As parents, we know that technology is here to stay and as much as it my pains us that our kids are tied to their i-pads or smartphones, there are times of year when technology can add a little extra Christmas magic to this festive time of year. There are a huge range of specifically themed apps for Christmas including our favourite as we watched a little elf dance across our office floor! Added to this enjoyment is the fact that many of these apps are designed to boost the children’s learning in a most engaging and fun way.
What better way to celebrate the festive season than to load up on some Christmas and holiday apps and have some seasonal fun at home, on those long plane rides or car journeys, we think we’ve found the ultimate list of apps for this holiday season.
- Our list appears in alphabetical order not in order of ranking, although we are slightly biased by that cute little dancing elf!
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This Christmas, amaze your loved ones by creating a personalized video message and phone call from Santa Claus!
Parents, use this app together with your children to encourage good behavior all year long!
This app has the following amazing features:
VIDEO MESSAGE FROM SANTA
- choose from 3 personalized short video messages, featuring your child’s details such as their name and photo*
- Premium Christmas Eve video available as in-app purchase
RECEIVE A PHONE CALL FROM SANTA
- Santa can call for a variety of reasons
- Santa can mention your child’s name, age and interests* during the call
- Receive unlimited calls for free*
CALL SANTA’S VOICEMAIL
- Children can record a voicemail message for Santa with their Christmas wish list
- Let Santa write down your child’s name on the naughty or nice list
- Santa tracker: find out what Santa is doing right now
- Check the weather forecast for the North Pole
- Hear the names of Santa’s reindeer
- Countdown to Christmas: hear how many days are left until Christmas
- Leave a message for Santa
The revolutionary AR app that the world has never seen before is here this Christmas!
For the first time ever you can summon Virtual Santa Claus to your living room and catch him leaving gifts on video.
Catch Santa AR features the world’s first ever video tool to capture Virtual Santa Claus in Augmented Reality. Instead of inserting motionless stickers into your photos, summon the real moving Santa Claus and capture him leaving gifts under your tree on video. It looks so real you won’t believe your eyes!
• Summon Virtual Santa Claus to your house
• Catch Santa sneaking into your living room on video
• Catch Santa leaving gifts under your tree on video
• Film Santa having a conversation with you on video
• Catch Santa drinking milk and eating cookies your child left for him on video
• And many more exciting scenarios
• Take a photo to capture a moment while catching Santa on video
• Show your kids proof of Santa leaving gifts in your house on video and in photos
Do you want to know how many days until Christmas ? This app is the perfect App for Christmas countdown.
Christmas is one of the most important date during the year. It is the time to be with family, to live together, share etc. This APP Christmas Countdown ( have so many you can use free onece) will make easier the count of the days that are still to arrive.
– Choose from ten beautiful backgrounds, featuring Santa and his reindeer, many Christmas trees, and even a snowman!
– Enjoy classic Christmas music including Deck the Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Featuring a streamlined interface and designed for iPhone and iPad, the app allows you to enjoy a wide variety of Christmas hits from over 180 (during season) unique stations.
Some of this year’s more popular stations include: Mistletoe, Christmas Carols Radio and Kristmas Kountry. There’s also North Pole Radio, which broadcasts directly from the North Pole – a detail that is sure to delight even the most skeptical of Santa-doubting kids; and probably more than a few adults, too.
More than any other time of year, the holidays are defined by the music that celebrates this season, and that’s why Christmas Radio is so massively popular around the world. At no cost, and conveniently via WiFi and cellular networks , you can instantly connect to the holiday music they love, whether that’s rockin’ Christmas hits, old standards, or whatever else you prefer.
It’s nearly Christmas! This year you’ll be ready to catch those naughty little elves in your home on camera. Join the fun and watch the excitement from all the family.
It’s that time of year when Santas elves visit your home checking off their naughty or nice list. Like track Santa, you can now track elves. This year you’ll be ready to catch them on camera using Elf Cam. Your kids will scream at the magical site of seeing their elf running around their own home.
WATCH YOUR ELF COME TO LIFE
Choose your elf, pick a route and let your Elf run wild around your home. Catch it on camera and watch the delight of your children when you show them the magic.
It’s super fun to make your Elf, jump, crawl, run, dance and be a the cheeky Elf that it is. You should know that your Elf does has a mind of its own and will ‘on occasion’ improvise and wiggle it’s bottom at the camera.
The most popular app of the Holiday Season 14 years running is back with great new dances and features!
This holiday tradition lets you “Elf Yourself” and star in dozens of personalized videos with your face on dancing elves. Add up to 5 faces, then select a dance and the app automatically creates your video! Share your dancing skills on social media – or message a super fun holiday greeting to your friends and family. It’s as easy as pie!
ElfYourself is FREE to download and enjoy, some dances are free, but most require purchase to unlock. You can purchase dances individually or get our Season Pass to access all content and remove ads for 12 months!
The Dr. Seuss classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” comes to life with playful interactivity, delightful animations and fun activities!
- Tap and drag to find playful surprises throughout the book
- Find hidden stars on every page to reveal fun activities
- Read along with highlighting narration, read it yourself, or enjoy auto play
- Explore new vocabulary by tapping words and pictures
- Track minutes spent reading, pages read, and more in the Parents section
- Play seven different mini-games like Memory Match, Jigsaw Puzzle, Word Search, Sequence, and more!
