Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: December 2012 (Christmas Edition)


We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over four years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for December 2012. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine2 by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?


Designed by Vlad Gerasimov1251023 from Russia.

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Holiday Hand-Lettering

“A hand-drawn snowflake to get you in the holiday spirit!” Designed by Stephen Kistner26 from USA.

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Christmas Snake Surprise

Designed by Cheloveche.ru47 from Russia.

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New Year Is Near

Designed by Ljubinka Fuzinato63 from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Christmas Wishes

“Ever since my childhood I have always imagined santa and snowman dancing & celebrating for christmas. Here’s an illustration of that. Merry Christmas to one and all :).” Designed by Bharat Kv78 from India.

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Designed by Vlad Gerasimov1251023 from Russia.

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Tree Of Lights

Designed by Vlad Gerasimov1251023 from Russia.

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Merry Christmas

“Christmas greetings from Santa and his reindeer.” Designed by Eddie Wong148 from Ireland.

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Illustration (Underwater Paradise)

“Depending on our location on the globe, winter is lived differently. What about the underwater world?” Designed by Roxane Fiore from Canada.

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Trailer Santa

“A mid-century modern christmas scene outside the norm of snowflakes and winter landscapes.” Designed by Houndstooth177 from USA.

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Frosty Globe

Designed by Adrian Limbasan192 from Romania.

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“For those who love snowy days.” Designed by Bas Fellerhoff213 from Netherlands.

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Leaf Margins

Designed by Benga232 from Israel.

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Winter City

Designed by Sarfaraz Ansari247 from India.

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Fire Potion

“Fire Potion for sweet kisses and warm hugs.” Designed by Lin Chervenkova256 from United Kingdom.

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House Of The Birds

Designed by Pietje Precies277 from The Netherlands.

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White Playground

Designed by Kate Jones294 from Brighton, UK.

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Santa Claus Is Coming…

“Santa Claus is coming with lots of happiness and blessings for you and wish you Merry Christmas!” Designed by Debobrata Debnath309 from India.

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Ready For Christmas

“Frederique is a satiric webcomic series about the day-to-day adventures of three friends: going to school, getting rejected by hot chicks and enjoying life with full blown optimism.” Designed by Richard Dancsi324 from Hungary/Germany.

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Kemono Ninja

“Kemono Ninja is the title of our new game and the kemonos are the characters of our game, we are launching soon and here you can see the kemonos been ready for the next Christmas Day.” Designed by Hector J. Sanz, Virtualmind355 from Spain.

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Christmas In Advance

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek376 from Belgium.

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“December is plowing yet. When the smoke-clouds break,High in the sky shines a field as wide as the world.There he toils for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake.Ah, he is taller than clouds of the little earth.Only the congress of planets is over him,And the arching path where new sweet stars have birth.Wearing his peasant dress, his head bent low,December, that angel of Peace, is plowing yet;Forward, across the field, his horses go.(Based on Chinese Nightingale, 1917).” Designed by Dynomite397 from Germany.

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Xmas Time

“I wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year 2013 full of joy, happiness and prosperity ! :).” Designed by Tatyana Alexandrova420 from Russia.

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Best Friends

“Best friends posing for a photo.” Designed by Nenad S. Lazich437 from Serbia.

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Happy Holidays

“It’s that time of the year, when we forget our tears, rejoice, love and cheer!” Designed by Webinnova462 from India.

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“Happy Holidays!” Designed by Zgm477 from Canada.

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Designed by Katerina Bobkova496 from Ukraine.

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Happy Holidays

Designed by Christina Mokry from Germany.

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Crazy Elf

“We’ve had a lot of fun creating designs based on the paintings of our good friend Cathy Senitt. This is from one of her fantastic 70s portraits.” Designed by Shirley Al529 from Canada.

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Show Some Guts

“Sometimes you just have to show some guts; even if it’s not what other people have in mind!” Designed by Kristjan Ait545 from Estonia.

