Free Christmas and New Year’s Eve WordPress Theme


In this post we release our last freebie for the Christmas and the New Year season: a beautiful Christmas and New Year’s Eve WordPress Theme, designed by Site51 and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme is decorated using Smashing Christmas Icon Set2 and its main goal is to give a blog a very festive, snowy, New Year’s atmosphere. The theme has no particular requirements, except that the WordPress 2.8.5+ should be installed. As usual, the theme is free to use in private and commerical projects.


Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.



Here are some of the features of the theme:

  • CSS-based layout,
  • 2 columns of fixed width,
  • widget-ready,
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional valid,
  • multi-browser compatibility: tested on Firefox, Safari , IE7, IE8, Chrome,
  • easy to setup, theme options page,
  • JQuery Lightbox,
  • AJAX-based based contact form,
  • Live form e-mail validation.



Thank you, Gabi. We appreciate your work and your good intentions. And Merry Christmas, folks!


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    Very nice theme! Thanks, SM!

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    Oh this cute and cool! Thank you!


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    I like this theme. The header illustration is great. I also like the contrast with the dark background and light content area. Nice theme overall! Site5 did a great job.

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    Very beautiful theme. Great header.

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    WOW.. beautiful!!! It’s the best Christmas theme this year!!!

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    Now thats some quality stuff. Nice work on this one!

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    thats very good :D

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    Cool theme…. very good!

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    nice theme.. thanks..

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    nice theme…….

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    anybody really need a ‘cristmas theme’ ?

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    thx, had a parse error installing this theme on localhost.

    You have to open /functions.php and change the last rule to :

    that should do it. Thx for this free theme

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      last rule to what? im getting the same error and don’t know how to bypass it..

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        You can just ignore the error, or install the unzipped contents of the theme via FTP as the theme’s instructions indicate and that will bypass it too. I got those same errors when going through wp-admin and uploading…

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        NIck: When i activate it i get parse error so ignoring it won’t solve my problem since it is the only thing displaying (Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in C:xampphtdocswordpresswp-contentthemeswebfoliofunctions.php on line 286)… I’ve read that changing to xampp (from wamp) would solve the problem but sadly I get the same error message..
        Any ideas?

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    great theme! would there be any problem if i were to convert it into a drupal theme??

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    very cute looking……….thanks, SM !

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    Great work, very readable and easy on the eyes. Perfect for people who change their themes with the seasons.

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    Really lovely design, love the header illustration.

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    Awesome. Wish I had this earlier than 4 days before Christmas though… ;)

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    Very nice theme. Great quality, as usual. Thanks a lot SM for this giveaway! Agree with Jake…I would have love to get this theme a couples of days earlier. I’ve added the theme to this WordPress Christmas themes selection, along with last year SM’s Christmas theme from InstantShift. Though it might be useful to some.

    Keep up the good work Smashing!

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    Useful things as usual. A bit late, too.

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    Thanks alottttt SM..

    YOU ROCKS!!!

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    Oh pretty cool theme, I’m using it now for my blog, and looks really cute, thanks ^^

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    Great theme! Will be using it for the next few weeks.

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    in this theme there is no link of older posts in the page bottom

    so please tell how to add that

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    oh…. very fantastic theme..,, fresh, elegant, and colourfull.
    thank’s very much…….
    from haitsam.

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    good. i like it!

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    This is sooo cute. Thank you so much!

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    Older posts links are not coming in footer pls tell wat to do ?

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    Getting a parse error like others. no one has posted a solution. Says theres an error in functions.php

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    like this !

    Thanks a lot !

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    happy new year

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    oh ! it is so cool~~~

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    I love the theme’s, and the backgrounds.

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    Hi, theme seems great! But cannot get it to install properly. I’m using WP 3.0. Any idea what the problem is? These are the errors i get on install:

    Warning: fopen(/public_html/ [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /public_html/ on line 4165

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /public_html/ on line 4168

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /public_html/ on line 4171

    Thank you very much!

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    Cannot figure out how to get the thumbnail to appear on the front index next to posts. Anyone any idea please…


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    Is the theme licensed under gpl? if it is, why isn’t it declared anywhere on

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    very nice template :)

    thanks for sharing, also I found more themes

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