If you’re into desktop customization, then there’s no doubt you’ve been taking advantage of Windows 7’s themes features which lets you create and/or download theme packages that include multiple wallpapers, sound schemes and screen savers. The official Windows 7 site lists several themes but there are even more independently-created themes available on the internet.
In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ve been keeping my eye out for seasonal themes and I’ve now amassed a collection of four really great ones. Some of the themes are focused on Christmas specifically, but if you don’t celebrate that holiday, then check out the winter themes instead.
Here are the best ones I’ve found so far (see below). Let me know if you have come across others worth a look!
1. Winter Fun Theme 2009
Created by Sean Alexander, this Windows 7 theme is a re-release of the popular Windows XP Winter Fun Pack originally launched in 2003. In other words, an oldie but a goodie. The winter wonderland wallpapers are set to change by default every 30 minutes. If you’re looking for a seasonal theme that’s not Christmas-focused, this is a good one to choose.
Download (via SkyDrive)
2. Windows 7 News Christmas Themepack
From the Windows 7 News site, this theme pack of less than 9 MB includes 9 different Christmas-related backgrounds including Christmas trees, ornaments, presents, and more.
Download (zip file)
3. Windows 7 News Winter Themepack
Another theme from the Windows 7 News site, this theme was built using winter photos from the photo-sharing website Flickr. Attribution was added to the included text file that comes with the theme when downloaded. All the wallpapers have a 2000x1600 resolution and are set to stretch if the resolution of your PC is higher than those of the wallpaper.
Download (zip file)
4. Twinkle Wish Theme
Twinkle Wish is a new theme available from the official Windows 7 website which features adorable hand-drawn wallpapers with different Christmas imagery like Santa, snowflakes, and Christmas trees. There are six wallpapers in all.
Download (themepack file)