Santa ClausAre your stockings hung by the chimney with care? Are visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? Have you figured out which holiday tasks to outsource? Maybe you want to spread that Christmas cheer to everyone around you too. If that’s the case, then you will really want to have a look at these Christmas apps for iPhone and iPad.

Some of them are just for fun or to help get you in the festive spirit, but there are at least a couple in here that should make the Christmas season a little more manageable for you. Best of all, most of these fun Christmas apps are free from the iTunes App Store.

Sleeps to Christmas Lite

Sleeps to Christmas Advent Calendar App

Sleeps to Christmas Advent Calendar App

iTunes Store Link: Free

How long do we have to wait until Santa makes his rounds, leaving his gifts for all the good boys and girls around the world? How long do we have to wait until we get to enjoy grandma’s fresh rhubarb pie? If you’re tired of old school advent calendars, this digitized and mobile version could be a lot more fun. You can even have it display the total hours, minutes, or seconds to Christmas.

Coca-Cola Christmas Snow Globes

Virtual Snow Globes by Coca-Cola

Virtual Snow Globes by Coca-Cola

iTunes Store Link: Free

For better or for worse, many of us associate this soda accompany with the holiday season. Maybe it has to do with those polar bears or maybe it’s because Coca-Cola invented our modern day interpretation of Santa. Whatever the case, this free app lets you create virtual snow globes that you can then send along to your friends and family.

Where Is Santa – Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker App for Christmas

Santa Tracker App for Christmas

iTunes Store Link: $0.99

People say that it’s practically impossible for jolly old St. Nick to make it all the way around the globe in just one night. And you can say, “Bah! Humbug!” to those people by showing them this Santa tracking app. It provides up-to-the-minute information about Santa’s location, letting you know exactly when he’ll be sliding down your chimney.

The Christmas List

Christmas List App for iPhone

Christmas List App for iPhone

iTunes Store Link: $0.99

You may have already read our guide on how to manage your holiday gift buying. While the other Christmas apps for iPhone listed above are mostly for fun, this one will actually make your life a little easier. It’s more than a simple shopping list, because you can filter it through by the recipients, stores, and completion status. Your lists can be synchronized via e-mail as well.

Christmas Sound Shelf Free

Christmas Sounds on iPad

Christmas Sounds on iPad

iTunes Store Link: Free

Some sounds just remind you of the holiday season. While this sound board doesn’t have Bing Crosby crooning out some Christmas carols for you, it’s a fun shelf filled with festive-themed sounds on your iPad. No, it’s not useful, but you might get a kick out of it.

Yummy Christmas

Yummy Christmas Cookbook for Children

Yummy Christmas Cookbook for Children

iTunes Store Link: Free

A holiday turkey with cranberry sauce is pretty much a staple, but do you know how to make other holiday treats? What about something simpler? Yummy Christmas is effectively a holiday-themed cookbook that’s been geared for the children in the audience. After all, it’s the kids who will rely more on Christmas apps for iPhone than their older counterparts.

Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition

How the Grinch Saved Christmas

How the Grinch Saved Christmas

One of my favorite TV specials has to be How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Well, even your small heart can grow three sizes today with this fun little Christmas app. Basically, you take a picture with your iPhone camera and then you can insert it in over 20 cards based on original Dr. Seuss artwork. Add borders and stamps, then save the e-cards to send off to those on your list via e-mail.

iTunes Store Link: $1.99

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