Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art

Create Custom Holiday Cards and Decorations With Free or Low-Cost Clip Art

Holidays offer almost endless decorating possibilities. While you can go all out decorating for Christmas, or any other holiday, you don't have to blow the budget. Using your favorite desktop publishing program or word processor, and free clip art, you can create your own holiday cards and postcards, invitations, place cards, tree ornaments, and other decorations.

Here are some of our favorite sites for Christmas clip art. Most images are free for personal use, but be sure to check the terms of use on each web site before you download and use any images.

Updated for 2014 holidays.

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - DK Books: Christmas Clip Art
Image courtesy Dorling Kindersley

Dorling Kindersley, a popular and long-time book publisher, offers a wide variety of clip art and photos on its web site. To locate the Christmas clip art, click the "Browse Images A-Z" link on the left side of the DK Books home page, and then click the "Christmas" link. The DK Books web site currently offers 31 Christmas-related photos. Images include Christmas trees, ornaments, gingerbread cookies, mistletoe, a robin, a snowman, Christmas stockings, a Christmas star, a wreath, a snow globe, and a girl on a sled. More »

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - ClipProject: Christmas Clip Art
Image courtesy ClipProject

The ClipProject web site features a colorful collection of cartoon-style holiday clip art by artist Wolfi Korn. The images include snowmen, wreaths, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, holiday bells, elves, toys, singing mice, reindeer, dogs, rabbits, holiday stockings, presents, bows, penguins, and candles. The collection also includes several New Year's images. More »

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - The Graphics Fairy
Image courtesy The Graphics Fairy

The Graphics Fairy web site has almost 150 vintage clip art images to choose from. If you yearn for an old-fashioned Christmas, these images can help you set the mood. The possibilities include vintage postcards, line art, and full-color illustrations; some images are available in multiple versions. Subjects include vintage Santas, cherubs, angels, music sheets, birds, reindeer, snowflakes, snowy scenes, wreaths, poinsettias, snowmen, Christmas trees, ornaments, elves, children sledding, and Christmas frames and borders. More »

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office

The Microsoft Office Clip Art web site offers a large collection of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's photos, illustrations, and animations. Among the illustrations and photos you'll find Christmas trees, ornaments, stockings, gift packages, candy canes, candles, bells, wreaths, family scenes, outdoor scenes, pets, Kwanzaa drums, Kwanzaa candles, Hanukkah dreidels, menorahs, Champagne glasses, and New Year's banners.

If you want to add an animated image to your web site, the possibilities include an elf balancing packages, a candy cane with a snowy background, sparkling ornaments, and blinking trees. More »

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - AllFreeClipart.com
Image courtesy AllFreeClipart.com

he AllFreeClipart.com web site has a cheery collection of winter and Christmas images, including line art and full-color illustrations. The images include a variety of Christmas trees, both decorated and plain, wreaths, candy canes, holiday ornaments, candles, teddy bears, Santas, Santa caps, snowmen, and reindeer. Click on any image to see the full-size version, then right-click the image and choose Save Image As (or Save Image to Downloads) to save it to your Mac.

The AllFreeClipart.com web site also has an image of Kwanzaa candles, and a few New Year's images. More »

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - Hasslefreeclipart.com
Image courtesy Hasslefreeclipart.com

If cartoon-style clip art is your thing, you'll find plenty to choose from on the Hasslefreeclipart.com web site. Although the site doesn't have a large number of images, the selection is varied. Images include Santas in various poses and situations, stuffed Christmas stockings, holly, elves, kids with presents, dogs and mice with presents, a nutcracker, ornaments, reindeer, a rocking horse, a snowman, a trumpet, a Christmas tree, bears, a cat, an elephant, a unicorn, a platypus, teddy bears, and Christmas greetings.

