8 festive (and free!) Holiday backgrounds


Los Angeles looks a little different this time of year, with more flashy decor, people throwing more parties and of course even more Hustle and bustle.

To celebrate this season, we asked eight LA ​​illustrators to create their own take on the Southern California Christmas celebrations. And as a gift to you, readers, we’ve turned them into downloadable phone and computer wallpapers.

Below you can meet any illustrator and choose which interpretation appeals to you the most. Just search for the 👉👈emoji to find a link to download each wallpaper.

And as an added treat for print subscribers and those who live somewhere, you can purchase a print version of The Times. Each of these designs will be available as gift wrap prints in the Saturday December 11th section. (Pick up the problem during your celebratory food run at your local grocery store.) Enjoy yourself!

Emilio Santoyo

Illustrator Emilio Santoyo

Emilio Santoyo is an illustrator, designer, teacher and versatile creative professional. He does his best to do a job that reflects all the good times. When he’s not working, he tries to ride a bike. He loves to see cars with that holiday feeling on the streets – presents in the back seat and Christmas trees on the roof – on the way home. You can find him at @emiliospocket on Instagram.

Cars with Christmas trees and gifts on the roofs, in the background a sun, palm trees and snow-capped mountains.

(Emilio Santoyo / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Illustration by Emilio Santoyo

(Emilio Santoyo / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Sidney Howard

Illustrator Sidney Howard

Sidney Howard is an illustrator and designer and lives in Beachwood Canyon. Her favorite part about LA during the vacation is roller skating on Venice Beach wearing a light sweater (maybe – weather permitting). You can find her at @sidneyhoward on Instagram.

People dance and skate around Christmas decorations and a cactus with ornaments.

(Sidney Howard / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Illustration by Sidney Howard

(Sidney Howard / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Steal Sebastian

Illustrator Sebastian Steal

Sebastian Curi is an Argentine illustrator and animator. He creates colorful characters with large, bold shapes and strong lines. For him, the holidays are a time to get together with friends and family; Potlucks; fun times; and naps to recover from the festivities. He believes Los Angeles has the perfect weather for leisurely patio dinners and easy winter walks along the LA River. You can find him at @sebacuri on Instagram.

Colorful figures and Christmas decorations in an illustration by Sebastian Curi.

(Sebastian Curi / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Illustration by Sebastian Curi

(Sebastian Curi / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Kristin Jay Montante

Illustrator Kristin Jay Montante

Kristin Jay Montante is a visual designer, illustrator, and lettering artist based out of Silver Lake. Her favorite thing to do in Los Angeles during the vacation is watching different cultures and communities spread the Christmas cheer. You can find her at @kristinjaymakes on Instagram.

Letters with the spelling DTLA are decorated with Christmas lights.

(Kristin Jay Montante / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Illustration by Kristin Jay Montante

(Kristin Jay Montante / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Zoe van Dijk

Illustrator Zoë van Dijk

Zoë van Dijk is a freelance illustrator and teacher based in Glendale. Her favorite part of LA during the holidays is preparing her garden for spring and the fruit – the glorious fruit! You can find her at @creepcaptain on Instagram.

Grapefruit halves, citrus peel and lemons on a gold background.

(Zoë van Dijk / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Illustration by Zoe van Dijk.

(Zoë van Dijk / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Maggie Enterrios

Illustrator Maggie Enterrios

Maggie Enterrios is an illustrator and author of the bestselling coloring book “Flowerscape”. Their pattern is a celebration of Southern California’s rich botanical diversity. Enterrios’ bold, intricate designs can be seen on product packaging around the world. Lake Arrowhead Enterrios says their favorite aspect of the Southern California holiday season is that SoCal has everything from sand to snow. You can find her on Instagram at @littlepatterns.

Geometrically patterned squares.

(Maggie Enterrios / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Illustration by Maggie Enterrios.

(Maggie Enterrios / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Yaira Vila aka Yaicecream

Illustrator

Yaira Vila, aka Yaicecream (Yai + icecream), is a self-taught artist and designer from Madrid who moved to the USA in 2009. She began her artistic career as a painter and continued it with murals, illustrations and all sorts of media. She has lived and created in LA for three years. Her favorite things to do on SoCal during the holidays are the beautiful Pasadena homes, the rose parade, and the weather. You can find her at @yaicecream on Instagram.

Colorful, cartoon-like ornaments, stars and gifts.

(Yaira “Yaicecream” Vila / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Yaira

(Yaira “Yaicecream” Vila / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Baptist Adhemas

Adhemas Batista is a self-taught designer and artist based in Northridge who creates works on social issues from an optimistic perspective. Inspired by culture, he explores the bright side of chaos through vivid, strategic, and colorful concepts in various media. You can find him at @adhemas on Instagram.

A string of yellow and red Christmas decorations with different facial expressions.

(Adhemas Batista / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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Illustration by Adhemas Batista

(Adhemas Batista / For The Times; Jade Cuevas / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

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