60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates

Need some December social media ideas? This article is packed for Social Media Holidays throughout the entire month of December – plus December Canva Templates to get you started! Let's get festive.

60+ December Social Media Ideas and Canva Templates
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BY DONNA MORITZ | UPDATED JANUARY, 2024

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This post is packed with holidays (national and international) for 31 Days of December in 2024. Including a few quirky and unusual days of celebration throughout December too. When you need extra ideas for content, come here and grab what you need including Deecember Canva Templates I've designed for you!

What's in this December Social Media Ideas Post?

Here's what you can expect with these December Social Media Ideas:

  • December Canva templates for you to create stunning images and videos quickly to match your posts!
  • additional information about each of the December social media ideas. This includes what to create and ideas for sharing the content you create with your audience.
  • a handy reference guide (as an infographic) to help you easily grab social media ideas and holidays and plan your content ahead for December.

Want more content? Check out the monthly social media ideas posts in this series:

Note that many of these holidays are US-based along with International and regional holidays. Look up holidays in your country or region to add more local content to your posts! Posts are updated annually at the start of the year.

Tips for Quickly Creating December Content

Creating fun December content doesn't have to take a lot of time. Batch your content and plan ahead to streamline the process. These tips will help you to make it soooo much easier. Especially if you have a schedule sorted out ahead of time.

Aim to get your December social media ideas planned ahead and wrapped with a bow into posts – scheduled, prepped, and ready to go. Here are some tips for creating video content:

  1. Use Canva video templates to help you: the majority of visual content tools come with template that help you create content. Don't be afraid to use the templates as they make life SO much easier. Of course you CAN do it yourself, but why not take advantage of templates? It's the most efficient way for non-designers to create pro-quality content. Simply edit and customize the design. My top tip is to keep it simple and focus on changing just one or two elements. This could be the text, photo/image, video, fonts or colors. If you change too many elements at once you run the risk of ruining the design.
  2. Batch it, baby! Batching is so much more efficient vs doing it templates one by one. Consider using the same template to create more than one video in a series.
  3. Try creating social videos – If full-length YouTube videos intimate you, focus on short social videos of 15-30 seconds. Then do longer videos from there, as you grow your confidence.
  4. Get to know your audience. What do they engage with? It could be how-to content, handy tips, hacks or something else? Maybe it's a good old dose of humour. Experiment with the type of content that works.

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Quick-Guide Infographic for December Social Media Ideas & Holidays

Use this easy reference infographic guide to your December content. Share it now or save it to Pinterest for later:

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Save this cheat sheet for later on Pinterest!

Want to see our full 2024 Social Media Holiday Infographic? Click here.

Check out the tools and tips below for creating December content. Let's dive in!

December Social Media Ideas and Holidays – Calendar Days for 2024

1. World Aids Day – Time to shine a light on important issues surrounding AIDS and HIV. You can find out more here.

2. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – This day marks the adoption of the first Convention to fight human trafficking by the United Nations General Assembly.

3. International Day of People with Disability – This day is all about celebrating the abilities of everyone. Use #IDPWD and join the global celebration on December 3rd.

Today is Make a Gift Day if you're starting the talk about all things gift and presents.

4. National Cookie Day – Yep, there's a whole day dedicated to cookies! Use #NationalCookieDay and share your favorite recipes or, let's be honest, do we need an excuse to indulge in some Christmas cookie goodness?

It's also the WWF's World Wildlife Conservation Day – Share some tips and posts on preserving our beautiful Earth and its incredible fauna and flora wildlife. Here is an example of a carousel post about protecting our wildlife:

Protect Our Oceans Carousel Template - 60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates (Infographic)
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Or maybe share content about nurturing nature in general with an animated template like this:

Nature vs Nurture Canva Template - 60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates
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5. World Soil Day – : Soil might not be the sexiest topic, but it's essential for our food supply. Plus, with a soccer field of soil eroded every 5 seconds, it's time to talk about it. This is a day celebrated by United Nations to raise awareness around the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

6. St Nicholas Day – Western Christian countries celebrate this day, where St. Nicholas left gifts in shoes (or stockings). It's the perfect time to kick off your Christmas countdown.

Speaking of Christmas Countdown, it's a great time to share a Christmas Countdown post. Simply edit the number of days left before 25th of December:

Christmas Countdown Canva Template
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or maybe try a flipboard style template:

Blue Christmas Countdown Canva Template
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7. National Cotton Candy Day – We've all enjoyed this sugary treat since the 1400s, right? It's a day for those with a sweet tooth! It's celebrated annually on December 7th. Fun Fact: In Australia, we call this sweet, sugary treat Fairy Floss.

