60 Classroom Door Ideas To Welcome Winter and the Holidays

‘Tis the season to get creative!

Examples of winter classroom doors, including a winter art door and snowy day door.

Snow is falling, sleigh bells are ringing, and winter is here! These winter and holiday classroom doors are full of cheer and frosty joy. Find inspiration here for a holiday door-decorating contest, or choose one of these to make your students’ winter days a little bit brighter.

1. Vincent van Snow

Classroom door decorated with a snowman in a Van Gogh style (Winter Classroom Doors)

Turn your door into a Snowy Starry Night with this super-fun door idea. It’s perfect for art rooms or anyone who loves Vincent van Gogh’s art.

Source: @doubleloadedpaint

2. Adventure to Narnia

Classroom door decorated with a streetlight and snowy pine and a sign showing the way to Narnia

Fans of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will respond to the inviting nature of this door. It would be fantastic for a school library.

Source: Stephanie Kiesewetter/Pinterest

3. Chill Out With a Good Book


Classroom door decorated with snowmen reading books. Text reads Chill Out With a Good Book.

Speaking of book lovers, how cute is this door? Have each student make a snowman, personalizing the book cover with one of their own favorites.

Source: The Classroom Creative

4. Green Christmas

Door decorated with a Christmas tree made of empty plastic bottles painted green

Combine the holidays with an environmental message with this smart door! Raid the recycling bin for some empty bottles and paint them green. (Tip: Use washable paint so you can clean them off and recycle them once the holidays are over.)

Source: @mountairefarms

5. Giant Reindeer

Classroom door decorated with a giant reindeer head, with ornaments hanging from the antlers (Winter Classroom Doors)

This larger-than-life reindeer is bound to make folks smile! Have students decorate ornaments to hang from his antlers.

Source: @buggyaboutkinder

6. Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Classroom door decorated with white paint footprints reading Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Ready to get a little messy? Let kids dip their feet in paint and make footprints on a large sheet of paper. Then turn them into snowmen and decorate your door!

Source: Winter Wonderland/Apex Elementary

7. Winter Art Supplies

Classroom door decorated with a wintry scene and art supplies (Winter Classroom Door)

Art teachers and school supply fanatics will get a kick out of this idea! The clean and simple design is pretty easy to make too.

Source: @clintonartists

8. Silent Night

Classroom door with paper lights and text reading This class is only silent at night.

Every other teacher will snicker knowingly when they see this design on your door. Students can contribute by coloring in the light bulbs.

Source: @heypreschool

9. Snowy Day

Classroom door decorated with a scene from the book Snowy Day

If your students love Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day, try re-creating one of the book’s iconic illustrations. The use of felt here adds a nice touch of texture.

Source: @childcareoptions

10. Double Wonderland

Two classroom doors decorated with blue and white to look like a lighted winter landscape (Winter Classroom Doors)

These side-by-side doors look simply amazing with their light-up snowy winter landscape. This idea takes some time and effort, but you can keep it up all winter long.

Source: @laviv04

11. Poster Frame Inspiration

Three classroom doors decorated for winter using a poster frame to make a window (Winter Classroom Doors)

All three of these winter and holiday classroom doors are easy to make, using a poster frame as a cool 3D element. Check out our video walk-through to learn how it’s done.

12. Sweet Snow Globes

Classroom door decorated with snowglobes made using clear paper plates

Use clear plastic plates to make personalized snow globes for your door. Then have students use them as inspiration for a writing assignment: “The Day I Spent in a Snow Globe.”

Source: Lessons With Laughter

13. 3D Tree

Classroom door decorated with a pine tree made of rolled green paper cones, saying Books are Cool! (Winter Classroom Doors)

The terrific thing about winter classroom doors like this one is the versatility. Getting ready for Christmas? Add decorations and some presents underneath. Settling into the winter months? Go with snowflakes and maybe add a winter bird or two.

Source: Conversations in Literacy

14. Swingin’ Snowman

Classroom door decorated with a snowman sitting on a string of colored lights

This cheery snowman is simple enough for any teacher to create. Make this door last beyond the holidays by substituting a swing of pine branches for the lights!

