Free WordPress Plugins to Add Christmas Cheer to Your Site

Free WordPress Plugins to Add Christmas Cheer to Your Site

The countdown to Christmas has begun! As stores crank up the Christmas carols and homes are decorated with beautiful Christmas trees covered in lights, baubles and tinsel, there’s no reason why you can’t deck out your website with boughs of holly.

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, we’ve put together a fun list of free Christmas plugins – all tried and tested with WordPress v 5.9 and the Twenty Twenty Two WordPress theme:

Free WordPress Xmas Plugins

All of the plugins below are available in the WordPress Plugin Repository

Tribulant Snow Storm

Tribulant Snow Storm
Tribulant Snow Storm

Display snow flakes falling down your WordPress site with this simple plugin. Snow Storm allows you to configure a few simple settings, such as the color and amount of snow, mobile support, and whether it sticks to the bottom of the screen.

More details: Tribulant Snow Storm


Simply Snow

Simply Snow
Simply Snow

This aptly named plugin adds a simple snowfall effect to your site. Just install and activate the plugin and watch the gentle snow fall down your site. Unlike some other snow plugins, this one doesn’t come with any kind of configuration options and is lightweight enough that it won’t affect your site’s speed.

More details: Simply Snow


Improved Let It Snow!

Improved Let It Snow!
Improved Let It Snow!

Here’s a snow plugin you can configure. Specify the color and shape of the snow you want to display as well as how fast it falls and how much of it fills the page. You can also configure whether the snow sticks and accumulates at the bottom of the screen. Tip: Make sure your theme uses a dark background color (or at least avoid having white snow falling on a white page!)

More details: Improved Let It Snow!


Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar
Advent Calendar

For the 24 days before Christmas from December 1, display a simple advent calendar on your site. Advent Calendar lets you release a new custom holiday-theme images each day. This is a useful plugin for publishing exclusive content in the lead up to Christmas Day.

More details: Advent Calendar


Christmas Countdown Widget

Christmas Countdown Widget
Christmas Countdown Widget

Let Santa brighten your visitors’ day with this simple widget. Just add the countdown widget to your site and Santa’s beard will countdown the days until Christmas. If you would rather not use the provided widget, you can use shortcode to display the countdown graphic anywhere on your site.

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More details: Christmas Countdown Widget


Christmas Ball on Branch

Christmas Ball on Branch
Christmas Ball on Branch

Note: This plugin has caused issues on at least one reader’s website so please use with caution. For more details, read the comments below.

If you want to add a little Christmas cheer to your website without going over the top, this plugin display a small Christmas branch with a bauble in the top right-hand corner of your site. It even lights up!

More details: Christmas Ball on Branch


Xmas Lights

Xmas Lights
Xmas Lights

Add a simple string of colorful Christmas lights to your site to welcome your visitors this holiday season. While some Christmas lights plugins look a bit tacky, this one adds a nice quirky festive touch.

More details: Xmas Lights


Snow, balloons, and more!

Snow, balloons, and more!
Snow, balloons, and more!

Someone’s put a lot of work into this delightful plugin! Snow, balloons and more lets you set up snowflakes, leaves, lights, Santa and even Christmas trees to drift down your site. Choose from 30 GIF and 40 PNG images. You can even set the speed of snow and – get this – the maximum wind strength!

More details: Snow, balloons, and more!


WP Scheduled Styles

WP Scheduled Styles
WP Scheduled Styles

Schedule a different CSS file to be used on Christmas Day so users visiting your site will see your holiday inspired design for a set period of time you specify.

More details: WP Scheduled Styles


WP Scheduled Themes

WP Scheduled Themes
WP Scheduled Themes

This plugin allows you to schedule a different theme to display on your site for a special occasion, such as Christmas Day. The theme will override your existing theme on your site for the set time you specify.

More details: WP Scheduled Themes

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite WordPress tips and tricks are to jazz up your site for the festive season. Happy holidays!

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Raelene Morey

Raelene Morey Rae is a writer and blogger working out of Melbourne, Australia.