We’re in the last month of the year, near a time when bells, snowflakes and Santa take center stage. To welcome the Christmas spirit into your online business, blog or website, I have here a list of 20 free WordPress plugins to help lift spirits and prepare your site for the Christmas atmosphere.
Some of these plugins let you display a countdown widget, others add Christmas-decor to your site, some snowfall effect, a Santa that runs around spreading cheer and you can even schedule holiday messages for your readers. Make your website look festive, let it snow, let it sparkle and let everyone have fun browsing through it with these friendly plugins.
With a simple shortcode, you can display a beautiful calendar on any WordPress post. With the ability of adjusting width, height, border and border color, you can make the calendar fit your layout perfectly.
With this widget, an adorable Santa is going to show on your sidebar, counting down to Christmas day and displaying a Merry Christmas greeting to your visitors. The background is transparent so it fits any theme perfectly. It also updates automatically each year so you can leave it there all year long if you want to. [Demo]
This is a very simple plugin that adds an adorable "Christmas bauble on a branch" animated image to a corner of your website. [Demo]
With this tool pretty, colorful Christmas lights will be added to the top of your website, giving it the festive and joyful feel. [Demo]
A nice, romantic snowstorm appears on your website and brings a cozy touch of the festive spirit to your page. [Demo]
These colorful, joyful Christmas lights at the top of your page are going to warm every visitor’s heart. You’ll get a wonderful effect with an easy installation. [Demo]
If you want to add snow to your website, but you don’t want it all over the page, this is the right plugin for you. It adds nice snowing effects to the top of your website only. [Demo]
Editor’s note: This post is written by Renée Klein for Hongkiat.com. Renée is a designer and WordPress geek who loves dark chocolate (passionately), reading, shopping and tennis.