50 Best Christmas Websites of 2021
Posted: 16th December 2021
If you’re wondering where the year went, you’re not the only one. It seems like just yesterday we kissed 2020 goodbye and celebrated the new year. With the end of the pandemic (finally) within our sights and the beginning of 2022 on the horizon, the team at Priority Pixels have once again donned our best Christmas-themed outfits and put together our definitive list of the very best Christmas websites from 2021.
What happened to 2021?
The past year has been wild to say the least. In a mere twelve months, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk became the world’s richest man. Kim Kardashian filed for divorce spelling an end to internet memes everywhere – then she started dating Pete Davidson?! US senator Bernie Sanders went viral (again) after he wore mittens to the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden in Washington. Boris was… well he’s Boris, isn’t he? NASA landed a rover called Perseverance on Mars. Dolly Parton received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine after donating a million US dollars to its development. Pandemic restrictions were lifted fully here in the UK, then promptly reintroduced. Perhaps most memorable for Priority Pixels was our own web developer Danni bringing her then two-month-old corgi puppy home for the first time in April. The antics of Gizmo continue to enthral the team to this day.
Needless to say, 2021 has been a trip. As the nights grow longer and the trees across South Devon turn a golden auburn, frostier winter days are finally here. With Christmas just around the corner, the dreaded carols and singalongs have come creeping onto the radio, into our retailers and through the speakers at our favourite local cafés. It’s official, like it or not. Tinsel, fairy lights and toddler shopping centre meltdowns are here.
For many businesses, October through to December is the craziest time of the year. Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas. We carve pumpkins and watch fireworks, navigate family politics and feast on Christmas pudding before suddenly, we’re welcoming in yet another new year. The team at Priority Pixels has worked with some amazing clients this year, both new and returning. We can’t wait to see what 2022 brings.
Snow it goes…
For many businesses, Christmastime is the perfect time to freshen up your website design. An ill-functioning website is particularly pertinent in November and December. This is the time when people flock to stores and spend days perusing online shops. After all, how else would they find the perfect gift for their loved ones? Without a practical, modern website that is both aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly, your brand could be missing out.
Before freshening up your website, you might like to get some inspiration from fellow businesses across the country. So fish your cosiest cardigan out from the back of your drawers and don your woolliest socks. Here are Priority Pixel’s Best Christmas Websites of 2021.
50. The Works
It is impossible to ignore The Works shop front when walking past on the high street. Bargain prices coupled with unexpected items makes The Works a great place to shop. Their website is no different, you’ll be able to load your basket with everything from a Harry Potter mug set to David Jason’s autobiography.
49. The North Pole Times
Read the latest and greatest from The North Pole. You check out the naughty or nice list, email Santa Claus himself or check out some Christmas recipes to get you in the holiday spirit.
48. Virtual Finland
Did you know Santa Claus has an office in Helsinki? Well, according to Finland’s official tourism office he does!
47. Claus Village
Okay, we know this site is old – but how cute is it! Have fun in Santa’s village while living internet-times gone by.
46. International Elf Service
The International Elf Service specialise in sending beautiful personalised letters from the North Pole, which come wrapped in brown paper and candy cane coloured string. The website offers the option to create unique letters with individual fonts and you can even add a little gift.
Learn all about how our ancestors celebrated Christmas back in the day!
44. Email Santa
Not only can you use Email Santa to let the big man know what you would like for Christmas, but there is also a Naughty and Nice list – which might just be the saving grace of the first few days of the holidays, and could ensure a peaceful run up to Christmas.
43. Elf Yourself
Elf Yourself is a great app for fans of filters. Use the Elf Yourself app to create fun videos of yourself and friends as dancing elves and share with friends on social media or email. If you’re conscious about your carbon footprint, an Elf Yourself email makes a fantastic alternative to a Christmas Card.
42. North Pole
Using the North Pole website, you can send your letter to Santa and even receive a letter in return. There are also lots of interactive online activities to get you into the festive spirit.
41. Santa Grotto at Bicton Gardens
Not only are Bicton Gardens home to some of the rarest species of plant in the UK, at Christmas time it plays host to a giant snow globe, complete with falling fake snow. If you get in early enough, you might be able to get a family picture taken, ready to make some personalised Christmas cards.
40. Portable North Pole
Gift personalised messages from Santa Claus himself! The website for Portable North Pole is fun and quirky with bold colours and a simple, user-friendly design.
39. Norad Tracks Santa
For 364 days a year, NORAD is the North American Aerospace Defence Command, but on Christmas Eve, the government department tracks Santa around the world, as he makes a stop across all 24 time zones.