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Sweet December

“Wish you a nice and sweet december 2012 :).” Designed by Claudio Lione560 from Germany.

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Christmas Snowflakes

“Everything has its own magic during the Christmas.” Designed by Magdalena Vinterova573 from Slovakia.

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Winter Garphee

“Garphee’s flufiness glowing in the snow.” Designed by Razvan Garofeanu586 from Romania.

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Join In Next Month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month611!

What’s Your Favorite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Stay creative and keep on smashing!

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  1. 1

    Nice collection this month! Pretty disappointed that “Winter City” isn’t available without the calendar, though. :(

  2. 3

    Every design has its own specialty.
    But when it comes to uniqueness, all x-mas designs flies away and Mayan Calendar wins the race.

    • 4

      I agree that Mayan is a great design, and I would use it if it were called Aztec, but as a Mexican, I can’t use the Aztec Stone of the Sun when it’s labeled Mayan… It just feels wrong…

      • 5

        I agree with you, the design is fabulous, but really is a big mistake, sorry.

      • 6

        Can’t you just change the file name? The person who designed it is probably unaware that they had made that mistake.

      • 8

        Kathleen Clohessy

        December 3, 2012 6:10 pm

        I have to agree the others. The design came from someone in the Ukraine..Perhaps he or she isn’t as up on ancient Mexican culture as you would like but how does that affect your use of the design? Change the name if it offends you., or just don’t use it but don’t make a BIG DEAL out of someone’s obviously unintentional mistake.
        For the record I love the Crazy Elf..that’s what I’ll be looking at until January 2013

        • 9

          I don’t think anyone is making a big deal. But, as designers, aren’t we supposed to have a high attention to detail?

  3. 10

    Andreas Sofantzis

    November 30, 2012 4:18 pm

    Wonderful collection and I find especially inspiring December by Vlad Gerasimov

    • 11

      I love ‘December’ also. The background image isn’t intrusive enough to where it’s hard to read folder names on my desktop. It has a nice subtle pattern to it. And it has a little programming to it with a nice balance of colors and design. Definitely a keeper!

  4. 12

    Favorites are “Christmas Snowflakes,” “Frosty Globe,” and “Holiday Hand-lettering.” I appreciated the clever allusion from “Maya.”

    Great submissions this month! Thanks

  5. 14

    Great variety!

  6. 15

    Only one wallpaper for the retina MacBook Pro? :-(

  7. 16

    Scott Edgar (@thesneakybandit)

    November 30, 2012 4:42 pm

    I’m surprised the Mayan design has got any dates after 21st December…

    Some really nice artwork there!

  8. 17

    That image is not the mayan calendar is the aztec calendar or Stone of the Sun

  9. 18

    If only I could really have these wallpapers as wall decals

  10. 19

    Really loving “Decemberist” from Dynomite.

    Also, why does Santa look so angry in “Happy Holidays” by Webinnova?

  11. 20
  12. 21

    Winter Garphee speaks to me. The simple candle flicker; the lights on in the distant house; smoke from the chimney; the star of Bethlehem (I’m assuming) shining brightly . So lonely, yet so warm. Thanks Razvan!

  13. 22

    why this month all cartoon??

  14. 23

    looks like greetings cards
    very festive designs.

  15. 24

    ^__^ Nice collection! I love almost of them. Thanks a lot!

  16. 25

    Awesome collection of wallpaper. Thank you :)

  17. 26

    Awesome wallpapers! I use it every month! :) Please keep it going!

  18. 27

    House of the birds is very
    Thanks S.M.

  19. 28

    It would have been nice to see some wallpapers displaying the nativity, since the real purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus…

    • 29

      Without wanting to turn this into a full-fledged discussion on religion, a family and community celebration on the darkest day of the year is as old as dirt. You might also ask for a Yuletide or Saturnalia calendar, both of which predate the “birth of Christ”. Anyway, all the best of season’s greetings to you!

