Christmas ham, one of those timeless classics that never disappoints. Serve with roasted pineapple for a summer spin on the festive favourite. Make our indulgent ham, mac’n’cheese, or use the ham to make picnic sandwiches. Our easy recipe for Christmas ham is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit, whatever the time of year!

The Full Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner - Learn How To Have A Stress-Free Christmas Dinner

Why not?!  Christmas in July is made for a second shot at Christmas Dinner with all the Trimmings.  Or just the trimmings!  It’s your Christmas dinner – make it however you wish!  A great option if the weather’s looking gloomy or you have family and friends you didn’t see last Christmas or won’t see this year.  Have a Christmas in July feast instead!

Turkey Nachos

Tray of Turkey Nachos served with guacamole

Got some grilled turkey to shred?  Make loaded turkey nachos! Perfect served with festive guacamole for movie night or an afternoon of Christmas in July fun and frolics!

Red and Green Salads

Red tomato salad and green Christmas salad with green leaves, roasted broccoli, avocado, feta and more, both in glass dishes on table with red and green metal and wooden decorations and green fairy-light pine in top right corner.

We’re deep into salad season!  Lean into your seasonal greens (and reds) to make a beautiful duo of delicious salads that will pair perfectly for full festive vibes on the garden Christmas table.

Apple And Cranberry Salad

Winter salad with apple and cranberries from above

We may have created this one for the winter season, but this crisp apple and cranberry salad will taste every bit as delicious in summer too!  The perfect side dish for your mid-year Christmas feast.

Caprese Candy Cane

Caprese Salad in the shape of a candy cane on wooden board accompanied by pieces of crackerbread.

Another beaut of a candy cane creation – this time it’s a savoury tomato and mozzarella design.  Perfect for a summer lunch or Christmas in July BBQ side.

Christmas Sausage Rolls

Christmas Sausage Rolls

Give those summer picnic treats a sprinkle of Christmas with our Christmas Sausage Roll recipe.  Delicious hot or cold … though whether any will be left by the time they’ve cooled is anyone’s guess!

Ice-Cream Station

Weather too warm for a hot chocolate station?  Try an ice-cream station instead.  With crushed candy canes and gingerbread, gold coins, marshmallows, strawberry and lime sauces, and all sorts of other seasonally inspired toppings, it’s a surefire winner!

Homemade Ice-Cream

Tin of Homemade After Eight Ice Cream With Two Bowls and After Eight Chocolates as well as some pine branches.

What about making your own festive flavoured ice-cream instead?  Refreshing peppermint After Eight ice-cream or comforting gingerbread ice-cream.  Which would you prefer?  Our no-churn recipes may the preparation a breeze.

Christmas Coloured Snow Cones

Red snow cone and green snow cone in small clear dishes with gold spoons in the Christmas in July sunshine.

Say ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ with some red-and-green coloured shaved ice.  Keep cool in the summer months and embrace those Hawaiian Sunny Christmas vibes.

Christmas Pavlova

Christmas Pavlova with slice taken out

Want something more substantial but still seasonal.  What about a Christmas pavlova?  An eye-catching statement pudding and popular dessert for Australian Christmas celebrations.  And when it comes to summer festivities, our southern hemisphere pals certainly know a thing or two!

Maltesers Dessert Dip

Malteasers Dessert Dip

For something more informal, our Maltesers dessert dip could bit just the ticket.  Quick, easy, and delicious.  Serve with your preferred wafers or cookies.

Watermelon Christmas Trees

For something healthy and refreshing, what about some watermelon Christmas trees? – get the tutorial from Eating Vibrantly.

Melting Snowman Cookies

Melting Snowman cookies with plain biscuits covered in white icing and toped with a marshmallow decorated to look like a snowman's face to give the illusion of a melting snowman.

A great one to prep with the kids.  These melting snowman cookies make a great rainy day activity for the holiday season and work brilliantly as part of a whole “Melting Snowman” Christmas in July party theme.

Snowman S’mores

The classic summer evening treat.  Give your fireside s’mores a festive feel by adding friendly snowman faces to the marshmallows.  Replace the chocolate squares with chocolate coins if you have any available.

Christmas in July Drink Ideas

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Switch out the hot cocoa for a frozen hot chocolate bar – the perfect way to season-up this Christmas time classic.  Try Mel’s Kitchen Café’s simple 3-ingredient delicious recipe.

Berry & Candy Cane Gin Cocktails

Candy Cane Gin Cocktail

Homemade berry & candy cane gin is so refreshing when served with lemonade.  A great way to use up excess summer strawberries too.

Iced Mulled Wine

Mulled wine cordial recipe easy

Who says mulled wine must be served warm?!  It may be the middle of summer but that’s no reason to forego this most famous festive beverage of all!  Make a batch of our mulled wine cordial, add a shot to a glass of chilled red wine over ice, and garnish with a twist of orange zest.

Cranberry Iced Tea

Try a refreshing cranberry iced tea.  We love this cranberry and hibiscus tea from Eat Smarter.

Red and Green Cocktails

Red Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail in a long glass with red straw, paper umbrella and strawberry slice behind a margarita glass with green hued frozen margarita topped with a slice of lime.

More season-appropriate Strawberry Daiquiris and Margaritas will still be full of Christmas spirit with their classic red-and-green colours.  A fun way to nod to the season but still enjoy the summer tipples.

Kir-istmas Royale

Spiced Cranberry Cordial recipe

The perfect Christmas in July drink to sip in the sun.  Make a batch of our lip-smackingly good spiced cranberry cordial ahead of time and simply add to prosecco (or champagne!).  Yum yum yum!

Christmas Infused Water

Overhead view of water dispenser filled with lime pieces, mint stems and pomegranate arils, ice and water, with two garnished glasses of water at base and snowy silvery wood garland to side.

Even the regular water station gets a festive twist as a melted snowman station or with refreshing Christmas water infusions on offer.  Perfect for keeping guests hydrated at your summer Christmas party.

Seasonal Garnish

Give every drink a festive flair with a seasonal garnish.  Make beautiful festive ice cubes by adding cranberries, mint, and other seasonal embellishments to the tray before you freeze.

We hope these Christmas in July food ideas have given you some inspiration to bring festive cheer to your summer celebrations. Celebrating Christmas in July is all about having fun, experimenting with flavours, and creating joyful memories. Whether you’re hosting a big bash or a cosy family gathering, these playful twists on holiday classics are sure to delight.

So, fire up the grill, get creative in the kitchen, and enjoy a magical mid-year feast. Have you had a Christmas in July celebration before? What’s your favourite addition to the table? Share your ideas and join in the festive fun!

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Hannah Bartlett

Hannah Bartlett, former Travel & Hospitality Professional and Mum of two, co-founded Christmas blog Jolly Festive alongside her sister, Jo.  The pair have a voracious appetite for all things Christmas, researching and creating inspiration year-round for all aspects of the festivities.  More about Hannah