38. Lapland UK
A trip to Lapland might be just what you need in 2021. On the Lapland UK website, you will find everything you need to plan your trip, including accommodation and extras such as a Northern Lights Adventure.
If you’re not sure what to do with the 36,955 photos currently cluttering your phone, you could create some beautiful photobooks on Rosemood to surprise the people you love. Your Mum will weep as she flicks through glossy pictures from Majorca 2008, and you will just be happy that you finally have enough phone storage for that app that helps you to meditate.
Papier offers a range of cards, gifts and stationery. If you’re not sending cards this year, why not treat yourself (or a loved one) to some personalised stationery, and make a pact to write to each other in the New Year.
35. The White Company
Have ever wondered where the most sophisticated people do their Christmas shopping? The White Company is definitely not toddler friendly, but if you’re stuck for ideas for Mum this Christmas, a scented candle from The White Company is a sure winner.
Delish does what it says on the tin, or perhaps more appropriately, in its title. Here you’ll find a catalogue of delicious recipes from cooks around the world, and if you’d rather not read the recipe, most come with a handy video guide.
33. Not on the High Street
Even as High Street shops are taking up more online space, Not On The High Street remains a quirky alternative to a box of smellies from Boots.
31. Red Online
For everything from elegant recipe inspiration to festive fashion advice, Red Online has everything you need for a stylish Christmas.
30. Tesco Real Food
Tesco’s recipe website is useful all year round: with their Special Diets section, you can search for recipes that suit even the fussiest of eaters. You can search for ideas by course or by occasion, ensuring that you have all the food you need to have a great celebration.
28. Waitrose and Partners
Waitrose are now offering home food delivery, and their Christmas range is superb. Previously, the Waitrose Essentials range has been mercilessly mocked for being so upmarket (are artichoke hearts essential?) However at Christmas time, we crave a little luxury, and it is probably essential to have a bit of brie in the house.
27. It's All About Christmas
For those who favour an immaculately presented grey living room, the thought of gaudy Christmas lights can send shivers down the spine. Thankfully, It’s All About Christmas specialises in neutral themed Christmas decorations. We’re not sure about the science, but a taupe coloured table runner might be the neutrality you need when the annual Dinner Table Argument breaks out…
Whether you need wrapping paper or a last minute gift, Paperchase has got everything you need. From quirky notebooks to funny cards, no Christmas is complete without a trip to Paperchase.
24. Living etc
Living etc offers sleek home design advice all year around, but their Christmas tips will allow you to make your home both beautiful and festive this season. From great ideas for entrance halls, to clever tips for decorating your mantlepiece, it’s worth taking a look at Living etc.
23. Oliver Bonas
From pastel coloured teapots to floaty dresses, Oliver Bonas is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking to buy something special for a member of the instagram generation. If you’re planning to entertain this Christmas, their range of glassware will liven up any party.
If you’re looking to gift something a little different this Christmas, you might want to take a look at Firebox. They have a number of quirky gifts and a range of personalised items. Special mention should be given to the Firebox personalised socks, which can be customised with pictures of your pet’s face.
21. UK Christmas World
If your idea of the best Christmas ever is to transform the garden into Blackpool illuminations, then you will want to bookmark UK Christmas World. From icicle drop lighting to metres of multicoloured bulbs, you’ll find everything you need a UK Christmas World.
20. Christmastime UK
For those who love Christmas, the most exciting part is retrieving the decorations from the attic and decorating the house. Some years, the thrill is dampened by tired baubles and sad looking reindeer, but a click on Christmastime UK will lift the spirits. Their website sells everything from place settings to life sized Santa statues for the garden – even if we’re in lockdown, you won’t feel alone.
Wayfair specialises in cheap, stylish furniture for the design conscious individual. If you’re looking for a new sofa bed to accommodate visiting in-laws, or some festive ornaments for the hallway, Wayfair will have everything you need.
17. Disney Store
There isn’t a child in the world who can resist the Disney store, and their website will enthuse even the biggest kid in the family. Not only can you buy your favourite Disney merch and costumes, but you can also visit their events and activities page to download the Disney Holiday Booklet, which contains DIY lanterns from your favourite Disney films, inspired by their Christmas advert.
16. Good Housekeeping
The eponymous magazine has long been the final word in lifestyle, and discerning home cooks have followed Good Housekeeping advice for decades. Although their legacy may be nearly a century old, the website is firmly in the 21st Century. Visit the Good Housekeeping website for smart gift guides, recipes and tips to make Christmas 2021 the best it can be.
