Christmas time, mistletoe and wine – in our case too much wine… After a late night of eggnog and brandy snaps we set ourselves the challenge of creating the wildest, wackiest PowerPoint Christmas card ever! What’s so good about a PowerPoint Christmas card? Well you can download it, customise it, send it to your friends and family and wow them with your PowerPoint skills!

So. It’s the day after the night before, and through blurry eyes and festive hangovers we can reveal our efforts.

Below you’ll find a video of each card and from within the preview you’ll be able to download the PowerPoint file for the card. And, as we know, because the cards have been created in PowerPoint, you can alter them to include your name (or company name) and then share with the world, hopefully spreading a little Christmas cheer in the process.

In order to edit the cards, simply:

  • Download your favourite card by clicking the link below the video preview (any trouble downloading, check you have the latest version of your browser. Some earlier versions of IE have trouble with PowerPoint files)
  • Open the card in PowerPoint
  • Alter the end greeting text within the card
  • Save the file as a PowerPoint Show (File > Save As > Choose PowerPoint Show from the Save as type drop box)
  • Share the card with friends and family!

If you use one, please help us to spread the word with a tweet or a like, or comment below and let us know your favourite. Thanks!

So without further ado, here are our Christmas cards along with a few words from the creators.

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2017

1. Fatal Frost 2.0

Created by Sandy Rushton & Anna Barger

“We are both fans of classic retro game design, so created a novelty Christmas arcade caper for our card. Fatal Frost 2.0 was a labour of love – building each element, square by square, took a lot of patience – but we hope you enjoy the festive 8-bit fun!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

2. Canine Christmas

Created by Amy Post & Ingrid Mengdehl

“Our card is inspired by the lives of our canine companions. As all of us people know, the holiday season is a time for good food, memories with family and friends, and giving back to others. But what do our furry friends think about during the festivities? New toys? A new bed? Or, is it something else…?”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

3. Buddy’s Christmas Wish

Created by Bethany Drummond & Keri Buckland

“The holiday season is a special time when people come together and spend time as a family. This gave us the idea of creating an animated Christmas card to entertain the whole family. This card is based on the concept of an illustrated children’s book and is inspired by Bethany’s new puppy, Oscar. We hope you enjoy watching Buddy’s Christmas Wish. Merry Christmas, everyone!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

4. Naughty or Nice Christmas

Created by Vincent Thompson

“Not sure if you’ve been naughty or nice this year? This interactive card featuring sliding tabs and spinning wheels will allow the viewer to select either way, and give an indication of the type of presents to expect depending on their choice.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

5. Snowkemon Go!

Created by Kate Allen & Hannah Brownlow

“The Snowmon wants to join his friends at the ice bar for a Christmas party, but he needs a bit of help getting there. Use your best gaming skills to get The Snowmon to the party in time. Featuring three interactive games made exclusively in PowerPoint.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

6. Choose Your Own Christmas

Created by Thomas White

“This year I decided to create a heart-warming Christmas card in the vein of those old ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books I was too dim to read as a child. Here’s the twist, instead of adventure you’ll have to choose between eating too many chocolates or drinking yourself into a Christmas Day stupor … Also, There’s a reindeer in it!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

7. Extra-terrestrial Christmas

Created by Alessandro Rizzi & Natty Moore

“We wanted to spare a thought this year for our extra-terrestrial friends who celebrate Christmas too, and also for Santa, whose inter-galactic space travel on Christmas Eve is lesser known and extremely under-appreciated.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

 8. Lonely Christmas

Created by Annabelle Grew & Viktoria Sokolova

“As it’s so easy to get carried away with our busy lives we wanted to focus on the aspect of the festive season that we think is the most important, making an effort to spend quality time with our loved ones. Nobody should be alone at Christmas.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

9. Festive Nuts

Created by Andy Clarke & Mahdis Nikou

“A cold Christmas Eve for two squirrels shows that Father Christmas isn’t always a large jolly man in a red suit.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

 10. Clippy Christmas

Created by Rachael Hattam & Lucy Wyatt

“What is Christmas without a bit of nostalgia? We decided to bring back Microsoft’s Clippy (c. 1999) to wreak some festive havoc.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

11. Silent Night, Jedi Knight

Created by Elizabeth Stodolski & Samuel Edwards

“This holiday season is made a little extra special by the 8th installment of a certain legendary film series. From young padawans to Jedi Knights this is the perfect card to share with anyone who needs a reminder that the force is always with them. Happy holidays from Sam and Lizzie at BrightCarbon, we hope you enjoy our card!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

12. Rudolph’s 8-bit Journey

Created by Angela Poole, David Talavera & Darren Smith

“The holidays are a time for family, fun, and reminiscing about the “good old days”. When we think back to holidays past, one thing that comes to mind is the childhood excitement of opening gifts. Many of us wished for the newest ‘cutting edge’ 8-bit video games that we would play without a care in the world except saving the princess.  We wanted to bring back that feeling with a little nostalgia for you this holiday season.  Help Ruldoph find Santa and save Christmas.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

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If that wasn’t enough festive cheer, check out all of the Christmas cards we’ve ever created below: use the quick links to jump to a specific year.

