Christmas Colouring Pages to Deck the Halls and Recenter Yourself

By Hallmark staff on October 27th, 2021
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There’s a lot to love about the holidays: The food! The lights! The music! Time with friends and family! But sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet, cozy activity amid all that hustle and bustle. These Christmas colouring pages provide the perfect opportunity to decompress, distract or even more deeply connect with yourself and your loved ones during the season.

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Ways to Use Christmas Coloring Pages

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These free, printable colouring pages are perfect for kids during the holidays. And not just because kids love colouring! You can use these cute little elves, reindeer and Santas to distract the kids while you:

Finish shopping online for gifts. They’ll be too busy colouring to see that you just snagged the #1 item on their wish list.

Wrap presents in a room nearby. Why stay up late wrapping on Christmas Eve when you could wrap during the day?

Clean in preparation for company. The house will stay clean for longer than five minutes!

Bake holiday treats. Kids in the kitchen is fun, but some recipes are tricky (and sticky) and better left to adults.

Write out holiday cards. They can sign their names—in crayon, so cute!—as each card is ready.

That said, Christmas colouring pages can serve as more than just a distraction. They can also be a fun family activity that helps bring everyone together. For instance, you could:

  • Make it an Advent activity. Pick a day on the Advent calendar where colouring together is the surprise.
  • Use it as a storytelling opportunity. A nativity colouring page could provide the chance for the family to relive the miracle of the season.
  • Use it as a way to connect to your culture. A Hanukkah or Kwanzaa colouring page could open the way for you to talk about your family’s cultural heritage.

You don’t have to be a kid to sit down and colour though. Lots of adults love to colour—it’s relaxing, pretty and fun. Use these free printable colouring pages to:

  • Calm the holiday chaos. Sometimes we get carried away by the excitement of it all. Taking a quiet moment for yourself helps you refuel for more festivities.
  • Have a get-together with friends. If you haven’t had a colouring party, there’s no better time than the holidays to try it. Think of the snacks! You can find inspiration below.

Host a Holiday Colouring Party

Does colouring with your adult friends sound like the most amazing, relaxing thing ever? We thought so. Here are some ideas for how to make it happen.

  • Have a selection of colouring pages available (see below). You can also provide colouring books with a variety of themes or encourage friends to bring their own.
  • Provide lots of colouring options. From crayons to coloured pencils to markers, you can find a ton of colouring implements here.
  • Make a fun cocktail for the evening. Something bright and colourful like a tequila sunrise or a blue lagoon would fit right in.
  • Serve finger foods that let guests snack and shade at the same time. Anything on toothpicks will keep things from getting messy.
  • Optional (but oh-so-comfy): Encourage everyone to wear their favourite pajamas.

Printable Christmas Colouring Pages

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Over the years, we’ve designed SO many Christmas characters, patterns and quotes. Are we about to keep those to ourselves? No-ho-ho-ho way! Below you’ll find Christmas colouring pages for all ages and interests—plus recommendations on Crayola crayons and markers, too.

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We rounded up some recommendations from our friends at Crayola to help you make the most of your holiday colouring fun. An added bonus: Crayons and markers make fantastic stocking stuffers.

For kids:

  • Crayons
  • Mess-free colouring

For big kids/adults:

  • Markers
  • Coloured pencils

Let’s Get Shady

Looking for tips and tricks on shading? We’ve got you.

  • Try limiting your colours to just two or three options.
  • Pick a few shades of the same colour (example: pink, dark pink and light pink).
  • Or pick three colours that are next to each other in the rainbow, like green, blue and purple.
  • Use different amounts of pressure to create darker areas, lighter areas and blend different colours.
  • Using markers? Make dots of a darker colour (orange) to create shading on a lighter colour (yellow).

What to Do with Christmas Colouring Pages When You’re Done

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Sure, you could put the kids’ colouring pages on the fridge and add a little holiday cheer to the kitchen. But we have a few other ideas for what to do with their works of art when they’re done:

  • Send coloured pages in a holiday card. The perfect addition to cards to grandparents, and teachers, too.
  • Use them to decorate kids’ rooms. Bring the holidays into their bedrooms by sticking colouring pages on their walls or door.
  • Make a notebook to look back on. Kids will love seeing their skills progress over the years—and so will you.

Whether you turn these Christmas colouring pages into a soothing solo activity or a night of family fun, we hope they add a little extra joy to your holidays.