Christmas Family Photo Ideas That Will Wow Everyone

It’s that most wonderful & festive time of the year! When parents are looking for inspirations, gathering props, booking photographers, and searching for the perfect outfits for Christmas family pictures. Since I am a mom myself, I’d like to make your life a little bit easier so I’ve rounded up simple & totally doable Christmas family picture ideas that you can use for your family Christmas card this year and the years to come.

Adorable Christmas Family Picture Ideas To Try This Year

I’ve rounded up the easiest yet adorable photo ideas to try for your Christmas card this year. The bonus is that you can absolutely do these family photos by yourself without hiring professional photographers; just follow these steps to DIY your own family pictures. We’ve been doing ours ourselves and have always loved how they turned out, especially the fact that we saved money from photographer fees. Check out these simple yet adorable Christmas photo shoot ideas you must try this year! And I found the perfect place for you to order adorable personalized Christmas cards too!

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Have The Kids Wear Festive Outfits

coordinating festive sibling outfits for a Christmas family picture - toddler boy outfits sweater, plaid shirt, pants; toddler girl outfits carter's poncho sweater, pleated plaid skirt, black tights

coordinating festive sibling outfits for a Christmas family picture - toddler boy outfits sweater, plaid shirt, pants; toddler girl outfits carter's poncho sweater, pleated plaid skirt, black tights
coordinating festive sibling outfits for a Christmas family picture - toddler boy outfits sweater, plaid shirt, pants; toddler girl outfits carter's poncho sweater, pleated plaid skirt, black tights

If you want the kids to be the star of this year’s Christmas card, have them wear festive outfits and let them do their thing in front of the Christmas tree. Gymboree always has adorable festive outfits for your little ones.

It doesn’t matter if they’re facing the Christmas tree, facing the camera, or lying on their stomach; any shot will turn out adorable and perfect for your Christmas card!

Try The Dramatic Christmas Silhouette

magical Christmas picture idea - toddlers looking at the Christmas tree in the dark, only the Christmas lights are open and you can only see their silhouette

Out of the all the Christmas picture ideas in this list, this is probably my favorite. Yes, it is a little bit harder to do than the rest but the result was simply amazing.

If you’re going to try this, you have to make sure that all the lights are closed except for the Christmas lights. If you have a tripod, make sure to use one so your hands aren’t shaky.

Holiday Pajamas For The Kids

Adorable Christmas picture idea, laughing toddlers wearing matching Christmas pajamas sitting in front on the Christmas tree

This Christmas picture idea is so simple and easy. I seriously did it a few minutes before we went to bed. Have the kids wear their holiday pajamas, you don’t even need to fix their hair (if you don’t want to), and just have them sit in front of the Christmas tree. Just let them do their thing while you keep on clicking.

Amazon has some adorable holiday pajamas for your little ones which you can use for your photo shoot and beyond.

Wear Christmas Family Pajamas

family wearing matching christmas pajamas, cute Christmas picture idea

family wearing matching christmas pajamas, cute Christmas picture idea

If you’re game, have the entire family wear matching Christmas pajamas and have fun with festive props like Christmas lights, Christmas tree ornaments, garlands, wrapped presents, or wreaths.

Amazon has some really cute Christmas pajamas for the entire family which you can use for your family photo shoot & the entire Christmas season too.

Use A Small Christmas Tree Outdoors

family sitting at the backyard, laughing with small Christmas tree, and scattered ornaments, such a fun Christmas picture idea. Head over to www.OneAwesomeMomma.com for more Christmas photo ideas for the entire family. #christmas #christmaspictures #christmasphoto

Setup outdoors like your backyard or a nearby park, throw a blanket for everyone to sit on and place the decorated Christmas tree beside it, scatter Christmas ornaments around you, and just have fun.

You can get a similar 4 ft. Christmas tree here.

