Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Eve Dawes
The Most Stunning Dresses to Wear to a Christmas Party. Cute & Stylish Christmas Party Dress Ideas for 2023
Christmas party dresses 2023 edition is here! Holiday dresses are one of my favorite things to shop for. Mainly because I love the holiday season, getting into the Christmas spirit, anything sparkly and glam and an excuse to dress up. Holiday parties are always a great excuse to find the perfect outfit and the most beautiful festive styles. These are the best holiday party dresses for 2023 I came across after scrolling through thousands of styles. There’s a Christmas party outfit for all tastes in fashion and dress codes from sexy Christmas party dresses to classy Christmas dresses, mini Christmas cocktail dresses to gowns and of course work Christmas party dresses.
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A lot of these Christmas party dresses for 2023 will work for your entire holiday party season whatever Christmas festivities you have on your calendar. For your office Christmas party, holiday drinks, family party, Christmas day, New Years Eve parties and other special events throughout the year.
Whether you’re looking for a sexy, festive or chic look, or an elegant and classy Christmas dress for a formal event these gorgeous dresses are the most stunning styles for the 2023 festive season.
75 Best Holiday and Christmas party dresses 2023
I put together this 75 best holiday party dresses from classy Christmas dresses and cocktail attire to sexy Christmas party dresses that check off both classic trends and what’s in style now. These were the most stunning cocktail dresses and gowns I could find for the Christmas parties under the Mistletoe or seeing in the New Year.
Obviously there’s a lot of festive color dresses like red, green, silver and gold as well as trending feathers, sheer styles, sparkly crystal dresses and little black dress options. As well as some more unusual color Christmas dresses and styles that would be appropriate work Christmas party dresses but that still show personality and a sense of fashion and style.
There’s also stunning gowns and longer length dresses for the perfect black tie or more formal looks for your holiday party dresses for 2023. They have the most flattering cuts, beautiful colors and embellishments to stand out from the rest of the party.
If you can’t find the holiday party formal gown or long dress that you’re looking for definitely check back as I’ll keep updating this as we get closer to Christmas as new styles come in and others sell out.
25 Stylish Mini & Midi Christmas Party Dresses & Gowns 2023 | Cocktail attire & black tie dresses to turn heads (Over $250)
Use the arrows to scroll through all of these Christmas party outfits for 2023 & click each photo for more details. If the dress you like is from Revolve and it’s out of stock definitely sign up for their back in stock notices. As they’re really good about restocking really quickly (normally within a week at the most). FWRD also has a lot of designer dresses on sale right now that are perfect for the holidays.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let me know what you want to see more or less of in this holiday party dresses 2023 edit. I love hearing your feedback and curating these edits around exactly what you’re looking for.
Luxe for Less 50 Best Mini & Midi Christmas Party Dresses & Gowns Under $250
These are the most stunning Christmas party dresses for 2023 that I found after scrolling for hours online. I’m loving that sparkly glam styles are in and when better to throw on a sequin mini than for holiday parties. A lot of these are favorited on my own wishlist ready for holiday dress shopping or already in my closet.
This year it was a lot harder to find dresses under $100 as even at Windsor a lot of their styles were over that but I tried my best to find as many affordable styles as possible. Especially as occasion dresses are often something we only wear once or a handful of times.
It was actually Express who came through with the best holiday party dresses for under $100. As much as they’re great for closet staples, they also really came through this year for holiday outfits. Especially with work appropriate Christmas party dresses. Quality, style and value = win/win!
Christmas party dress & gown review haul
Here are a few of my personal favorites I’ve picked out for my Christmas party outfits for 2023 and why. Along with all of the details like fit, quality and where to get them.
1. High neck red Christmas party dress 2023
This satin halterneck red dress with its high neckline is the perfect option to show a little bit of skin and be both a sexy Christmas party dress and classy Christmas dress. It’d be perfect for a work Christmas party or Christmas cocktails and is under $200. It also comes in 6 other colors.
2. The perfect classy Christmas party dress for family parties
I love how versatile this long sleeve red dress is. It’s a Christmas party outfit that’s classy enough for family gatherings and work events but still festive enough with high heels to feel special. It’s the perfect dress for wearing to church, then to brunch and Sunday cocktails. As well as not having to worry about a tight fitting dress. It keeps selling out but getting restocked.
I couldn’t find anything else like it so it’s worth waiting on if you can. It’s a beautiful and classy option with enough room to eat and drink.
