Christmas is a time for celebration, laughter, food, presents… and children with too much time on their hands. If you want help keeping them occupied until the big day, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas Android apps (some also available for iOS, where noted) to keep the kids entertained. These letting children color, sing songs, and even speak to Santa.
1. Christmas Countdown
One of the most exciting parts of Christmas is the buildup as you count down the days. The Christmas Countdown app is a great way to do this. It’s well-designed, displaying a precise countdown against a backdrop of festive imagery as music plays. You can customize both the image and music.
It also has an advent calendar that unwraps a new wallpaper every day, alongside festive jingles and tips. It’s not quite chocolate, but still something fun for your kids to look forward to. Check out some great online advent calendars for more fun.
Download: Christmas Countdown 2018 (Free, premium version available)
2. Christmas Coloring
A great way to help your kids relax over the holiday season is by letting them color pictures, and this app is perfect for it. It has over 50 pictures, ranging from snowmen to Santa to elves. There’s a Magic section where a picture reveals as you color, plus an area to draw whatever you want.
The tools available include various brushes and buckets, alongside festive stickers and text. Your kids can let their artistic side go wild. The app automatically saves every drawing, and you can easily share them via WhatsApp, email, and similar.
Download: Christmas Coloring (Free)
3. Christmas Songs
It’s not Christmas without a singalong. This app contains ten of the most popular festive songs, like Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and Deck the Halls. Simply tap the song you want hear from the menu and it’ll play, accompanied with full vocals and fun imagery.
Children can sing along thanks to the dynamic lyrics that appear. If they love the song, a quick tap lets them set it as their ringtone.
Download: Christmas Songs (Free)
4. Christmas Cards Animation
This simple yet effective app lets children send free animated Christmas cards to friends and family. It offers 18 different videos to choose from, all accompanied with music and sound effects full of festive cheer.
You can easily send the videos through any app on your device. This also helps you cut down on paper usage, giving a new meaning to “green Christmas.”
Download: Christmas Cards Animation (Free, premium version available)
5. Christmas Fun
This one offers exactly what its name implies: fun themed around Christmas. Children can choose from a range of fun animations to watch, each with catchy carols and bright animations. Quick games accompany each, like clearing a snowglobe or tapping presents.
A camera mode lets your kids use fun overlays to take silly photos that place them in a winter scene or turn them into a snowman. The app’s polish is commendable, so you may want to check out the premium version to see all videos and use all the filters.
6. Yasa Pets Christmas
Cats and Christmas are both fantastic, and this dollhouse app brings the two together. Kids can rearrange loads of items in the cat’s house, which has been decked out for Christmas.
They can tap stockings to find surprises, switch outfits, play music, and more. There’s a whole Yasa Pets series of apps across a range of scenes, so if they explore everything on offer here, there are many more to keep them occupied.
7. Message From Santa!
You can use this app to amaze your children. With it, kids can get a personalized video message from Santa, text him for an instant response, or make and receive calls. He will even mention their name and age and convince them to stay on the nice list.
One of the best parts is ringing Santa’s voicemail and letting kids tell him their wishlist, finding out what the jolly fat man is up to right now, or even hearing the North Pole’s current weather. Be aware, you’ll need to use this app in conjunction with your youngsters—else it’ll break the magic.