2016

1. Christmas Cheer

Created by Anna Smith & Bethany Mellor

“This year we wanted to create something simple and fun – that we can all relate to in one way or another! The nice transitions in PPT helped keep it simple, while adding some basic sound effects helped the little animation come to life!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

2. Winter Gift Giver

Created by Emma Trantham & Miriam Martinez

“For this year’s card we wanted to recognise that not everyone shares the dressed-in-red Father Christmas tradition and so we got all the “Winter gift givers” together. And what else would they be doing but watching and listening to a PowerPoint presentation at their annual conference?!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

3. Penguin Song

Created by Hannah Brownlow, Kate Allen, Sandy Rushton & Shay O’Donnell

“The Christmas classics are already ringing out in supermarkets the world over, so we thought we’d take a musical approach to this year’s holiday card. Finding a tuneful penguin noise proved…challenging – and we may have stumbled into whoopee cushion territory – but we hope you enjoy creating your own avian Christmas number 1!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

4. Santa’s Call for Action

Created by Angela Poole, Chris Korek, Darren Smith & David Talavera

“The big day is finally here..it’s Christmas Day! So now that Santas’ work is done, it’s time for him to put his feet up and relax- now all he needs are his slippers. Luckily his Elves are well prepared…”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

5. Forest Spirit

Created by Ingrid Mengdehl

“A quiet and cold winter scene, with two little forest spirits dreaming about the comforts of Christmas.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

6. Seasonings

Created by Alessandro Rizzi

“Mrs Salt and Mr Pepper are enjoying their happy love life… Until Christmas, when something unexpected happens.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

7. Cat

Created by Amy Singh

“We all know cats are obsessed with small outdoor critters, so I decided to run with that theme for this holiday card. Featuring delightful holiday squirrels and cats to make every animal lover exclaim “Aww!”. If there were such thing as Squirrel Santa, I’m sure he would approve of this card.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

8. Snow Globe

Created by Elizabeth Stodolski & Luke Buckley

“We wanted to make something that was really customizable. This card allows you to add your own personal holiday message, as well as a photograph inside an active snow globe. Put in a photo of your family to send to your friends, or vice versa!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

9. Christmas Clock

Created by Emily Leonard

“A glass of wine, a warm fire and that magical anticipation of Christmas morning. I hope this card can deliver the festive atmosphere to an email inbox near you!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

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2015

1. Bakery Christmas Card

Created by Sandy Rushton and Bethany Mellor

“A cosy warm kitchen full of treats is the best escape from a chilly winter evening. We thought that baking ginger bread people would be a fun concept for our card, evocative of family, friends and festivity.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

2. Robin Christmas Card

Created by Hannah Brownlow and Shay O’Donnell

“We went for something traditionally Christmassy – a red robin! We wanted to combine painted illustrations with some cool tricks in PowerPoint to look like our little robin is created out of ink splats. There’s also some fun layering going on here so that the message is fully editable without behind the snow drift.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

3. Santa 2 – Clause & Effect

Created by Tom White

“Right, so the thing is – I didn’t have time to put together a festive PowerPoint card this year but I felt I had to submit something so I rummaged around in the garage and found a box of old Christmas VHS tapes from the 80s. Among them I found this festive action classic which I’ve uploaded in lieu of actual effort… The 80s were awful, weren’t they?”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

4. Santa Got Stuck

Created by Mikila Green and Ingrid Mengdehl

“This Christmas card introduces the troubles and woes Santa encounters each year when attempting to get down the chimney. But every Christmas story should have a happy ending…”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

5. 8 Nights of Puns

Created by Elizabeth Stodolski, Amy Singh and David Talavera

“The company rarely makes Hanukkah cards so we wanted to make one. Our card features an interactive menorah which invites users to “light” each candle, in exchange for a holiday-themed pun. We hope everyone enjoys it! Happy Holidays!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

6. Blue Screen of Christmas

Created by Taavi Drell

“A festive take on the Blue Screen of Death. Suitable for your overworked friend or colleague. Even the computer knows it’s time to go home.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

