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125 Christmas Instagram captions to make your grid merry and bright

Use one of these cute sayings, funny one-liners or short movie quotes.

If we could bottle up the magic of Christmas Day and enjoy it year-round, we would.

And while, sure, nothing's holding you back from watching your favorite Christmas movies or cranking up festive tunes in the middle of July, there's no denying that the magic is multiplied as soon as the winter chill hits the air.

That's exactly why you should capture as many Christmas moments as you can. Some of your most treasured memories should be reserved for your eyes only, but others deserve to be shared on Instagram so family, friends and followers can take part in the holiday fun. The photos themselves are certainly cheery enough, but a clever Christmas caption will take things to a holly, jolly level.

Consider this list of Christmas Instagram captions our gift to you. (You're welcome.)

Below, find a mix of funny, pun-filled and heartfelt captions to pair with the seasonal snapshots you take from now through Dec. 25. Some are geared toward specific holiday happenings (your family's light display or annual Christmas cookie swap, for example), while others can be used for elfies (get it?) and cute couple photos. We've also sprinkled in a few classic Christmas quotes from popular films and songs to keep everyone's spirits bright.

Your only job is to take a bunch of pictures and make incredible memories while doing so. We'll take care of the rest.

Funny Christmas Instagram captions

  • Sleigh, what?!
  • Snow time like the present.
  • All the jingle ladies.
  • Oh deer.
  • Have your elf a merry Christmas.
  • On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prosecco, on Whiskey! On Donner, on Bourbon and now I’m Blitzen!
  • Dear Santa, I tried. Can we talk?
  • Let's skip the presents and get right to the cookies.
  • May you never be too grown up to ask other people for gift cards.
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure “socks” were not on my list.
  • Do they make red reindeer noses in LED bulbs? Asking for a friend.
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you’re at the mall. Then it’s a different story altogether.
  • Let’s just say that the Christmas tree isn’t the only thing getting lit this year.
  • Forget the garland, I’m in it for the swag.
  • On the naughty list. Sorry, not sorry.
  • There’s only one Christmas spirit and I just poured it into a glass.
  • Does Santa’s workshop offer 1-day delivery?
  • Dysfunctional family motto: Have yourself a scary little Christmas.
  • Christmas rules: No early arrivers. No late stayers.
  • I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, but rosé will do in a pinch.
  • If the holidays were “fun” then there’d be no such thing as therapy.
  • Santa called. Let’s just say you’re on one of the lists.
  • The only tree I’m putting up this year grows money.
  • It’s the gift that counts, not the thought.
  • Christmas: The one time of year a home invasion is encouraged.
  • Jingle bills, jingle bills, all I do is pay.

Little Girls and a Family member dressed as Santa
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Cute Christmas Instagram captions

  • Smitten like a pair of mittens.
  • Here I am spreading cheer by singing loud for all to hear!
  • Happy holi-bae!
  • There’s no place like gnome for the holidays.
  • Eat, drink and be merry.
  • Not afraid to admit that I still believe.
  • Baby, it snowed outside.
  • Welcome to the North Pole!
  • Planning to sing a sleighing song tonight, who’s in?
  • Keep calm and holiday on.
  • The welcome has been so nice and warm.
  • If Santa’s at the mall, then who’s making the toys?
  • Having snow much fun!
  • Ice, ice, baby!
  • Making spirits bright round the clock.
  • There’s no business like snow business.
  • And the stockings hung on the mantle with care.
  • ‘Twas the night before Christmas …
  • Sleigh bells ring.
  • Joy to the world.
  • And to all, a good night!

