How to Throw a Twelfth Night Party

Celebrate the last night of the Christmas season with these time-honored traditions
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Dress up your gingerbread men cookies this holiday season with the classic favorite, Jelly Belly jelly beans!

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Twelfth Night parties are celebrated all around the world!

Twelfth Night parties have been celebrated around the world on January 5 or 6 — depending on how you're counting — for many centuries. Called the Feast of the Epiphany on the liturgical calendar, it marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and is said to be the day when the Three Wise Men (or Three Kings) brought Jesus their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the stable in Bethlehem.

While the tradition of throwing a party to commemorate the holiday isn’t as popular in America as in some other countries, it is widely celebrated in France, Spain, and the United Kingdom, among other places.

We’ve mixed some of the more traditional practices on this holiday with some unconventional, modern activities to make your Twelfth Night party awesome. (We can’t say no to 12 nights of shots for the Twelve Days of Christmas!) At the same time, we wanted to really get a feel for what this celebration is all about, so we included some of the more religious traditions, like putting up a nativity scene, to demonstrate the significance behind this holy day.


Religious or not, you can throw an incredible Twelfth Night party with these easy, fun ideas to mark the end of the epic holiday season and to welcome 2016.