Best Holiday Apps

Santa Claus isn't just coming to town -- he's coming to a device near you! Our list includes classic tales, popular characters, and holiday-themed game and activity apps.

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Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure HD

age 3+

Fun, easy, book-like interactive adventure for preschoolers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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A Charlie Brown Christmas

age 4+

Pitch-perfect app tribute to the holiday TV classic.

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Christmas Tale

age 4+

Short but cute and jolly Santa story with interactive pics.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss Poster Image
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss

age 4+

Classic tale reminds kids of the true meaning of Christmas.

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PopOut! The Night Before Christmas

age 4+

Holiday classic with exciting interactivity.

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12 Days of Christmas - Polk Street Press Singalong

age 5+

Richly illustrated sing-along offers a little math practice.

Devices: iPad (2011)
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

age 5+

Less-scary read-along version of holiday classic shines.

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Grinchmas!

age 6+

Grinchy puzzle fun about flinging objects at Whos.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker Interactive Storybook

age 6+

Step into the magic, but beware of some technical issues.

Devices: iPad, Android (2014)
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Santa's Christmas Village

age 7+

17 great age-spanning games make this app feel like a gift.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2010)
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ElfYourself

age 14+

Create a dancing elf version of yourself.

URL: http://www.elfyourself.com/ (2010)