Christmas is alarmingly close now, so if you still haven't started that festive project, you'd better get a move on. To help you out with your holiday projects, we've scoured the web for some design resources – namely, free Christmas vectors.
There are plenty of places to find free vector art online, but hunting out the good stuff is a little more difficult. In the festive vector category things tend to get even cheesier than usual. We've sifted through the rubbish to bring you 10 awesome free Christmas vectors that manage to be festive but not twee. These are perfect for creating seasonal patterns, backgrounds and much more.
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If you're after a festive background pattern, look no further. This seamless vector design includes baubles, berries, stockings and bows, and is ideal for adding a festive vibe to your designs. Download it for free at VectorStock (personal use only). For an alternative seamless vector pattern, check out the bells'n'holly version, also free for personal use.
This vector kit is your one-stop shop for holiday icons. There are more 40 in the pack, including baubles, tree, snowman, Santa, Rudolph, snowflakes, candy canes and er... a duck. Download the set from Behance, and use them to your heart's content in all your personal and commercial projects.
If you want a simple way to make absolutely any image look incredibly Christmassy, all you need to do is cover everything in snow. And with this useful download of ready-made snow caps, you don't even need to draw it yourself; just pick out what you need and paste it in. This holiday vector art is free for personal use only.
04. Wooden toys
These delightfully crafty and folksy templates by Russian designer Anastasya Mutovina are designed for printing out and hanging from your Christmas tree, but their simple rustic charm makes them just as suitable for incorporating into your own festive designs. They come in both PDF and EPS format; check out Anastasya's Behance page for more festive vectors.
These doodle icons have a delightful hand-drawn vibe, and we love the muted colour palette, too. They're free to download and use in your festive projects – just make sure you credit the original designer.
06. Christmas bells
Sick of red, green and gold? This holiday vector design has a more modern take on Christmas. Use them individually, or tile them in your festive designs. And of course, because they're vectors, you can make them red, green and gold if you really want to. This design is totally free for personal use. VectorStock has done a similarly classy design with stylised wreaths.
This seamless pattern includes all the traditional holiday elements – Santa, gingerbread man, candy cane, baubles, trees, gifts – but with a bit of an edge. Download the stylised Christmas vector for free on Behance now.
This Christmas vector background is free to download from Vecteezy – you just need to make sure you add an attribution when you use it. The download includes an SVG file, making it ideal for use in web projects. All you need now is to find some suitably festive free fonts to add your Yuletide felicitations.
If you're designing for children, these sketchy vector characters are cute but not twee. They were designed a few years ago by Chris Spooner from Spoon Graphics, and you can download them for free in AI and EPS format. The pack includes a reindeer, snowmen, Santa, and some super-sweet penguins.
Need some baubles this Christmas? Then look no further than these classic Xmas bauble designs, brought to you by FreeVectors. This retro design comes in AI, JPG and SVG format, making it nice and versatile. It's free to use with a credit. Kudos to the designer for shunning a traditional colour palette in favour of a surprisingly festive-feeling orange and teal.