The snow is falling and the Christmas lights are starting to go up so, of course, we need to have some Christmas Coloring Books to keep us calm before during and after Black Friday madness.
Now that Coloring Books for Adults are an institution, there are a whole lot of Christmas coloring books available including Christmas Coloring Cards this year. We have searched for the most beautiful choices for you.
My Picks for Christmas Coloring Books for Adults 2016
My top choice this year is the Queen of Colorings latest offering….
#1 JOHANNA’S CHRISTMAS by Johanna Basford
Something rather special for the festive season! Johanna’s Christmas is available NOW!
I HIGHLY recommend pre-ordering this now. I predict it could sell out since it’s her very first printed holiday coloring book.
This book features 40 collectible, perforated pull-out prints, ideal for framing or giving as gifts. The perfect Christmas present for colouring fans. The illustrations are printed on one side of the ivory paper only, to allow you to remove your work of art without sacrificing the image on the reverse.
Delicate tangles of holly and ivy, bauble-laden Christmas trees and mountains of exquisitely wrapped gifts are all waiting to be brought to life in this new collection of pull-out prints. From flurries of delicate snowflakes to deliciously decorated gingerbread houses and reindeer-led sleighs, Johanna’s Christmas is a celebration of this wonderful holiday season that invites you to pick up your pens and pencils to colour, complete or embellish each of the festive artworks.
Hidden in this book are a flock of elusive little robins – can you spot them all?
#2 Another of my favorite illustrators created a Christmas Coloring book that is on pre-order “The Gift” original title or “Night Voyage” for the English market
The tabby cat you see in this image is throughout the book for you cat lovers that are also Daria Song fans. Her Christmas book follows the little girl on a new nighttime adventure when the conductor of her toy train comes to life and helps her distribute gifts across the world.
The Night Voyage is an evocatively illustrated story of a little girl who is swept away on the eve of her birthday by her toy train conductor on a magical journey to distribute gifts around the globe. Taking devotees of The Time Garden and The Time Chamber on an imaginative new adventure, The Night Voyage continues Daria Song’s wildly successful series with the beautifully intricate art that her fans have come to love, featuring a world of paper cranes, penny-farthing bicycles, trolleys, cityscapes, and hot air balloon-filled skies.
This gorgeous Christmas book is available for pre-order on Amazon US – UK – Canada or Book Depository Worldwide. It ships the end of October 2016.
If you haven’t yet discovered the Good Wives & Warriors design team you are in for a treat. I am absolutely in love with the 5 books (plus one on pre-order) that I’ve received and colored in. They are all two sided coloring books with nice paper for lots of blending, layering and shading for colored pencil fans and they are a smaller square sized books that allow you to finish up a project in a day or two of TV watching coloring. Escape to Christmas Past is an homage to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Evocative Christmas scenes and characters from Charles Dickens’ famous story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Marley’s ghost, threaded with imaginative, delicate patterns all clearly outlined in pen and ink, make ideal compositions to color. Pivotal extracts from the story are scattered throughout for inspiration, and there are spaces left within some of the compositions for individual design and embellishment. I promise you will adore this book.
#4 Christmas to Color by Mary Tanana isn’t a new book but it was my favorite of 2015.
It has with the perfect mix of traditional and whimsical, all hand-drawn with beautiful thick white paper.
#5 Sherri Baldy My-Besties Winter Snowmen Coloring Book
Sherri Baldy’s My Besties “Winter Snowman” Coloring Book is the first time she has created holiday illustrations. Her fun big eyed snow people besties are great coloring for all ages, adults, and children too. You get 50 coloring pages 2 of each image is printed single~sided so you can frame or give away your colorful Bestie creations. This is a simpler book than you are used to with just the cute girl on the page, so if you like them more complex, this isn’t the book for you, but like you see in the picture above it does give you lots of space to play with background effects, chalk, and stencils.
#6 All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas
I just received this gorgeous coloring book from the publisher Tyndale House and completely fell in love with it. It’s an Advent coloring count-down, prayer journal, bible study, family activity book all rolled into one. The illustrations by Lizzie Preston are just beautiful depicting different scenes about the season and accompanying commentaries by Nancy Guthrie lead you from December 1 – December 31. The back pages even contain kid-friendly coloring pages along the same theme as the book. Now let’s talk about the paper, it’s glorious! The nice thick paper we all love to color on, the size is the standard large square 9.7 x 9.6. Check the YouTube channel for my flip through too.
#7 Adult Christmas Coloring Book: Magic Christmas : for Relaxation Meditation Blessing
#8 Home for the Holidays: A Hand-Crafted Adult Coloring Book for Christmas – Illustrator Galadriel A. L. Thompson
#10 The intricate coloring book artist Lizzie Mary Cullen offers fans “The Magical Christmas – A Colouring Book“
The Magical Christmas – A Colouring Book for Adults Illustrator Lizzie Mary Cullen This book is very popular however I had a really hard time coloring in it as the illustrations are SO busy and detailed and force you to color pretty much every inch of the paper. Many of the pages have sections where you aren’t sure what it is you are coloring or where it stops and starts. I would recommend this only for very experienced colorists who don’t frustrate easily.
