Hot Chocolate Bar for the Whole Family

While the rest of the world enjoys a white Christmas, Aussies have their own unique twist on the holiday season, with Christmas falling in the middle of summer. However, why should we miss out on the joy of a cosy hot chocolate bar? This July, let’s bring the magic of a winter wonderland down under with a delightful Christmas in July hot chocolate bar!

Whether you’re planning a family movie night or simply want to embrace the spirit of Christmas during the cooler months, this whimsical setup will add a touch of festive cheer to your winter gatherings. Join us as we explore both adult and kid-friendly versions of this fun treat station that will have everyone sipping and smiling!


Setting the Scene

Transform your living room or backyard into a magical winter oasis, creating a charming contrast to the Australian summer. Use white twinkling fairy lights to mimic falling snow, and drape faux fur blankets and fluffy cushions to evoke a cosy winter atmosphere. Incorporate winter-themed decorations like snowflakes, white forest animals, and mini Christmas trees. Don’t forget to play some Christmas carols to set the mood!

Find more inspiration by watching how Deb set her Christmas in July Hot Chocolate Bar for everyone to enjoy.


Hot Chocolate Bar Assembly – The Kids’ Version

Most of these ingredients are staples in homes with little ones.

For the little ones, let’s create a hot chocolate experience they’ll remember:

Offer a variety of hot chocolate flavors that kids will love. From classic milk chocolate to marshmallow and caramel, there’s something for every taste. Add a twist of fun with flavoured syrups or powders. And of course, don’t forget to top it off with whipped cream and colourful sprinkles!

Provide an array of toppings that will make their hot chocolate extra special. Mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, crushed cookies, and colourful lollies will ignite their imagination. Let them sprinkle, decorate, and create their own hot chocolate masterpiece. And if you’re feeling adventurous, add whipped cream in festive shapes like snowmen or Christmas trees!

Let the little ones choose their favourite mug from a selection of festive options. Whether it’s a mug with Santa’s face or one adorned with holiday motifs, they’ll love sipping their hot chocolate in style. You could even provide some markers or stickers for them to personalise their mugs and add an extra touch of creativity.

Assembling a hot chocolate bar for the little ones is an opportunity to create a magical experience they’ll cherish. The joy on their faces as they enjoy their own hot chocolate masterpiece will warm your heart. So, gather the ingredients, set up the toppings, and let the little ones’ imaginations soar as they indulge in a hot chocolate adventure they’ll remember for years to come.


Hot Chocolate Bar Assembly – The 18+ Version

For the grown-ups, it’s time to take hot chocolate to a whole new level. Offer a selection of gourmet hot chocolate flavours, such as dark chocolate, salted caramel, or even spicy chilli-infused chocolate. This indulgent twist will satisfy even the most refined palates and create a memorable experience.

To elevate the adult hot chocolate experience, provide some optional additions for those who enjoy a little kick. Consider offering liqueurs like Irish cream, peppermint schnapps, or coffee-flavored liqueur. Adults can add a splash of their preferred spirit to their hot chocolate, creating a cosy and spirited beverage.

Instead of the traditional marshmallows and sprinkles, offer more sophisticated toppings that appeal to adult tastes. Think shaved chocolate, crushed peppermint candies, caramel drizzle, or a sprinkle of cinnamon. These additions will elevate the flavor profile and create a luxurious hot chocolate experience.

Pair the hot chocolate bar with a selection of Christmas-themed cookies, gingerbread, or even some gourmet chocolates. Create a beautiful display of treats that complements the hot beverages and adds another layer of indulgence to the experience.

As you embark on creating your own Christmas in July hot chocolate bar, remember that the possibilities for drinks and treats are endless. For more inspiration and ideas, be sure to check out our article on the Tastiest Christmas in July Drinks and Treats.

Cheers to a magical and delicious celebration that will warm your hearts and create lasting memories this mid-year holiday season!