You'll also find a wide variety of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's illustrations and photos to choose from. Just use the Search box near the top left side of the page to search for the holiday of your choice. More »

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - ChristmasGifts.com
Image courtesy ChristmasGifts.com

The ChristmasGifts.com web site has a delightful collection of modern and vintage Christmas clip art. The vintage images include a variety of Santas, kids, holly, vintage cars, sleds, a rocking horse, birds, poinsettias, angels, bells, outdoor scenes, and elves. The modern images include candy canes, candles, bells, bows, packages, Christmas lights, holly and berries, snowmen, ornaments, stockings, stars, Christmas trees, and holiday greetings. And if you're stuck for gift ideas, the ChristmasGifts.com web site can give you some pointers. More »

Favorite Sites for Christmas Clip Art - Public Domain Clip Art
Image courtesy Public Domain Clip Art

With more than 600 images in its Christmas Clip Art collection, the Public Domain Clip Art web site is bound to have something that's just right. The images include line art, grayscale, and full-color illustrations. There's even a photo from the movie "It's A Wonderful Life," if you're feeling nostalgic. There's a a large variety of Christmas cards, including paintings by Gaugin, Correggio, Durer, Lippi, Rossetti, and others, that you can turn into your own digital or printed Christmas cards. The images also include a wide variety of Santas, Christmas trees, indoor and outdoor scenes, animals, snowmen, ornaments, candles, angels, bells, Christmas lights, kids, toys, holly, wreaths, and gifts. More »

Vintage Holiday Crafts
Image courtesy VintageHolidayCrafts.com

The Vintage Holiday Crafts web site features free clip art and greeting cards that are suitable for a wide variety of crafts projects for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, and other special occasions. We especially like the vintage cat Christmas cards, but you'll also find vintage dogs, Santas, toys, and other images.

You can browse the Vintage Holiday Crafts web site by subject, such as men, women, or children; holiday or occasion, such as Christmas, Halloween, or weddings; or type, such as coloring pages or crafts projects. More »

ClipartOf.com: Winter, Christmas, and New Year's Clip Art
Image courtesy ClipartOf.com

If you're a small business looking for images to help your holiday mailings stand out from the crowd, you'll find a wide selection of royalty-free clip art, illustrations, vector graphics, and 3D images on the ClipartOf.com web site.

The images aren't free; they range from about $5 each for a small image (around 3"x3") to $50 or more for a large image (around 13"x12"). With a resolution of 300 pixels, these high-quality images are suitable for printing. Some of the images are black-and-white line art, but most are in color. A number of professional illustrators and cartoonists sell their work through the ClipartOf web site, and the style of the work ranges from vintage to modern, buttoned-up to lighthearted. More »

Stockfreeimages
Image courtesy Stockfreeimages

With more than 680,000 images, photos, and illustrations, Stockfreeimages claims to have the largest web collection of free images; we'll take their word for it. Be sure to read the usage information carefully; some of the images are completely free; some are royalty-free, but have a licensing fee that depends on the image and how you plan to use it. You also must register with Stockfreeimages before you can download any images; registration is free.

From the home page, you can search for the subject of your choice. Stockfreeimages has more than 22,000 free Christmas images in its collection, as well as hundreds of free images for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. More »

Image courtesy of Openclipart and doodler

There are hundreds of winter and Christmas-themed images on the Openclipart web site, from Advent candles to snowmen. The images come from a number of different artists, so you'll find a wide range of styles to choose from. Most of the images are full color, but there's a scattering of line art images that you can print for coloring. The images are free for almost any use, personal or commercial. More »

Image courtesy of Openclipart and bdtiger2000

If you're throwing a big bash this New Year's Eve, you may want to create your own custom invitations, place setting cards, and decorations. The Openclipart web site has dozens of possibilities, from traditional to quirky (disco ball, anyone?). You'll even find images for Chinese New Year celebrations. The images are a bit all over the map in terms of relevance, but you should be able to find at least one suitable image. The clip art is free for almost any use, personal or commercial. More »