Google’s Santa Tracker
This advent calendar lets you countdown to Christmas Day via fun interactive tools. Learn to say “Santa Claus” in Portuguese, Norwegian or Arabic; get insights into holiday traditions (in France, children’s shoes are put next to the fireplace to be filled with gifts if they’ve been good all year) or dress elves and reindeer at North Pole Airport. You can even decorate Santa’s beard using tools like a shaver, spray paint and cute Christmas baubles. Available on Google Play and the Chrome Web Store.
Arthur Christmas: Elf Run
Recruit an elite elf squad to deliver presents for Santa to children around the world – all before sunrise! This app, based on the animated film, will please computer game fans as your character jumps, dives, and crawls through houses as quickly and quietly as possible, and without crashing into anything. Tip: Want to keep the pets quiet? Feed them! Along the way, collect treats and spend them on upgrades. Available on Google Play, Amazon App Store and iTunes.
A Christmas Carol
The classic Charles Dickens’ holiday story comes to life through steampunk-styled animation – think science fiction meets fantasy meets technology. Ebenezer Scrooge’s life and transformation is revealed through realistic graphics and great music scores. Available on iTunes.
Christmas Tree Live Wallpaper
Don’t have a Christmas tree at home? Go crazy decorating this free virtual version which lets you customise everything from the type of tree to the amount of snow on it (and even how fast it falls). Of course, you can also choose the variation of colours for your lights. Available on Google Play.
Secret Santa’s Tombola
Drawing up your gift list? Get great shopping ideas with this nifty app – simply select the gender of the receiver and state if you’d like a cheeky, fun or cute gift idea. Then let the app do the rest! If you don’t like what you see, spin again. If you like it, you can buy it online. Available on iTunes.
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