Christmas Instagram captions inspired by songs

  •  "I never knew the meaning of Christmas 'til I looked into your eyes." — 'N Sync, "I Never Knew the Meaning of Christmas"
  • “If you want to be happy in a million ways, for the holidays, you can’t be home sweet home.” — Perry Como, “Home For the Holidays”
  • “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.” — Bing Crosby, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle-belling, and everyone telling you be of good cheer.” — Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
  • “All is calm, all is bright.” — Frank Sinatra, “Silent Night”
  • “Have a holly, jolly Christmas, It’s the best time of the year.” — Burl Ives, “Holly Jolly Christmas”
  • “O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way.” — Frank Sinatra, “Jingle Bells”
  • “What fun it is to ride and sing, a sleighing song tonight.” — Frank Sinatra, “Jingle Bells”
  • “O holy night, the stars are brightly shining.” — Johnny Mathis, “O Holy Night”
  • “Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cozy are we, we’re snuggled up together like two birds of a feather would be.” — Tex Beneke, “Sleigh Ride”
  • “Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.” — Tex Beneke, “Sleigh Ride”
  • “So, I’m offering this simple phrase, to kids form one to 92, although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you.” — Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song”
  • “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you. I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.” — Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”
  • “What a bright time, it’s the right time, to rock the night away.” — Bobby Helms, “Jingle Bell Rock”
  • “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, let the Christmas spirit ring.” — Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
  • “The mood is right, the spirit’s up.” — Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmas Time.”
  • “The party’s on, the feeling’s here, that only comes, this Time of year.” — Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmas Time"
  • “ … so, hurry down the chimney tonight.” — Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”
  • “Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is you.” — Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas”

Little boy playing with his father and Christmas lights at home close to window
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Christmas Instagram captions from movies

  • “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.” — Clark Griswold, “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation”
  • “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” — Zuzu Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.” — Gangster Johnny, “Home Alone”
  • “I’ve had a really lousy Christmas. You’ve just managed to kill my New Year’s. If you come back on Easter, you can burn down my apartment.” — Lucy, “While You Were Sleeping.”
  • “For behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” — Linus Van Pelt, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • “Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart and hand in hand.” — Narrator, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!”
  • “God bless us every one!” — Tiny Tim, “A Christmas Carol”
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing out loud for all to hear.” — Buddy, “Elf”
  • “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” — Clark, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
  • “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” — Pa Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!” — Jack Skellington, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
  • “Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — Santa Claus, “The Polar Express”
  • “$45 for a Christmas tree and they don’t deliver?” — Lucy, “While You Were Sleeping”
  • “Christmas is not 'clothing optional' this year. We have a guest.” — Sybil Stone, “The Family Stone”
  • "We are opening the presents now. Not later. Now. Why? We’re adults and we can open our presents WHENEVER WE WANT!” — Gus, “The Ref”
  • “You were supposed to get a good tree. Can’t you even tell a good tree from a poor tree?” — Lucy Van Pelt, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • “I give you the Griswold family Christmas tree.” — Clark, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
  • “Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near.” — Narrator, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
  • “It’s Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive.” — Miles, “The Holiday”
  • “Christmas shopping, never an easy or a pleasant task.” — Harry, “Love Actually”
  • “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” — Linus Van Pelt, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • “It’s a beaut, Clark, a beaut!” — Clark, Sr., “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

  Christmas tree Instagram captions

  • I'm having fun, fir sure.
  • Well, this ought to spruce the place up a little!
  • Not to brag, but our Christmas tree is the most poplar.
  • We were going to post a picture of our Christmas tree but didn’t want to be sappy.
  • Behold! The only side of the Christmas tree that isn't brown.
  • He who picks the Christmas tree that drops the fewest needles, wins.
  • And presents by the tree …
  • In a farm of a hundred thousand Christmas trees, no two needles are alike.
  • Tinsel and snow are what make our Christmas tree glow.
  • How lovely art thou branches.
  • This Christmas, I’m pine-ing for you.
  • This year’s trimming is tree-mendous!

Christmas in London
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Christmas lights Instagram captions

  •  I love Christmas a whole watt.
  • Watt's up?
  • I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas.
  • De-lighted to be here with you.
  • Let there be light!
  • Better light than never!
  • Merry and bright
  • Let’s shed a little light on the subject, shall we?
  • Trippin’ the light fantastic this year!
  • The lights are brightly shining.
  • Our Christmas lights are totally amped!
  • Twinkle, twinkle little star.
  • Tree the light you want to see in the world.
  • Lighting up the world, one strand at a time.

Christmas party Instagram captions

  • Christmas magic is in the air.
  • Welcome to the jingle party hop!
  • I’m dreaming of a cocktail Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.
  • 'Tis the season to be merry!
  • Voted most likely to spike the eggnog.
  • This house is ho, ho, ho-ing tonight!
  • Silent night? Not tonight!
  • Oh, what fun it is.
  • Eat, drink and be merry.
  • Pour a glass of Christmas cheer.
  • Making spirits bright at our house tonight.