Dreaming Of A Magical December (2020 Wallpapers Edition)

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Quick summary ↬ Let’s welcome December with some new wallpapers! Designed by artists and designers from across the globe, they are available with and without a calendar for the month.

2020 was a year that was anything but ordinary, and, well, the upcoming holiday season will be different from what we all are used to, too. To cater for a little bit of holiday cheer in these weird times, artists and designers from across the globe got their creative juices flowing and created festive and inspiring wallpapers for December. Following our monthly tradition, they all come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free.

We are very thankful to everyone who took the time to create an artwork and shared it with us this month — you are truly smashing! And since so many talented people have helped fill our archives with designs that are just too good to be forgotten in all these years we’ve been running this wallpapers challenge, we also compiled a little best-of from past December editions at the end of this post. Maybe you’ll spot one of your almost-forgotten favorites in there, too? Have a cozy December, everyone, and stay safe!

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • 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 through 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.

Submit your wallpaper

Did you know that you could get featured in one of our upcoming wallpapers posts, too? We are always looking for creative talent, so if you have an idea for a wallpaper for January, please don’t hesitate to submit it. We’d love to see what you’ll come up with. Join in! →

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Holiday Season

“As the holiday season is coming, let’s not let this situation that has befallen us all spoil the most beautiful moments with our loved ones. The LibraFire team wishes you a lot of love, health and understanding in the new year!” — Designed by LibraFire from Serbia.

Holiday Season
## Stay Cozy

“For our December calendar, we drew inspiration from the contrast of the home warmth and brisk weather outside. Cut off from reality, though at the same time, intimate for those on the inside. This December, stay cozy, stay warm, and stay safe.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Stay Cozy
## Happy Holidays

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Happy Holidays
## It’s Christmas

“The holiday season is finally here, which means it’s time to deck the halls, bring out the figgy pudding and embrace all things merry and bright. It’s Christmas !” — Designed by Divya (DimpuSuchi) from Malaysia.

It’s Christmas
## Happy Xmas 2020

“Welcome, December! Chill December brings the sleet; Blazing fire; and Christmas to treat.” — Designed by Lilac Infotech from India.

Happy Xmas 2020
## Winter Landscape

Designed by Morgane Van Achter from Belgium.

Winter Landscape
## Porcupine Christmas

“I got you something for this Christmas. I hope you like it: porcupine gifting watercolor flowers.” — Designed by Divya (DimpuSuchi) from Malaysia.

Porcupine Christmas
## Oldies But Goodies

Whether it’s Christmas, the frosty winter weather, or International Bathtub Party Day, a lot of things have inspired the community to design a December wallpaper in the past. Below you’ll find a selection of timeless December goodies from our archives. Please note that these wallpapers don’t come with a calendar.

Dear Moon, Merry Christmas

“Please visit Vladstudio website if you like my works!” — Designed by Vlad Gerasimov from Russia.

Dear Moon, Merry Christmas

Christmas Mood

Designed by MasterBundles from the United States.

Christmas Mood

Getting Hygge

“There’s no more special time for a fire than in the winter. Cozy blankets, warm beverages, and good company can make all the difference when the sun goes down. We’re all looking forward to generating some hygge this winter, so snuggle up and make some memories.” — Designed by The Hannon Group from Washington D.C.

Getting Hygge

December Through Different Eyes

“As a Belgian, December reminds me of snow, cosiness, winter, lights and so on. However, in the Southern Hemisphere it is summer at this time. With my illustration I wanted to show the different perspectives on December. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” — Designed by Jo Smets from Belgium.

Christmas Wallpaper — December Through Different Eyes

’Tis The Season (To Drink Eggnog)

“There’s nothing better than a tall glass of Golden Eggnog while sitting by the Christmas tree. Let’s celebrate the only time of year this nectar of the gods graces our lips.” — Designed by Jonathan Shears from Connecticut, USA.

’Tis The Season (To Drink Eggnog)

Cardinals In Snowfall

“During Christmas season, in the cold, colorless days of winter, Cardinal birds are seen as symbols of faith and warmth! In the part of America I live in, there is snowfall every December. While the snow is falling, I can see gorgeous Cardinals flying in and out of my patio. The intriguing color palette of the bright red of the Cardinals, the white of the flurries and the brown/black of dry twigs and fallen leaves on the snow-laden ground fascinates me a lot, and inspired me to create this quaint and sweet, hand-illustrated surface pattern design as I wait for the snowfall in my town!” — Designed by Gyaneshwari Dave from the United States.

Cardinals In Snowfall

Have A Minimal Christmas

“My brother-in-law has been on a design buzzword kick where he calls everything minimal, to the point where he wishes people, “Have a minimal day!” I made this graphic as a poster for him.” — Designed by Danny Gugger from Madison, Wisconsin.

Have a Minimal Christmas

Snow & Flake

“December always reminds me of snow and being with other people. That’s why I created two snowflakes Snow & Flake who are best buddies and love being with each other during winter time.” — Designed by Ian De Lantsheer from Belgium.

Snow & Flake

A Merry Christmas You Will Have

“I am a huge fan of Star Wars, so I designed a parody cartoon image of Master Yoda on Dagobah wishing everyone a Merry Christmas… Yoda-style. I designed a candy cane as his walking stick and added a Christmas hat to complete the picture. I hope you like it!” — Designed by Evita Bourmpakis from Greece.

A Merry Christmas You Will Have

Enchanted Blizzard

“A seemingly forgotten world under the shade of winter glaze hides a moment where architecture meets fashion and change encounters steadiness.” — Designed by Ana Masnikosa from Belgrade, Serbia.

Enchanted Blizzard

Christmas Owl

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” — Designed by Suman Sil from India.

Christmas Owl

The House On The River Drina

“Since we often yearn for a peaceful and quiet place to work, we have found inspiration in the famous house on the River Drina in Bajina Bašta, Serbia. Wouldn’t it be great being in nature, away from the civilization, swaying in the wind and listening to the waves of the river smashing your house, having no neighbors to bother you? Not sure about the Internet, though…” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Christmas Wallpaper — The House On The River Drina

Don’t Stop

“The year isn’t over yet — don’t stop pushing yourself!” — Designed by Shawna Armstrong from the United States.

Don’t Stop

A South Pole Christmas

“Reindeer and elves don’t deserve all the fun in December!” — Designed by Michaela Schuett from the United States.

A South Pole Christmas

Joy To The World

“Joy to the world, all the boys and girls now, joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me.” — Designed by Morgan Newnham from Boulder, Colorado.

Joy To The World

Christmas Time!

Designed by Sofie Keirsmaekers from Belgium.

Christmas Time!

Ninja Santa

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

Ninja Santa

House Of The Birds

Designed by Pietje Precies from the Netherlands.

Smashing Wallpaper - December 2012

Ice Flowers

“I took some photos during a very frosty and cold week before Christmas.” Designed by Anca Varsandan from Romania.

Smashing Wallpaper - january 10

Bathtub Party Day

“December 5th is also known as Bathtub Party Day, which is why I wanted to visualize what celebrating this day could look like.” — Designed by Jonas Vanhamme from Belgium.

Bathtub Party Day

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