The Best iMovie Christmas Theme and How to Get More iMovie Themes

2018-12-13 03:17:05 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to DVD Follow @ Rosa

Christmas is one of the best times of the year! We get together with family members, put up decorations, exchange gifts, enjoy delicious food, and have a good time celebrating. It’s a good idea to capture the wonderful Christmas moments with video. iMovie, along with other video editing software, provides themes and templates for occasions like this. This article will show you the best iMovie Christmas theme to use in 2018.

The best iMovie Christmas theme and how to add it

iMovie is a free, easy-to–use and powerful video editing app for Mac and iOS. In iMovie, you can create Movie projects or a Trailer projects. With the former, you can easily combine videos, photos and audios to make your own movie. With the latter, you can follow a template to create a Hollywood style movie trailer. This part of the article is about the best Christmas theme for an iMovie movie.

iMovie 10, iMovie '11 and the previous versions provide a number of themes suitable for videos of different types and topics. iMovie 10 offers 14 themes including Bright, Bulletin Board, Comic Book, Filmstrip, Modern, Neon, News, Newscast, Photo Album, Playful, Scrapbook, Simple, Sports and Travel.

iMovie themes

The best iMovie Christmas theme

Although there aren’t iMovie themes dedicated to Christmas, some of the existing themes are actually suitable for Christmas and the holiday season. Among them, Playful can be the best iMovie Christmas theme. The theme Playful uses bright color schemes, beautiful transition scenes, and a happy tune as the theme music.

iMovie Christmas theme

As mentioned above, iMovie is also available for iPhone and iPad with these great themes provided. When it comes adding iMovie Christmas theme on iPhone, the theme Playful can also be a good choice.

How to add the iMovie Christmas theme to your project

1. Launch iMovie on your Mac. Click on Projects in the upper-left corner of the interface. Select Create New > Movie.

2. Drag one or more video clips into iMovie. Move them into the editing area.

3. Click on Settings in the upper-right corner of the timeline and then click on Theme.

4. Click the Play button to preview iMovie themes. Select an iMovie theme that suits your Christmas videos.

You can effortlessly change theme in iMovie. To remove a theme, just select the option No Theme and click on Change.

Tip: After a theme is applied, if the transition scenes don’t show up, you can split the video into several parts.

The best iMovie trailer Christmas theme and how to add it

As mentioned before, you can also create a Trailer project in iMovie. There are 29 trailer themes/templates available. Some of them are Action, Adventure, Holiday, Scary, Romantic Comedy and Epic Drama. Among them, Holiday is the most suitable iMovie trailer Christmas theme.

iMovie trailer Christmas theme

iMovie themes are flexible, allowing you to easily apply and customize your iMovie Christmas trailer. Below are the instructions.

1. Open iMovie. Go to Project > Create New > Trailer.

2. Scroll down and select the theme Holiday. You can preview the iMovie trailer theme by clicking on the play button. Click on Create.

3. Drag your Christmas clips into iMovie.

4. Under Outline tab, edit movie name, release date, cast, credits and other information.

5. Under Storyboard tab, you can enter your Christmas clips by dragging and dropping. It tells you information like length, duration and types of shots. You can also easily edit a selected clip by adjusting brightness, changing saturation, slowing down/up, etc.

Tip: After adding the iMovie trailer Christmas theme and finishing editing, you can choose to convert the trailer project to movie project for further editing.

Tip 1. How to get more iMovie themes

iMovie themes are free and versatile, but it would be better if we could get more themes. However, iMovie doesn’t support third-party plugins, so it’s impossible to download an iMovie Christmas theme online and add it to your video. Also, users are not allowed to custom iMovie themes. But there is still a way to create themes for iMovie if you have iDVD installed on your computer.

1. Launch iDVD. Select a theme that you think is suitable for your Christmas video. Import the video. You can customize the theme by changing the title, font, background, etc.

idvd themes

2. After finishing editing, go to File > Save as VIDO_TS folder. An error message will appear. Just click on Open DVD Map.

3. Drag your Christmas video in the iDVD window. Go to File > Save as VIDO_TS folder again. Name the theme and save it.

4. Open the VIDO_TS folder. Use video converter software like Cisdem Video Converter to convert the .VOB file to one of the iMovie supported formats, as shown in the screenshot below. And then you can import it to iMovie to use in your Christmas movie project.

convert video to imovie supported formats

Tip 2. How to burn Christmas videos to DVD for reliable backup and easier distribution

After using iMovie Christmas theme and other features to edit and make your own Christmas movie, you can save it on your hard drive and share it with others. It’s also a good idea to burn it to DVD. By doing so, you can create a reliable backup of your Christmas videos and memories. What’s more, it’s a convenient way to share videos. In situations where broadband is limited or slow, DVD can be a better way to distribute Christmas videos to friends and relatives.

Since iDVD is discontinued and not around anymore, Mac users can use its alternative Cisdem DVD Burner to burn iMovie to DVD that can play on computer and any DVD player. This app can turn your Christmas videos into high quality DVD disc, folder or ISO file with Christmas menu theme, subtitle and music.

Check out the step-by-step instructions to burn iMovie to DVD for any DVD player.

burn Christmas video to DVD

Tip 3. How to export Christmas videos from iMovie to YouTube, Facebook, etc.

iMovie Christmas themes for movie and trailer projects can help you make your own holiday movie. After finishing it, you can upload it to YouTube and Facebook directly from iMovie. You can also save the video on your computer and then upload it to other platforms such as Dailymotion or Instagram.

It’s easy to do the exporting and uploading. You just need to click the export icon in the upper-right corner of iMovie main screen and select an export option.

imovie export options

However, sometimes there can be problems. Each platform has its supported video upload formats among other requirements. If your iMovie video is in an incompatible format or is too big in size, you won’t be able to upload it. This is when you need a video converter and compressor for Mac. Cisdem Video Converter can convert any video to the supported formats of YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and other sites. You can also use it to downsize your Christmas video for successful uploading.


You can make your own Christmas movie using iMovie themes, templates and other features, and then share the movie via Facebook, iCloud, and email, or burn it to DVD to play on a DVD player. It’s a great way to share your great Christmas moments.

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