Celebrate the Season with this Year’s Holiday Theme and Desktop Background


It’s that time of the year again: every holiday season, we collaborate with wonderful artists to create a festive WordPress illustration. I recently had the pleasure to work with Jacqui Oakley on this year’s version. I think you’ll agree that this frosty, shimmering image is a perfect representation of the season.


Holiday Theme

Cheer was a big hit last year, so we decided to give y’all another seasonal theme that captures the holiday spirit. Automattic’s Caroline Moore has adapted Jacqui’s illustration into a new theme called Shine On, now available on WordPress.com.


As you can see, it’s a winter wonderland of color, and makes terrific use of post formats to help you chronicle your holiday celebrations.


Shine On is a gleaming, colorful theme, a perfect tree topper for personal sites and blogs. Make yours sparkle with this festive theme, then share your holiday photos and stories with friends and family.

You can read more about Shine On on the theme showcase, or preview it on your blog by going to Appearance ? Themes.


As always, we’ve also created some cheerful wallpapers to match, available in different sizes for your device of choice:

  • iPhone 4/4s
  • iPhone 5/5c/5s
  • iPad, Android devices
  • Desktop – Small (1280×720)
  • Desktop – Large (2560×1440)
  • Desktop – for Retina Displays (2880×1800)

Need help changing your wallpaper? Here are instructions for iOS, Android, OS X, Windows 7 and Windows 8. A tip: Choose an image larger than your screen size, and set the position to “center” or “fill screen” (not “stretch”).

If you missed them last time around, be sure to check out our illustrations from 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

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