#11 Christmas Coloring Book (Coloring is Fun by Thaneeya McArdle)
#12 A Christmas Carol – A Coloring Classic
I haven’t personally seen this book yet, but going from the pictures shared in the reviews and the description it’s going on my wish list. 80 pages with a sewn binding, thick white paper printed on both sides.
Click to order A Christmas Carol Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon Canada
#13 A Million Christmas Cats by John Bigwood
This is a smaller format than most of the books on this list but just fabulous! Cats in all sorts of holiday and winter scenes, whimsical and fun. It’s printed on both sides with medium thick paper, some with black backgrounds. I particularly liked the cats ice-fishing page.
The only gray-scale coloring book I’ve found with Christmas images and this one is just GORGEOUS! Highly detailed page by page re-telling of the famous poem of the holiday season. If you have never colored in a gray-scale book they really are quite magical and you can find some suggestions and tutorials here. This is a Dover book so the paper won’t be spectacular but you can always copy the images to cardstock for gifts or to frame.
#15 Santa’s Cats
By the illustrator of the popular “Cats & Quilts” coloring book, “Santa’s Cats” is a Christmas coloring book that contains twenty four timeless, unique illustrations of cats and kittens getting into trouble, helping Santa and his elves as they prepare for the big day, and cuddling up with Jolly Old St Nick after an exhausting day in the workshop at the North Pole.
Each picture is printed on one side of 60 lb pure white paper to minimize scoring and bleed-through, and appears in two sizes: large and half size (4″x6″), both suitable for framing when complete.
Johanna Basford has several Christmas and Holiday images on her website that you can download for free and we expect her to do something fun and special again in 2016. Here is her gorgeous Christmas Star. Johanna knew she needed to get the word out about her work a few years ago and set up a fun twitter project where she tweeted a piece of an advent calendar each day on twitter. Luckily for you, it’s now all on this page where you can click on and print each image to color in at home. My plan is to print these on nice quality paper, color and use them to make handcrafted Christmas cards.
There are quite a few Christmas Creative Haven & Dover Coloring Books that have been around for awhile so we’ll be adding those titles as time permits.
Christmas Around the World -Joan O’Brien is the illustrator. This book is more elementary than some of the others but has some lovely traditional holiday images
Nativity Stained Glass Coloring Book – Illustrator Marty Noble
Christmas Mandalas – Illustrator Marty Noble
Vintage Christmas Greetings Illustrator Marty Noble
Winter Scenes – Illustrator Marty Noble
Merry & Bright – Design Originals Illustrators
An Old Fashioned Christmas Coloring Book – Creative Haven
My Besties Christmas Cottage Coloring Book – Sherri Baldy
Ugly Holiday Sweaters – Creative Haven
Winter Scapes Creative Haven
Color Christmas Portable Book (Mini size) by Thaneeya McArdle
Winter Wonderland with Love – Sherri Baldy
Snowflake Mandalas – Marty Noble
Night Before Christmas – Sherri Baldy
Hebrew Illuminations Coloring Book: A Coloring Journey Through the Jewish Holy Days
Winter Wonderland – A Creative Haven book looks like it has some nice winter scenes which would celebrate the holidays nicely.
Christmas Cards and Postcards to Color
The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas by Rebecca Jones
I have two of the summer versions of Rebecca Jones book and they are great and have impressed everyone I’ve sent them to.
Get creative with this amazingly innovative colouring book, full of beautifully designed cards and envelopes to tear out and colour. The twenty-four festive designs include Christmas trees, gingerbread men, reindeer and more and are perfect for all ages to decorate and send to family and friends. Take inspiration from real life, or get experimental – try unusual colours and different materials to make each card truly unique! With enough blank space inside for a message, envelopes to customize and cute stickers to seal your card – this is the complete Christmas creative package!
Christmas Post Cards to color in Peace. Joy. Color.: Celebrate the Season with 20 Tear-Out Coloring Cards. These are very nice quality paper with perforations so you could use these for Christmas cards or postcards.
Winter Nights 20 Postcards Vinterdrömmar: 20 vykort att färglägga) by Hanna Karlzon
Illustrator Hanna Karlzon brings her Scandinavian winter to you with this collection of woodland creatures, ornate ornaments, reindeer on tip-poes, swirling snowflakes, and more. Winter Dreams postcards are meant to be colored and shared: send them in the mail or frame them on your wall.
Another Christmas Coloring Card you can pre-order now are from last years favorite illustrator Mary Mary Tanana, they ship the end of September 2016
Step into a wintry wonderland with these 10 postcards, 15 cut-out gift tags, and 10 cut-out ornaments to color! This perfect stocking stuffer is full of detachable, gorgeous illustrations of Christmas magic and is printed on heavy cardstock, perfect for mailing or displaying.
From snowflakes to stockings, reindeer to wreaths, every aspect of the holidays is waiting to be brought to life. These sound just like the coloring book from last year. Love her work!
Not sure how to get started with Adult Coloring Books? Check here for Where to Start with Adult Colouring and Top 13 Tips for New Colorists. Best Coloring Pencils, Gel Pens & Markers to use in Adult Coloring Books.
If we have skipped your favorite Christmas Coloring Book for Adults please feel free to let us know in the comments below.