Wear A Santa Hat

Easy Christmas family picture idea, everyone is wearing white long sleeves tee, jeans, and a santa hat sitting in front of the Christmas tree

Everyone in the family probably has a white tee and a pair of jeans. For an effortless Christmas family photo, have everyone wear this easy outfit and just throw on a santa hat.

How To Capture The Best Family Photos For Your Christmas Card

The one thing that has always worked with us to let the kids be themselves. Just let them do what they want. I usually just tell them where to sit or stand, ask them to do whatever they want, and then just keep on clicking away. Most often, I’d get great shots for our Christmas family photos because they’re candid.

But from time to time, I ask them to say “cheese” if I need them to be smiling for the photo. There were times when I’d get awkward smiles but there were times when they’d give me their beautiful smiles.

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Christmas family pictures, one is where everyone is wearing white tee, jeans, and a Santa hat; the other one is taken at a backyard where everyone is laughing, sitting on a blanket beside a small Christmas tree with ornaments scattered with a text Simple Yet Adorable Christmas Family Picture Ideas that will wow everyone

What did you think of this post? Do you take your own Christmas family photo or hire a professional photographer? Which is your favorite Christmas picture? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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28 Comments

  1. November 8, 2018 / 9:55 AM

    We haven’t done a family Christmas card in so long that it’s almost shameful. Maybe this will be the year!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:25 PM

      I’m sure your Christmas card would turn out amazing!

  2. November 8, 2018 / 10:45 AM

    So cute! My favorite pics of the kids are always in front of the tree.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:25 PM

      Thanks Jen! Mine too!

  3. November 8, 2018 / 11:24 AM

    So many cute photos! I love all the Santa hats, so fun!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:26 PM

      Thanks Cathy!

  4. November 8, 2018 / 11:40 AM

    Love all these fun ideas! I’ll have to try some with my girls!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:26 PM

      Thanks Jenn! I’m glad you loved them!

  5. Amber
    November 8, 2018 / 2:25 PM

    These are all cute ideas. My hubby wanted to do matching pajamas this year but I like doing them outdoors and pjs outside is weird.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:27 PM

      Thanks Amber! Matching pajamas is so fun! Maybe you can do inside this year; or if you really want to do outside, maybe do it on the porch or on the deck? I’ve seen some pictures where they the family is sitting on the stairs outside their house and it turned out amazing!

  6. November 8, 2018 / 2:50 PM

    The one where everyone is layered with Christmas lights is so cute! I like how casual and fun the vibe is!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:27 PM

      Thanks Rachel!

  7. Em Smith
    November 8, 2018 / 3:46 PM

    Cute kids! I love how you include their Lola in the picture too 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:28 PM

      Thanks Em! Of course, she’s part of our family! 🙂

  8. ashley hargrove
    November 8, 2018 / 4:23 PM

    These are all such cute and fun ideas!! I still try and think of creative ideas with my husband and my dog!! haha

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:28 PM

      Thanks Ashley!

  9. November 8, 2018 / 11:50 PM

    Love the matching pajamas! I think I’m going to do that this year as well! & I love the silhouette idea!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:28 PM

      Thanks Kileen! The silhouette is probably my favorite!

  10. Anna English
    November 9, 2018 / 7:19 AM

    I totally love that your kids look like they are having SO much fun!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:29 PM

      They always do! I make sure that they are enjoying what we’re doing and if the photo shoot is taking longer than expected, I give them a special reward after.

  11. Liz
    November 9, 2018 / 8:05 AM

    These are so cute!! I love the silhouette idea!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:29 PM

      Thanks Liz! I love it too!

  12. Christa
    November 9, 2018 / 1:26 PM

    These are all such gorgeous photos! I really love the matching pajamas idea. It’s so fun and cozy – perfect for Christmas!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:30 PM

      Thanks Christa!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:30 PM

      Thanks Azanique! I love them too!

  13. November 13, 2018 / 1:01 PM

    I love the silhouette idea. Such beautiful ideas.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 5:30 PM

      Thanks Shea!

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