Scroll our downloadable and PDF printable The Grinch coloring pages below.

The Grinch is one of the most popular characters I find to illustrate in coloring pages for the holidays. The Grinch coloring page is taken from the children’s story book called “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” that he published in 1957.

But there are many Grinches in illustrations and cartoons today that can be found in the Grinch coloring sheets. See what I’m talking about with this list of the Grinch characters you can color yourself.

Original Grinch of Dr. Seuss Books

When I first started coloring with coloring pages, I discovered the joys of using characters that are from storybooks. This classic character is straight out of the Dr. Seuss pages of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” and it is easy to color.

Of course, it could be because he is all green from the tip of his curly hair to the toes on his green feet. All that green needs more than just one tone, which is where it pays to practice color blending. Mint, sage, and teal all accentuate an otherwise evergreen and forest moss-colored creature.

I find it easy to play up this character when using the Grinch coloring pages. I really like adding some background features to Grinch coloring sheets that are based on the book’s illustrations. 

All of the holiday tree and house decorations, and presents wrapped for gifting, are super fun to color. But what about those Little Cindy-Lou Whos and the other Whoville characters? It’s cool to also sketch those characters and their crazy hair when coloring pages from The Grinch. 

1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Cartoon

Here is the first time I saw the Grinch in video format. When I was a child, we watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on television during the holidays each year. This version is older for myself, who was born in the Eighties.

However, the 1966 animated version by Chuck Jones and Ben Washam is a great family classic. Plus, it is easy for me to take this animated version of the Grinch and use it for drawing purposes. Sometimes it happens when I watch a moving character in comparison to a two-dimensional image on paper. I guess it’s more inspirational is all! 

It’s easy to take this animated version of the Grinch and use it to help illustrate the Grinch coloring pages. Whenever we watch the DVD version of this movie, having coordinated cartoon coloring sheets is also a neat educational tool. I can trick my family into doing artwork that helps us to learn art skills–while also watching a fun movie that is based on a book we can read later.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 Version

The next most famous Grinch character I can remember is the one from the 2000 film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book. This movie by Ron Howard stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch. He comes to life in a costumed version of this classic character.

When I watched this movie with my child, I found it to be darker than necessary and maybe a bit too sad. Maybe it was that they portray too many sides to this already strange beast of a character. 

After all, the closest thing we have to the Grinch in real life is the Sasquach or some other cryptid character. Here is where having the Grinch coloring pages is super fun. I find myself mimicking the creepier side of this Swamp Thing aka the Carrey version of the Grinch. It’s a more evil and sinister version of a character from my childhood.