12 Christmas YouTube Video Ideas for Your Next Shoot
Paper Christmas cards with a family photo enclosed are traditional for a reason—people love to get mail. Plus, a handwritten personalized note is always appreciated regardless of the season. Nowadays, though, lots of people are opting to bring their Christmas YouTube video ideas to life instead of—or in addition to—relying on simple snail-mail.
With YouTube greetings, you can bring that traditional still photo to life or show off your dance moves. You’re not limited to what fits into a postage stamp-sized envelope. Videos are animated, contemporary, and all the rage. But what are you going to do about content? Here are 12 Christmas YouTube video ideas for your next shoot.
1. Flaunt your nature-loving side
One of the more important aspects of sending a YouTube video is that they aren’t tangible and don’t have to be disposed of (and let’s face it, no one except maybe grandma keeps holiday cards longer than they keep the tree up). Film your family video in a forest—ideally with a festive dusting of snow!
2. Dance the night away
There’s something to be said for the animation of a video versus a still photograph. Still photos are staged, stagnant, and posed. With video, you can see facial expressions and body language—major elements of a person’s character.
So, here’s a Christmas YouTube video idea: film a family dance party. Maybe you already have a household dance. If not, here’s your chance to choreograph a jig that shows off your heritage and passions. The sky’s the limit with a Christmas dance video.
3. Sing it out
If you and yours are musically inclined, one idea for your Christmas YouTube video is to belt out some holiday songs. Perform old favorites and offer up some new tunes as well. It doesn’t even matter if you’re rusty—your video is sure to bring your friends and family some much appreciated holiday cheer.
4. Put up a festive set
You’ll want the background of your Christmas video to be festive, and perhaps you’ll want to switch up your virtual greetings from years past. Why not rent a special location where you can do your filming? Peerspace has hundreds of fun choices from which to select.
For example, this Denver studio is already decked out with antique green walls and vintage wallpaper, and sweet red paper poppies hang from the ceiling. It doesn’t scream “Christmas,” but it elegantly alludes to it, and with just a few added decorations, you will create a set to remember.
5. Television time travel
Sometimes we just want to go back to the good old days and have a wholesome technicolor kind of Christmas. What if you reenact that “holiday TV special” feeling in your YouTube holiday video? Fittingly, you can head to Tinseltown and rent this multiuse Peerspace production set in Los Angeles. With all the props they have on hand, the throwback possibilities are endless.
Here’s an idea: Bring a retro aluminum tree, decorate it with bulbous ornaments and ostentatious garland, arrange yourself in the studio’s 1970s-style living room set, and channel the Osmonds or the Bradys for your Christmas YouTube video.
6. Show off all the glitz
The words “Christmas” and “shiny” can go hand in hand. Break out the glinting tinsel, grab a roll of shimmering mylar, and drench your space in sparkle. It doesn’t matter too much what you say or do in your Christmas YouTube video. The background reflects all the joy you want to share with your friends, family, and the world in general.
7. Get cozy in a cabin
Hang those stockings by the chimney with care and film your Christmas YouTube video in a rustic cabin. Peerspace features a number of great cabins for rent. Ideally, you can light a homey fire and decorate a giant real pine tree for your shoot. Lights, camera, and not too much action.
8. Take it to the streets
Most people don’t even bat an eye when they see someone filming on a public street—almost every tourist in every major city is documenting their entire experience. If you and yours are the hustle-and-bustle urban type, one of the best Christmas YouTube video ideas is to shoot in a festively decorated part of a busy city.
9. Create a personalized narrative
Lots of Christmas cards come with a mass-printed story detailing how the family spent the past year. While those can be fun to read, it’s even more fun to watch and listen to each member of the family relate their experiences. Hearing loved ones’ voices adds significant meaning to the annual greeting tradition.
10. Read your love
Arrange your family somewhere relatively quiet and share a reading of a beloved Christmas story or poem. Your YouTube viewers will be able to play it again and again throughout the year, whenever they crave some extra cheer.
11. Open presents
One of the major benefits of a YouTube Christmas video is that it doesn’t have to be terribly time sensitive. Whereas paper Christmas cards require forethought, like trips to the post office to get stamps and ample mailing time to make sure they arrive before the holiday, video greetings can be filmed and distributed on Christmas day.
Why not open some of the lovely, wrapped gifts glimmering under the tree? No doubt your friends and family want to see your face when you open the present they sent. (Bonus benefit: You can edit your video before you share the link, just in case you can’t pretend to adore the socks your aunt sent you.)
12. Wear fun costumes
One idea for your YouTube Christmas video is to make full use of costumes. The ugly Christmas sweater is (still) having a moment. But the magic of digital video editing allows you to seamlessly change costumes between scenes as you offer your greetings. One minute you’re in that appliqued cardigan, and almost instantly you’re in an elf outfit and then a ski suit. This theme works even better when your pets tolerate clothing, but it’s not vital.