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10 Holiday + Christmas Classroom Door Decorations That Jingle All the Way

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but what about your classroom door? Looking for ideas to make your door display a holiday hit in the hallway that all the kids ooh and ahh over? Hey, the best way to spread Christmas cheer isn’t just by singing, you know!

Here at Teach Starter, our teacher team has checked our list (twice) and realized that many of our teacher fans just wanted some fresh ideas for that perfect holiday doorway! A lot of the time you can get away with just hanging a festive wreath and calling it a day, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut the Christmas cake…err, mustard?

Our teacher team has put together some of our favorite merry and bright holiday classroom door decorations to help you and your students bring the spirit of the holidays to your school hallway. Read on for classroom doors for Christmas plus doors that celebrate the holiday season with inclusion in mind. We even have a few door decorating ideas that you can leave up all winter long!

Christmas Classroom Door Decoration Ideas

Before you dive in, we suggested that you don’t restrict these to the classroom door — if curious little hands are likely to undo the hard work you and your class have put into building these door displays, why not create a holiday bulletin board inside your room?

Or explore ready-made bulletin board kits you can download and print now

There’s something here to bring Christmas cheer to everyone!

Oh Deer! Classroom Door Decor

holiday classroom door decorating idea: oh deer and reindeer

We love that this classroom holiday door idea plays on the holiday spirit with a fun pun while also being inclusive of students who don’t celebrate Christmas. After all, reindeer are simply animals!

For an easy door display, print these fun little reindeer, add your students’ names, and the words “Oh Deer,” and you’re all set! This also makes for a simple classroom bulletin board for the holidays. Want to get your students more involved in creating the decor?

Try these holly, jolly reindeer options:

  1. Print out a zentangle reindeer pattern craft, and have students decorate their own reindeer for the wall or door.
  2. Download a reindeer antler headband template, and snap a photo of each student sporting their headband to add to your decor.
  3. Print an “Oh Deer, Winter Is Here” bulletin board kit with penguins, reindeer, and snowflakes, and let students letter their own names.

The Holidays Are Among Us

This “The Holidays Are Among Us” door from teacher Liz Gutierrez (@teachingtotheteks on Instagram) is about as easy as it can get for classroom decorating — and it works if you’re trying to avoid the word “Christmas” to include more kiddos too!

We love the little crewmates from Among Us!

The holidays are among us door decoration

See more fun Among Us ideas for the classroom!

Having Snow Much Fun

Want to save yourself even more time? How about setting up a holiday classroom door you don’t have to take down after winter break? Our teacher team created this idea with January and February in mind: Having Snow Much Fun works for all the winter months!

classroom door idea having snow much fun

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Print off the snowman template from our fun snowglobes — one snowman for each student in the class.
  2. Add your students’ names to each snowperson.
  3. Make snowflakes, or print them off from our snowflake syllables resource for reading centers!
  4. Cover your door or bulletin board with black paper.
  5. Mount your words, snowpeople, and snowflakes.
  6. Sit back and admire a door idea that will make. your classroom a welcoming space all winter long.

Snowmen classroom door decorations

Letters to Santa

Combine writing skills with your classroom holiday decorating this school year. Santa’s elves will love helping collect his mail from this classroom door decoration. and parents or guardians who drop in for your school’s holiday play will get a sneak peek at what their children are asking the Big Guy for this year (and not sharing!).

You will need:

  • large colored paper roll for backing
  • printable letter to santa writing template
  • up-cycled cardboard box for a mailbox (we used an old cereal box, some crepe paper and cotton balls!)
  • cardboard roll for a mailbox post (ours has been decorated with crepe paper and some ribbon)
  • Busy Little Elves heading using our Christmas – Letter, Number and Punctuation Set
  • elves — ask your students to color these adorable Create an Elfie Selfie templates and attach a photograph of their faces! (alternatively, have students play our Roll an Elf Activity to create their own hilarious elf character)
  • green triangles to make grass
  • scrap paper snowflakes

santa letters and elves classroom door decorationg idea

Snowman Special

Remember when Olaf wanted to experience summer? Middle school teacher Stephanie let that happen with this fun classroom door display created by her students to show what would happen if snowmen hit the beach! Do we love it because it reminds us of our holiday card template featuring Santa on the beach? Maybe!

snowman classroom door

Santa’s Nice List — Posted on Your Door

Reward your students for making it through these past few months with something to smile about: A place on Santa’s nice list and your classroom door! Each student can write their own name on the door to make themselves feel proud of their positive behavior.

You will need:

  • Christmas wrapping paper for backing
  • 4 sheets of paper for Santa’s “Nice List”
  • 1 length of garland large enough to frame your door
  • stars (from our Christmas Picture Templates resource).

christmas classroom door idea with santa's nice list

To make Santa’s nice list, we printed a title on a plain piece of paper and stuck it to the second piece of paper end to end. We rolled up two sheets for the curly ends and with a little clear tape magic, and voila — a fun door to welcome students to the classroom for the holidays.


Oh, Christmas Tree!

We’ve repurposed a number of our Christmas resources as door decorations to help you and your students dress up this jolly Christmas tree. Please note the use of the angel may not be appropriate in public schools.

You will need:

  • large colored paper roll for backing
  • green kite-shaped pieces of paper for the tree
  • gold paper star
  • student-decorated paper ornaments (print these simple ornaments here that students can take home for winter break!)
  • “gifts” for under the tree made from squares of wrapping paper and ribbons
  • Merry Christmas Banner.

christmas tree door decoration

This tree would make a great bulletin board too! Use it to gather your class’s Secret Santa gifts if you’re short on space and don’t have room for a real tree in the classroom.

Your Light Makes the Season Bright

New Jersey teacher Ms Melfi (@msmelfieducates on Instagram) shared this holiday-themed classroom door idea that’s perfect if you’re trying to steer clear of being blatantly “Christmas” to better include all students. These holiday lights are printable and easy to recreate her door!

classroom holiday door your light makes the classroom bright

We Are a Bright Bunch

Use the same lights template, and put a small twist on the classroom door with this fun idea that celebrates your students’ smarts. Use string (or cooking twine!) to create your holiday light string, and each bulb can be printed off on colored paper. You can also opt for using simple white bulbs to make this classroom door decorating idea work well beyond holiday time.

we are a bright bunch christmas door decoration

Whoville

The Grinch came out to play in this fun Christmas classroom door from teacher Connie Dorosky (@cldorosky on Instagram).

Whoville classroom door decoration

Explore more teacher-created holiday resources for the classroom here to cut down your lesson planning time!

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