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Stay on Track This Season! 20 Best Holiday Apps for the Family

It’s the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year!

While we may not have the luxury of holiday elves tackling our seasonal load, we do have the convenience of practical apps right at our fingertips!

As a certified app fanatic, I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my smart phone – well, smarter. I rely on the magic of apps for everything from entertaining my kids on road trips to Grammy’s house to managing my household finances and everything in between.

Listen, I know today’s parents are busier than ever. When the holidays send family schedules into overdrive, we need apps that can keep up. And lucky for us, they can!

We’ve rounded up the very best apps to brighten your holiday, whether you’re traveling, shopping on the go, entertaining, looking for Santa, or simply killing time in a busy airport!

Check out the 20 best holiday apps guaranteed to keep your season merry and bright – after the jump!


  • TGI Black Friday 1 of 20
    TGI Black Friday
    Navigate the madness known of Black Friday on November 23rd with this must-have app that allows you to plan your holiday shopping (and spending) weeks before Black Friday ads are published! The app even offers available push notifications to alert you when a new Black Friday ad is released. Hello, savings!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • A Very Cozy Fireplace HD 2 of 20
    A Very Cozy Fireplace HD
    The question isn't why do you need this toasty virtual HD fireplace app, it's why not? Snuggle up to the Holiday Yule Log with the sight and sound of a crackling fire wherever you go!
    Tip: When you're feeling crazed by all the holiday madness, stop and experience your very own zen moment with this relaxing app!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $0.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Amazon Mobile 3 of 20
    Amazon Mobile
    Why fight for a mall parking space or stand in long department store lines when you can shop on the go with Amazon Mobile? This user-friendly app makes it easy to compare prices, scan bar codes, create wish lists, and track your orders no matter where you are!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Holiday Time Machine 4 of 20
    Holiday Time Machine
    Turn back the clock and choose from over 2,500 of your favorite holiday television, commercials, music, trailers, and more for hours of holiday entertainment! It's a simple way to revisit old memories — and create new ones with your kids!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Kayak 5 of 20
    Kayak
    This top-rated mobile travel app is a boon for holiday travelers. Kayak allows you to search and book flights, car rentals, and hotel reservations quickly and easily. With the My Trips feature, your personal itinerary is always at your fingertips — when you're organizing trips for the whole family, something like this could make all the difference.

    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas 6 of 20
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Charlie Brown once asked, "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" There's no doubt you will with this interactive storybook containing digitally remastered illustrations, animation, and music. Embrace the magic and the nostalgia of the season with Charlie Brown and rest of the Peanuts gang.
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $6.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Where is Santa Lite – Santa Tracker 7 of 20
    Where is Santa Lite - Santa Tracker
    If you like to keep tabs on Santa, this is the app for you. Have the kids track Santa's whereabouts at any time (not just Christmas Eve). Santa's estimated arrival time and countdown timer features, which can be customized for your home address, allow for even more holiday magic! Santa, we're waiting!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Packing (+ TO DO!) 8 of 20
    Packing (+ TO DO!)
    No more ho-ho-hoping you don't forget to pack your daughter's favorite lovey or the holiday gifts on the way to Grandma's house! You know have your very own packing assistant with the Packing (+ TO DO!) app! Forget about little sticky notes and to-do lists on the back of receipts — you can never find them when you need 'em anyway. This app can help you stay organized and rest easy knowing you're prepared for all your upcoming holiday festivities!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $0.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Dr. Seuss Camera: The Grinch Edition 9 of 20
    Dr. Seuss Camera: The Grinch Edition
    Get your Grinch on this holiday season with this creative app that allows you to take pictures with Seuss characters. You can even choose to become the Grinch himself, or other classic characters from the holiday tale. Personalize your Grinch holiday cards with fun stamps, borders and Seussy text and send them to friends and family.
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $1.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Skype 10 of 20
    Skype
    Unfortunately, not everyone can come home for the holidays. With the magic of Skype, you can stay connected to friends and family this holiday season with ease. Skype allows you to instant message, make voice or video calls, and share photos for free! Our family uses Skype to stay connected to our international family!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • FlightTrack 11 of 20
    FlightTrack
    If you're flying this holiday season (especially with kids), you'll love the ease and convenience of FlightTrack. Check the status of gates, flight delays and cancellations of 1,400 airlines and 16,000 airports worldwide!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • iMenorah 12 of 20
    iMenorah
    Traveling and busy schedules can make lighting the Menorah during Hanukkah a challenge. This beautiful and practical app allows you to participate in the ancient tradition of lighting the Menorah and includes blessings sung in Hebrew.
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $1.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Grinchmas! 13 of 20
    Grinchmas!
    Assume the role of "Mean Grinch" or "Merry Grinch" in this whimsical app as you attempt to quiet the Who noise or shower them with toys. This could be the perfect way to keeping kids entertained on long car rides or flights while keeping the Christmas spirit.
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $0.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • The Food Network: In the Kitchen 14 of 20
    The Food Network: In the Kitchen
    Someone's in the kitchen with Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay — hey wait, it's you! Join your favorite Food Network stars in the kitchen and whip up a few tasty dishes from your choice of thousands of recipes. Psst! Our family's favorite Christmas morning breakfast is Paula Deen's Hash Brown Casserole.
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $1.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • The Weather Channel 15 of 20
    The Weather Channel
    Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Not sure what to pack for your holiday destination? The Weather Channel app offers the most reliable weather information available, including maps so you can prove to your kids once and for all that they really do need to wear a jacket!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Snapshot Holiday Postcard 16 of 20
    Snapshot Holiday Postcard
    Send a smile this holiday with ease. Create and send beautiful holiday postcards directly from your phone!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $0.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • The Nativity Story 17 of 20
    The Nativity Story
    Share the reason for the season by recording your (or your child's) voice as the narrator of this beautifully illustrated nativity story.
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $3.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Mint.com Personal Finance 18 of 20
    Mint.com Personal Finance
    The holidays are a time of intense spending. Lucky for you there's Mint, an app that allows you to track, budget and manage your personal finances all in the palm of your hand. No more scratching your head at a maxed-out card — you'll be able to see where your money went at the tap of a screen.
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, Free
    Image credit: iTunes
  • Simple Soiree 19 of 20
    Simple Soiree
    Honey, we know you're popular, which is exactly why you need this fabulous party planning app! Simple Soiree allows you to plan a party on the go! Invite guests, manage party deets, create lists and so much more. Holiday party planning has never been so portable!
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $1.99
    Image credit: iTunes
  • To Santa 20 of 20
    To Santa
    Create your very own holiday wish list complete with details such as where to buy and send it to friends and family via email (because you really don't need another ugly scarf).
    Available for iPhone + iPad + iPod touch, $0.99
    Image credit: iTunes

Do you have a favorite holiday app? Share it with us! And check out the Top 50 Apps for Parents for even more time-saving programs.

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