Say Cheers to Our New WordPress Holiday Theme and Desktop Backgrounds

We love our holiday traditions here at, and my favorite is teaming up every year with a talented artist to ring in the season WordPress-style with a festive illustration. This year’s edition was created by Australian illustrator Glenn Thomas, also known as The Fox and King.


Like in years past we’ve created desktop wallpapers from the art, but this year we took it one step further. Automattic’s Caroline Moore adapted the artwork into a new holiday theme called Cheer, available starting today on

Cheer Traditional

Cheer is a festive, textured theme in two color palettes, perfect for personal sites and blogs. Deck the halls with this cheeky little elf, then share your holiday photos and stories with friends and family.

Cheer Modern

You can read more about Cheer on the theme showcase, or preview it on your blog by going to Appearance -> Themes.


And as always, we’ve got some whimsical wallpapers to match, available in different sizes below for your device of choice:

Blue version

Red version

Need help changing your wallpaper? Here’s instructions for iOSAndroidOS XWindows 7 and Windows 8A tip: Choose an image larger than your screen size, and set the position to “center” or “fill screen” (not “stretch”).

If you missed them last time around, be sure to check out our illustrations from 20112010, and 2009.

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  1. Sheri

    I LOVE Cheer! The artwork is totally cute.

  2. Kelly Q

    Cheers! The images are adorable and I love how it’s snowing online. (shame it isn’t snowing outside, I’d love a sneaky writing day in front of the fire)

  3. Outlaw Tour

    Thanks Guys! Loving the snow flakes~! Wishing you a happy Holidays! Be safe, don’t drink and drive!

  4. motheronedge

    Love it! Thanks!

  5. pixelednina


    I love the second palette. Bluuuee…. :D

  6. Completelift

    :) Thank you WordPress!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  7. timethief

    Very cute! Thanks.

  8. the curtain raiser

    Yeah for running with an Aussie illustrator! Love it.

  9. Matt George

    Now this is one cool theme for the holidays. If the blogger’s add snow to the blog, it will really be some holiday cheer going on. :)

  10. Maxi

    What a great image, picks me up. Good job!
    Blessings ~ Maxi

  11. BeEtLjOoZ

    Reblogged this on #Beet's B.O.O.T..

  12. christrocks

    How adorable! I have no idea how and where I would use a Christmas theme, but if I did I would definitely use this one!

  13. inforaja

    thanks .. best artikel nya

  14. Recis Dempayos

    Definitely festive!

    Thanks for this new Christmas theme! Happy holidays! :D



    Reblogged this on somethingforthechildren.

  16. aheneghana

    sorry this isn’t my idea of a festive theme

  17. jongijadraque

    Greatly done !

    Best Wishes,

  18. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm

    Thank you for sharing. It was very nice. I am a new blogger trying to learn.

  19. icharley


  20. purwatiwidiastuti

    i luv it

  21. phatchuongit

    i love it, thank Matt ^^

  22. At Home With Cat

    I love the theme and its layout. The artwork is so cute! If my blog was based on Christmas year round this would be perfect! What would be nice to have is an interchangeable theme, like Cheer, where the artwork would automatically change to fit the season. :)

  23. roadwax

    “Snowflake Theme” caused me to have a minor heart attack because I thought that my laptop had downloaded some terminal virus. I have clawed my way back on to my chair and am fully recovered. Just a small burn on the carpet. ‘Holiday traditions’ may now commence, forthwith! :)

  24. xiaohui

    Dear WP,

    Thank you for the lovely wallpapers and themes for the season. It is these little personal touches that make me want to stay with WordPress year after year! (: Blessed Christmas to you all!

  25. jewelrana88


  26. victorworang

    Perfect gifts: Snow, Theme, n BG..

  27. st432381

    I want today.

  28. rusty

    Great illustration! Love the color scheme!

  29. idnetfreedom

    Big Thanks! love ye all

  30. evokingthesensesphotography

    Fabulous themes and thank you!!

  31. Rozlyne Brushes N Scissors

    Nice artwork.

  32. The Clarences

    Cool beans!

  33. Neeraj Bhushan

    like it like it like it

  34. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ƷLeaƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    Nice ;)!Lovely!The Best!Wordpress!
    Wordpress is the best side,I think.Thanks,that you exist!!
    Sorry,if I make mistakes :oops:
    I’m from Germany :) !

  35. Elaine Ossipov

    How Wonderful!! I wanted to say thank you very much for the Snow, I like it allot, but unfortunately it does not show up on the blog, just in the admin area, but I love that it’s there. :)

    • Matt Thomas

      Hi Elaine — you just need to turn it on for your blog. Go to your wp-admin, then click Settings > General. The very last option will be a checkbox that says “Show falling snow on my blog.” Check that and the flurries will begin!

  36. mdcarattini

    The artwork is great!

  37. debralmb

    I love the theme and thought at home with cat had a good idea. And, you’re thinking, “they always want more,” huh? Thanks for all your time you devote to WP and the community!

  38. natuurfreak

    I love cheers


    Thanks for the Tip! :-)

    I just updated my personal blog with the Holiday Theme – and I have the “snow” effect activated – it looks really AWESOME!!!

  40. erinorange

    Thanks – love it!

  41. Kevin Conboy

    Reblogged this on alternatekev and commented:

    WordPress elves!

  42. SusanJill

    Reblogged this on Moral Stories for Kids and commented:
    Very Cool!

  43. Matt Thomas

    Reblogged this on Matt Thomas and commented:
    One of my favorite parts of my job.

  44. manasijevj93

    Reblogged this on MethoDesigns and commented:
    Great holiday designs, be sure to check them out because i will definitely be gifting these designs to someone. Весела Коледа и приятна почивка/Merry Christmas and have a nice holiday. :)

  45. tlkalleykat

    Where I am looking right now is it supposed to look like pixels are floating across the screen?I hope so if not I need my eyes checked seriously.

  46. Kenton Lewis
  47. Minoring In Baseball

    OH…I thought the theme was ‘Cheers’….I was expecting Sam, Woody, Carla, and Norm at the bar in Boston….Still cool, though…

  48. Thomas Peace (author)

    Sweet, X-massy, and cheerful! :)

  49. 09taylord

    Reblogged this on Danni Taylor..

  50. Kenton Lewis

    Okay, I give up. WordPress wins. You stopped by snow. You have the power.

  51. Gregorovius

    Lovely theme! :)

  52. anityaarts

    Wow! it’s amazing them for holidays. I am using it on my blog.

  53. Carmela

    Beautiful … Theme ;)

  54. pasangiklanblog


  55. bowsbybelen

    I love the snow falling!! :)

  56. eof737

    Cheers for the cheers! TY! :-)


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