3. The sexiest LBD to turn heads
This black high low dress is super sexy with its fitted body hugging style, plunging neckline and backless style. Some LBD’s are forgettable and blend into this crowd. This LBD is the complete opposite with its puff shoulder detailing.
It’s one of my top picks for LBD’s on this best holiday party dresses 2023 edit. You don’t have to worry about any slips as there’s a sheer panel at the front!
If this style isn’t for you check out these top trending black cocktail dresses under $100.
4. Pink Christmas party dress | If you’ve got it…
This hot pink backless satin slip dress is one of the sexiest Christmas party dresses for 2023 on here and makes a change from festive colors. It’s made for nights out and quality time with your girls sipping bubbles. It’s very similar to the one below except that it has chain straps, also comes in blue or black and is more expensive.
5. Another pink Christmas party dress | Hot pink to make them wink
This hot pink dress is not just absolutely stunning but right on trend. The pink satin dress looks classy and formal from the front but the backless style is so sexy. It’d also be a super cute Winter wedding guest dress.
I wore it this week for date night in Vegas (pics above and below). It’s also under $200! Just be careful with what jewelry and bags you wear with it so that it doesn’t snag.
6. On trend corset green Christmas party dress
This cocktail dress is such a pretty shade of teal green and perfect for both Christmas parties and special events. The corset dress is right on trend and the ruching makes the satin way more flattering and forgiving. If you want a dress that’s both sexy and on trend for your holiday party this is it.
7. Green perfection holiday party dress
This slinky green satin mini by Amanda Uprichard is such a stunning shade of green. I love the unique asymmetrical shoulders and back. It’s super flattering and such a great Christmas party outfit for all body types.
8. Sparkly long sleeve mini Christmas cocktail dress
This long sleeve sparkly mini dress works for pretty much all holiday parties and glam nights out. It’s one of those glam cocktail dresses you know you’ll get a ton of wear out of. It’s also super thick, warm and heavyweight for colder Winter days. The silver buttons give a classic aesthetic and the crystals make for a truly glittering Christmas party outfit.
9. Sexy red mini dress
Yes it’s another red Christmas party dress for 2023 but what’s the holidays without red! This strapless red mini dress has such beautiful details like the zipper accent and asymmetrical hem. It’s also under $80 on Revolve! I love a good deal.
10. Pretty Woman | Black cocktail dress
This black off the shoulder dress is such a classic holiday party dress. The black off the shoulder dress is sexy but there’s something about it that’s just so elegant. It’s another classy Christmas dress and style that you could wear at any holiday party. Whether that’s a work soiree or out with friends and again to special events.
This classic glam black off the shoulder mini dress is a great alternative for under $100 and also comes in a rich burgundy red and white. It runs a little large so if you’re smaller up top consider sizing down.
11. Work Christmas party dress | Not your average bodycon
This dress is perfect for taking you from the office to the office party. The high neckline and backless bodycon style are sexy and flattering but it’s long enough to wear to work.
Add a blazer to make it even more office appropriate to cover up the backless style. The color is one of my favorite things about this dress and will stand out from the red, green, black and metallic styles.
12. Sparkly holiday party dress 2023 | Sparkle on
This sparkly black mini dress is next level with it’s structured statement shoulder. It was made for turning heads, turning up the heat in Winter and totally slays with its sequin embellished fabric, asymmetrical neckline and short hemline. With black, gold or silver strappy heels, this is one beautiful outfit and holiday party dress for 2023.
13. The fashion statement maker | Glam feather dress
Glam feather styles are a big trend for Winter 2023. It wouldn’t be a Christmas party dress list without a little black dress but one that’s unique. This little black dress is giving me all of the festive holiday vibes and the feathers are so in and fabulous. Throw on some strappy sandals and this is one epic holiday party outfit for under $80.
14. The knock out holiday party dress 2023
It doesn’t get much more festive than this classy Christmas dress by Michael Costello black and gold sequin dress which also comes in green and pink for holiday parties or New Years Eve. I love long sleeve dresses for not worrying about what my arms are going to look like in photos.
I’ve also been wearing a lot more gold accessories the last few years as well so this goes perfectly. I also think gold looks absolutely stunning with a festive red lip or smoky eyes and nude lips.
I find this dress runs true to size and the XS fits like a glove. It’s heavy because of the allover sequin and bead embellishment making it feel really good quality.
