'Tis two weeks before Christmas,
So time to deck the halls.
We've decked the tree and the car,
And the ceilings and the walls.
But we've missed something special,
For your desktop is bare.
Time to get a festive wallpaper,
For your Android phone to wear.
So enjoy these sweet walls,
Some cute and some merry.
And happy holidays from AC,
Time to steal some rum from Jerry!
You say Christmas and millions of people immediately start hearing Tchaikovsky, and it's little wonder. There just might be more renditions of The Nutcracker this time of year than there are tellings of the nativity story. Eleven months of the year, most Americans scoff at ballet tickets, but Christmas comes around and everyone comes around to watch the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This illustration features toy soldiers trumpeting their prince's return and the oft-overlooked Christmas Angels, which help guide Clara and the Nutcracker Prince through the winter snow to the fantastical celebration that await them.
Now, please excuse me, I have an old DVD of the Nutcracker I need to go watch for the 50th time...
Christmas is a time where fairy lights and red velvet seem to decorate everything, and that includes the wildlife. This wallpaper features a reindeer with truly magnificent antlers, which are wrapped in the iconic Christmas lights, and some breathtaking ornamentation around his face. Perched among his expertly decorated antlers is a red robin, a perfect pop of red against the blue of the tableau.
Android's adorable little mascot has so much to celebrate each year as million of Android and Chrome devices are given as gifts, and so Motorola's bokeh wallpaper featuring a traditional bugdroid in the festive spirit with a snowman bugdroid and some weird pink bugdroid. The tiny Christmas card-worthy scenes make for delightfully nerdy wallpapers, no matter which manufacturer you're using today.
Trey Ratcliff Christmas
The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic holiday symbols in the world. You can decorate them a million and a half ways, heck, you can decorate any kind of tree and turn it into a Christmas tree. Whether you decorate with garlands, lights, ornaments, or popcorn, seeing a Christmas tree just ignites a warm fire of cheer and hope in your heart. This mesmerizing wallpaper by awesome photographer Trey Ratcliff plays with the fairy lights and long exposure to create a Christmas tree that seems to be made entirely of light as the branches are blurred and obscured by the long exposure. It's pure magic, and we could all use some magic this Christmas.
Disneyland Paris Christmas
This is the holiday wallpaper I've used for two years now, and I love it to pieces. I have the ever-charming Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant from Disneyland Paris shining in the distance, snow falling across the beautiful wintery scene, and a Santa boot left Cinderella-style on the steps (bet he's missing that in this weather). This wallpaper is whimsical, yet refined, and the strong blue-white-red color scheme lends itself well to theming, with Glim red-variant icons for my dock and color-variable widgets when I get the whim.
It's Christmas Time by Anyzamarah
Fractals are all around in the winter, and they make lovely wallpapers, from snowflakes, to Christmas trees to the most ornate ornaments you'll ever see. This is a wallpaper that can draw you in with its remarkable detailing and stun you with its beauty. You'll be hard pressed to put this away at the end of the season.
Once you've caught your Santa Pickachus in Pokémon Go, why not grab a holiday wallpaper with our favorite Ice-type Pokémon? From the magestic Lapras to the dark and mysterious Weavile, Pokémon from all over the frozen north come together to celebrate the holiday together and light up the winter's night under the glow of the aurora.
Candy Cane Queen
It's easy to go overboard with candy canes at Christmas time, but this remarkable Candy Cane Queen by littlepaperforest does it right. The stripes aren't everywhere, and they're not garish, they're lovely accents instead. And her crown of holiday leaves and flowers is a stroke of genius. Her figure is also something to make me envious every time I look at my home screen, so there's that, too.
MERRY CHAOSMAS EVERYPONY by BlackGryp0n
A lot of shows do Christmas wrong. Really, really wrong in some cases (cough cough Star Wars cough cough). But My Little Pony does it right. Not only is Hearth's Warming Eve its own holiday with historical and magical importance, but it makes the carols and merrymaking an important part of the holiday. Of course, Discord's take on Hearth's Warming Eve is bound to be a bit more… lively. And really, as chaotic as Christmas is, it should be Discord's holiday.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go sing Pinkie's Present at the top of my lungs.
Update December 2017: We've added more holiday wallpapers for more holiday cheer!
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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.