The Best Christmas Apps for 2021

The holidays are upon us, and whether you’re wearing an ugly Christmas sweater and singing Christmas carols or just playing with visiting Santa for your kids, we’ve found tons of Christmas apps to get you in the Christmas spirit. Most are free, although some have a nominal fee.

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NORAD Tracks Santa

NORAD Tracks Santa app.

NORAD Tracks Santa is the official app of the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Tracks Santa program, established in 1955 to track the whereabouts of Santa Claus around the world while delivering gifts to children both naughty and nice, but only if they are asleep. The free application for iOS and Android links to the famous website that allows you and the children to enjoy a countdown clock to Christmas Eve and also includes a game room with a different and challenging game to play all the days until Christmas Eve. You can also listen to Christmas music, watch videos, and read books. On Christmas Eve, the show begins tracking Santa’s travels on a route known only to him and, presumably, his crew of reindeer. The latest version includes new games, music and content with support for radar chat and references to Christmas traditions from around the world.

iOS Android

Christmas countdown 2021

This fun application is an advent calendar for your phone that shows the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until Christmas. You can choose whatever theme you like and there’s a new gift to unwrap every day, giving you a new Christmas-themed wallpaper to boost your seasonal spirit, along with a festive fact and a to a Christmas song. It’s free and there are no ads, but you need to buy the premium version to get high-quality wallpapers, the all the faithful, and Twelve days of Christmas music. Silent Night now it is also free for everyone. A Christmas tree by a warm fireplace is special for Premium users and the free reindeer background has been updated for 2021. The Share button now shares a picture of your countdown, not just the text.

Android iOS

Santa's Naughty or Nice List + new app.

There are quite a few apps that are based on the “naughty or nice” game format, but this is the most popular for iOS. It is intended for parents who want to have fun with their children and who also want to use Santa’s authority to induce their children to behave well. The idea is for your kids to listen to an introductory video of Santa and then place one of their fingers on the touch screen, which then scans it and produces a verdict, telling your child through colorful special effects that they are “naughty” or ” nice.” It sounds simple, but it’s a lot of fun, while parents can make random judgments or choose just “naughty” or “nice.” This particular app is available for iOS only, but a well-rated Android alternative is Naughty or Nice Photo Scanner Game.


Christmas Wallpaper 4K

Take a look at this collection of lovely Christmas wallpapers that will inspire the magic of the Christmas season every time you look at your smartphone. The wallpapers are high resolution images in Full HD or 4K and look great on Super AMOLED displays. The app features dozens of Christmas wallpaper themes ranging from abstract and vintage designs, Christmas gifts and Santa Claus images to Christmas tree and cake wallpapers. You will find tons of lovely holiday related background images for free in this app.


Yasa Pets Christmas

Yasa Pets Christmas app.

Combining cats and Christmas = cute overload. This charming app is a digital dollhouse that allows players to tap and explore as the cat family on the screen celebrates Christmas Day. You can open presents, dress the cats (which you can’t do with your own Fluffy), set the table for dinner, and much more. It is an ideal option for young children and cat lovers looking to relax with a Christmas app. We want to say that it is only for children, but we know that you can not resist the little felines either (it will be our secret).

Android iOS

Christmas Booth: Photographic Fun

Christmas Cabin - Photo Fun app.

Dress up as a snowman or turn your cat into a reindeer, who can tell the difference? With Christmas Booth, you snap a photo or just snap one from your camera roll and choose from a host of Christmas-themed stickers to turn anyone into a Christmas character. You can also submit your photo via Twitter or Facebook. It also supports iMessage, so you can use the stickers there and message your friends.


A Charlie Brown Christmas ($ 5)

Charlie Brown Xmas app.

Help Charlie Brown and his friends find the meaning of Christmas. Narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, and featuring the original soundtrack from the Christmas special, this Christmas app transforms the classic story into an interactive storybook with animations that bring the charming illustrations to life. You can also use the app to create your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree with over 150 ornaments and decorations. There’s also an educational element, as you can tap individual words to hear them, and there’s support for highlighting words and notes. This app, which costs $ 5, also comes with an iMessage sticker pack.


Christmas Sweeper 4

Christmas Sweeper app 4.

Candy crush fans, get ready – Christmas Sweeper 4 It’s in the house, and it’s like your favorite game, except with a Christmas twist. The game comes in the mold of a classic match-three puzzle, allowing you to clear blocks to claim a variety of Christmas-themed hidden items. Light candles, clear snow to discover gifts, catch jumping snowmen, fill gift bags, drop Santa down the chimney and many more creative antics. Make combinations of four and five to create bombs and power-ups. The promise of cookie and soda rewards will keep you busy long after Christmas. Check out our picks for the best iPhone games and the best Android games for off-season alternatives.

Android iOS

How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($ 4)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas app.

The beloved of Dr. Seuss How the Grinch stole Christmas It has been turned into an interactive children’s book. If you need something to keep them busy while they wait to open their presents, this $ 4 app lets them follow the Grinch as he tries to prevent Christmas from coming. They can play seven different mini-games, such as memory matching, puzzle, word search, and sequence. Tap pictures to show new words, enjoy narration, and watch out for custom sound effects.

Android iOS

Become elf

ElfYourself application.

This app helps you create a fun elf dance video starring you, your family members (including four-legged ones), and friends. Replace the faces of the Elves with the faces of up to five people or pets. Once the faces are set up, you select a dance theme and the app creates a comic dance video. Once done, you can share the video on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also buy additional videos with different themes.

Android iOS

A message from Santa!

A message from Santa!  app.

Kids will love Message From Santa! They can call Santa, get video messages, record a wish list, and hear what Santa is up to. This app also has a Santa Chatbot that chat with you, as if you are talking to the real Santa. You can also request a call from Santa and you can let your kids record a voice message for Santa. This app is free, although you can pay to unlock more options and better personalize messages for your child.

Android iOS

PNP Portable North Pole

Xmas PNP application.

Bring a smile to your child’s face with your own personalized message from Santa. The portable North Pole has been around for a long time, and it’s magical as ever. Enter information about your child and a personalized video of Santa will play. There are some activities included in the app, but the main idea is for kids to find out with Santa if they are on the naughty or nice list and it includes some free kids games and activities. There are some in-app purchases that include a reaction recorder and story time. A family option includes videos in which Santa Claus speaks to a group saying, “Hello, friends!” Premium members get new videos, phone call scenes, elf dance games, Santa Claus face-to-face talks, multi-device videos, and a birthday video all year long.

Android iOS

The Christmas List ($ 3)

The Christmas List app.

This is a very useful application to help you keep track of your Christmas purchases. List all the people you need to buy gifts for, and then set a budget for them. Let’s say you add a friend. You will enter the store, you will touch the name of your friend and you will see the list of items that you want to buy for this person and, of course, the budget. You can then tap on the items as you purchase them, and when you return to the main screen, you can see how much you have left to spend on your gifts. For $ 3, it’s a great way to keep track of what to buy without going over budget. While this app is not available for Android, a great alternative for Android is the Christmas Gift List.


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