15. Come on Barbie Lets Go Party #Barbiecore
Yes, it’s another sparkly cocktail dress but this ones bright pink and made to party! Sequins are a major trend for Winter 2023 as is the pink Barbiecore trend. This dress is vibrant, sexy, on trend and a total showstopper made for dancing. It’s on my wishlist for this holiday season, where else better to wear it than here in Vegas! Shop the Little Pink Dress.
16. Fringe holiday party dress | Roaring 20’s
The roaring 20’s is back when it comes to fashion. I love the fringing on this black and crystal embellished strapless mini dress. It’s from Camila Coelho’s collection which is always fashion forward and sells out fast. It’s such a classy Christmas dress and easy to change the look of by swapping out the belt.
17. Dreaming of a white Christmas | Snow Queen white formal gown
If you’re like me, I don’t follow the rules and think white looks really crisp and elegant in Winter. I love the strapless style of this white gown for holiday parties or New Year’s Eve. This beautifully draped gown has a modern, sexy high-cut front slit that’s both chic and sexy.
It’s one long cream dress that will look just as good in Summer as it does at holiday parties. It also comes in pink, red, blue and cyan.
18. Disco queen holiday party dress
The green version of this blue sparkly dress was the 1st one I added to this list and sold out fast. This stunning blue color is the new version but there’s only limited stock. The sparkly style stood out from the rest and the plunging neckline makes this sexy Christmas party dress one of my favorites. This short sleeve version is also gorgeous but kinder on the wallet: $58 cocktail dress.
19. Lady in red | Sexy Christmas party dress
A classic but sexy Christmas party dress. This red satin dress has long puff sleeves and a beautifully structured waistline with flattering draping. Satin can be hard to pull off especially in flash photos but this solves that issue. It’d also be great for New Years or Valentines Day. Shop red NBD pandora dress for your Christmas party outfit 2023.
20. Elegant green satin Christmas party gown
As much as I love satin I tend to avoid it as it’s not the most flattering in photos. Except this emerald green satin maxi dress has a beautifully draped belted waistline which totally solves that issue. It also has the sexiest back.
I had the zip changed out as I have a short torso so it went too low down on the back for me. This green gown is a best seller so get it before it sells out. Adds to cart…
22. Stunning red Christmas party dress
Michael Costello’s red mini dress is a classy Christmas dress that’s also on my Fall wedding guest dress edit as its such a stunning dress for special occasions. Designers are getting smart when it comes to designing cocktail dresses for colder seasons as this one has long sleeves and a high neck.
23. Black Tie Christmas party dress
The red Alessi gown is such a sexy and fashion forward way to wear a satin gown. It’s such a gorgeous rich shade of red and a total knockout. The gold chain shoulder straps, thigh high leg slit and backless style on this dress is so beautiful.
24. Classy Christmas party dress
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. If you’re looking for a classy but sexy Christmas dress you can wear again and again for lots of different occasions this long sleeve black velvet mini dress would be perfect. I’d style it with diamond chandelier earrings and strappy heels for holiday parties.
25. Sequin holiday party dress 2023 for the party girl
This sequin cut out and high low hem is the ultimate party dress. Sequins are another one of the biggest trends for Winter 2023. This black sequin dress is incredibly sexy and fun. It’s expensive but this dress would be so fabulous at clubs and not just for Christmas parties.
26. The bombshell | From classy holiday party dress to NYE
Red is one of my favorite colors (besides pink) and this is such a powerful style that’s total bombshell but still really elegant. I find Elliatt runs a little big so you may want to size down. Their quality is really good for the price and it also has non-slip silicone grip lining so no worries about flashing at your company work party!
Get the red dress which also comes in other colors.
27. Black tie holiday party dress | Sexy red cut out gown
When your holiday party has a black-tie dress code or you’re going to the Nutcracker this red gown is sexier than your average gown with it’s cut outs and off the shoulder neckline. The vibrant red gives this gown a truly festive feel for black tie holiday parties and would also be great for New Years Eve.
28. Sparkly green Christmas party dress
One of my favorite holiday parties is cookie swaps as I’m a total sugar addict. This wrap style sparkly green dress (it also comes in a vivid blue) would be perfect for a holiday party where there’s lots of eating as it can be loosened as needed. It’s a thinner sweater dress material that’s sleeveless so you don’t overheat in front of the fire.
It’s also one of those styles that can be easily dressed up or down. I wear mine with nipple petals rather than a bra for a more seamless look. Green dress on sale!
29. Pretty in pink one shoulder gown
This shade of pink is my idea of pink perfection. It’s such a sweet, feminine color that’s softer than black for a formal gown. The mod asymmetrical one-shoulder sleeve and body sculpting bodice seams make this dress flawless.
