Create a festive Christmas video for Family and Friends

Making a festive Christmas video to share with your family and friends is easy when you follow 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

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.

Prepare your setting

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

Check your equipment

Next, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got the right equipment. Luckily, you’ve got nearly everything you need, because most modern smartphones have a high quality camera that’s 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.

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. If you don’t have a tripod for your phone or camera, you can improvise by balancing your phone or camera on something sturdy so it won’t wobble!

Choose your editing software

In addition to your filming equipment, you should also think about video editing tools. You don’t have to splash out on complicated video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro, although you can create some amazing videos with it.

Apps like Filmora, iMovie or InShot are easier to use and still give great results, plus they are much cheaper to buy.

You can also complement your content with a good soundtrack. Royalty-free music libraries like Soundcloud and Epidemic Sound are great sources for backing tracks, 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 before you start filming. 

A young couple pose for a selfie 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.

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 making a special memory 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 make a montage of the highlights of a weekend away with friends.

Your family and friends are sure to enjoy looking back on these memories, and adding an atmospheric soundtrack will help to add the festive touch. 

Christmas Song and Dance Videos

This kind of video is perfect for posting on TikTok or other social media, and matching outfits will make your video even more entertaining.

It’s a great idea for Christmas greetings or even a fun promotional video for your business, but you don’t need to be a great singer or dancer to make this kind of video.

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 record them for future generations.

You could film a recipe video for your signature Christmas dish, create a walk-through of how you decorate your home or record any other special traditions that you have.

This kind of video 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 since the first Christmas card was sent in 1843. 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 if they 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, including ones that 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 festive cleaning tips, your video could be a great way to share something useful and add a little light-hearted distraction into someone’s day. 

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

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