Best Christmas apps

Christmas apps! Christmas apps! Christmas apps all daaaaay!

Christmastime is fun and bright and a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. But if you need a break or want fun ways to integrate your iPhone or iPad into your festivities, then here are our favorite Christmas apps that we know Yule just love!

Christmas Wallpapers & Backgrounds — Xinmin Wang


What's to say? It's gorgeous wallpapers for your iPhone or iPad that bring a little Christmas cheer to your device.

The app is rather similarly laid out to Zedge, so if you're used to using that, you'll be right at home. There are tons of wallpapers to choose from, so you won't run out during the holidays!

A Charlie Brown Christmas + iMessage Sticker Pack

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Everyone's favorite bald kid and his dog can be found on your iPhone or iPad and you can experience all that A Charlie Brown Christmas has to offer. You can play Schroeder's piano, go caroling with the Peanuts choir, fingerpaint, and more.

All the nostalgia and all the feels are tightly wrapped in this cute and heart-warming app that's sure to bring back memories of the first time you watched to cartoon, while creating new ones for this holiday.

There's also an iMessage sticker pack so you can fill your chat windows with all that Schulz goodness.

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Toca Hair Salon - Christmas Gift

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If you have a little future stylist in the family or are really bored, the Toca Hair Salon - Christmas Gift is actually pretty cute. You get to style either Santa or a Christmas tree (named Topzy) and can do everything from snipping away hair (or branches) with scissors to dyeing with an assortment of colors and adding decorations like presents and Christmas balls.

Christmas Photo Effects - ELF Yourself Santa Booth

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Spice up your Christmas selfies with some fun filters, stickers, and digital costumes. This app is great in that you can resize the stickers so that the Santa hats, elf ears, reindeer antlers, beards, and more actually fit the faces in your photos.

Not every sticker is unlocked, but there are still tons to have fun with and combine.

Elf Yourself by Office Depot

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Yeah, usually apps made my big box stores are rubbish, but Office Depot's Elf Yourself is actually pretty charming.

You take pictures of people and put their heads on elf bodies and then they dance. If you want to have a good laugh with your family this Christmas, definitely check this app out. It's Jib-Jab-esque.

There's also an iMessage app included, so you can keep the fun going in your conversations.

Close Up Christmas Quiz

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This one may be more entertainment for the youngsters than the adults, but if you're looking for a fun and seasonally charged time-waster, the Close Up Christmas Quiz is the way to do it.

You get a jumble of letters and a close-up picture of something Christmassy, and you have to untangle the letters to guess what's in the picture.

Simple, straightforward, fairly easy, but oh so in the spirit of Christmas!

Christmas Sweeper 3

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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).

A Call From Santa!

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If you have some true believers in your household, then this is the perfect app to keep that love alive. In this technological age, the burden of proof is a heavy one. Why can't I just text my list to santa?

Well, now the little ones can, and they can get a phone call from the Big Man himself, telling them if they're on the naughty or nice list. The text messages are kind of hit and miss, since the responses are preprogrammed, but it should be a fun thrill.

You enter some information, like your kid's age and interests, as well as the reason for the call, and then schedule the phone call and when it rings, you give it to your child and boom, Santa calls.

You can even call Santa's voicemail and have your child record his or her Christmas list and do other fun things.

Angry Birds Seasons

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The unending conflict between birds and pigs takes a seasonal twist in Angry Birds Seasons, wherein seasonal events from all over the world affect gameplay and stages. Of course they're doing winter right now (in a sort of viking theme), and of course it's maddening, bird-flinging, pig-pushing-off-of-stuff fun.

What's on your list?

Do you have a favorite Christmas app that you download every year? Let us know in the comments below and Merry Christmas!