Are you feeling the pressure to make a truly stellar holiday card or design this season?

It can be hard work. What imagery do you use? What colors work best? What about the typefaces? Lucky for you, we’ve curated 50 Christmas and holiday inspired fonts sure to make your designs gift­worthy. And in the true spirit of giving ­— they’re free!

01. One Starry Night

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This font is very fun, and has strong roots in hand­lettering. The swirls and swoops found in the letters gives off a lot of energy, and the thinness of the letters ensures the typeface isn’t too overwhelming.

Download it at Fontspace.

02. Metro Retro NF

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Scalloped shaping and linear dots give this typeface a lace-like appearance. It is blocky, yet refined, and has a retro (hence the name) feeling to it. The lace-like patterning brings it out of the overly retro feeling and brings it back into the holiday realm.

Download it at 1001 Fonts.

03. Sentinel

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This font is very involved, and looks great for it. The classic drop cap is adorned everso more than the other letters, which allows it to stand out. This typeface is reminiscent of old holiday storybooks, and is sure to bring up fond memories.

Download it at 1001 Fonts.

04. Chopin Script

Chopin-Script

Script fonts are always a great choice for holiday designs, and Chopin Script is no exception. The thin letters paired with the subtle accent lines makes for a truly elegant typeface, which would work with a number of holiday designs.

Download it at 1001 Fonts.

05. Mountains of Christmas

Mountains-of-Christmas

The staggered-ness of this font creates a playful and carefree scene. The subtle serifs paired with the soft curving gives a unique character to this typeface, and would work nicely with holiday themed illustrations.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

06. St. Nicholas

St.-Nicholas

The subtle texturing of this font gives off an unmistakable winter appearance. The letters are structured, yet softened by the snow-like cutouts in the font. This provides a nice contrast, which is offset with the accent swirls on the capital letters.

Download it at DaFont.

07. Harrington

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This font is a classic – with a sense of fun. It is clean, yet still has decorative accents with the slight slants and curves. It holds up well as a headline font, yet still has unique character.

Download it at Fontspace.

08. Navidad

Navidad

Navidad is a simple, yet still festive font. The decorative serifs add in a nice touch, and the little tick marks inside the ‘D’s add in an extra element of decoration.

Download it at Fontspace.

09. Hand Stockyard Font

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This font is a nice, brush-like font. The subtle texture and quick strokes gives an elegant, yet not too refined appearance. It has a handmade quality, which is always nice for holiday designs.

Download it at Fontspace.

10. Party Lights

Party-Lights

Party Lights is a simple font great for your holiday design headlines. It is clean and thick, and has nice circle accents running through it. The circles help break it up and add in some character without detracting from the boldness of the letterforms.

Download it at Fontspace.

11. Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is a nice, thin, simple font. The simple serifs and quick curves of the letters provide a nice personality. This font is beautifully understated, and would work well on its own or with other typefaces.

Download it at Fontspace.

12. Sunny Winter in Texas

Sunny-Winter

Sunny Winter is a very thin, yet friendly typeface. It feels personal and handwritten, and has a nice feel to it, and would pair nicely with a bolder accent font.

Download it at Fontspace.

13. Holleigh Caps

Holleigh

This typeface is another take on holly, yet a more elegant and feminine approach. The typeface is an all caps typeface, yet the letters still work well together due to their thin and delicate nature.

Download it at Fontspace.

14. Antrokas

Mistletoe

This font is a cross between brush and script. There is a lovely thickness in certain parts of the letters contrasted by incredibly thin, ribbon like accents. Using this font in your holiday designs will give them an elegant and polished appearance.

Donwload it at Dafont.

15. Candy Cane

Candy-Cane

Twists of candy makes this font incredibly playful. After all, what’s more Christmas than candy canes? The softness of the rounded edges pairs nicely with the complex and dynamic shading in the lettering, and helps offset it.

Download it at Dafont.

16. Herr Von Muellerhoff

Herr

Although this font has an elegant, traditional look, it is not without a few loops and twists. Use this to add a touch of playfulness to oldschool Christmas greetings.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

17. Alex Brush

Alex-Brush

The broad letters and thick lines make this brush script easy to read and perfect for both headlines and short body text.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

18. Harbell

Jingle-Bells

Headline your Christmas design with this bold brush script for an impactful look. But make sure to pair this with a simpler san serif to balance out your design.

Download it at Dafont.

19. Shipped Goods

Shipped-Goods

The quivering lines make this font an unconventional, but charming choice for a holiday design. Those drawn out ascenders and descenders will fill up any unwanted white space in no time. Use it for a quirky, whimsical look.

Download at it Dafont.

20. Learning Curve

Learning-Curve

You can’t go wrong with a traditional cursive font for your holiday design. Don’t worry about looking to oldschool — the clean, crisp lines add a touch of contemporary to its classic look.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

21. Sofia

Sofia

The simple decorative flourishes of this font makes it perfect for the holidays while its upright stance makes it highly legible.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

22. Landliebe

Landliebe

Charm your readers with an unconventional, down-to-earth font. Landliebe would complement both traditional and quirky Christmas designs.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

23. Grand Hotel

Grand-Hotel

This font has clean, yet still has decorative accents with the slight slants and curves. It holds up well as a headline font, yet may still be used for minimal subheadlines.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

24. Maratre

Maratre

This traditional calligraphic font is rich with beautiful loops and elegant flourishes, making it perfect for classic holiday greetings.

