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5 Free Apps Perfect For The Holiday Rush

By Andy Franco , Dec 22, 2016 08:00 PM EST
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We can't think of a better way to help tech savvy readers with Christmas preparations than to provide you with a list of apps perfect for the holiday rush. The listed apps are all free to download but you still need to watch out for sneaky in-app purchases.

1. Hallmark eCards (with in-app purchases)

Send some virtual holiday cheer through Hallmark eCards. One can create and customize a greeting card within the app. The app can be downloaded on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You can also make animated wishes and send stickers in iMessage, through Facebook and email.

2. World Radio Stations Christmas

You are bound to either be the host or attend a party this Christmas. To liven up the mood, you can't forget about the music. Belt out with Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You' or perfect your Mean Girls Jingle Bell Rock dance choreography with friends.

The World Radio Stations Christmas is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You can listen to Christmas music 97 radio stations in ten languages.

3. NORAD Tracks Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have been tracking Santa's whereabouts for years. The story was that children asking for mistakenly started calling their hotline because of a misprint. The staff went along with it and carried on the tradition every year from then. Santa's location is now also updated through their website.

Smartphone and tablet users can also participate in Santa-tracking by downloading the app through the Windows, Apple, and Google Play stores. You can also apparently track on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Google+.

4. Perfect Christmas Dinner

Chefs from Ashburton Cookery School, a leading culinary school from the UK, are going to help you make sure your Christmas celebration dinner is in top shape. The app provides over 25 step-by-step video recipes. Interested iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can find how-to guides on Christmas Canapés, Main Courses, Accompaniments, Puddings, and Drinks. The app also has a shopping list maker and menu list.

5. Christmas Countdown

Who are we kidding? Countdowns are inevitable during the holidays. They build up the excitement as friends and families gather and wait for 12 midnight to come. For Android users, you can download the free Christmas Countdown 2016 app from Google Play. It features a snowy countdown screen and an advent calendar suggesting new things to do every day.

VisialSoft also put up Christmas Countdown! for the iPhone and iPad. The app has multiple time modes and 5 Christmas characters. It will also allow you to share the countdown to social media sites. It will also play Christmas songs while you watch the time tick!

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