Source: Abigail/Pinterest

15. Snow Bird

Classroom door decorated with a signpost with words describing writers, with a bird on top in snowy landscape

Show off the wide variety of learning that’s going on in your classroom with this winter door idea that will last all season long.

Source: Christina Pickrell/Pinterest

16. Fa La La La Llama

Classroom door decorated with a llama wearing a Santa hat, saying fa la la la llama (Winter Classroom Doors)

Llamas are everywhere these days, so why not add one to your classroom door? This one is cute as a button!

Source: @hangingwithmrshulsey

17. Penguin Stacking

Classroom door decorated with a stack of paper penguins saying We are having snow much fun in 2nd grade

Penguins are always a welcome sight for kids, so they’re the perfect choice for winter and holiday classroom doors. Have kids help you make and personalize them.

Source: Amy Clark/Pinterest

18. Oh Deer!

Classroom door with a reindeer hanging upside down wrapped in Christmas lights reading "Oh Deer!"

Uh oh! This deer is having a little trouble, but we bet he’ll make kids laugh anyway!

Source: Rebecca Foster/Pinterest

19. Perky Penguin

Classroom door decorated as a large paper penguin wearing a blue hat and scarf (Winter Classroom Doors)

Here’s another penguin, and one that’s actually pretty simple to create with big sheets of butcher paper. The 3D beak is a nice touch.

Source: Art With Mrs. Nguyen

20. Gone to the Beach

Classroom door decorated with a Santa outfit hanging on a line, palm trees made of paper, and seashells. Text reads "Gone to the Beach, Love Santa"

Even Santa needs a day off now and then! We love the detail of real seashells along the bottom of this door.

Source: Santa’s Day Off/Teacher’s Brain Blog

21. Mele Kalikimaka

Classroom door decorated with a 3-D palm tree made of paper, with colored lights and Christmas presents beneath, reading "Mele Kalikimaka" (Winter Classroom Doors)

Like the tropical take? Give your door a Hawaiian spin with a palm tree instead of a pine.

Source: Mrs. Geiger’s Third Grade Class

22. Take a Selfie

Classroom door with an elf body positioned below the window, with text reading Take a Selfie

Turn your door into an interactive photo spot. Every kid in the school will want their own elfie selfie!

Source: Selfie/Lucky Little Learners

23. Rudolph in the Dark

Classroom door covered in black paper with a red dot in the middle. Text reads "Rudolph in the dark." (Winter Classroom Doors)

Need a simple door with big impact? This one is sure to get a chuckle out of everyone that passes by.

Source: Creativity Is Contagious

24. Out of This World

Classroom door decorated with a snowman made out of planets, with text reading Hope Your Christmas Is Out of This World!

A snowman made out of planets? This is one of the cleverest holiday classroom door ideas we’ve seen yet!

Source: Carole White/Pinterest

25. Science of Snow

Classroom door decorated with paper snowflakes and a large test tube, with text explaining how snow forms

Science teachers will love this option. Not only is it pretty, it’s educational too.

Source: Stephanie Massey/Pinterest

26. Oh, Chemis-tree

Classroom door decorated with a Christmas tree made of parts of the periodic table, with text reading Oh, Chemis-tree

One more for the science lovers! This is an easy door to put together, but the pun makes it a real winner.

Source: @simplyscientific

27. Appy Holidays

Classroom door decorated to look like a smartphone screen, with holiday apps. Text reads "Appy Holidays" (Winter Classroom Doors)

Line your door with black butcher paper, then let your students have fun coming up with “apps” for this techno-savvy idea.

Source: Shayna Marissa/Pinterest

28. Singing Reindeer

Classroom door decorated with a silly singing reindeer surrounded by snowflakes

We’re not sure, but we have a feeling this reindeer might be singing a bit out of tune. His heart’s in the right place, though!

Source: Bryanna Michel/Pinterest

29. Handprint Tree

Classroom door with a Christmas tree made of green paper handprints, decorated with ornaments with pictures of students

This tree has a couple of cool personal touches. Kids’ handprints cut from construction paper make up the fir needles, plus each ornament is decorated with a photo of a student!