    • 30

      Agreed. I enjoyed the Mayan references (Christmas in Advance + Maya), but the list was otherwise swamped with Santa + snow. I would have loved something for those of us down here in the southern hemisphere. But even more, I would have loved a beautiful nativity scene. If you’re going to choose to represent Christmas anyway (Santa certainly doesn’t represent Hanukkah), why not capture the meaning of Christmas at least once?

  20. 31

    This time around I like the Snowglobe and the House of the Birds (which is the one I’m currently using), both of which are very cute.
    Whatever happened to the little owl and bird wallpapers which I absolutely adored?
    Thanks very much. I always come to your site first for my desktop backgrounds… :)

  21. 32

    Thanks a lot! Awesome wallpapers!

  22. 33

    There’s no .zip of all the walls this time?

  23. 34

    So many good ones, thanks for sharing.. c u next month..

  24. 35

    If it was at least one wallpaper for 1024*600, for netbooks… I had to cut them to fit the screen parameters.

  25. 36

    Nice collection though wishing that there was a nice Chanuka themed one

  26. 37

    I am a regular downloader of the desktop wall paper on your site and many I have loved. I just wish there was at least one that represented the true meaning of CHRISTmas. It didnt have to be overtly pushing Christian… but maybe one with the Star in the sky and the Wise men in a silhouette overlooking Nazareth and a calendar. Something to maybe think of for the future.

  27. 38

    Niceeeeeeeeeee! love all them.

  28. 39

    José-Michel Neiva

    December 2, 2012 8:04 am

    Thanks !

    My favorite is Frosty Globe.

  29. 40

    Christmas Wishes Calendar is off-kilter. Says Dec 1st is a Monday

  30. 41

    No Hanukkah wallpapers?? Sad

  31. 43

    They are awesome. I cannot even choose which is my favorite one. Thanks for smashing magazine and all authors.

  32. 44

    Olivier B. Deland

    December 2, 2012 4:57 pm

    Just downloaded “Decemberist”, but the calendar is for December 2013! Would be nice to have one for 2012, please!

  33. 45

    just delete SM logo , it destroys designs

  34. 46

    Thank you for compiling these awesome desktop calendars. We have also created some custom December desktop calendar. They are simple and modern and you can find them here:

    Thanks again and Happy Holidays.

  35. 47

    Wonderful Desktop Calendars… Please check more collections of free december 2012 christmas desktop wallpaper calendar at

  36. 48

    Why does the calendar for “Decemberist” by Dynomite say December 2013 on it?

  37. 49

    Hi guys, thanks for selecting my artwork – Frosty Globe – I am very proud of this!

    There is a small issue here, could you please change the link on my name to (instead of This is the main domain, thank you very much!

  38. 50

    This month, I like Christmas Snake Surprise, Frosty Globe, Maya and Winter Garphee.
    Thanks for providing us some good desktop calendars!

  39. 51

    0 photos? Only graphics? People let’s go outside for a walk, get fresh air and make some photos! Not only digital wallpapers…..

  40. 52

    It’s amazing wallpapers…..

  41. 53

    I chose Frosty Globe this month, from several good ones.

  42. 54

    Missing the photography this month! I did enjoy some of the graphics though. Great designs. I noticed comments about the true meaning of Christmas…for those of you, check out

  43. 56

    too much santas …

  44. 57

    Nothing special.

    And again too childish style…


  45. 58

    December is my favorite. That makes me a major nerd. ;)

  46. 59

    Loved the Frosty Globe.

  47. 60

    Why is Decemberist a calender for December… 2013? I guess I’ll wait until next year to use it.

  48. 61

    My favorites
    December – Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.
    Holiday Hand-lettering- Designed by Stephen Kistner
    Maya -Designed by Katerina Bobkova from Ukraine.
    Sweet December – Designed by Claudio Lione from Germany.

  49. 63

    The calendar is wrong on “Christmas Wishes” by Bharat Kv from India. Dec. 1 was a Saturday. Kind of important . . .

