It’s That Time Of The Year (December 2021 Desktop Wallpapers Edition) — Smashing Magazine

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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. Enjoy!

Slowly but surely, 2021 is coming to an end. And, well, could there be a better way to celebrate the last few weeks of the year than with some cheerful desktop wallpapers? To get you in the right mood for December — and the holiday season, of course — artists and designers from across the globe once again got their ideas bubbling and created festive and inspiring wallpaper designs for you.

All wallpapers in this post are created with love and come in versions with and without a calendar for December 2021 — so no matter if you want to count down the days to a deadline (or to Christmas morning, maybe?) or prefer to enjoy your new wallpaper without any distractions, we’ve got you covered. And if you’re up for some extra holiday cheer, you’ll also find some favorites from our wallpapers archives compiled at the end of this post. Happy December!

  • You can click on every image to see a larger preview,
  • 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.

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Winter Holidays

“Enjoy the Christmas and New Year holidays with your loved ones!” — Designed by LibraFire from Serbia.

King Of Pop

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

King Of Pop

On To The Next One

“Endings intertwined with new beginnings, challenges we rose to and the ones we weren’t up to, dreams fulfilled and opportunities missed. The year we say goodbye to leaves a bitter-sweet taste, but we’re thankful for the lessons, friendships, and experiences it gave us. We look forward to seeing what the new year has in store, but, whatever comes, we will welcome it with a smile, vigor, and zeal.” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

On To The Next One

Seville Has A Special Color

“The year is over and we celebrated it in Seville! Happy Christmas and a happy new year!” — Designed by Veronica Valenzuela from Spain.

Seville Has A Special Color

Anonymoose

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Anonymoose

Catchiest Christmas Song Ever

Designed by ActiveCollab from the United States.

Catchiest Christmas Song Ever

December In Sunny So Cal

“Oh dear! I mustn’t forget my parasol.” — Designed by Reena Ngauv from Los Angeles.

December In Sunny So Cal
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Oldies But Goodies

The frosty winter weather, the joy of a glass of eggnog by the Christmas tree, or, well, Bathtub Party Day — these are just a few of the things that inspired the community to design a December wallpaper in the more than ten years that we’ve been running this monthly series. Below you’ll find a selection of December favorites from our wallpapers archives. Please note that these designs 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

Winter Landscape

Designed by Morgane Van Achter from Belgium.

Winter Landscape

Happy Holidays

Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Happy Holidays

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Sweet Snowy Tenderness

“You know that warm feeling when you get to spend cold winter days in a snug, homey, relaxed atmosphere? Oh, yes, we love it, too! It is the sentiment we set our hearts on for the holiday season, and this sweet snowy tenderness is for all of us who adore watching the snowfall from our windows. Isn’t it romantic?” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Sweet Snowy Tenderness

Christmas All Around The Globe

“Christmas is celebrated all around the globe — in the winter as well as the summer. From north to south, east to west: Merry Christmas everyone!” — Designed by Ricardo Gimenes from Sweden.

Christmas Wallpaper — Christmas Around The Globe

Tongue Stuck On Lamppost

Designed by Josh Cleland from the United States.

Smashing Wallpaper - december 11

All That Belongs To The Past

“Sometimes new beginnings make us revisit our favorite places or people from the past. We don’t visit them often because they remind us of the past but enjoy the brief reunion. Cheers to new beginnings in the new year!” Designed by Dorvan Davoudi from Canada.

All That Belongs To The Past

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

’Tis The Season To Be Happy

Designed by Tazi from Australia.

'Tis The Season To Be Happy

Christmas Woodland

Designed by Mel Armstrong from Australia.

Christmas Woodland

’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)

Gifts Lover

Designed by Elise Vanoorbeek from Belgium.

Gifts Lover

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

Christmas Cookies

“Christmas is coming and a great way to share our love is by baking cookies.” — Designed by Maria Keller from Mexico.

Christmas Cookies

Robin Bird

“I have chosen this little bird in honor of my grandfather, who passed away. He was fascinated by nature, especially birds. Because of him, I also have a fascination with birds. When I think of winter, I think of the birds, flying around searching for food. And why a robin? Because it is a cute little bird, who is also very recognizable.” — Designed by Engin Seline from Belgium.

Robin Bird

’Tis The Season Of Snow

“The tiny flakes of snow have just begun to shower and we know it’s the start of the merry hour! Someone is all set to cram his sleigh with boxes of love as kids wait for their dear Santa to show up! Rightly said, ’tis the season of snow, surprise and lots and lots of fun! Merry Christmas!” — Designed by Sweans Technologies from London.

’Tis The Season Of Snow

Happy Birthday Rudyard!

“December 30th is the birthday of Rudyard Kipling, the writer of the Jungle Book. To celebrate, I decided to create a very festive jungle scene with some of the characters from the story.” — Designed by Safia Begum from the United Kingdom.

Happy Birthday Rudyard!

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

Trailer Santa

“A mid-century modern Christmas scene outside the norm of snowflakes and winter landscapes.” Designed by Houndstooth from the United States.

Christmas Wallpaper — Smashing Wallpaper - December 2012

The Matterhorn

“Christmas is always such a magical time of year so we created this wallpaper to blend the majestry of the mountains with a little bit of magic.” — Designed by Dominic Leonard from the United Kingdom.

Christmas Wallpaper — The Matterhorn

Christmas Selfie

“In this year of selfies, I’ve imagined Santa Claus doing the same.” — Designed by Emanuela Carta from Italy.

Christmas Wallpaper — Christmas Selfie

Christmas With The Digies

“Merry Christmas from The Digies at digitalprofile.io.” — Designed by Rachel Sulek from Wales.

Christmas Wallpaper — Christmas with The Digies

Christmas

“A simple wallpaper for the cold month December. Nothing more, nothing less.” — Designed by Frédéric Hermans from Belgium.

Christmas Wallpaper — Christmas

Christmas Mood

Designed by MasterBundles from the United States.

Christmas Mood

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