You Need These FREE Christmas Apps on Your Phone This Season!

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Get the best holiday apps of the season. 🎄

The holidays are a time for family, Christmas traditions, and, of course, some good old fashioned fun! But let’s be honest — organizing everything can get a little chaotic around this time of year! Luckily, your smartphone can do it all in one place, from budgeting, shopping, and keeping you entertained with just a quick visit to your phone’s app store.

We’ve put together a list of the best FREE Christmas apps to have on your phone to make the holiday season easy and even more enjoyable.

And the best part? You won’t even need to spend a dime!


1. The Christmas Radio app is the best for listing to free holiday music!

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Website | iOS | Android

We all need some festive Christmas music to get into the holiday spirit! 

With over 80 Christmas stations, this app has an ample variety of genres to get any music lover in the Christmas spirit! The popular Christmas Radio app is FREE for all devices. There’s even a North Pole radio station that broadcasts right from… you guessed it… The North Pole!

Some other popular stations on Christmas Radio this year include Mistletoe, Christmas Carols Radio, and Kristmas Kountry. We also love that when closing out of the app, your music still plays!


2. Santa’s Bag is the best free Christmas app for staying on budget!

Santa's bag christmas app money wallet

Website | iOS

Who needs to stay on budget this year? With this genius app, you can do that and stay organized!

Santa’s Bag is the best Christmas app and it’s FREE for iPhone and iPad. It’s fun and easy to use so you can stay on budget this holiday season for all your gift-giving!

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Santa’s Bag helps you plan your Christmas shopping lists, manage your gift recipients, and keep track of what you’ve already purchased versus what you haven’t yet. We also really love that the homepage of the app boasts a countdown to Christmas, so you know exactly how much time you have left to accomplish all that Christmas shopping.

Need a shopping management app that’s a bit more robust? Check out The Christmas List. While it does cost $2.99, this app makes shopping and budgeting even more user-friendly.

With this app you can:

  • Easily share lists using AirDrop, email, iCloud Drive, or Messages.
  • Remember your favorites stores and auto-generate shopping lists while you’re there.
  • Track gifts by to-dos along with what’s purchased, shipped, received, and wrapped.

3. Elf Yourself® is the best free Christmas app for creating your own online fun!

Website | iOS | Android

This app will be sure to make you and all your friends laugh for many Christmases to come!

As you can see for yoursElf (click the play button above), we had WAY too much fun using this app to create our own Hip2Save Christmas Beach Party Elf Yourself® video! This entertaining and hilarious Christmas app is the best and totally FREE for iOS and Android devices, and it will soon become one of your favorite annual traditions. You can easily add up to five photos of yourself with family and friends.

After adding your photos, there are several dances to choose from – some of which are totally free including the one we used above! Once you select your favorite gig, Elf Yourself® will generate a hysterical video within seconds! Plus, the app allows you to share your video online whether it’s via email, Facebook, Instagram, or just saving it to your phone to text and laugh over with all your friends!

We don’t think your Christmas would be complete until trying out this incredibly enjoyable app! 🎄


4. Punchbowl is the best free Christmas app to let loved ones know you’re thinking of them.

Punchbowl iphone christmas app

Website | iOS | Android

Christmas time means reminding loved ones you’re thinking of them – now more than ever! Check out this Christmas app to create the perfect greeting cards.

Easily create free and festive greeting cards with Punchbowl for FREE on iOS and Android devices. Skip the trip to the post office and browse the thousands of beautiful digital greeting cards, invitations, and save-the-dates that you can design and send in just a few clicks!

With so many people staying home this year, they’ve also added a totally new feature so you can add a personalized & heartfelt video to your greeting card!

punchbowl app with screenshots of christmas app invitations

Hosting a virtual Christmas party instead? This Christmas app for holiday greetings also helps you create invites and keep track of your RSVP guest list in real-time. It also allows you to easily follow up with friends who are undecided – but we’re thinking it’s unlikely they’ll have actual plans this year. 😉

Conveniently upload your guest list directly from your contacts, then you can send your beautiful invites to your friends and family by email or text right from the app!

Hip Tip: Upgrading your Punchbowl app will unlock lots of other features! Depending on the subscription you choose, your upgrades will feature designs and benefits such as the ability to collaborate with a co-host, poll your guests, or remove advertising.

Our favorite upgrade feature is being able to add a “Potluck” list to your custom invites if you’re planning to have a smaller, family gathering for the holidays. Knowing what each family member is “cooking up” for your party makes life so much easier!


5. Download A Message from Santa! so he can personally call your kiddos.

A Call from Santa! Christmas app

Website | iOS | Android

We love this fun, free Christmas app for your kids! There’s nothing like a phone call from the “Big Guy” to keep them being good all season long!

A Message from Santa is FREE for iOS and Android devices. This year you can totally amaze your children by requesting a free personalized phone call or video message from Santa Claus himself!

a call from santa app christmas

This free Santa Christmas app is the best since the options are endless! Receive unlimited, free video messages. Even better, once you personalize one child (or all of your children) into your account, they can also personally text with Santa, call Santa’s voicemail, and talk with him on the phone!

Customize each child in the app with what they like and what their favorite things to do are. This app is sure to keep the magic of Christmas alive for your little believers!


6. Get this free Christmas app with tons of Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

elf on the shelf with toilet paper

Website | iOS | Android

I bought an Elf on the Shelf – now what? This app is here to help!

So you bought an Elf on the Shelf… If you’re like me, you didn’t think about the fact that you’re going to have to creatively move it every single night or your kids are going to start asking questions you can’t answer. Haha!

If you’re a fan of creating fun and engaging ideas for your Elf on the Shelf, this free Christmas app has all the answers, and it’s FREE for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. With an endless amount of creative places to place your Elf, you’ll get through December, no problem!

This app will walk you through each “idea” and even tell you which items you’ll need to recreate each scene to perfection. Now the key to it all is to not forget to do it! 😉

Hip Tip: Do you still need to purchase an Elf on the Shelf? Check them out here or DIY your own personalized Elf! Plus, did you know this year they launched the world’s smallest ELF?!


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Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.


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Comments 9

  1. JEBG10

    Messages from Santa app is not free. After you download, in order to actually get anything, you have to pay 🙁

  2. JEBG10

    Scratch that! Got it to go (pay for all year). Had to log out and back in to see.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the update!

  3. Lori

    That elf dance is so funny!

  4. amy

    For some reason the Elf Yourself is not free for me. I selected the beach theme as mentioned in the article. Any advice?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Amy! This is still free for me. Maybe wait a moment and check back again. Hoping it works for you soon!

    • Sara

      Hey Amy! From past experience, I know they tend to change which videos are free. Although this was free for me just the other day, they may have changed it again, so I would check and see which videos are free in your app. Let us know how it works out for ya!

  5. Kelly

    Thanks for the tips! My kids have been elf-ifying themselves all day!

    • Sara

      Haha! I could do it all day, myself! Glad they’re enjoying it!

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