7 Ways to Christmas-ify Your Windows 11Reading Time: 3 minutes
Bring a little festive cheer to your desktop with these Windows 11 apps.
The holiday spirit can be infectious, and if you find yourself decorating every inch of your house with Christmas decorations, why not see how you can customize your Windows install as well?
Here are a few ways to Christmas-ify Windows 11, so you’re ready for the season.
Adding Christmas Flair to Windows 11
So how do you go about decorating your system? With themes, apps, and widgets, of course.
Most items on this list are free and easy to set up, though just like real Christmas decorations, you’ll want to revert these changes eventually.
Some items on this list may be a little more vibrant than you’d usually want on your system, but if you’re ready to dive into Christmas with everything you got, let’s have a look at how you can bring a little festive flair to Windows 11.
1. Winter Holiday Glow Theme
Why not start things off by switching the whole system theme over?
Winter Holiday Glow is an official Microsoft theme, available from the Windows Store. Make sure the Windows Store is enabled and you’ll be able to quickly install it by heading over to the Holiday Glow Microsoft Store page.
After installing the theme, switch over to it to enjoy a nice red color scheme, complete with holiday-themed wallpapers.
2. Monotype Christmas Font Pack
Next up is the Monotype Christmas Font Pack. This one has a small price tag attached, but if you’re into design or just want to spruce up some documents for the holidays, this one is for you.
This one is also available at the Microsoft store, so just head over to the Monotype Christmas Font Pack store page and give it a look.
Ten fonts are available with this one, so if you’re keen to give your Windows a new look, check out how to change the default font on Windows for more information
3. Christmas Countdown App
Another quick and easy grab from the Microsoft store. This simple countdown app can help you keep track of the time left until the big day.
This app is relatively simple but features an advent calendar system to make it a bit more fun to keep around. Head over to the Microsoft Store page for the Christmas Countdown App to grab this free app.
4. Animated Snowfall on Desktop
To a lot of people, Christmas means snow. So why not add some to your desktop?
DesktopSnowOk is a free program that allows you to add customizable snowfall to your desktop. You could turn on a blizzard or keep it to a mild, workable level.
This one goes great with the Winter Holiday Glow Theme. Head over to the download page for DesktopSnowOk to give this a go.
5. Christmas Taskbar
Here’s another program to add a pinch of snow to your desktop. Christmas Taskbar is a simple program that adds an overlay of falling snow and festive lights to your taskbar.
It might be a bit loud if combined with the previous item on this list, but on its own, it can be nice and subtle. Grab the download from the Christmas Taskbar page to give it a look for yourself.
6. Cursor Snowflakes
You’ve added snow to your taskbar and desktop, so why not make your mouse snow as well?
With Cursor Snowflakes, flakes of snow will fall from wherever your cursor is. This one is customizable as well, so you can adjust the intensity and transparency.
This one is just plain fun to mess around with. Grab it by going to the download page for Cursor Snowflakes.
7. Paper Christmas Tree
Here’s something more static and less distracting. The Paper Christmas Tree app adds a simple Christmas tree to your desktop. This can either sit on top of everything or just be something for your desktop, and it can be set up to play simple animations.
It’s not much, but it’s a nice and relatively unobtrusive way to set up your desktop for Christmas. This is another free program and can be found by heading over to the Paper Christmas Tree download page.
T’is the Season for Distractions
Not everything on this list is practical, but none of it is meant to be. These are all great ways to add a very fun, and sometimes very creative, festive flair to your computer.
So sit back, crank up the digital snowfall, and enjoy the decorations. The time only comes once a year, after all.