25 Christmas Painting References to Put You in a Festive Mood

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If you’re an artist ready to get in the festive mood, check out these Christmas painting references that will make you want to deck the halls.

When the holidays come around, I love making holiday-themed art. From drawings to paintings and more, I find it so relaxing to sit down and make festive art.

Christmas paintings make great wall art, bullet journal spread designs and even handmade holiday greeting cards. So if you’re looking for gift ideas, consider making paintings for friends and family.

When I’m ready to start painting for the holidays, I like to use a variety of Christmas reference photos and paintings. If you’re the same way, here are Christmas painting references for you.

These designs were created by talented artists that I highly recommend following on social media if you like their work. Links to their Instagram accounts are included below their painting.


colorful christmas tree
Artist Credit: malgrodzka
christmas lantern
Artist Credit: zirkus_design
gingerbread house
Artist Credit: _alicia.im.wunderland_

Simple Evergreen with Snow

This simple evergreen tree is a great painting idea for beginners to try. This painting would be perfect for handmade Christmas cards this year.

tree covered in snow
Artist Credit: aimeeschreiber
christmas tree and fireplace
Artist Credit: artbytmb

Gingerbread Man

Who doesn’t love the Gingerbread man? If you’re making handmade Christmas cards this year, paint your Gingerbread man on sturdy paper and punch a hole in the hand area. You can then insert a real candy cane into the area so that it looks like he’s holding the candy cane.

gingerbread man
Artist Credit: arteinpara
lamp in snow
Artist Credit: artworkshop2865

The Grinch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic Christmas story that’s loved by many. If you want to have a bit of fun with your paintings this season, use this cool reference.

grinch stealing star on tree
Artist Credit: brushstrokesbykam
reindeer painting
Artist Credit: dra.designproduct

Puppy in a Box

Isn’t this sleeping puppy laying in a box the cutest? If you enjoy drawing and painting animals, I think you’ll love painting this cute little puppy this holiday season.

golden retriever puppy
Artist Credit: the_tinted_palette
snoopy painting
Artist Credit: jacobgoldenart

Christmas Doodles

I love doodling. I find it to be super fun and relaxing. If you’re looking for Christmas doodle ideas, this photo includes stockings, hats, scarves, and more.

holiday doodles
Artist Credit: malgrodzka
christmas tree with markers
Artist Credit: carri_scribbles
the grinch painting
Artist Credit: brushstrokesbykam

Holiday Platter

This platter features holiday favorites like a gingerbread man, dried oranges, cookies and more, all served with a cup of warm tea.

colored pencil christmas drawing
Artist Credit: la.vra
watercolor wreath
Artist Credit: loosegemalt

Christmas Whale

Switch things up by drawing non-traditional holiday elements such as this giant blue whale with a santa hat on it’s head. I find this picture to be so fun to look at.

christmas whale
Artist Credit: love_art_3729
painted christmas polar bear
Artist Credit: malgrodzka

Green and Red Gnomes

Gnomes are a holiday favorite for many. This watercolor painting features two gnomes. One is wearing a tall green hat and one is wearing a slouchy red hat.

watercolor gnomes
Artist Credit: marcusminervino
christmas snowglobe
Artist Credit: pen_and_brush_
christmas doodles

Spiced Cider

If you love drawing food and drinks, this spiced cider drawing is the perfect reference for you. This piece screams warm and cozy when I look at it.

spiced holiday drink
Artist Credit: psz_art
girl eating gingerbread cookie
Artist Credit: purityarts

Snow Globe

This snow globe looks festive and amazing. The colors go so well together, and the image of a cabin in the snow gives you the ultimate cozy vibes.

tis the season snow globe
Artist Credit: the_dentartist
lamp with wreath
Artist Credit: y_yumaeva

I hope you’ve been inspired by the paintings in this post. Make your favorite festive drink, gather your painting supplies, and have fun painting.

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