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free holiday wallpapersThe holidays are upon us, and there’s nothing like a good holiday wallpaper to put you in the mood, especially if, like me, you spend countless hours every week in front of your screen. I’ve scoured the net in search of appropriately festive wallpapers, and came up with a lovely selection. Scroll down – you might just find your new favorite wallpaper!

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This beautiful Christmas tree comes straight from Simple Desktops, where you can find lots of other simple wallpapers for distraction-free computing.

Christmas Snow

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This one comes from wallpaper website Zastavki. I love the bokeh lighting effect, and the soft lighting. It doesn’t snow everywhere this time of the year, but this wallpaper captures well what I love about snow.

Beautiful Santa

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In case you like your wallpaper more… human, Zastavki also offers this beautiful specimen. This may not be right for everyone, but if your significant other (or boss) doesn’t mind, this is one Santa that can add some holiday cheer to your workspace.

Christmas Lights


These Christmas lights hail from HDWPics, a great repository for wallpapers in general. It is both artistic and simple. I like how the color works here – the focused red lights blend with the blurred background lights and contrast beautifully with the white wire.


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Sometimes, the magic is in the details. This Christmas tree ornament macro shot isolates one aspect of the Christmas experience, letting you fill in the rest from your own memories of holidays gone by, or perhaps with dreams of the one just coming up.

Crashed Santa

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Despite the best of intentions, not everything always goes right in the holidays… Not even for this Santa, who appears to have taken a rather brutal fall from the sleigh.

Christmas Lights

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If you are a hardware modder, you are sure to appreciate the geeky aesthetic of this Christmas light macro. Honestly, this is one of the geekiest displays of Christmas lights I have witnessed to date. Something about the colors and the angle makes them seem like a part of a bigger system, and brings out the fact that Christmas lights are, after all, hardware. This image almost makes me feel like using a string of these to trick out my PC.

Gingerbread Men


Well, what do you know? It turns out Gingerbread isn’t just an Android version, as this Gingerbread wallpaper serves to remind us. I love the composition on this one, and the fact that the top half is so clean and empty. Definitely an appetizing wallpaper.

It’s Christmas, Baby!


The holidays are a magical time, especially if you’re a kid (or a baby). This baby seems to be embracing the holiday cheer wholeheartedly, and this is another clean shot that leaves lots of space for your icons and widgets near the top two corners.

Red Christmas Background

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Speaking of space for your icons, this Red Christmas background is one of the most functional wallpapers on this list. Much like the wallpaper we started out with, this final specimen leaves plenty of room for whatever currently lies on your desktop.

Your Favorites Now

Did you end up downloading any of the wallpapers on this list? Did you like them? And most importantly, what is your wallpaper of choice for this special time of the year? Let me know in the comments – I read them all.

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  1. Gy
    December 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Chrismas Lights is great

    • Erez Zukerman
      December 9, 2011 at 2:34 am

      I'm glad you liked it!

    • Chandrasekhar Yechuri
      December 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Yes! It exposes the simple truth behind all that glitters.. let us not forget that1

  2. Qwe
    December 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    3rd one!! going to have a warm X'mas this year

    • Erez Zukerman
      December 9, 2011 at 2:35 am

      Really? Having it in the southern hemisphere?