It's also National Pearl Harbour Remembrance Day and National Civil Aviation Day.

8. Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day – This one's just a bit of fun, where you can let your imagination run wild. Use #PretendtoBeATimeTravelerDay and enjoy the creativity of what might be if we had time travel at our disposal. Held annually on December 8th.

It's also National Chocolate Brownie Day. Not that we need a reason, right?

And if you haven't already it's time to put up your Christmas Tree – it's Christmas Tree Day. Schedule a Christmas Tree-inspired quote to match!

Oh, and if you're like me and love to celebrate Christmas early, then chances are your audience can relate to a Christmas-tree post like this, like this… as early as October or November lol:

Christmas Tree Joke Quote Canva Template
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Or how about a fun animated Christmas light post. We all find this to be a challenge:

Christmas Lights Canva Template
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9. National Pastry Day – A great day to eat, share and post about pastries. Bon Appetit!

Share a pastry inspired post, whether it's sweet like a Danish pastry or donut or salty like a pretzel:

Donut Joke Quote Canva Template
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It's also Christmas Card Day. This tradition started back in 1843 when the first commercial Christmas card was created in England by Sir Henry Cole (a civil servant responsible for the idea of sending greetings on a card to send good cheer). While it's not as common to send physical cards these days with so much being digital, you can find some awesome Christmas Card designs in Canva, if you need some inspiration:

Christmas Candy Cane Card Template - 60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates
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Or how about some golden Christmas Card vibes:

Merry Christmas Family Photos Canva Template
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Add your family photo and your greeting:

Oh What Fun Christmas Card Canva Template
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10. Human Rights Day – another United Nations Day day to remind us to stand up for equality, justice, and human dignity. Use #HumanRightsDay to raise your voice for a better world.

It's also Nobel Prize Day – Annually on December10th, the day that Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris is celebrated. Use #NobelPrize

Dewey Decimal System Day – Library nerds take note! This is about the birthday of Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) who invented the Dewey Decimal system of library classification.

11. International Mountain Day – Got a good mountain scenery photo to share and beautify your Instagram stories? Use #InternationalMountainDay.

Mountain Quote Canva Template - 60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates
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Or maybe share a mountain-inspired template:

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12. Gingerbread House Day – Get your Gingerbread House ready before Christmas. We couldn't resist adding anything gingerbread related to our list of December social media ideas.

It's also Poinsettia Day, which is a red flower usually associated with Christmas. Find out more here.

13. It's National Cocoa Day and National Violin Day.

Chocolate, chocolate chocolate. Let's face it, cocoa or hot chocolate is great any time of year, but in the holiday season.. it's extra special! And don't forget the very important rules of chocolate:

Chocolate Fun Quote Canva Template
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Cacao Chocolate Collage Canva Template
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14. International Monkey Day – cheeky monkeys around the world, this is your day.

It's also Free Shipping Day. This is handy as we head into holiday season. this one could be handy! Free Shipping Day is a one-day promotional event held annually on 14th December. Find out more here. If you run an e-commerce store, then this is a great chance to run a promotion.

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Roast Chestnuts Day. If roasting Chestnuts is your kind of thing, go for it!

15. International Tea Day – held annually on December 15th since 20015 where it originated in tea-growing and tea-drinking countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Kenya.

After travelling in the tea plantations of Munnar, in Kerala India, I love the varieties and versatility of tea!

National Cupcake Day is here to give you permission to eat cupcakes and Bill of Rights Day is today as well.

16. National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – This is a chocolatey holiday we can get behind, right? And we don't really need a reason to add it to our December social media ideas. Enjoy.

17. Wright Brothers Day – Today is about all things flight, to remember the Wright Brothers and their contribution to our ability to fly! Held on December 17, it remembers the time Orville and Wilbur Wright flew for the first time in 1903 outside of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Here's a flight-inspired infographic for some nice flight-inspired content:

Leap then Fly Quote - 60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates
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National Maple Syrup Day is today. The bestie of pancakes everywhere.

18. Answer the Telephone like Buddy the Elf Day – A silly holiday for our December social media ideas but perhaps the most fitting. If you've seen the movie Elf you'll know what this is all about!

International Migrants Day (another United Nations Day) is today, and Bake Cookies Day.

