5 best holiday apps
Help bring in the holiday spirit and cheer with these 5 smartphone apps.
Mon, Dec 17 2012 at 5:30 PM
Screen grab of the TuneIn Radio app for iPad (Credit: TuneIn Radio)
The Christmas spirit doesn't just exist in your heart: it lives in your mobile device, too. With these apps, you can take the joy of the season on the go.
MapMuse Christmas Light Display Locator (iOS)
Celebrate the season by gawking at your neighbor's lighting display, whether beautiful or garish. This free app (and website) shows where to see holiday light displays, based on reports that people add to the app. Users can even post reviews to help you find the best — and avoid the worst.
NORAD Santa Tracker (Android, iOS, Windows Phone)
Instead of anxiously sitting awake in bed on Christmas Eve, kids of all ages can follow Santa's progress through the world with NORAD's free Santa Tracker app. While you wait, you can also play the "Elf Toss" game — that'll get you in the spirit.
A Very She & Him Christmas (iOS)
In this modern take on the fireplace TV channel, She & Him (also known as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) offer this free app that features video of a roaring fire while you listen to the duo's take on "I'll Be Home for Christmas." You can buy other songs from the album, "A Very She & Him Christmas," which they released last year.
TuneIn Radio (Android, iOS)
While you open gifts on Christmas morning, use TuneIn Radio's free app to listen to Christmas-only stations from around the world. From gospel to carols to jazz, the app features dozens of streaming music radio stations to suit your holiday mood. If you're completely over the holiday, listen to hundreds of other stations that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas.
Christmas Tree Decorator (iOS); Christmas Tree Decoration (Android)
If you can't find room in your home for a real tree, you can decorate a virtual one on your screen. With this $1 iOS app from ANDESigned or free Android app from Kidgames, you can add lights and ornaments to design your ultimate Christmas tree, and you don't have to worry about cleaning up the dead pine needles.
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