15. The 36th Avenue
Blogger Desirée Campbell set up The 36th Avenue to inspire her readers to create everything from beautiful wardrobes to loaf cakes. On her DIY Christmas page, you can find instructions and recipes to create gorgeous presents and delicious food at home.
14. Baker Ross
When it comes to finding a website that sells everything you need to cover your craft table, Baker Ross has got your back. They also offer craft hampers to send to the crafty egg in your life – young or old!
13. Activity Village
Activity Village have a host of activities to keep everyone occupied over the holidays. Some of the activities can be done online, and there is also a wealth of printable activities such as word searches and worksheets to ensure that nobody is bored during the holidays.
12. I Heart Crafty Things
I Heart Crafty Things not only sells all the things you might want to buy for your craft obsessed friends, but they also have a range of fun Christmas activities such as Christmas ornament decorating kits to keep the kids occupied whilst you get on with peeling the spuds.
Park’s Christmas savings scheme offers customers the chance to spread the cost of Christmas over several months. In the run up to Christmas, you can order vouchers for your favourite retailers, and ensure that you have the shopping organised. There is also a handy FAQ section on the website for any questions you might have.
Toymaster have been a high street staple for many years, offering Christmas gifts which will appease even the biggest child in the family (Dad!). Although the Toymaster website doesn’t offer the option to shop online, it signposts customers to the nearest store and offers fun and free resources for children, such as printable colouring sheets and online games, hopefully giving you a bit of peace and quiet whilst you wrap the presents.
The London toy stalwart has been a dominant brand in children’s toys since the Georgian era. Even today, many a family expedition to London is incomplete without a trip to the Regent Street flagship. The website offers customers the chance to book their trip to see Santa, and also shop for products from the store to be delivered or collected from a local outlet.
7. The Entertainer
The Entertainer is the UK’s largest independent toy retailer, and their online store reflects the wealth of options they have available. For instant Christmas shopping ideas, head to their Christmas Shop page, where you can find savings on thousands of toys.
6. Benjamin Pollock's Toy shop
Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop has been a family favourite for over 100 years. Although they specialise in vintage toys and games, the shop has a great digital presence. Offering a simple user friendly interface and links to the blog and podcast, Benjamin Pollock’s manages to create a christmassy alternative which is much warmer than shopping on the high street in December.
5. Santa Tracker By Google
Created by Google, track Santa on Christmas Eve through the Santa Tracker. This platform has games and plenty of entertaining videos for the whole family.
Google’s Santa Tracker has been tracking Santa’s journey from the North Pole since 2004. The website has evolved somewhat in the last sixteen years, and alongside tracking Santa, you can play games all the way through December. If you have always fancied yourself as a barber, the Santa Selfie game allows you to cut and dye Santa’s pristine white beard before taking a selfie.
4. Rudolf's Rooftop Rampage
Help Rudolf wrangle the troops in this arcade-style game. Player beware – this game is addictive!
3. Christmas Cookies
Let’s be honest – it wouldn’t be Christmas without sweets! Christmas Cookies boasts over 500 recipes to celebrate a number of different holidays, from Halloween to Christmas. Treat yo’elf!
2. It's a Shape Christmas
For art lovers, the It’s a Shape Christmas calendar is a great way to count down to Christmas. You don’t have to wait for it to arrive in the post or worry that your brother has already eaten the chocolate behind door 19. It’s A Shape Christmas has created a digital calendar with beautiful illustrations behind each door to brighten up even the darkest of December days.
1. Survive the Holidays
If you need top tips and strategies on surviving Christmas with your family, then this website is for you. Surviving the Holidays takes you through dealing with different situations step by step – and to top it off, it’s an aesthetically beautiful site that is user-friendly. Ace.
What should a Christmas website include?
How you choose to style your Christmas website will come down to the exact specifications of the site and your target audience. Most of all, Christmas websites should be fun! Utilise atmospheric music and bright bold colours for a truly Christmas-y feel.
How much does a Christmas website cost?
The overall cost of your Christmas-themed site will come down to your specific needs. Do you run a business that sells Christmas trees and decorations, or are you simply a local supermarket looking to get into the Christmas spirit?
Getting a quote
For an exact quote, it’s best to contact a digital marketing agency local to you.Their expert team of web specialists and content creators will be able to talk you through your exact specifications and give you an accurate quote based on what you need.
Who makes the best Christmas websites?
Well, Priority Pixels of course! We’ve been sleighing since 2016 – and like Santa, we have no plans to quit.
If you’re ready to discuss your Christmas-themed website or even just a general inquiry, contact the team today.