The holiday euphoria is starting to heat up. During the whole month of December, all we think about are our families, and upcoming holidays. We think about presents, dress in ugly sweaters and Santa Claus costumes, and spread the holiday spirit.
Whether we want to admit or not, computers are an important part of our everyday lives. So, it’s natural to enhance our workstations with the Christmas cheer, as well. We already showed you how to ‘decorate’ your Desktops for Christmas, but that’s not all.
We now present you a list of the best Christmas-related apps for Windows 10. All these apps were made to fulfill the holiday excitement, and even make Christmas better and more exciting. Some of the apps are made for children, but it’s absolutely okay if you forget about your age for a moment, and let yourself enjoy.
What’s Christmas without a table full of delicious food? Of course, you’ll look for granny’s old recipe when preparing the traditional food. But, in case you need some more ideas to make your Christmas feast even richer, there’s an app called Christmas Kitchen.
Although this app was originally developed for Windows 8.1, it still works exceptionally well on Windows 10. Christmas Kitchen features many Christmas-recipes for absolutely any dish of the day. You’ll find the best Christmas recipes for breakfast, dinner, desert, lunch. The app also has some cocktail recipes, in case you don’t want to celebrate Christmas the traditional way.
And even if you don’t find what you’re looking for in Christmas Kitchen, you can always try some other recipes app, like Yummly, Allrecipes, iFood, and more. We’re sure all these apps will prepare some tasty Christmas-themed recipes for you.
If you want to download Christmas Kitchen, you can do so for free from the Store.
Create a Santa
This is a must-use app this Christmas. Once you’ve installed it, you can turn yourself into Santa Claus.
The app will show an aged image of yourself with Santa wear including Santa Beard, Santa Eye Brows, Santa Hats and all the apparel.
It works with photos taken from your photo gallery or with your camera.
You can download this app from the Microsoft Store.
If you’re, like Santa Clause, looking for your own little elf assistant, this app might be perfect. Simply called Christmas, this assistant features everything you need to from a Christmas-themed app. Here’s the complete list of features:
- Countdown in days, hours, minutes and seconds One click share of
- One click share of countdown with your friends in facebook, twitter, by email, etc.
- Pre-set 25+ SMS
- 25+ Wallpapers
- Create gift list
So, Christmas is like five Christmas-themed apps combined. If you’re impatient, you can always check how much is left until Christmas. If you’re too busy during Christmas, you can send automatic SMS messages to your loved ones. You can customize your Desktop with Christmas wallpapers. And you can also create your own gift list.
So, if you don’t want to mess with multiple apps this Christmas, this app is perfect.
Christmas is available in the Windows Store, and you can download it for free.
Santa's Advent Calendar
And finally, one of the best things to keep your mind on Christmas during the whole month of December is advent calendar! You probably owned one when you were younger, and cheered every day because of a new gift. Well, instead of sweets and candies, Santa’s Advent Calendar offers you virtual gifts, to make the Christmas countdown more interesting.
The app has 24 hidden surprises, which are revealed every day until Christmas. SPOILER ALERT: here’s the list of all of them:
- “Sing-a-long to traditional Christmas favorites: Jingle Bells and Away in a manger
- Test your memory with the 12 days of Christmas musical game
- Interactive 3D Puzzles and Sliders with stunning festive graphics
- Festive games: Christmas Pairs, Find Rudolph, Elf Escape and much more
- Too cold to play outside, why not dress the snowman from the warmth of your home or draw on our frosted window
- A collection of Christmas Jokes, Poems and Riddles to keep you smiling all season – Ho Ho Ho!”
Santa’s Advent Calendar is available in the Windows Store for the price of $1.49. But you can try it for free.
- Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in other tools to get your PC ready for Christmas (or gift ideas for that matter), check out our wide collection of guides.
Christmas Time Pro
This app lets you know how many days, hours, minutes, seconds, and even milliseconds are left until Christmas. So, if you’re looking for a Christmas countdown app, this is the most accurate tool that you can get.
At midnight on Christmas Eve, time will freeze while Santa delivers gifts throughout the world. At midnight on Christmas Day, the app resets and you’ll see how many days, hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds are left until Christmas next year.
The app also features live tile and lock screen badge notifications. You can get it from the Microsoft Store.
NORAD Tracks Santa
Do you believe in Santa? Well, according to NORAD, he’s as real as he can get, and busier than anyone in the world during the holiday season. NORAD Santa Tracker allows you to follow Santa Claus on his journey of delivering Christmas gifts (and coal) to children.
Santa begins his journey on the Christmas Eve, when you’ll be able to follow his every step with Santa Tracker. However, the app/website offers more cool content. If you visit it before December 24th, you can watch videos about Santa Claus, read stories, listen to holiday music, and more.
Using Santa Tracker will make you believe Santa’s real, again. But, even if this holiday GPRS system doesn’t convince you of Santa’s existence, your kid will definitely be delighted to know when to expect Saint Nick.
UPDATE: The NORAD Track Santa app is no longer available for download.
Classic Christmas Sounds
Another very important ingredient for a perfect Christmas is cheerful holiday music. But as much as Christmas is a joyful time of the year, it’s also a very busy period. You’ll probably need to do a lot of work to provide the best possible Christmas for your family, so you won’t have time to look for old CDs with Christmas songs, or create a playlist by yourself.
Well, worry no more. There’s an app in the Windows Store called Classic Christmas Sounds, that will fulfill the atmosphere with beautiful Christmas tunes. Classic Christmas Sounds features 14 beautiful Christmas carols, that are pleasant to your ear not just during Christmas, but during the whole year. The app also works minimized, so you can do other stuff on your computer.
However, the only catch is that just five melodies are available for free. To unlock all 14 songs, you’ll have to purchase the Pro version, which costs $1.99.
If you want to try Classic Christmas Sounds, you can download the app for free from the Windows Store.
Our list of top 7 Christmas apps for Windows 10 is now complete. We hope you’ll enjoy using these apps, as much as you’ll enjoy spending the holidays with your loved ones.
So, what more can we say, than Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been since updated for freshness and accuracy.