Source: Handprint Tree/Apex Elementary Art

30. Spread Christmas Cheer

Classroom door decorated to look like Buddy the Elf, with text reading "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singling loud for all to hear!"

Help Buddy the Elf get the word out: Singing is a sure way to spread holiday cheer!

Source: Jennie Knight/Pinterest

31. The Nutcracker

Classroom door decorated to look like a nutcracker (Winter Classroom Doors)

Read kids the story of The Nutcracker, or show a video of the ballet, to help them understand why these figures are a symbol of the holidays.

Source: Rewa Blackstar/Pinterest

32. Reindeer Stable

Classroom door decorated to look like a Reindeer Stable

Pssst … we don’t think these reindeer are entirely honest! They’re pretty adorable, though.

Source: Reindeer Stable/Apex Elementary Art

33. Worth Melting For

Classroom door decorated with Olaf the snowman, with text reading First Graders Are Worth Melting For

Olaf is here to spread holiday cheer! Oh, and he also likes warm hugs.

Source: Lauren Martinez/Pinterest

34. Not Such a Bad Little Door

Classroom door decorated with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and Pigpen, with text reading Christmas Joy is Found in the Simplest Things

What would Christmas be without the Peanuts characters? The holiday classic is full of timeless messages that kids of all ages can appreciate.

Source: @create.with.color

35. Snoopy’s Christmas

Classroom door decorated to look like Snoopy's doghouse from Charlie Brown's Christmas

Here’s another Peanuts-inspired door, this one featuring Snoopy’s award-winning doghouse decorations!

Source: Debbie Davis/Pinterest

36. Warm Up With a Latte

Classroom door decorated with a Starbucks cup, with text reading "We Love Math a Latte"

Winter classroom doors aren’t just for the elementary crowd. This one would be a big hit with middle school and high school students.

Source: Amanda Davis/Pinterest

37. Elves at Work

Classroom door decorated with paper elves with photos of student faces. Text reads "Caution: Elves at Work"

Show off all your little elves by putting their faces on your classroom door. The “Elves Ahead” sign is optional … but awesome.

Source: Elves at Work/Teacher’s Brain Blog

38. The Grinch

Classroom door decorated with a Christmas tree and Grinch hand holding an ornament. Text reads "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more."

The Grinch is beloved, and for good reason. This simple door shares one of the best sentiments of all.

Source: Grinch/Mrs. Orman’s Classroom

39. Gingerbread House

Winter Classroom Doors Lucky Little Learners 2

Why stop at the door when you can create a whole house? This idea is actually pretty easy to pull off, once you get your hands on some big sheets of butcher paper.

Source: Gingerbread House/Lucky Little Learners

40. Walk-In Snow Globe

Classroom door decorated to look like a large Christmas-themed snowglobe

We love winter and holiday classroom doors that have larger-than-life designs. It makes it feel like you’re stepping into a storybook!

Source: Jessica Newton/Pinterest

41. Crazy Snowmen

Classroom door decorated with crazy snowman faces. Text reads They Call This Art?

Your kids will have so much fun showing off their personalities with one of these holiday classroom doors full of unique snowman faces.

Source: Crazy Snowman/Apex Elementary Art

42. The Polar Express

Classroom door decorated to look like The Polar Express (holiday Classroom Doors)

Wow! We’re not saying you necessarily need to go all out with your door, but The Polar Express is always a good place to start.

Source: The Polar Express/Mrs. Orman’s Class

43. Plastic Cup Snowman

Classroom door decorated with a 3-D light-up snowman made from plastic cups (Winter Classroom Doors)

These plastic cup snowmen are easier to create than you might think. (Watch a how-to video here.) The addition of lights to this one really sets it apart.

Source: Janice McCarthy/Pinterest

44. The Ugly Sweater

Classroom door decorated to look like an ugly Christmas sweater- holiday classroom doors

Get in on the ugly holiday sweater trend by turning it into holiday classroom door decor. The more bling, the better!

Source: Jennifer Guariniello Brewer/Pinterest

45. Home Alone

Classroom door decorated with images from the movie Home Alone, with text reading "Making Mischief Holiday Style"- holiday classroom doors

Ahhhhh! We’re loving this ode to Home Alone, one of everyone’s favorite holiday movies.