7. Christmas 2125

Created by Luke Buckley

“I’m a little fed up of all that traditional Christmassy stuff so here’s something a little different, my vision of what Christmas will be like in the future.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

8. Snowboarding

Created by Angela Poole

“Growing up in New England, I spent most of the holiday season on the ski mountain. For this card, I wanted to mesh my love of skiing and snowboarding with a whimsical cartoon-style illustration for a fun and lighthearted message. Watch as Santa dominates the slopes and wins first place in this year’s holiday freestyle competition!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

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2014

1. Build a Snowman

Created by Chris Korek

“For my Christmas Card this year I wanted to experiment with some of the ways PowerPoint lets you makes presentations interactive. In particular I’ve been exploring the trigger function to sequence animations in a non-linear order so that the viewer can play with it and become active in how the story plays out. When I came up with the idea of an Elf asking you to decide which snow to use when making a snowman I thought it was a perfect fit as something fun and cheerful for Christmas.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

2. Snowman’s Adventure

Created by Kieran Chadha

“My PowerPoint snowman has made a guest appearance on each of my Christmas Cards – so here he is again on a new adventure. Everything you see has been made from PowerPoint shapes – they’re just shaded differently, and formatted to achieve the right effect. I thought it would be interesting to see just how varied you can make things look. Plus, I figured out how to make a snowman blink.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

3. Monster Christmas

Created by Amy Singh

“My Christmas card was inspired by the monster movie genre. What would happen if a ferocious fire-breathing dragon decided that he wanted to spread Christmas joy instead of burning cities to the ground? Or, what if he realized he could do both simultaneously? Well, look no further if you want the answer to these questions and more!”

Get your hands on the editable PowerPoint from the zip file here

4. Festive Castle

Created by Richard Goring

“Welcome to the Festive Castle, full of the joys of the holidays. Outside uses triggers to create a bit of an interactive environment for you to click through and make things happen, while clicking inside reveals a sequence of photos down a hallway that you can customise and add some holiday messages. 1604 animations on the first slide, by the way!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

5. Christmas Tree

Created by Anna Smith

“My card was inspired by all the photos I saw popping up all over my various social media feeds of the people heading up to the mountains and finding a Christmas tree. The animations are fairly simple and give the impression of movement with very little complexity!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

6. Christmas Dates

Created by Vincent Thompson

“My card was inspired by a friend’s recent foray into online dating and their experiences so far!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

7. Christmas Lights

Created by Elizabeth Stodolski

“I was inspired by the drive through the holiday light spectacular in Jones Beach, NY, so gave it a shot in PowerPoint.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

8. Silent Night

Created by Hannah Brownlow

“I thought I’d go for a traditional Christmas card and hark back to where it all started. I tried to create the idea that the viewer is flying through space with the stars and then finally settles in front of a stable scene. I wanted it all to look simple with just a few complementary bars of Silent Night as an accompaniment.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

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2013

1. Santa’s sleigh

Created by Chris ‘Kringle’ Korek

“I made this card because the thought of Santa putting on goggles before taking off amused me. I used the block colour and cartoon like style for its simplicity and because you can create all of the parts in PowerPoint which gives you a lot of control over the objects and that is really helpful when it comes to animating them together.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

2. Naughty Snowman

Created by Ellen ‘Wrapping Paper’ Creaser

“Like many people I love doodling and sketching, so this card’s design was inspired by such activity. My little scribblings turned into a sort of story that I copied into and played out in PowerPoint. The card is my take on what happens when snowmen come to life (as they obviously do), with some classic old movie references. I like to think of it as a tongue-in-cheek mini version of Dianne Jackson’s The Snowman, complete with epic soundtrack and few unexpected plot lines!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

3. Little Birdy

Created by Ingrid ‘Merry’ Mengdehl

“For my Christmas card, I wanted to re-create the feeling of excitement when you open a pop-up card and find different elements you can animate. I’d found a bundle of snowflake designs, and the idea to create a DIY snow machine came shortly afterwards. I created all the elements in PowerPoint, so it’s easy to change the colours if you want!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

4. Meowy Christmas card

Created by John ‘Bauble’ Bevan

“This retro, chocolate-box style card was created to make you feel as warm and fuzzy as the adorable kittens that star in it. Also featuring flurries of snow, gently flickering candlelight and music to warm your cockles, with a customisable label for your own message.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

5. Lonely Tree

Created by Kieran ‘Christmas Cracker’ Chadha

“I used a parallax effect and blurring to tell my story of the lonely Christmas tree. Each element of the background moves at a different speed and in a slightly different direction to create the illusion of relative movement. It then blurs to draw attention to the foreground, where fireflies and strategic gusts of wind help the tree fulfil its festive destiny.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

6. Fairy Christmas Tree

Created by Richard ‘We Three Kings’ Goring

“After last year’s Penguin Skaters card with 1000+ animations, I felt like I had to go for more, so this monster has 3109 individual animation events on it. I wanted something with a bit more realism than last year, so I’ve used a photo in the background, but everything else has been created and animated entirely in PowerPoint. I hope that you like it!”

