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5 Great Slideshow Ideas for the Holidays

There couldn’t be a better, more fitting time to share family photos and videos than the holidays. Slideshows are the perfect way to bring everybody together to highlight some of the best moments of the year and also celebrate the unique beauty of the season. Plus, they make great budget-friendly gifts!

Entertain friends & family this holiday with a slideshow. It’s fun, quick and easy to do. Get started now with ProShow.

Make a holiday slideshow eCard to email
to friends, family, co-workers or clients.

Ditch the paper print and postage this year – make a holiday photo slideshow for sharing via email and online instead.

Just drop in your photos + your favorite holiday tunes and a nice holiday greeting at the end. When you’re done, publish your slideshow online (YouTube / Vimeo, etc.) and email a link to share the video. Or, just post it on Facebook to share with everyone!

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Create a ‘Year in Review’ slideshow to recap events, news & fond memories from this year.

The end of the year is often a time for people to reflect on the events of the year and count their blessings.

This year, share your favorite memories and noteworthy occasions by creating a slideshow using photos taken this year (including vacations, birthdays, family get-togethers, graduations, weddings, etc.). Enhance it with modern or vintage effects like the one shown below.

Then, post it online or burn the show onto a DVD to watch together. If you are planning to mail the DVD as a gift, get tips and inspiration on the best ways to package it here.


Capture photos of Christmas decor or ‘winterscapes’ and share them in a slideshow.

Snap some photos of your favorite displays and put together a slideshow. Be sure to turn your flash off and hold your camera steady for the best image. Check out these great tips on photographing Christmas lights on the Strobist blog. And if you happen to live near this house, you may be better off shooting a video clip!


Resurrect all those cute or embarassing family photos in a family history slideshow.

After everyone’s done eating the big holiday meal, then what is there to do? Keep everyone entertained with a slideshow that tells the story of your family. Don’t have time to scan all those images? Check out this great new app, ShoeBox, that turns your iPhone into a scanner for quickly scanning in old family photos. Need more help? Take a look at our comprehensive guide for creating family history and reunion slideshows.


Create a holiday carol sing-along slideshow.

Pick your favorite holiday tune and type the lyrics in the slides of your show towards the bottom of the screen. Play it in the living room to get everyone involved. Caroling on-the-go? Output your slideshow to your iPhone or other portable device and playback anywhere…makes for great background music to keep everyone in sync!

Tools for creating your holiday slideshow.

Now that you’ve got some ideas for adding slideshows to your holiday mix, it’s time to shift into gear. Do you have the right tools?

With ProShow, not only do your shows look amazing, but it literally takes just seconds to get from start to finish, using the automated wizard and built-in effects. To create easy holiday & family slideshows, get ProShow today. Upgrade or download a free trial.


Want to spruce up your holiday shows even more? Check out ProShow StylePacks. Each collection comes with dozens of wow-worthy effects that instantly transform your photos, videos and titles into flashy animations, layouts and themed looks. They’re fun, easy-to-use, and guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.




Amanda works in Photodex's marketing department and heads up the company's pr and events efforts. She loves photography, living in Austin and making slideshows.