11 free Christmas vectors that aren't horribly cheesy

Looking for free Christmas vectors? Then you've come to the right place, because we've scoured the web for festive design resources. And we've specifically sought out ones that aren't rubbish!

It's easy to find free vector art online, but a lot of free Christmas vectors are terribly cheesy. We've sifted through the offer to pick out 11 festive vectors that manage to stand out above the rest of the crop. They're jolly and seasonal without being twee, and they could be just what you're looking for to create seasonal patterns, backgrounds and more for your own design work.

For more festive inspiration, we also have a pick of the best free Christmas fonts.

11 of the best free Christmas vectors

01. Christmas Dragon vector art

A dragon vector, one of the best free Christmas vectors

Christmas vectors don't have to include Reindeer (Image credit: FreeVector.com)

Christmas means reindeer, right? Well not necessarily. Remember the John Lewis Christmas ad featuring Edgar the dragon? Just cute enough without being cheesy, this free Christmas vector design is sure to spread some festive cheer.

02. Christmas Sketchy Vectors 

Sketchy vectors, one of the best free Christmas vectors

This art will bring a handmade quality to a design (Image credit: FreeVectors.net)

These doodle vectors should brighten up a festive design without looking twee. They've got a sketchy quality that'll bring a handmade effect to your Christmas project. A snowman, Santa and a robin are just three of the characters featured in this vector art.

03. Seamless Christmas vector pattern

Seamless Christmas vector design

This seamless pattern is festive but not cheesy

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. 

04. Free Christmas icon vectors

All the icons you'll ever need at Christmas

This vector kit is a 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.

05. Cartoon snow cap vectors

Snow cap vectors on a pink background

Make anything festive by sticking some snow on top of it

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.

06. Wooden toy Christmas vectors

Wooden toys free Christmas vectors

These festive toys are full of rustic charm

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.

07. Doodle Christmas ornaments vectors

Add a doodle vector for a hand-drawn vibe

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.

08. Christmas bells

Christmas bells vector designs

Colourful bells for a touch of Christmas class

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.

09. Cartoony seamless pattern

Christmas with character

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.

10. Free Christmas vector background

Insert your Christmas message here

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.

11. Retro Christmas ornaments

Retro Christmas vector designs

Add some balls to your design, quite literally, with these Xmas ornaments

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.

If you're not sure of how to use your free Christmas vectors, check out our round up of Adobe Illustrator tutorials. Or if you want to have a go at creating your own designs, check out our collection of vector art tutorials.

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