It’s the ho-ho-holidays once again and there’s no reason not to let your iPhone help you get into the jolly spirit. When you and the kids need a break from the rush of shopping and shipping and sipping hot cocoa, sit down to some fun with the best Christmas apps.With apps that let you send a message as Santa or transform your photos into a very Grinch-y picture, there’s plenty of holiday fun to be had with the iPhone.
A Christmas Santa
Price: $0.99 (Free for a limited time!)
While it’s not exactly the most in-depth Christmas game out there, we think this one will entertain the kids during that long wait in line at Target. A Christmas Santa is based on the concept that Rudolph is sick of working for free. While on strike, Santa works on flying alone via a rocket launcher. Your job is to help him fly as far as possible by utilizing rocket launchers, adjusting his flight angle and using other tools. The graphics alone, I assure, will elicit a few giggles from your little elves.
Dr. Seuss Camera The Grinch Edition
Seuss-ify your holiday photos with this super cute, crazy fun photo app. After taking photos of the kids, the dog, Uncle Bob or the baby you can insert their face into the Grinch’s outfit, or simply apply graphics straight out of the world of Seuss. Crazy antlers? Check. Grinch-y eyes? Check. Giant candy canes? Check. Completed photos can be stored in the app, or sent as cards via your iPhone or Facebook to friends and family. Good, clean Christmas fun!
Sleeps to Christmas
You know when you say “8 days ‘til Christmas!” and the kids are never quite sure if that means the 8th day is Christmas, or the day before Christmas? By counting the number of “sleeps,” kids (and adults) will know just how long until the big day arrives. This is a fun countdown app that displays the exact number of sleeps, hours, minutes and seconds until Jolly Ol’ St. Nick arrives, along with a traditional advent style calendar and fun photo editing capabilities that let you become an elf, or even the Big Jolly Man himself.
Talking Santa for iPhone
From the makers of Talking Tom Cat comes the Christmas app that gives Santa a voice. The cute Santa graphic can be poked, tickled and talked to. He’ll show you whether you’re on the naughty or nice list and you can even offer up the guy some milk and cookies. By speaking into the iPhone microphone you can record your own message for Santa to speak, and send the finished product as a Christmas greeting!
Reindeer Match ‘Em Up
Don’t you hate it when your reindeer get loose? Do does Santa. In this game, you’ll have to help him corral his rascally reindeer by matching up pairs in a classic matching game format. Players can work independently, or get competitive in a head to head challenge.