The Christmas countdown has begun, and while stores are playing Jingle Bells and homes are decorated with colorful lights and the sweet smell of pine trees, there’s no reason why you can’t deck your WordPress site with boughs of holly.
To help you get into the Christmas spirit, I’ve put together a fun list of free Christmas plugins, themes and tips – all tried and tested.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite WordPress tips and tricks are to jazz up your site for the festive season.
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.
This plugin also adds snow to your site, but in the shape of snowflakes. It’s also quick and easy to get up and running on your site and doesn’t require any configuration.
Improved Let It Snow!
Here’s a snow plugin you can configure. You can specify the color and shape of the snow as well as its speed and how much snow fills the screen. You can also configure whether the snow “sticks” and accumulates at the bottom of the screen.
Add a simple advent calendar to your site. For the 24 days before Christmas from December 1, this plugin allows you to release a new custom holiday-themed image. A handy plugin for publishing exclusive content.
Christmas Countdown Clock
Add a simple countdown clock to your site using a widget. Choose from seven designs, as well as various sizes and background colors.
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. The plugin’s developers has recently added shortcode so you can display the counter anywhere on your site.
Christmas Ball on Branch
If you want to add something small to your site without going over the top, this plugin will allow you to add a small Christmas branch with a decorative bauble and lights to the top right-hand corner of your site.
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 has nice adds a quirky festive touch.
Snow, balloons and more
This cute plugin allows you to set up snowflakes, leaves, lights, Santa or Christmas trees to drift down your site.
Merry Christmas Everyone
Santa skates or skis around your site with this fun plugin. Add colored snow and Christmas music to complete the festive touch.
Wish your visitors a happy holiday with this cute pop up message. This plugin allows you to display a message in the centre, fullwidth along the bottom or to the left or right of the bottom of the page. You can customize your Christmas message and choose from one of seven images.
GC Message Bar
If you want to wish your visitors a merry Christmas but without the bells and whistles, GC Message Bar allows you to display a simple message bar at the top or bottom of your site. It’s easy to customize the colors, add gradients to the bar, a drop shadow and a call to action button. All you need to come up with is a festive greeting.
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.
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.
WP Christmas Class
This handy plugin allows you to dynamically add a custom CSS class to your body tag during a set date range. You change the look and feel of your site during the Christmas holidays with custom CSS. There is also an option to make your date range automatically update for the following year.
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