Download it at Dafont.

25. Lavanderia

Lavanderia

Stylistic but incredibly easy to read, Lavanderia can complement any Christmas design.

Download it at Lost Type.

26. Contribute

Contribute

This font has a rhythmic flow that makes it perfect for minimal or type-centric graphics. Its handwritten attribute lends it a holiday-friendly touch of warmth.

Download it at Dafont.

27. Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle

This font’s turn-of-the-century look will lend any design a traditional holiday feel.

Download it at Dafont.

28. Always Here

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Handwritten fonts are perfect for the holidays because of their warmth. No exception for this font. Its perfect for letting you readers know that you’ll always be there for them in this season of sharing kindness and memories.

Download it at Dafont.

29. Hultog Snowdrift

Hultog

This snowcapped font was unmistakeably created for the holiday season. Add it to your design for a touch of playfulness.

Download it at FontSpace.

30. Santa’s Sleigh

Santa's-Sleigh

This typeface is decorative and has an icy touch to it. It is soft and rounded, yet the geometric shapes inside create the illusion of icicles – which creates a nice sharp contrast. The icicles are unmistakably holiday inspired, and make a nice statement.

Download it at Dafont.

31. Janda Cheerful Script

Janda

This font’s youthful loops and flourishes is reminiscent of a child’s Christmas wishlist for Santa. Add it to your design to give a touch of playfulness and nostalgia.

Download it at Dafont.

32. Xiomara

Xiomara

With its piped-on-a-cake look, this font can’t help but feel festive. This easy-to-read script font would look great with cute designs and pastel colors.

Download it at Dafont.

33. Things We Said

Things-We-Said

Channel Tim Burton in your design with this font.

Download it at Dafont.

34. Kingthings Willow

Kingthings-Willow

The holidays is a perfect excuse to use a fun, ornate font like this one. This font would look great as a headline or a drop cap for a lengthy Christmas message.

Download it at FontSpace.

35. Eccentric

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The subtle serifs paired with the soft curving gives a unique character to this typeface, and would work nicely with holiday themed illustrations.

Download it at FontZone.

36. Cursive Standard

Cursive-standard

This cute cursive has a handwritten look, which is always nice for holiday designs. The consistent weight and round strokes gives an elegant, but friendly appearance.

Download it at Dafont.

37. Thirsty Script

Thirsty

Going for an cool, oldschool look? Add a touch of vintage to your holiday design with the Thirsty Script.

Download it at Dafont.

38. Pacifico

Pacifico

Pacifico is actually a font for all seasons, with its bold look and simple curves. Nevertheless, its handwritten quality makes for a warm Christmas greeting.

Download it at Dafont.

39. League Script

League-Script

This friendly script would go well with any Christmas greeting. This font is beautifully understated, and would work well on its own or with other typefaces.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

40. Sevillana

Sevillana

If you’re going for a cute Christmas greeting, you can’t go wrong with this font. The round letters and perfectly spiral flourishes make for an ornamental but not overwhelming look.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

41. Foglighten No. 07

Foglighten

The unpredictable serifs of Foglighten No. 07, not to mention its turn-of-the-century look, would make for a classic holiday design.

Download it at Dafont.

42. Snowhouse

Snowhouse

Its usually only bold fonts that can be topped with a snow design — but Snowhouse makes it work with its branchy letters.

Download it at Dafont.

43. Batter Up

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If you want to go non-traditional with a font that’s neither script or ornamental, Batter Up would be perfect for you. This font would look great with both holiday icons and illustrations.

Download it at FontSpace.

44. Bold and Blue

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Bold and blue’s friendly, down-to-earth look is a nice touch for any Christmas design. Use it as a headline and pair it with any lightweight font.

Download it at FontSpace.

45. Bodoni

Bodoni

This classic serif font would look great on holiday designs! The nice and even flow of thick and thin lines will lend your Christmas greeting a well-balanced look.

Download it at FontSpace.

46. Sailor’s Delight

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Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday design with Sailor’s Delight. The simple serifs and quick curves of the letters provide a nice personality. This font is beautifully understated, and would work well on its own or with other typefaces.

Download it at FontSpace.

47. Elsie

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Elsie takes the solid look of Bodoni and fuses it with soft curves to give it a more cheerful personality. Say your greetings with this font — whether it’s in your headline or body text.

Download it at Font Squirrel.

48. Cursive Sans

Cursive-Sans

The simple serifs and quick curves of the letters give it an understated personality. This font is straight and curvy in all the right places, and would work well on its own or with other typefaces.

Download it at FontSpace.

49. Capriola Regular

Capriola

The round edges lend this font a sense of fun. It is clean, yet still has decorative accents with the slightly exaggerated lines and curves. It holds up well as a headline font, yet still has unique character.

Download it at FontSpace.

50. Magnolia

Magnolia

This font is elegantly calligraphic. It has thin letters paired with the subtle accent lines makes for a truly elegant typeface, which would work with a number of holiday designs.

Download it at Dafont.

Using any of these fonts in your holiday designs will definitely set them over the top. If you need some inspiration on how to use these fonts, check out our article, 50 Modern Christmas Designs to Inspire Your Holiday Message for inspiration.

If you make anything you’d like to share, leave it in the comments!

Caitlin Jordan is a graphic designer and copywriter from Columbus, OH. Apart from design and writing, she loves all things beauty. She combines her passion for both in a beauty blog and beauty channel on YouTube.