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The Best Free Christmas Apps You Need on Your Phone This Season

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The holidays are a time for family, fun, and festivities. But let’s be honest — they get a little chaotic! Luckily, your smartphone can make your budgeting, shopping, and entertaining simplified with just a quick visit to your phone’s app store. And the best part? You won’t even need to spend a dime!

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. 🎄


1. Christmas Radio

christmas spirit lights

Website | iOS | Android

We all need some 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 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

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 a FREE app 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!

santa's bag iphone app

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®

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 ourselves to create our own Hip2Save Hip Hop Elf Yourself® video! This entertaining and hilarious app is FREE for iOS and Android devices, and it will soon become one your favorite annual traditions. You can easily add up to five photos of yourself with family, coworkers, and friends.

After adding your photos, there are several dances to choose from. Once you select your favorite gig, Elf Yourself® will generate a hysterical video within minutes! Plus, the app allows you to share your video online whether it’s via email, social media, or just saving it to your phone to text to all your friends.

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


4. Punchbowl

Punchbowl iphone christmas app

Website | iOS | Android

Christmas time means a lot of holiday get-togethers! Check out this app to create the perfect invitation for your Christmas party.

Easily create free and festive digital invitations for any Christmas party you’re planning! Punchbowl is FREE for iOS and Android devices. Skip the trip to the post office and browse the thousands of beautiful digital invitations and save-the-dates that you can design and send in just a few clicks!

Punchbowl iphone app for Christmas

Punchbowl helps you keep track of your RSVP guest list in real time and allows you to easily follow up with friends who are undecided. 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 add your own photo to your invite, 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. Knowing what people are “cooking up” for your party makes life so much easier!


5. A Message from Santa!

A Call from Santa! Christmas app

Website | iOS | Android

We love this fun app for your kids! There’s nothing like a phone call from the “Big Guy” to keep them straight 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

The app 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. Elf on the Shelf Ideas

elf on the shelf ideas app

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. Ha ha!

This Elf on the Shelf Ideas 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 Elf on the Shelf Ideas 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!


Will you be using any of these apps this Christmas season?

Please let us know in the comments below!


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Comments 29

  1. Melissa

    Thank you, Thank you🎅🏻🤶🏻Christmas mode on!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Woohoo! Glad to hear it! You’re welcome Melissa!

  2. steph

    Thank you!! My family loves Christmas! We will definitely be using these apps! You guys are great I appreciate everything you do!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You are so very welcome, Steph! We sure appreciate YOU! Thanks a ton for the sweet comment! ❤️

  3. denise

    wow you are all great dancers!!! that is so cute

  4. RONNA J Smith

    I am downloading the Elf Yourself right now, looks fun!! Thank you!!!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I know! I LOVE that one! You’re welcome!

  5. den

    I didn’t even know I needed a Christmas radio app but now I don’t even know how I’ve gone this long without one, thanks a bunch!

  6. shammerle

    Wowsers!!!! Wonderful. Good stuff. Love them. Thank you.

  7. Melissa

    I love the Elf Yourself app! Got it last year. My adult kids were not impressed, but we thought it was hilarious!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      LOL! It sure is a fun one! Glad you have enjoyed it too!

  8. ~jenn~

    Thanks for the suggestions!
    The radio one I’ll have to pass on though. With Google Assistant in the house, Christmas music is just an ask away.
    For my car, it’s become a tradition that my fiancé programs a Christmas music channel on the satellite radio he installed in my car. Now that may not seem like a big deal, but if you knew how hard Christmas is on him due to a tragic family accident from his childhood, you’d understand. He will take me around in a few weeks to see some of the great decorated houses and we’ll listen to the station he chose while driving.
    Last year he took me to a house that had its own radio station and synced musical lighting. I was so sick, I needed a Christmas dose! He took me to Starbucks to get a peppermint mocha and then drove me around for about an hour. Snuggled up in a blanket with a Christmas mocha, Christmas music, Christmas lights and him holding my hand. No better way to spend a holiday evening—-even when sick.

    • Rebecca

      Christmas is hard for a lot of people… he sounds like a keeper!❤️

  9. chaeysa

    I need Santa’s Bag for Android. Any suggestions?

    • Allyson

      Christmas Gift List app is simple and can keep track of $$

  10. Allyson

    I really like the Christmas Gift List app for android. It’s simple and easy to use.

    • Eileen

      Can someone kindly take a pic. of the app. Because there are so many

  11. Jessica

    I’ve used the Santa’s bag app for years and love it!! It’s beyond helpful. Especially the spot on each gift where it asks for location.. so I don’t forget where I hid the gifts! 😂 I highly suggest this app for everyone!

  12. Ashley

    I’ve already elfed my family today (including both my dogs) 😂
    Love the Christmas radio app! Thanks guys!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      LOL! Isn’t it fun!? Glad you are enjoying the Christmas apps, Ashley! You’re so welcome!

  13. Nicole K

    Great post! I’m downloading most of them as I type this, lol. Thank you for sharing!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome! Enjoy! 🎄

  14. celticmommie

    Great ideas!! My family always downloads a Santa tracker on Christmas Eve like NORAD (http://noradsanta.org/). While we have family dinner, the kids track Santa’s progress around the globe. 🙂

  15. Lolie

    Thank you! I’m excited about the Christmas radio app!

  16. Elisha

    Thank you! I have used The Christmas List for years and love it! You can archive your information so you can go back and see what you bought the person in years past. It’s well worth the $$$!

  17. kathy hansen

    I am having a blast with Elf Youself thanks

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