Whether you’re merrily excited for it or bah humbugging your way through December, there’s no escaping it… Christmas is on its way and following closely behind it, a brand new year. Here’s hoping it’ll be a great one! So, check out our top apps for Christmas to help you get into the spirit of things
Most apps featured here are free. Where an app costs money, we’ve highlighted and made this clear. Some apps may include ads and/or in-app purchases. If your phone supports it, we’d recommend setting up fingerprint ID for app store purchases to ensure no unauthorised purchases are made.
Christmas Countdown 2018
Think of this fun app as an advent calendar for your phone. It shows the number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds until Christmas. You can chose the theme you want and there’s a new gift to unwrap every day, giving you a fresh Christmas-themed wallpaper to boost your seasonal spirit, along with a festive face, and a link to a Christmas song. It’s free and there are no ads, but you have to buy the premium version to get high-quality wallpapers. The iOS link here is for a different app of the same name, which is a little more basic, but it also counts down to Christmas Day.
Christmas Gift List
Santa has a list (a big one!), and so should you. Both these apps are from different creators, but both have similar functionality. Add friends or family members you’re buying gifts for, set a budget for them, and tell the app as and when you buy gifts for them and how much they cost.
You’ll be able to stay in full control of your spend and while out and about shopping, you’ll know when you’re under/over budget, who you’ve already sorted gifts for, and who you still need to buy for. Perfect!
This app is hilarious. You replace the Elf faces with the faces of up to five people. Maybe your family and friends? Once the faces are set, you select a dance theme, and the app creates a comical dance video. Once it’s done, you can share the video on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also purchase additional videos featuring different themes.
There’s two types of people out there. Those that go into a shop, hear Christmas music and smile from door to till, and those that go into a shop, hear Christmas music, and want to get in and out before the song ends and the next one begins.
If you’re the first kind of person, you need a Christmas Radio app in your life. Through testing a few different apps out, see below for our top pick from the bunch. Each app, whether Android or iOS, has a massive list of different radio stations so you’ll be sure to find a Christmas jingle you like.
Christmas Sweeper 3
Got Candy Crush fever but want something a little more Yuletide? Christmas Sweeper 3 has you matching Christmas-related objects, like ornaments and Christmas trees and gingerbread men (oh my!).
There are “hard” modes for each level, though they’re not too difficult. This is good, time-wasting fun for the whole family and a great game to play while you’re waiting on your wife to come out of the smelly candle store in a mall that’s packed, hotter than hell, and loud (not that I’m complaining or anything).
NORAD Santa Tracker
The NORAD Santa App is the official app of the NORAD Tracks Santa program. Watch the days countdown to the start of Santa’s Yuletide journey around the world! You can also play games, read stories and more!
Food Glorious Food With BBC Good Food
Do you do a happy dance in the kitchen after managing to make beans ‘n toast? Step up your game with the BBC Good Food app. It won’t turn you into Gordon Ramsay, but it has 10,000+ recipes that you can search through and they show prep and cooking times, how easy (or not) the recipe is, the ingredients you need and how to make it.
Cook up a storm in the kitchen and get your friends and family licking the Christmas gravy off their plates. Yum!