How to make a festive Christmas video

Discover how easy it is to make a festive Christmas video to share with family and friends with these simple tips.

A couple smile at the camera as they film a Christmas video. They are in a town square and there are trees filled with lights behind them

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Christmas is a magical time of year filled with cosy evenings, delicious food and unforgettable moments with family and friends. Making a Christmas video is a great way to preserve these precious moments, whether you’re sharing it on your YouTube channel, posting it on social media or just sharing it with your nearest and dearest.

So here are some useful tech tips on how to shoot a memorable video, together with some great ideas for your Christmas content.

Technical tips for making a Christmas video 

Before we get onto some content ideas, here are a few tips on filming a great video.

First, you need to prepare your setting. This might mean decorating your room to look festive or finding the perfect outdoor location to film. If you want to decorate early for Christmas, I’ve got some handy tips on decorating a Christmas tree here.

Next, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got the right equipment, and the chances are that you’ve got everything you need in your smartphone. The cameras on most modern smartphones are really high quality and perfect for filming a vlog or video for Christmas. If you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera like the Canon G7x, that will be great as well.

Depending on where you’re planning to film, you might want to buy an external microphone for clear sound or some additional light sources. You can pick these up at a reasonable price on Amazon.

In addition to your filming equipment, you should also think about video editing tools. Using high-quality video editing software can really enhance your content and then you can use an MKV to MP4 converter to share your video in the right format with friends. 

Remember that it’s best to film landscape for a YouTube video and film in portrait if you’re shooting for social media like TikTok or Instagram Reels and Stories. You can also complement your content with a good soundtrack from royalty-free music libraries . Soundcloud and Epidemic Sound are both really good sources of royalty-free music, so you’re sure to find a tune that hits just the right note.

As you see, there’s nothing too tricky about making a Christmas video but you’ll need to come up with some creative ideas. 

A young couple post for a selfi in front of a decorated Christmas tree

5 ideas for your Christmas video

Everyone loves watching great Christmas videos on social media so why not make this the year that you post your own. There’s so much inspiration around, so here are a few ideas to help you decide what to include in your own Christmas video.

Friends and Family Vlogs

Making vlogs with your friends and family is a great way to tell an engaging story while also preserving special memories for your family records. You could film the best moments from your Christmas party, capture the fun of a trip to a Christmas market or record the highlights of a weekend away with friends. You’re sure to enjoy looking back on these memories, and adding an atmospheric soundtrack will help to convey the spirit of the season. 

Christmas Song and Dance Videos

This is perfect for posting on TikTok or other social media. It’s a great idea for Christmas greetings or even a fun promotional video for your business. Matching outfits will make your video even more entertaining, but you don’t need to be a professional singer or dancer, or even very good – it’s the taking part that counts!

A mother and her daughter post for a selfie next to a Christmas tree surrounded by gifts

Christmas Traditions 

If you have some special family traditions that have been passed down through the years, a video is a great way to share them. You could film how you cook your signature Christmas dish, how you decorate your home or any other special traditions that you have. This isn’t just fascinating for your audience to watch now, it’s also a great way to preserve your traditions for the future.

Virtual Christmas Card 

Christmas cards have been a wonderful way to share your love with friends and family for hundreds of years. But these days, a lot of people are trying to cut down on their environmental impact and looking for alternatives to the traditional Christmas card. 

A virtual Christmas card is a great way to send a Christmas message to friends and loved ones, especially those who live far away. Once you’ve filmed and edited your Christmas video, you can send it to any corner of the world at any time and it will arrive in seconds. You’ll find lots of templates for animated Christmas cards online, so you can slot your videos and photos in before adding a personalised message. 

A young woman smiles confidently into the camera as she films a Christmas video on her smartphone. She is wearing a Nordic style Christmas jumper and sitting in front of a white Christmas tree decorated with red baubles

Christmas Tips videos

Christmas can be a very stressful time of the year with so much that needs to be done. Everyone loves tips and tricks that make life easier, and lifehack videos are really popular on social media. Whether you post a quick gift-wrapping tip, a cute Christmas cookie recipe or some helpful cleaning tips, your video could be a great way to learn something useful and add a little light-hearted distraction into someone’s day. 

So now you know how to craft a fantastic Christmas video, you can go out and have fun creating your unique Christmas story!