6 Cool & Silly Christmas Theme Items to Spruce Up Your Desktop

Tina Sieber 12-12-2009

Christmas is coming.


Stores stocked up on Christmas treats as early as September, and meanwhile the matching decorations followed throughout town.

It seems like every corner of our environment is blinking and shining in Christmas colors.

Every corner? Maybe not yet! Do you have a Christmas theme desktop yet? Here is your chance!

I found wallpapers, screensavers, Christmas trees, lights, critters, and a Windows Christmas theme for you. All free and 100% Christmas originals. Dig in!


Christmas Wallpapers

A Christmas wallpaper is a must! WallpaperStock has a great selection of images in resolutions up to 2560×1920 pixel.

christmas theme desktops

Vladstudio provides many more seasonal wallpapers.

Christmas Screensavers

Giveaway of the Day offers some great seasonal screensavers for free.


I fell in love with this 3D Christmas fireside. It’s an animated screensaver with lovely fire and bell sounds.

christmas theme desktops

You will find many more holiday screensavers at the bottom of the page.

Naturally, these are promotional free downloads. So be sure not to install software you don’t really want (screensaver managers) or subscribe to newsletters you won’t need.


Animated Christmas Tree

Drive Software offers animated desktop Christmas trees in seven different designs. You can download each executable Christmas tree in a zip file.

They all come with blinking lights, some with more, others with less bling. As seen in the screenshot below, you can control transparency, keep the tree on top of all applications, run it on startup, or add an additional copy of the same type of tree to your desktop.

christmas desktop backgrounds

The files eat between 4.500 to 6.500K RAM. So while they are a nice gimmick and fun for the kids, you should use them sparingly.


Animated Christmas Lights

If you have a desktop Christmas tree, you have to get some Christmas lights for your desktop, too!

Spencer from “ID on Desktop Customization” created a neat set of lights. It comes with minimal options, including opacity, shadow settings, hue shift, and accessibility from taskbar, systray or none.

christmas desktop backgrounds

You can run multiple copies of the animated Christmas lights to cover your screen. However, each one costs around 4.500 K RAM.

Desktop Critters

BillyBear4Kids offers free holiday desktop pals. Next to elf, santa, and snowman you will find a Christmas tree and wreath, advent candles, and Christmas lights.

They are not only animated, but also play different midis when clicked on different spots. Quite fun for the kids.

christmas desktop backgrounds

Due to the animations and midis, the little critters consume around 10.500 K of RAM.

Christmas Countdown

Here is another Christmas tool from the same guy who created the Christmas lights above. It also has the same menu.

The Christmas countdown displays Santa in his sleigh and two reindeers.

free christmas desktop wallpaper

Rudolph’s blinking red nose is adorable!

Stardock’s Christmas Time

Are you still with me? OK. In that case you may be ready for this incredible transformation!

Stardock’s Christmas Time is a little more than some harmless Christmas lights blinking above a forest of Christmas trees. It will transform your Windows desktop into a Christmas winter wonderland. It’s actually a free theme for Stardock’s My Colors (for Windows XP only).

free christmas desktop wallpaper

The theme will decorate your entire Windows system, including windows, menus, taskbar, and desktop. My colors also adds a calendar and a clock.

free christmas desktop wallpaper

It should not be surprising that the system requirements list a minimum of 256MB RAM.

How extreme do you go with Christmas decorations?

Image credits: erwinbacik

Related topics: Christmas, Wallpaper.

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  1. roger
    December 14, 2009 at 9:06 am

    thank you, a couple of flashing trees and a swag of lights really brighten up my desktop, the alarm clock you can download from the tree menu too is a nice bonus too

  2. Spencer
    December 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you for featuring my gadgets! A few people have said the downloads for them are not working. I have checked and they are working for me.

    Alternative downloads are available on my WinCustomize page just in case.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. jollyrogue
    December 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    This was first apparently..

    This article was posted on the 12th. The one you linked to has it posted on the 13th.

    • Tina
      December 13, 2009 at 12:46 pm

      Apparently, they are stealing our articles at Gizmoko. This one is not the only one, there are several more.

      • david
        December 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm

        Use watermark for your pictures

  4. Raja Habib
    December 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

    awesome themes. But like Node Tech Blog, I like windows classic better.


  5. Newbit Technology
    December 13, 2009 at 5:57 am

    What do you get when you have too much technology, too much money and too much free time? A friggin awesome light show that’s what.

  6. Tina
    December 13, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    You have to follow the Download link in the article and then click on the folder with the zipper to download the zip file. I wanted to give the guy some credit and not link to the download directly.

  7. Node Tech Blog
    December 12, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    cool themes! still prefer windows classic.