I am obsessed with adult coloring books. They allow me to busy my hands while watching TV or video chatting with friends or family, letting me stay engaged while also being so calming, soothing, keeping me from getting fidgety or anxious or biting my nails. And now Christmas is almost here! Here are 12 stunning Christmas coloring books and postcard sets that I found in my search, either to gift this Christmas or to buy for yourself, so that you can get into the holiday spirit.
Unfortunately, basically all of these are written or illustrated by white authors; I found it very difficult to find adult coloring books by authors of color. Hit me up on Twitter if you know of any more!
Christmas Coloring Books
Creative Haven Christmas Trees Coloring Book by Barbara Lanza
This book is so fun! Christmas trees are a big deal in my family, and I already ordered this one for myself. It has a range of difficulties, which I appreciate: some trees are looser and easier to finish, while others are more intricate. From peppermint- to Nutcracker-themed trees, this book is full of Christmas trees you’ll have a ball coloring in.
Escape to Christmas Past: A Colouring Book Adventure by Good Wives and Warriors
This Christmas coloring book tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge through intricate and lovely full-spread illustrations that include everything from cakes to cityscapes to snow globes, and that include the always-fun black backgrounds as well.
All is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas by Nancy Guthrie, Illustrated by Lizzie Preston
Looking for something a little more devotional this Christmas? This book combines a study of the Bible with your Christmas coloring: on the lefthand side are stories and religious takeaways for the holiday, accompanied by illustrations on the right. A page for each of the 31 days of December.
A Million Christmas Cats: Festive Felines to Color by John Bigwood
Do I even need to say what’s amazing about this book? It’s exactly what it sounds like: cats in wintery scarves drive a train full of gifts; cats visit a Christmas market or ice skate across the page; very round fat cat ornaments hang on a tree. This book is very, very fun, and the designs cover a wide range of holiday scenes that are very entertaining.
The Magical Christmas by Lizzie Mary Cullen
This book is wondrously complex in its flowing designs, and will keep any fan of adult coloring books busy for months. There are 65 designs that include birds nestled in holly branches and scenes from The Nutcracker. Cullen’s designs are flowing, curving, and full of swirls and spirals.
Holiday Dogs Coloring Book by Anna Nadler
The designs in this book are simple and fun: dogs in holiday sweaters, posing adorably. A good book for adults who are just getting into the coloring trend and might be intimidated by the wild details of some other books, this one is easy and fun.
The Night Voyage: A Magical Adventure and Coloring Book by Daria Song
The Night Voyage doesn’t just offer up gorgeous illustrations: it tells a magical holiday story. When a toy train conductor comes to life, a little girl sets sail on a magical adventure to give gifts all around the world. The illustrations are intricate, fantastic, and full of magic.
Johanna’s Christmas: A Festive Coloring Book for Adults by Johanna Basford
Basford has been the best-known coloring book artist for a while: her designs are classic. Her adult coloring book for Christmas is full of intricate designs, ranging from gingerbread houses to ornaments to a polar bear laden with gifts. And this book features perforated pages, with illustrations on a single side, to make it possible to pull them out—and possibly gift them!
Christmas to Color: 10 Postcards, 15 Gift Tags, 10 Ornaments by Mary Tanana
It’s all in the title: in this small package are postcards, gift tags, and ornaments to color in, all printed on nice cardstock to make them sturdy. This is great to stuff in someone’s stocking or to use yourself as a nice, personalized touch to your gifts under the tree.
A collection of really beautiful, detailed postcards that you can pull out and send to your loved ones: these combine holiday messages with beautiful, intricate designs to make for a relaxing and productive color. The designs are lovely but also not so big that they’ll be difficult to complete in a reasonable amount of time.
The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas by Nosy Crow, Illustrated by Rebecca Jones
These are gorgeous holiday cards for you to color in and give, and they come with envelopes that match and stickers to close the envelope with! Handy and fun, the illustrations of Rebecca Jones are unique in the world of Christmas coloring books, featuring cute animals and a range of difficulties in the designs.
Time to go order all of these for myself! Find even more of our favorite adult coloring books of 2019 here!