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Using Instagram Efficiently: Winter & Holiday Hashtags + Challenge Announcement

Winter Hashtags

I have so many fun things for all of you today, and I am so excited to add another resource to the Instagram Efficiently series. I also have something awesome to share at the end of the post, so hopefully it is intriguing enough to keep you reading until the end (unless you don’t like surprises, then you can scroll ahead…but make sure you come back!).

Since everyone is getting into the holiday spirit (and it’s the week of Thanksgiving!!!), I wanted to bring you some specific winter & holiday hashtags to use throughout this beautiful season. I did the same thing in the Fall, and I loved putting it together, so I might do one of these for different seasons and events. Does anyone have any suggestions?

You may be tired of hearing it, but hashtags are incredibly important to the Instagram game. They build relationships, grow community, and create galleries of sorts for specific photos. Keep in mind that these are not the only hashtags you should be using, general ones are still in play, but these winter related hashtags are good ones to use over the next few months. Make sure to keep them relevant!

Basic- these hashtags are for anything winter related from December-March

#winter | #winterfashion | #winterwonderland | #snow

Lifestyle/Everyday- these hashtags are for those beautiful everyday glimpses into this season

#herestoyoudecember | #itsabeautifulwinter | #myholidayspark

Clothing- all about bundling up!

#scarvesfordays | #scarves | #beanies | #beanie | #beanieseason

Thanksgiving- for all of the greatness that surrounds Turkey Day!

#thanksgiving | #thanksgivingweekend | #thanksgivingdinner | #turkey | #thankful

Christmas- that beautiful day we are all counting down to

#christmasiscoming | #christmasdecorations | #christmasparty | #christmaslights ย #christmastime | #christmastree | #christmas2015 | #hohoho

Holiday- all of the pretty lights, decorations and celebrations

#happyholidays | #joy | #merry | #jolly | #holiday | #holidayseason | #holidayseasonishere | #seasonsgreetings

Location- using hashtags from wherever you are/where the photo was taken is always a winner, and that is no different when it comes to the holiday season. You can learn more about location hashtags in my travel hashtag post.

#winterin____ example: #winterinparis | #winterincalifornia | #christmasin____ example: #christmasinnewyork

Now for the really fun stuff! I am teaming up with Laura from The Life We’ve Imagined, Meganย from Soup of the Dayย and Annie from The Free & Wild Blog to bring you an awesome Instagram challenge for December! We would love to have you join us for all 31 days, 1 day, 8 days, 22 days, whatever you want! This is another way for all of us to get to know each other even better, and share this season with one another. It is so much fun to see what the holidays are like all over the world, and we can’t wait to take part in all of the festivities. use the hashtag #herestoyoudecember to go along with each of the prompts, or for any photos you would like to share!



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  • Reply Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    This is so much fun! I’ll definitely be participating!

    November 24, 2015 at 8:43 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Yay!! I can’t wait to follow along with your holiday fun!

      November 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Veronica Vargas

    Can’t wait to join in on the fun this December!! Xo

    November 24, 2015 at 8:47 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I can’t wait to see what you are up to over the holidays!

      November 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Sofie

    I love this list! Feels like I know a lot more now about hash-tags! And that challenge sounds so great as well!

    November 24, 2015 at 9:09 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much! I hope you are able to participate in some of the prompts ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 24, 2015 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I can’t wait to get started!!! I have so many ideas!!

    November 24, 2015 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I just set up all of my shortcuts on my phone so I can easily use all of these hashtags! I can’t wait to start posting all of the Christmas things! And I’m so excited about your Instagram challenge too! It’s always so much fun to connect with others and see what they post!

    November 24, 2015 at 10:06 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Yay!! Text shortcuts are seriously a lifesaver for things like this. I can’t wait to see what all you do this season!

      November 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Meg Taylor

    What an awesome idea for the December challenge! I am sooo bad at these, but I SWEAR I will give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for this list – I love bookmarking these!

    November 24, 2015 at 11:36 am
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Yay!!! I can’t wait to see all of the Christmas in Charleston goodness.

      November 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    excited to join the challenge!

    November 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I am so excited to see the holiday goodness you share!

      November 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    So excited to join you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 24, 2015 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Yay!! I am so glad you will be!!

      November 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Annie

    You are literally the queen of hashtags…AND I LOVE IT.

    November 24, 2015 at 6:03 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I do my best haha. It helps that it’s my actual job too ๐Ÿ˜‰

      November 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply jackie jade

    oooh i love finding out about more hashtags – thanks for sharing these!! will definitely be putting them to use for my winter photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 24, 2015 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      Thanks for reading! It’s crazy how many hashtags are out there- you just have to find the right ones!

      November 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    This looks like fun! I struggle since all of my social media is private because I’m a teacher and I wish I could do fun stuff like this! The struggle is real. haha

    November 24, 2015 at 10:28 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      I totally get that! I have several friends that are extremely picky with who they friend, and they eliminate their last name from everything so it’s harder to find.

      November 29, 2015 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Melanie Lifessweetwords

    This looks like so great! I just created a blog specific Instagram (Life’s Sweet Journey), after months and months of deliberating, so this will be a fun challenge! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 25, 2015 at 1:48 pm
    • Reply Macy Volpe

      That is such a great idea! I would love to do that once Instagram allows changing between accounts. I already manage 2 (one for my real life and one for my job) so adding another would be tough.

      November 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Branson Merrill

    This looks like fun! I love everything about this time of year, and enjoy seeing everyone’s photos!

    November 29, 2015 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Megan

    I feel like a crazy person. So I think Bloglovin got all crazy during Thanksgiving because I never saw this post or any others from November 24th until they just popped up today…. I literally was like “I wonder when Macy is going to share holiday hashtags because I can’t wait” and really I was just 10 tens behind everyone else! Love them! Updated my shortcuts now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    December 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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