With Christmas drawing near, it’s time to start sprucing up Minecraft for the festive season. Other games like World of Warcraft decorate their worlds with snow and presents, Minecraft requires you to put the effort in. If you’ve never wrapped up your game in tinsel before, we’re here to help. We’ve found the best mods, skins, and maps that will fuel your Minecraft world with top-quality festive cheer. Just install them, turn on Spotify’s Christmas playlist, and have a happy holiday.
Best Minecraft Christmas Mods
The Wintercraft Mod brings a wealth of new recipes to Minecraft, which is vital for this time of year since Christmas seems to frequently revolve around following recipes. Wreaths, fruit cake, tree stars, and even freezer blocks are ready to be constructed, perfect for decorating your island fortress and keeping all your turkey left-overs fresh. It also brings along some friends for the party, including Mini Snow Golem and the Gingerbread Man.
The number one necessity when it comes to bringing Christmas to Minecraft is, of course, snow by the bucketload. Christmas Craft makes all biomes wonderfully chilly, the perfect place to make snow angels. You can also wrap up any item in Christmas paper, so the gift giving ceremony can be completely accurate to it’s real-life counterpart. There’s even three festive holiday music discs, so you can turn up the tunes and boogie away. Keep an ear out for Creeper Claus though!
The Spirit of Christmas
The spirit of Christmas is normally something we associate with warm, fuzzy feelings of joy and love. In this Minecraft mod things are a little different; that spirit is a magical essence that can be blasted from the end of a wand. We wouldn’t normally condone trying to blow things up with the spirit of Christmas, but feel free to go for it with this mod. Also included in the mod are Christmas Tree spawners to plant those mandatory yuletide pines, and climbable tinsel ropes to drape around the place.
Best Minecraft Christmas Texture Packs
SphaxBD Xmas Craft
If you’d rather keep away from the excess of mods and stick with what you know just jazzed up a little, then texture packs are the way to go. Sphax’s Xmas Craft pack changes the surface of all grass blocks to a thick blanket of snow, grows baubles on trees, and wraps up plenty of other blocks in a festive wrap. Special blocks like netherstone also have great animated textures for that added holiday sparkle.
HerrSommer A Christmas Carol Resource Pack
The Christmas Carol resource pack brings the real atmosphere of the season to your game. Even the mobs can’t resist, with Endermen donning santa hats and coats and zombies dressing up as gingerbread men. Blocks are redecorated with some high-definition textures that suit the winter wonderland theme, and spawnable elf helpers can lend a hand in your snow-dusted Christmas village.
Zaurx Craft Christmas Resource Pack
You’ll already have a lot of what Zaurx has to offer if you’ve installed the previous two texture packs, but it still has a trick up its sleeve that’s absolutely essential: it turns every chicken into turkey. And since you can’t have christmas without turkey, Zaurx Craft is a necessity.
Best Minecraft Christmas Skins
You need to dress to impress when it comes to the Christmas party, and just because your shindig is in the virtual world of Minecraft doesn’t give you any excuse. Get kitted out in these festive threads and you’ll absolutely look the part.
The tastiest Christmas biscuit around becomes a sugar-coated skin to get all wrapped up in.
Become a vital part of the Christmas operation by dressing up as one of Santa’s little helpers. Knowledge of toy construction is a bonus.
Buck the trend of reindeers walking around on all-fours with this bipedal Rudolph skin.
Carrot-nosed and scarf-wrapped, the snowman may have a chilly exterior but his heart is definitely all warm and fuzzy.
Christmas is for everyone, so don’t leave Minecraft’s mobs out of the celebrations. Wrap up a creeper in Santa’s iconic threads with this skin.
If you’ve got joy to spread across a Minecraft world this Christmas, then the guise of the winter father himself is the only way forward. This Santa skin has a particularly wonderful beard going on.
Best Minecraft Christmas Adventure Map
The Missing Presents
With your Christmas fancy dress skin on and a beautiful coat of snow applied to everything, it’s time to go on an adventure. The Missing Presents is a short little puzzle map, perfect for filling the gap between opening presents and eating Christmas dinner. Ten chests await you, all with a puzzle to solve in order to break them open and score the missing presents.
That's it - all you need for a holly, jolly, blocky Christmas. Now go forth and craft…