Christmas as a kid is very, very different than the same holiday as an adult. First of all, you now know that there’s nothing in the North Pole except for lots of ice, some polar bears and some other creatures. There are no elves, no red-nosed reindeer and definitely no jolly old men with white beards. Part of growing up is leaving behind our belief in Santa… or is it? This holiday season, we’ve rounded up some festive and fun smartphone apps that the kiddies will love, and might help you feel like a kid again too.


1. Iris by Lowe’s Santa Tracker: Iris by Lowe’s clever little Santa Tracker allows you to “set up” sensors via the app all around your house to track when St. Nicholas makes his visit. The sensor is complete with a Christmas countdown clock and there’s even a holiday decoration automation guide to help your coordinate your Christmas lights — maybe you can cop this family’s dubstep decor style?

DL It: Free on iOS and Android


2. ElfYourself by Office Depot: We promise, you’ll never get sick of Office Depot’s ElfYourself app. It started as a hilarious site you could play with on the computer and now it’s on your smartphone. Handy, huh? Just snap a photo of yourself and your friends, then hit Let’s Dance to make the Best. Video. Ever. This app will bring the laughs time and time again.

DL It: Free on iOS and Android


3. Call from Santa: Set up this app ahead of time to arrange a call from Santa for a sweet phone call from the Big Man himself. You can customize the call by age, gender and even what Santa is calling about. The little kiddo in your life is going to believe in magic after this call.

DL It: Free on iOS and Android


4. Santa’s Naughty or Nice List Finger Scanner: This app is simply a lot of fun. You can preset what the answer is going to be: naughty, nice or let Santa decide. Then, have your pal place his or her finger on the phone and the app will reveal whether or not he or she has been naughty or nice this year.

DL It: Free on iOS


5. Christmas Countdown!: This is the app all Christmas lovers need. Christmas Countdown will allow you to count down to the big day down to the second. But in case knowing the exact second isn’t enough, the app can count down in multiple time modes, like weeks or nights. You can also share the clock on your social accounts.

DL It: Free on iOS


6. A Charlie Brown Christmas Interactive Book: The Charlie Brown Christmas story is going to make you hardcore nostalgic. Share this children’s classic with your kids with this upgraded interactive digital games. Sure, it’s a lot to pay for an app, but it allows you to decorate Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, play on Shroeder’s piano, listen to all the iconic Peanuts songs and even a read along with the book.

DL It: $4.99 on iOS and $5.99 on Android

Do you have any favorite holiday apps that we missed? Tweet us @BritandCo!