What To Wear on Christmas Eve

Can you believe we’re already talking about what to wear on Christmas Eve!??? (This post was updated on 12/11/15 with current product links.)

What does YOUR family do on Christmas Eve?

I’m guessing everyone’s traditions vary quite a bit. If you’re the type to stay inside and watch Christmas movies and wrap presents (I’ve spent MANY a Christmas Eve doing exactly that) then you probably will be wearing your favorite yoga pants and slippers.

But if you’re entertaining or you have a party or church service to go to, you may want a few outfit ideas.

And of course, I know not everyone reading celebrates Christmas. It’s such an all-encompassing season for us, it’s hard for me to remember that sometimes. If you have other semi-casual events to attend this time of year, or throughout the winter, you still may enjoy this post.

What To Wear on Christmas Eve

We usually spend Christmas Eve celebrating my middle child’s birthday. OH YES, she’s a lucky one!!! It’s hard for her to share her birthday with the biggest holiday of the year, but she also doesn’t like celebrating early because then she feels like her birthday is kind of anticlimactic. So we try to do both.

In addition to celebrating her birthday, we attend our church’s Christmas Eve service. It’s not a formal church, so we don’t have to dress up, but it’s still fun wear something festive.

Many of the outfits I’ve already shared could certainly work for this . . . a festive sweater and slacks or skinny jeans works for almost every holiday occasion except the most formal. But what about a pretty sweater dress for a Christmas Eve Service? You can dress it up or down depending on the formality of your event. I personally love to see a sweater dress with tights and boots. And you can do the ankle boot thing if you want to give it a more modern look.

This red cowl sweater dress at Athleta is just the ticket. They often have a nice selection of sweater dresses.

What to Wear on Christmas Eve

Shop this look: similar cowl sweater dress // similar bootie // R Minkoff Mini MAC in “New Grey” // Stella & Dot bangle and earrings

For more options, shop sweater dresses at Ann Taylor OR shop sweater dresses at Kohl’s. Both generally have a nice selection this time of year. (Click on the pictures below to shop directly.)

ann taylor sweater dress cable


kohls sweater dress


flare dress

fair isle sweater dress

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