Throughout the pandemic, we learned to become resourceful during the holidays to make them both safe and fun’ish. Now, as we head into the 2021 holiday season, we find ourselves in a different, sort-of better, place. We are no longer in the same lockdown situation, but the virus remains a part of our reality. So, precautions still have to be taken-even for us double-vaccinated folk. That doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to the holidays – regardless of how you decide to celebrate them.
If you need a little boost getting in the mood, we have found 15 of the best holiday apps to help get you and the youngin’s in the holiday spirit. These fun, light-hearted apps are sure to spread a little holiday cheer and build excitement leading up to – and throughout – December.
15 of the best Holiday Apps
1. Elf Yourself.
This app allows you to “Elf” Yourself” and create personalized videos by putting your face on the body of a dancing elf. You can actually do up to 5 faces and also select a dance and then the app does the rest. So much fun.
Make Christmas that extra bit more magical for your children and keep them from misbehaving by getting Santa to call them. He will give them suggestions to stay off the naughty list based on info you provide prior to the call. How exciting (and terrifying) would that be for a child?
This app brings endless fun. 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.
Are you ready for Chanukah? Chanukah will begin the evening of Sunday, November 28. This app will give you everything you need and more – play the Dreidel, and read the prayers, etc. Download this app and it will help you celebrate this wonderful festival with style! Light your menorah on Chanukah with the help of the latest technology.
The Fireplace Live HD app gives you a number of fireplaces to choose from and even has a sleep timer option. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, you can now have one on your phone. You may not be able to roast chestnuts in it, but you can close your eyes, listen to the crackling of wood, and pretend.
Dreidel Arena is a dreidel simulator that allows you to play in augmented reality on your own table or on a virtual one. Just tap the dreidel on the screen and it will spin. There are 3 game modes. Try to win all the gelt or just have fun spinning the dreidel!
If you’re looking for a simple app that kids can easily use with you around, this is the one to download. Features include: where is Santa Claus right now?, what is Santa doing right now? (e.g. shopping for Christmas gifts, checking the reindeer farm,) find my house (see your house on the map), and how long until Santa comes to my rooftop? Explore, play, and learn from Santa’s elves all December long.
Each year since, 1958, NORAD has dutifully reported Santa’s location on Dec. 24 to millions across the globe. You can keep track too with this app.
Available on iPhones, this app allows you to create personalized Advent calendars for family and friends for 99 cents, and they can receive them for free. Every day they will receive a personalized photo, text, or a gift selected by you. Include the songs and videos you love, the pics that make you smile, and the quotes and gifs that light up your day to make an unforgettable and beautiful Advent calendar for the people you care about. Give them a little surprise every day of the holiday season!
Get into the spirit of the holidays by assigning Christmas ringtones to your frequent callers, texts, and other alerts. Set a unique text tone for each friend! Perfect for when your phone is in your pocket or while you are driving.
This is a great app for kids who are questioning Santa. Impress your kids by showing them a picture of SANTA IN YOUR HOUSE (with and without a mask). Simply snap a photo anywhere in your house – your mantle, tree, living room – and select from a variety of Santa poses that you think fit best. Add your selected Santa pose into your photo and then use one of the many editing options to make it look as realistic as possible.
Count down the days until Christmas with a fun snowy countdown. 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. Watch the falling snow on the countdown screen. Open a new gift every day of December in your advent calendar!
This app is the most popular play on the “naughty or nice” game concept. It’s perfect for parents who want to use the power of Santa to get their kids to be on their best behaviour. An easy way to make your children behave! Features include: hear Santa’s voice! When the screen is touched, the person touching it is scanned, and you can control the scan result by setting it to: “random”, “nice”, or “naughty”. Santa also explains what’s happening on the screen. There are fantastic animated HD graphics and realistic sound effects.
Bring some festive photo fun to your holidays with the help of Christmas Photo Booth! Snap a picture, or grab a photo straight from your camera roll, and add seasonal stickers to turn your face, or your friend’s, into a famous festive character. You can even save your Christmas creations and share them easily with the world via email, Twitter or Facebook.
Create and share magical cinematic personalized messages from Santa Claus while encouraging good behaviour. NEW FOR 2021: Enjoy new bedtime stories, karaoke with Mrs. Claus, the elf dancing game & much more. Plus, Santa can say up to 4 names in a video.
We hope this list of 15 of the best holiday apps helps you get in the holiday spirit and ready to celebrate within your safety/comfort zone.
Have you used any of these holiday apps? What was your experience with them? Are there others we missed? Please give us your feedback in the comments below. It’s much appreciated.
Be sure to come back next week when we share apps to help you plan the ultimate holiday celebrations. It’s almost ‘tis the season and we could all use a little cheer right about now 🎄