    The calendar on “Sweet December” is wrong, too. The column heading for Sunday is spelled SO instead of the universally accepted SU. I understand that he’s German, but, again, accuracy is kind of important . . .

  50. 65

    Decemberist 1680×1050 with calendar says ‘December 2013′. Time really does fly. But, at least we made it past the Mayan Apocalypse !

  51. 66

    i love merry christmas !!!

  52. 67

    I like Winter City, but it is not in 2560 x 1440 resolution, so this month i’ll keep without Smashing Callendar.
    A pity

  53. 68

    This is a much better month than last. I went with Fire Potion, though it was a hard pick! I love how warm it is on my screen.

  54. 69

    You may want to validate the dates on the calender Jingle all the way

    Will at

    Happy holidays

  55. 71

    Frosty globe is the best! My romanian guys rock :)

  56. 72

    Frosty Globe is nice but I would like to have it on my desktop without Zitec written. ;)

  57. 73

    Too many of these were a bit obvious and juvenile this month if I’m honest, not feeling the Santas.

    Few great ones though, the far and away winner was ‘December’ by Vlad Gerasimov, really appeals to the geek in me.

    Other worthy mentions are ‘Decemberist’ with its dubsteppy vibe and ‘Christmas in Advance’, love the clean design and festive color scheme.

    See you all in January!

  58. 74

    Holiday Hand Lettering by Stephen Kistner is awesome. Nice bold hand drawn snowflake that “pops” from the background with a universal Happy Holidays! message. It’s my favorite.

  59. 75

    House Of The Birds is on my desktop, so niceee! thanks!

  60. 76

    Excellent collection. Many thanks to the designers & SM!

  61. 77

    <3 House of Birds. Thanks!

  62. 78

    Every design holds its one unique creativity with excellent art direction. If I had to pick a favorite it would be “Christmas Snowflakes” Magdalena Vinterova from Slovakia. It is Christmas themed but strays away from the standard green and red colors and brings something completely new and radiant to the holidays. This entire collection has great variety with fabulous non-traditional designs, which is risky, but in this case I believe had a great outcome.

  63. 79

    Cool wallpapers! Thank you all!
    I like them all, I can’t even choose :)

  64. 80

    I don’t know what are some complains & grunts for here. It’s all free, and y’all know it… Have some attitude, people. Attitude! lol.

    Anyway, Happy Christmas & may we all have a merrier New Year! (Don’t nit-pick me)

    Thanks for the whole SM Gang & for sharing so much constructive articles & rich posts through this tough year!

    I’ll see you all next year! Hopefully with something to share back at you.

    Oh, and thanks to all of those free wallpaper contributors. They’re all beautiful just for being made. I do agree, though, real-life photography is missing it’s portion. ;-)

  65. 81

    sweet december really stood out

  66. 82

    Yippeee!!! Each month I look foward to the new wallpaper. Thank you all:)

  67. 83

    is it just me but where are 1st and 2nd on the “Tree of Lights”?

  68. 84

    Favorite one: Show some Guts.
    Second Fav: Calendar array


  69. 85

    Decemberist design says December 2013, instead of 2012

  70. 86

    I love almost each and every wallpaper.. Thanks to Smashing magazine & respective designers for such a wonderful job!

  71. 87

    This is the best wallpapers compilation! Special thanks to Vlad Gerasimov for “December”!!

  72. 88

    wishing all merry x’mas and happy new year

  73. 89


    Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.

  74. 90

    Esse mês está dificil escolher o melhor, muito bom!
    E o ‘December’ do Vlad, muito criativo :D

  75. 91

    is there any license?

    Creative commons or something like that?

  76. 92

    Thanks to all the designers for sharing their creativity!

  77. 93

    More than one of these has an incorrect calendar. It would be nice if they were judged for both design appeal and accuracy. I find it surprising that the calendars are wrong!

  78. 95

    amazing wallpapers…eagerly waiting for January 2013 calendar wallpapers

  79. 96

    awesome & stylish!

  80. 97

    A week late but December is nice and different! I also adore White Playground.


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