19. Oatmeal Muffin Day gives you permission to bake muffins.

20. National Sangria Day – Enjoy the fruity drink of Sangria today. #SangriaDay. Share your favorite recipe and pair with some tacos.

It's also Go Caroling Day. Warm up your voices.

21. Crossword Puzzle Day use #CrosswordPuzzleDay

22. Today is National Cookie Exchange Day. Yes for those who don't live in the US, exchanging tins of Christmas Cookies is a thing! A delicious thing.

23. Roots Day – Recognised in the United States, this is a day to talk about heritage of families, family history and ancestry. Find your roots! There are lots of Family Tree templates in Canva to check out:

Family Tree Canva Template
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And for the Seinfeld fans… today is Festivus. IYKYK.

24. National Eggnog Day – The Christmas Traditions continue #NationalEggnogDay and Christmas Eve!

25. Christmas Day – We wish you a Merry Christmas. Get off social media (you've already scheduled your content ahead, right?).

Christmas Note Canva Template
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Share a Christmas quote:

Christmas Quote Canva Temple - 60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates
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or some fun Christmas content:

Kids Christmas Tree Canva Template
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And hint hint if you are a lover of all things Christmas, you can check out another post to grab 12 Free Christmas templates to use on your social media posts:

26. Boxing Day – is a the holiday celebrated the day after Christmas in many countries in the Commonwealth including Australia and the UK where it is a public holiday. It originated in the United Kingdom.

27. Visit the Zoo Day – a day designed to promote locals to visit their local Zoo. It's also National Fruitcake Day.

28. Card Playing Day – Did you have a childhood filled with summers playing cards and around Christmas as a kid? Seems like a great time to have a Card Playing Day! #CardPlayingDay

29. Tick Tock Day – No, we're not talking about TikTok, but rather a reminder that Tick Tock, it's almost the end of the year. Can you believe it?

30. Today is apparently Bacon Day in some parts of the world. Held on the 31st August, as well, but why not have two days to celebrate Bacon? Use #baconday.

And it's Falling Needles Family Fest Day which is a reminder to clean up and recycle your living Christmas tree.

31. New Year's Eve – Who doesn't love celebrating New Year's Eve! Every year on 31st December we reflect on the year that was and set our resolutions for the year ahead. 2025 is loading:

Let Go of the last year New Year Canva Template
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And hint hint if you are a lover of all things Christmas, you can check out another post to grab 12 Free Christmas templates to use on your social media posts:

Share an engaging “Word of the Year” post as we head into the new year and ask your audience what their focus will be for the coming new year:

Word of the year Template - 60+ December Social Media Ideas + Canva Templates
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Let's do this 2024!

Want More Dates?

Here are a few dates in November that change from year to year. We will do our best to update these annually. 

  • 2nd December – Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving)
  • 20th December – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (3rd Friday in December) 
  • 25 December – Hanukkah Begins 
  • 2 January (2025)- Hanukkah Ends

Canva Templates + 45 Days Free Trial on Canva Pro

Get started by using the Canva templates in this post (free for Canva Pro users). Canva Pro gives you access to thousands of videos, elements, photos and templates from a whole range of designers on the Canva Marketplace. Try it free for 45 days on this link:

December Social Media Ideas – Calendar Months

Use this list of December social media ideas for month-long holidays:

  • National Handwashing Awareness Week – first full week of December
  • Human Rights Month
  • National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month
  • National Write a Business Plan Month
  • National Pear Month
  • National Write a Friend Month

A few tips for using Canva to create your December Social Media Images in 2024

Here's a couple of quick and easy tips for creating images in Canva for 2024 content:

1. Use templates… all the templates!

The templates I shared in this post are just the tip of the iceberg. Need more templates? Follow my Canva Creator Profile on Canva to see 100s of additional templates (including new templates as I release them). I have a growing series of templates available for both Free Users of Canva and Pro Users:

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2. Create Videos

Canva has so many great video features that allow you to easily create videos, add animations to your designs (text, object and whole-page animations) edit and add transitions. It's fast becoming an excellent alternative to other video tools so be sure to play with it!

3. Get More Calendar Ideas!

Check out my complete calendar post for more Social Media Calendar ideas! This is updated at the end of every year for the new year.

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is a Visual Content Strategist and founder of Socially Sorted, listed by Forbes as a "Top 5 Social Media Blog You Need to Know About". Donna helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Inc. & Entrepreneur and she is a speaker and trainer on visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.
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