Best Christmas apps to get you in the festive spirit

Best Christmas apps to get you in the festive spirit

It may not quite be Christmas yet, but it's definitely time to get in the festive spirit. No matter how you feel about this time of year, the following apps will get you feeling more like Santa than the Grinch, and will make your smartphone a little more fun to be around too.

Liven up your phone with Christmas live wallpaper

The aptly named Christmas app is a beautiful live wallpaper that doesn't go overboard with the animations. It also doesn't require any special permissions or offer in-app purchases. Christmas offers half a dozen cute free high-res photos with customizable snowflake density and speed. It's simple, beautiful and free: just how Christmas should be.

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One of the most beautiful live wallpapers around. / © ANDROIDPIT

If you've made it this far without a Christmas-themed wallpaper, you probably won't need more than six options before it's time for a New Year-themed wallpaper. Be prepared for plenty of full-screen ads while you're setting up your preferences, but don't worry, these disappear once you've set your wallpaper.

Tune in for the best Christmas Radio

What good is Christmas Day without some appropriately festive Christmas music? Rather than fork out for a Christmas album you'll only listen to once a year, why not grab a Christmas Radio app and work your way through 20 different Christmas Radio stations? You're bound to find that Christmas tune you were looking for.

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Don't get stuck listening to Grandpa's records this year. / © ANDROIDPIT

Don't miss a classic Christmas story

It may not be How The Grinch Stole Christmas for you – perhaps it's A Charlie Brown Christmas or The Nightmare Before Christmas – but having at least one of these essential Christmas tales on your smartphone or tablet over the holiday period is a must.

You'll probably have to fork over a couple of bucks, but it'll be worth every penny as you curl up by the fire and dream of Christmases past. The good news about paying for these stories? You won't be plagued by the in-app purchase offers that most 'free' versions are full of.

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Where would we be without a Charlie Brown Christmas? / © ANDROIDPIT

Enjoy all that great Christmas Food

It goes without saying that many of us get in over our heads when it comes to preparing a feast for a large number of hungry holiday makers. If you don't know your turkey baster from your thermometer, you would do well to get a little help from a Christmas-themed app, such as Christmas Food.

Christmas Food is great because it doesn't go overboard with recipes. It has all the essentials and not much more. The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow and cover all bases, from appetizers to mains to desserts.

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Classic Christmas recipes made easy. / © ANDROIDPIT

Play a few rounds of Christmas Santa Run

I love this game. It takes me back to the platform games of my youth, when there's was nothing more to do than hit a single button to jump. That what makes Christmas Santa Run perfect for Christmas Day gaming: just about anyone can pick it up with ease, from your niece and nephew to your grandpa.

Don't be fooled though, the levels get harder as you go and you'll be accidentally roasting Santa over a fire before you know it.

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Run, Santa! Run! / © ANDROIDPIT

Can't decide what to do? Ask the Magic 8-ball

When you're lying around working off a turkey coma, there's nothing better than a bit of mindless nostalgia. That's where the Magic 8-ball comes in. There's nothing much to it: give it a shake and the Magic 8-ball will tell you the answer to life's greatest mysteries.

With classically vague responses including “my sources say no” and “all signs point to yes” the Magic 8-ball is going to be great fun, at least for you. Everyone else may hate you for it. But if you can't amuse yourself by annoying your friends and family on Christmas Day, when can you?

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"Should I really go back for thirds on dessert?" / © ANDROIDPIT

Spread the festive spirit with Christmas Photo Frames

There's no better time to snap a couple of family portraits than when you have the whole clan together for the season of giving, decked out in their best Christmas sweaters. And the best way to share those snaps is with a decorative Christmas frame.

Christmas Photo Frames is a nice little app that offers a bunch of free – and some paid – decorative frames to give your holiday photos that extra Christmas spirit. From Santa hats to snowflakes, these frames can dress up even the dullest Christmas photo.

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Send a festive photo of yourself to someone you love. / © ANDROIDPIT

What are you up to this year? Found any great festive apps you can share? Tell us about them in the comments.

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  • Daria Dec 24, 2015 Link to comment

    We too, have launched our Christmas Recipes App! We hope it will be useful for everyone!
    Merry Christmas everyone!!!

    Christmas Recipes: Yummy Food

  • Darek Does Stuff Dec 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I have just created Christmas app myself few days ago.
    Just search for darekdoesstuff at Google Play store. I called the app "Christmas Music Box", but it's probably too early to find it just by name. It's icon is a nice red bauble (glass bulb with a white pattern to be exact) on a dark red background.
    There is a free demo there as well, if you want to try it out.

    Merry Xmas guys and girl!

  • KVADGroup Dec 23, 2015 Link to comment

    Dear Kris, you've missed Photo Studio by KVADGroup, we've released a new update with a lot of new content for Christmas - Christmas Frames, Christmas Effects, Christmas Stickers and much more.

  • Prakriti Tiwari Dec 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Check out SuperDays - a coolest event countdown app for android users.

  • Sergey Moraru Dec 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Also, 24hrs online Christmas radio here:

  • ekstro Dec 20, 2015 Link to comment

    I would be unspeakably happy if you'd like to install our christmas radio app: "Christmas In Radio". I can't post link because I'm new user here but please don't treat it as spam ;-)

  • Davin Peterson Dec 20, 2015 Link to comment

    The iHeartRadio App also has Christmas Stations

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