- Find all 28 unique games hidden throughout the book
- Enjoy activities again and again, directly from the main menu
- Try to beat your high score and best time
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!
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Personalize and send beautiful invitations and greeting cards for FREE with Punchbowl®. Choose from thousands of party invitations including the largest selection of kids character invites. Exclusive designs feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Frozen, Avengers, Elmo, Minions, PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Trolls & more! Invite guests by email or text message and track RSVPs on-the-go. Send thoughtful free eCards for birthdays, holidays, or to say thank you — now with the ability to add a heartfelt video message to any card! The MUST HAVE app for busy parents, Punchbowl has been featured in publications such as Parents, Real Simple, O Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Women’s Health.
FIND THE PERFECT INVITATION:
• Thousands of beautiful digital invitations & save-the-dates
• ‘Characters Kids Love’ invitation collection features hundreds of beloved, iconic characters from Disney, Hasbro, Marvel, Mattel, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street & Universal
• ‘Handmade Art’ collection features designs created with artistic techniques
• Popular categories include Birthdays, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Graduation, Weddings, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s
#1 Santa App to make this holiday season extra magical with personalized video calls from Santa. Remind them that Santa’s watching & making his nice list all year long!
2021 HAS SOME EXCITING UPDATES IN STORE FOR NEW AND EXISTING PNP FANS:
* #1 SANTA APP WITH OVER 225M+ VIDEO VIEWS
* 5 NEW FREE SANTA VIDEOS
* 17 PREMIUM VIDEOS
* 5 NEW PHONE CALL SCENARIOS
* 5 NEW FACE-TO-FACE VIDEO CHATS WITH SANTA!
* 2 NEW SPECIAL MULTI-DEVICE VIDEOS (INCLUDING A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE VIDEO FROM SANTA’S SLEIGH)
Santa’s Bag has been recommended by The New York Times, US News & World Report, Consumer Reports, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, Fox News, Parents Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, PC Magazine, NBC News, Buzzfeed.com, and The Huffington Post, among others.
Revolutionize your Christmas shopping experience! Santa’s Bag is a fun and easy-to-use app to help you manage your Christmas gift recipients, planning, shopping, and budgets. Each detail of the app is carefully designed to make sure you don’t forget anyone or anything. Christmas shopping has never been easier or more fun!
* Updated for iOS 13
* Add Gifts, Ideas, Links, Favorite Merchants, Preferences, and Notes for each Recipient
* Add Links, Photo, and Notes for each Gift
* Get Gifts Ideas and select Favorite Merchants
* Save Links through our App Extension or by Drag & Drop into the app
* Email, print or save customizable, checkable lists: Planning Lists, Shopping Lists, and more
* Split/Multiple/Unassigned Gifts
* Recipient/Occasion Budgets and Progress Bars
* Screenlock Passcode with FaceID option
* Highly Customizable Views/Sorts/Filters
* Christmas Countdown Timer
* Database Backup and Restore
“This tracker has about the cutest setup I’ve seen on these apps … If you’re looking for a simple app that kids can easily use with you around, this is the one to download.”
• Where is Santa Claus right now?
• What is Santa doing right now? (e.g. Shopping for Christmas Gifts, Checking the Reindeer Farm, Getting Fit, etc.)
• Find my House feature: see your house on the map
• How long until Santa comes to my rooftop?
• And many many more!!
Santa Tracker is free to download and use. An in-app item can be purchased to unlock extra features. You can disable in-app purchases in your device settings. Prices are in USD. Pricing in other countries may vary.
Scout Elves always match the unique personalities of their families! Some are playful and creative, while others are sporty and adventurous. This app offers fun daily photos to inspire every Scout Elf during the Christmas season.
Discover fun ideas for spending time with your family along with pictures of Scout Elves that come with materials and instructions. From quick and easy ideas to creative and complex ones, this app has them all! You can find links to printable crafts and Scout Elf clothes to enhance certain designs.
Filter to find tons of different ideas for your Scout Elf and get special daily reminder alerts from the North Pole. Find fun ideas for the Scout Elves and get into the holiday spirit with The Elf on the Shelf® Ideas!
The Elf on the Shelf® Ideas App Features:
Attention parents! Create personalised video and voice calls that can be used to amaze your kids, as well as encourage good behaviour!
Video Call Santa! Voice Call Santa! Message Santa! Track Santa! The only Santa Video Call app with varied and customizable conversation options! Santa actually knows all about you (12 facts including your name)! On Christmas Eve you can even talk to Santa while he’s on his sleigh!
Welcome to North Pole Command Center! Here at the North Pole Science Department, our Elf Engineers are always looking for ways to modernise Christmas, their latest creation is this hi-tech Santa Tracking/ Santa Calling App!
VIDEO CALL SANTA – For the first time ever, you can now Video Call Santa! This is not a simple video recording of Santa, this is a dynamic, varied, and realistic simulated call. Santa knows your name, he knows things like your favourite colour, your favourite sport and tons more. He also knows when you’ve been naughty or nice, and he’s not afraid to bring it up during the call! The call can even be recorded to kept forever or shared!
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