Source: Lindsey Engler/Pinterest

46. Penguin Heads

Classroom door decorated to look like a snowy slope, with penguins with pictures of students' faces (holiday classroom doors)

This is another great idea for featuring your students! Just put their faces on the penguin heads.

Source: Katie Smith – I Want To Be a Super Teacher/Pinterest

47. Gingerbread Men

Classroom door decorated with foil to look like a baking pan, with individually decorated gingerbread men

A roll of aluminum turns your classroom door into a baking pan. Have your kiddos design their own gingerbread people!

Source: Gingerbread Men/Apex Elementary Art

48. Elf on the Shelf

Classroom door decorated with a large image of an Elf on the Shelf, with text reading This classroom is under elf surveillance"

Oh, that sneaky Elf on the Shelf! You never know where he’s going to show up next.

Source: Jessica “Mueggenborg” McCollough/Pinterest

49. Peeking Polar Bear

Classroom door decorated with a window with a polar bear peeking through

Turn a photo frame into a window for a happy polar bear to peek through! Then add your students’ names on snowballs below.

Source: Tara Lynn/Pinterest

50. Winter Kindness

Classroom door decorated with a large mug of hot chocolate and mittens (Winter Classroom Doors)- holiday classroom doors

It’s also always a good time to promote kindness in your classroom. This door design will last until spring flowers start to bloom.

Source: Gardening Mom/Pinterest

51. Snow Much Fun

Classroom door decorated with snowman looking up, with text reading We are Snow much fun

Simple but effective, don’t you think? Have your students make their own snowflakes for a hands-on activity.

Source: @smalltown_teaching

52. Igloo and Bubbles

Classroom door decorated to look like an igloo using foam takeout containers

Why yes, that is a polar bear blowing bubbles and take-out containers turned into an igloo!

Source: Violeta Elquemastemole/Pinterest

53. Fleece Navidad

Classroom door decorated with large lambs and text reading Fleece Navidad: We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas- holiday classroom doors

Cuddly little lambs wish “ewe” a happy holiday season. Such a charming idea!

Source: @minamouse27

54. Hippopotamus for Christmas

Classroom door decorated with a hippo in a large bag by a Christmas tree. Text reads "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas."

Only a hippopotamus will do! Be warned, though: This song will get stuck in your head.

Source: Marci Walbourn/Pinterest

55. Triple Dog Dare

Classroom door decorated with a boy with his tongue stuck to a flagpole, with text reading Triple Dog Dare- holiday classroom doors

As A Christmas Story taught us, no one turns down a triple dog dare … even when they really should. Poor Flip!

Source: Rachel R/Pinterest

56. Rockin’ Around the Tree

Door with words "Rockin around the... In Ms. Cea's class!"

Create a stunning holiday tree using green plastic cups. You can decorate the tree with any art supplies; tinsel really makes it pop!

Source: Twitter/West Wind Elementary 

57. Merry Cactmas

Door with decor of a cactus and words "Merry and Bright"- holiday classroom doors

If your classroom has a cactus theme, or you just love succulents, one of these holiday classroom doors is perfect for you! We love the addition of the winter accessories to keep the cactus warm. 

Source: Instagram/Sweet Tooth Teaching 

58. Have a Very Minion Holiday

Door with decor of a minion wearing Holiday decor- holiday classroom doors

This door is one in a minion! Disguise your minion friend as an elf for the holiday season.

Source: Pinterest/Nicole Maxwell 

59. Fire and Ice

Door with photos of Snow Miser and Heat miser

Snow Miser and Heat Miser can make an awesome debut in your classroom this year. Put that creativity to the test with one of these holiday classroom doors.

Source: Mrs. Orman’s Classroom 

60. Pete the Catmas

Pete the Cat and Christmas presents on door

Pete the Cat will bring some relaxing vibes to the classroom this winter season. Don’t stress, it’s all good!

Source: Pinterest/Heaven Santasiere 

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Ring in the season with these cute and clever winter and holiday classroom doors. They'll spread cheer and happiness far and wide!