Welcome to the 2016 list of holiday apps for kids, made by family-friendly developers. These apps are designed to bring educational and playful content to kids in festive seasonal themes.
Everything in the holiday apps 2016 list is new or updated as of this year. A link to great holiday apps from past years is included at the end of this post.
Pico Christmas by Bigo Bjuo encourages young artists to paint, color, draw and decorate.
Trouble in Christmas Town
Adventure to the North Pole in an interactive storybook, handcrafted from a family-friendly team in Germany.
Grandpa’s Toy Shop
NEW! Just arrived from Fairlady Media on December 15th. Go ahead, build a toy!
Fiete Christmas Advent Calendar
Unwrap, play and decorate a present each day! Updated with 2016 calendar dates.
Reading Train Christmas
Listen, read and record over 30 Christmas books and songbooks. Updated November 2016.
Bogga Christmas Tree
Decorate your own, unique Christmas tree!
Count down until Christmas with daily letter practice and a fun dot-to-dot!
One Present, Please
Interactive holiday storybook filled with fine art illustrations.
Save Christmas in a refreshingly beautiful way with this new game released on December 16th.
Xmas Junior by Jan Essig includes four classic games like Tic Tac Toe and Santa says.
Montessori Nature (Winter Edition)
Manage a natural ecosystem where kids can plant, harvest and grow. Updated in December 2016 with a winter theme.
Explore the Arctic, navigate maps, and draw in Artie’s Village (updated seasonally).
Christmas Stickers for iMessage
See Santa and send some holiday cheer to friends with this new iMessage sticker app!
Holiday Apps From Past Years
Holiday apps are made to last. Check out this post from 2015 with a bountiful selection of creative apps to help children learn and thrive: Holiday Cheer Comes to Apps for Kids. Still looking for more? The Best Holiday Apps list from Common Sense Media has some fun ones, in addition to a colorful roundup from Tech With Kids!
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