Christmas in July Movies

It’s time to make lasting memories during this enchanting family movie day or night. Use the cold weather as an excuse to get snug in your pjs with a blanket and have a Christmas movie marathon with friends and family. As you gather around with popcorn in hand, elevate your movie-watching experience by setting up a tempting hot chocolate bar. This perfect pairing will add a touch of warmth and cosiness to your Christmas-themed film marathon. So, grab your favorite holiday movies, prepare the popcorn, and make your family movie day even more memorable.

Get ready to bring the magic of Christmas to your family movie day or night with a delightful combination of a hot chocolate bar and festive movies. Although watching Christmas movies is commonly associated with December, pairing your Christmas in July hot chocolate bar with festive flicks creates a cosy atmosphere. Choose memorable Christmas movie classics like “Home Alone,” “Elf,” or “Love Actually” to transport everyone into the holiday spirit. Provide comfy blankets, pillows, and bean bags for a snug and relaxed atmosphere. Encourage guests to snuggle up with their custom hot chocolate creations as they enjoy the film.

Combining a hot chocolate bar with a family movie day or night creates an unforgettable experience filled with warmth, togetherness, and holiday cheer. From family favourites to heartwarming new releases, each film becomes a cherished memory intertwined with sips of decadent hot chocolate. The combination of delicious treats and captivating storytelling creates a bonding experience that brings the family closer together.

Gather your loved ones, prepare the hot chocolate fixings, and embark on a joyous journey of laughter, love, and sweet indulgence.


Christmas in July Games & Activities

Now that your hot chocolate bar is set up and ready to go, it’s time to add some extra excitement to your Christmas in July celebration with fun games and activities. Gather your loved ones and get ready for a day filled with laughter, friendly competition, and creativity. The best part? These games and activities can be enjoyed indoors, so you don’t have to worry about braving the winter weather. Let’s explore some wintery game ideas that will make your Christmas in July even more memorable!

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest: Encourage everyone to dig out their most outrageous Christmas sweaters or get creative and make their own. Have a friendly competition to see who can come up with the ugliest, most over-the-top holiday creation. It’s a hilarious activity that will have everyone in stitches! The winner can even receive a small prize or a special hot chocolate topping as a reward.
  • Timeless Board Games: Bring out the classics like Monopoly, Twister, or even a festive-themed Bingo game. Gather around the table, sip on your hot chocolate creations, and enjoy some friendly competition. These timeless board games are perfect for bringing the family together and creating lasting memories.
  • Family Feud and Charades: Add a touch of holiday-themed fun by playing games like Family Feud or Charades with a Christmas twist. Create your own holiday-themed questions for Family Feud or act out holiday movie titles or Christmas carols in a game of Charades. These interactive and engaging games are sure to bring laughter and entertainment to your Christmas in July celebration.
  • Marshmallow Toss: Set up a challenge where participants have to toss marshmallows into a cup or bowl from a designated distance. Create different levels of difficulty and keep score to make it competitive. It’s a simple yet entertaining game that both kids and adults can enjoy.
  • Christmas in July Crafts: Take a break from the games and get creative with Christmas in July-themed crafts. Whether it’s making a wintery wreath, yummy fake bakes, or festive swags, there are plenty of craft activities to choose from. Check out our blog for a wide range of craft ideas that will keep everyone entertained. The best part is that each participant gets to take their creation home as a cherished memento of the day.

Make your Christmas in July celebration even more enjoyable with these indoor games and activities that perfectly complement your hot chocolate bar. From friendly competitions to creative crafts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the joy of the season with laughter, fun, and a little friendly competition. Let the games begin and make this Christmas in July a season to remember!

Christmas in July is the perfect opportunity for Australians to experience the joy of a hot chocolate bar, even without the winter chill. Whether you’re entertaining kids or hosting a cosy movie night for adults, this festive setup will create a delightful and memorable experience. So, embrace the spirit of the season, indulge in delicious hot chocolate creations, and make this Christmas in July one to remember.