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December 1, 2014

10 Free and Festive Christmas Apps for Android

Get access to the best seasonal gaming, wallpapers and more.

By Jimmy Nicholls

With Advent upon us the Christmas season has finally begun. The misers among you will be looking to retreat to your caves to fend off the end of the year, but the rest can celebrate the season with these festive Android apps, all available for free.

1. Christmas Gift List

Those juggling presents for their friends and family will undoubtedly be struggling to keep track of what they need to buy, how much it will cost, and who each present is for. This app has been developed with just such a person in mind, and is also password protected so you can keep the presents secret until the big day.

2. Christmas Snow Live Wallpaper

Missing out on a white Christmas is a traditional part of the British holiday season, but for the snow enthusiasts among you, you can bring some of the white stuff to your phone with this live wallpaper. Dynamic snow effect floats down over several pretty winter backgrounds, with the effect only slightly spoiled by the adverts.

3. Doodle Jump Christmas Special

For the uninitiated, Doodle Jump is a platform game where you have to jump to the top of an endless tower, avoiding obstacles and collecting power-ups. This Christmas special equips you with specially themed maps and a host of extra features, making it a great deal for veterans and newcomers.

4. Christmas Fun

Christmas Fun is a package of activities for the festive season specifically aimed at children and families. The app features 16 Christmas songs with lyrics and animations, a series of games and some seasonal photo frames to spruce up your selfies.

5. Christmas Countdown Free

If you cannot wait until Christmas this is your chance to make the experience even less bearable, by changing your desktop to a clock counting down the seconds until St. Nick arrives. Users can choose from a range of trees and visual effects, and the app is even adapted to the day and night cycle.

6. Christmas Radio

It is often hard to find someone who is not sick of Christmas tunes blaring out of every speaker system in the country by the end of the month, but for those who cannot get enough of religious hymns and the obligatory rendition of "Merry Xmas Everybody" this app will let you tune into stations that play nothing but winter tunes.

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7. Christmas Keyboard

This add-on tweaks the interface of your messaging apps and web browser to give you keyboard a frosty sheen. The design is clean for the most part, with minor festive art adding a little cheer to your normal, boring keyboard.

8. Christmas Snowman

Those weaned on Raymond Briggs’ classic book The Snowman and its film adaptation will be delighted by these wallpapers featuring various icy figurines. Snowfall can be configured by the user to their taste, with the experience only somewhat marred by advertising.

9. Christmas Mahjong Free

Mahjong has been a favourite solo game on desktops for some time, with players expected to clear a pile of tiles by matching up the identical ones. This version adds plenty of Christmas artwork as well as 20 different patterns to work your way through across a range of difficulties.

10. Christmas Emoticons

Spreading the festive cheer is sometimes easier with pictures than with words, and this app gives you access to a plethora of Christmas emoticons. The extension works with text message, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, with presents, stockings and candy canes just a few of the options to choose from.

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