There’s two versions in the download. One version with all the animations, and one which is a little simpler for older machines.

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

7. BrightCarbon Team Christmas card

Created by Vincent ‘Deck The Halls’ Thompson

“My Christmas card was inspired by the team at BrightCarbon. I was trying to think of a way to bring a bit of Christmas to some recently taken pics of us, both as a team and individuals.

I thought the card would allow for other businesses to just replace with their own pics, then easily move around the objects to fit. Enjoy turning your CEO into an elf this Christmas!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

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2012

1. Snowman by Kieran ‘We’re walking in the air’ Chadha

“I wanted to create a happy little snow scene, then give it a twist. I was aiming for the animations to get across the snowman’s cheeky personality. Enjoy!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

2. Gifts for Christmas by Vincent ‘Turkey’ Thompson

“I decided to create a PowerPoint card that started off quite plain, then animating into a crescendo of Christmas themed objects. Although some of the elements I used were not created natively within PowerPoint, I felt that the ability to crop out images and apply motion graphics enhanced the overall effect and showed off the capabilities of the software in a compelling way.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

3. Santa Sleigh by Chris ‘Kringle’ Korek

“For this card I really wanted to create someone opening a Christmas present, to see if  I could do it in PowerPoint. From there it just seemed natural to have Santa deliver it!”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

4. Penguin Skaters by Richard ‘Insert Christmas Pun Here’ Goring

“I wanted to start with a blank PowerPoint page and not do anything that I couldn’t achieve within just PowerPoint. Everything has been created using native PowerPoint tools, including all graphics and the 1,006 individual animations. Unfortunately, I cheated just at the end to add in an image of the BrightCarbon logo and the music, but hope that you’ll forgive me.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here

5. Blue Christmas by Jakob ‘Yuletide’ Jochmann

“Tasked with creating Christmas cards in PowerPoint I took the challenge quite literally and tried to merge a motif that would work in cardboard form with the affordances of digital media. I stretched the motif over two slides to mirror a folding card. I created a transparent gif of falling snow to imbue the scene with a dynamic touch that is absent in print. The subtle tension between the static scene and the falling snow gives the card a sense of progress that lingers on even after the native PowerPoint animations are finished.”

Download the editable PowerPoint file here (Blue Christmas version)

Download the editable PowerPoint file here (Happy Holidays version)

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  1. Image of Ron Ron says:

    Nice work. Thanks

    A couple of points.

    I tried to customize the 2016 Cat one. I can edit the text for the final name display, but I have not been able to figure out how to edit the text in the initial drop down. So I first see the dummy text drop down, then my custom text pops up over it. I couldn’t any way to bring those items to front or all of the other stuff to back to surface them. Could you add notes to the file to explain how to do the text customization?

    The very last link appears to be intended to be a mass download. It is only an unzipped version of the last card. So if it isn’t supposed to be, could you add a zip file with all of the cards in it? AND put that link at the top of the article. I want to download all/most of them to dig in to see how they did things, to learn from them. Downloading 49 files is a PITA.

    Finally, for the links to the individual files, please consider not bothering to zip only one file. The “x”-file format is already zipped. Zipping it again leads to trivial savings. The one I looked at specifically only saved 6% space. Not worth the bother of having to open the zip before being able to open the file.

    Merry Xmas.
    Ron MVP

    • Image of Sandy Rushton Sandy Rushton says:

      Hi Ron! Glad you like our cards, we’ve built up quite a library over the last few years and we’re happy people are still inspired by and learning from them.

      On the 2016 Cat card, the animated name display was on the slide master. If you go to the Slide Master view you can update the names there as well as on the slide itself and this will solve your issue. I’ve also uploaded a new version where the names are on the slide itself and this includes some instructions as well.

      With the .zip files, we’d initially adopted this approach to solve some issues that IE9 users had with downloading .pptx files. But we see how this is a bit irritating, so have reuploaded all the links as .pptx files. Hope that helps you access these cards even more speedily than usual!

      Best,

      Sandy

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