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Plan your holidays with mobile apps.
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Appy Holidays!

The December holidays have a rich spiritual and cultural heritage. Steeped in tradition, these special days are packed with social gatherings and festive events.

Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa bring to mind the universal desire for peace on earth and goodwill among men.

However, the pressure to create the "perfect" holiday experience can cause stress, anxiety and frustration. Between shopping for holiday gifts, cooking elaborate meals, driving to the airport and entertaining guests, there are a "million things to do" before you can relax and enjoy the season.

Fortunately, modern smartphone technology can help you survive the holidays. These twelve awesome holiday apps are designed for one or more mobile operating systems: Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7.

Whether you're managing a gift list, tracking a holiday flight or searching for the best Black Friday deals, these mobile apps will help you plan your holidays now so you can slow down and enjoy "the most wonderful time of the year."

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1. Advent Calendar

Do you want to add more anticipation and excitement to your celebrations, each and every day of the month?

Count down the days until Christmas with the Advent Calendar holiday app for Windows Phone 7.

The secular Advent calendar features a Santa Claus image on the front, and a new number (date) appears on the screen each day in December. Simply click on the number to unlock a hidden calendar image.

The mobile calendar is a modern take on the traditional Advent calendar, the illustrated cardboard calendar with fold-out windows. The mobile app is easy to use, kid finger-friendly and fun for the whole family.


  • Advent Calendar
  • Windows Phone 7
  • $0.99

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2. Christmas Balls

Experience the sights, sounds and magic of the holidays with the Christmas Balls game app for Windows Phone 7.

Christmas tree ornaments, candy canes and colorful presents fill the screen in this popular logic-and-strategy game. The addictive puzzles increase in complexity through 300 levels and challenges.

Christmas Balls is great way to take the edge off holiday stress. The mobile app is challenging to play and beautiful to watch. It's guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours.


  • Christmas Balls
  • Windows Phone 7
  • $1.99

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3. Christmas List Pro

It's that time of year again: time for holiday shopping and gift giving. Are you making your list and checking it twice?

Christmas List Pro is the perfect high-tech way to organize your holiday shopping list and keep track of your gifts.

Developed for Android phones, Christmas List Pro has many useful features: gift item tracking, cost summaries and more.

Password protection keeps prying eyes away from your list, so you can keep the naughty-and-nice in check.

The popular holiday app was recently updated with a faster, better interface. The user-friendly program will keep you better organized throughout the holiday season.


  • Christmas List Pro
  • Android Market
  • $1.99

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4. Christmas Radio

Do you enjoy listening to Christmas music? Have you searched in vain for a radio station that plays holiday music around the clock?

Look no further. Christmas Radio, a free holiday app from Android Market and Apple AppStore, is the answer.

The app features more than 40 radio stations with everything from traditional songs and classic hymns to Christmas country and holiday rock. Even the North Pole has a radio broadcast.

Listen to music from across the globe, 24/7 and right on your phone. Verify that your account has an unlimited data plan before you tune in, however, or you may see unanticipated charges on your mobile phone bill.


  • Christmas Radio
  • Android Market and Apple AppStore
  • FREE

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5. Christmas Song Lyrics

Christmas Song Lyrics is a holiday app for BlackBerry phones. With hundreds of songs and carols to choose from, this app is a must-have for Christmas carolers and song leaders. It's great for children, too.

The application features a user-friendly interface that is dictionary- and glossary-based. A powerful search engine helps you find just the right lyrics quickly and easily.

Whether you want the words to a traditional carol or you're looking for new song ideas, Christmas Song Lyrics is the perfect mobile app to have on hand.


  • Christmas Song Lyrics
  • BlackBerry App World
  • $1.99

6. Country Living Holiday Cookies

Are you looking for new cookie ideas? Country Living magazine can help.

Country Living has developed 50 recipes for holiday cookies and other baked goodies, and bundled them together in a practical app for Android and Apple iPhone.

Along with snickerdoodle, gingerbread and sugar cookie recipes, the app features handy baking tips and cookie decorating ideas.

Country Living Holiday Cookies is a delightful holiday app. Christmas baking has never been more fun!


  • Country Living Holiday Cookies
  • Android Market and Apple AppStore
  • $2.99

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7. Dreidel

Happy Hanukkah! Now you can play spin-the-dreidel on your Android phone.

Dreidel, a Yiddish word for "spinning top," is a popular Hanukkah game. A virtual version is now available as a smartphone app from Android Market.

The program's beautiful 3D rendering, motion-blur and sound effects make virtual Dreidel feel like the real thing. Just tilt your phone to keep the dreidel from spinning off the screen.


  • Dreidel
  • Android Market
  • $0.99

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8. FlightView

Are you going home for the holidays? Are you traveling by air? Track upcoming flights and weather, get flight status alerts and keep everyone in the loop with FlightView.

FlightView is a mobile phone application designed for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry phones. Useful features include an airline flight tracker, real-time map and current weather conditions for more than 900 airports worldwide.

Travelers can also share their flight information with family and friends via email, text messaging and social networking. FlightView is a must-have mobile app for holiday air travelers.


  • Flightview
  • Android Market, Apple AppStore, BlackBerry App World
  • $0.99

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9. Hanukkah Gift List

Manage your Hanukkah gift recipients with Hanukkah Gift List, a useful holiday application for your iPhone.

Hanukkah Gift List is a functional app much like Christmas List Pro. The preferences feature allows you to store important information like clothing sizes and personal interests.

Menorah candles on the summary view indicate the day of Hanukkah based on your specified start date. Like Christmas List Pro, the app is password protected to keep your list private and safe.


  • Hanukkah Gift List
  • Apple AppStore
  • $0.99

A Cultural Celebration

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10. Kwanzaa Puzzles

Kwanzaa Puzzles is a free holiday app developed for Apple iPhone. The program honors Kwanzaa, an African American cultural celebration.

The fun, educational app features 10 scrambled works of fascinating Kwanzaa art. Each game challenges you to unscramble the pieces to learn more about the holiday and eventually solve the puzzle.

Kwanzaa Puzzles is a great learning tool, especially for children. A user-friendly touch screen interface makes the activity stimulating and fun.


  • Kwanzaa Puzzles
  • Apple AppStore
  • FREE

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11. Santa Watch

Christmas is coming, and so is Santa Claus! Install Santa Watch today, so you can track his progress.

Santa Watch is holiday app for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Phone 7. Enter the time you expect Santa to slide down the chimney, and the app will track his journey from the North Pole to your home.

Santa Watch was among the top three holiday apps for kids in 2010. The fun, interactive program features hand-drawn artwork and magical jingle bell sounds.


  • Santa Watch
  • Android Market, Apple AppStore, BlackBerry AppWorld, windows Phone 7
  • $0.99

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12. TGI Black Friday

What is one of the highest rated holiday apps this year? TGI Black Friday, that's what.

Available for Android and iPhone, the free mobile phone app lets you search most major retailers for thousands of Black Friday deals.

The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, typically heralds the holiday shopping season.

Create your personal gift list now, and use your smartphone to shop quickly and wisely on Black Friday.


  • TGI Black Friday
  • Android Market and Apple AppStore
  • FREE

Copyright 2011. Annette R. Smith. All rights reserved.

Published: November 13, 2011 / Modified: March 2, 2013.

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