30. Black formal gown | The perfect silhouette
This black formal gown is pure elegance. I love off the shoulder gowns as they’re normally most of our favorite body parts. The cut out neckline makes it less stuffy and more fashion forward than your average black gown. It’s the ideal choice for formal events, going to see the Nutcracker and also wrinkle resistant so you don’t get out of the car crumpled. Gown from Saks.
31. Trend setter 2023 | Christmas cocktail dress
This strapless pink velvet mini dress checks off 2 major trends for Fall/Winter 2023: hot pink and the matching long opera gloves which it comes with. If you want to be the most fashion forward person at your holiday party this year, this is the best holiday party dress for you.
I find both the dress and shoes run true to size. Wearing an XS in the dress and size 7 in the shoes (my normal sizes). It does run short, snug and it’s too short to wear with a lot of Spanx due to the high leg slits but it’s so striking. The gloves are really long so you might have to fold them under if you have shorter arms. See the YT video for the try on and review.
32. Velvet mini dress | Bring on the wine (dress that is)
This is such rich wine color velvet mini dress. The criss-cross spaghetti straps make it adjustable, always appreciated for Christmas party outfits! The material is thick enough to not worry about anything showing, especially in the cold. If you’re looking for a dress that you could just as easily wear for holiday parties as for New Years Eve this is a great option to rent.
33. Holiday siren | Red formal gown
Red gowns are so festive and perfect for Christmas time. What I love about this satin dress is that the draping and thigh high leg slit make it a sexy but on trend holiday party dress for 2023. It could also be worn to a black tie wedding and is definitely a style for accenting your curves.
34. Midnight gold gown
The most sparkly of these holiday gowns but still a sophisticated, classy long Christmas dress. If you want a holiday dress that gives a little lift this one has underwired cups. The sheer skirt is right on trend, a total head turner and drop dead gorgeous. It’s the fairytale gown.
35. Sugar and spice | Backless mermaid gown
The sexiest of these gowns. This red, backless, body hugging gown couldn’t be a more sexy holiday party dress. If your back is your best feature, flaunt it in this sexy dress. You’re not going to blend in in this dress but you will be the best dressed.
36. On trend holiday party dress 2023 | White feather dress
This is such a fun on trend style for your Christmas party outfit. I found that it ran true to size and wasn’t see-through. Instead of a strapless bra which I find uncomfortable I used nipple petals just for modestly when it’s cold out.
37. Sparkling Sensation Christmas Cocktail Dress
This stunning, backless, silver feather sequin dress was made for partying and making a statement. It’s the perfect dress for dancing and photos.
What to wear if you don’t want to wear a dress
If you’re not into dresses or want something warmer for your Christmas party outfit, there are lots of stunning rompers and dressy jumpsuits around this year. The waist on this one is pretty high so I wouldn’t belt it next time but I love how comfortable it is and that it has pockets.
It’s cropped if you’re tall but doesn’t need hemming if you’re petite (I’m 5″2 and it was the perfect length). I forgot to pack my suede pumps for Colorado so had to wear it with boots which isn’t how I’d style it normally!
If you’re worried you’ll be too warm a festive, lightweight romper is perfect. Plus it has an elasticated waist for all of the festive eating and drinking.
Complete your holiday party outfit in 2023 style
Grab some strappy heels, sparkly Cinderella heels, the perfect accessories and red lipstick to complete your holiday party outfit for Christmas 2023. I’m all about the sparkly accessories to go with my holiday cocktail dresses but have also added nude and black options so it’s not overkill and you don’t look like a disco ball.
If you’re worried about being cold, logo tights are still in fashion and I wear my black Gucci logo tights all the time in Fall & Winter and they’re finally back in stock!
Sparkly bags are another big trend for Winter 2023/2024 and these are hands down the prettiest styles I’ve seen this season from Chanel to under $50. If you shop from Italist be sure to use code RF-220X-D9218D to be entered to win $500 in their monthly give aways.
Rent your Christmas party dress 2023
If you’re wanting designer but know you’re only going to wear your holiday party dress once, Rent The Runway or Selfridges rentals are a good option for Christmas cocktail dresses and gowns. Plus they take care of the dry cleaning.
For more daily fashion and outfit inspo
If you’re ready to shop for NYE, I’ve rounded up the best New Years Eve dresses from sexy sparkly mini’s to sophisticated LBD’s from designer to luxe for less.
More stunning styles to wear this season