The 5 Best Santa Apps for 2020

Download Santa apps to bring the Christmas cheer to your smartphone or tablet

From listening to digital versions of your favorite Christmas carols on a streaming service to building up your Secret Santa gift list, there are a variety of ways to bring the festive fun to your smartphone or tablet as soon as the jack-o-lanterns and turkeys are put away.

One of the best ways to digitally get ready for the Christmas season is to explore all of the fun Santa apps that are available for iOS and Android devices. Some let you talk to Santa Claus personally while others can turn your iPhone into your very own naughty or nice detector. We reviewed Santa Apps to find the best ones for your iPhone and Android.

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Best Santa Claus Calling App: Message From Santa!

Message From Santa! app on iPhone.

First Class Media B.V.

What We Like
  • All main features are completely free to use.

  • Easy-to-understand menu design and mobile phone interface.

  • High quality audio and video messages from Santa.

What We Don't Like
  • $1.99 upgrade required to customize names in messages.

  • Videos ads in free version are distracting and take a while to skip.

Message From Santa! is a Christmas app for iOS and Android smart devices that lets kids call Santa for real. Well, almost for real.

This Santa app features a built-in mobile phone feature that allows children to call Santa’s voicemail, leave a message, check what he’s up to, and even check if he thinks they’re naughty or nice. No real phone calls are made, of course, but the app looks and works well enough that it will likely trick, or at the least entertain, younger true believers into thinking they’re about to call Santa in real life.

While this Santa app creates the illusion of making phone calls and sending text messages to the North Pole, no actual communication is taking place. Everything happens within the app.

Some of the audio changes depending on the time of day a call is made and parents can also enter personal information into the app to make it sound like Santa truly knows who he’s talking to. In addition to the audio features, message From Santa! also provides three video messages from Santa Claus and an elf which are incredibly well-made and free to use. A premium upgrade is needed to remove the video ads and to use custom names in Santa phone calls but the app is fairly satisfying when used for free.

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Coolest Santa Tracking App: Santa Tracker and Status Check

Santa Tracker and Status Check app on iPhone.

First Class Media B.V.

What We Like
  • Very cool Sci-Fi design that sets it apart from similar Santa tracking apps.

  • Fun Santa stats not usually shown in other apps.

  • Support for Apple TV and iPad.

What We Don't Like
  • Way too many video ads upon start-up and when switching menus.

  • It’s hard to imagine kids spending more than a few minutes on this app.

Santa tracking apps are some of the most-popular Christmas apps in both Apple’s App Store and on Google Play. There’s no denying the simple joy in watching where Santa Claus is in real-time on Christmas Eve but, while most apps begin their tracking feature a day or two before the big day, Santa Tracker and Status Check lets you detect where Santa is all year round.

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In addition to the real-time GPS location of Santa and some cool stats showing how far he is from your current location, this Christmas app also give you a futuristic scan of Santa’s body and a cool countdown clock for Christmas Eve. The video ads are a bit obnoxious but these can be disabled for just $0.99 which is a lot cheaper than what other Santa apps usually charge. The app can also be loaded on an Apple TV which is a nice bonus.

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Best Catching Santa Video Game: Santa Spy Cam 3

Santa Spy Cam 3 app on iPhone.


What We Like
  • High quality costumes and actors in the videos.

  • Very easy to a shoot and edit footage.

What We Don't Like
  • Only one film option is free but the rest can be bought for $1.99.

  • No way to take a photo within the app.

Santa Spy Cam 3 is one of many catching Santa apps that lets adults and children create photographs and videos that show them catching Santa Claus and his elves on film during their Christmas Eve trip. This particular app features a large library of high quality footage of actors dressed up as the popular Christmas characters which can be placed over the top of whatever you choose to film.

All of the characters can be resized to match the scale of the objects on screen and the film recording process is very easy to use. The only major downsides are the photo option, which requires an image to be imported from your phone or tablet’s library rather than shot live, and the fact that all but one of the character options needs to be unlocked with a one-off payment.

Still, the free option is still fun and the $1.99 upgrade won’t break the bank for those looking to shoot a collection of Christmas films to show the relatives.

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Best Santa App for Kids: Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2

Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2 Santa video game app on iOS and Android.


What We Like
  • A wide variety of Santa and Christmas themed activities and games.

  • Cute graphics and easy-to-understand gameplay.

What We Don't Like
  • Several games require a payment of a few dollars to unlock.

  • Many items unlock at different level tiers which may frustrate some junior players.

Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2 is a special Christmas spin-off of the other Sweet Baby Girl iOS and Android apps with a heavy focus on Santa Claus and the North Pole. Players are tasked with decorating Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole and can complete activities such as decorating the Christmas tree, carving ice sculptures, and even designing Santa’s outfit.

The interaction with Santa is particularly engaging as it allows younger players to explore their creativity by choosing from a variety of hats, shirts, pants, shows, and even beard styles for Santa Claus to wear.

Some mini-games do require payment to unlock but there’s more than enough to keep free players entertained. With the number of games to play, Sweet Baby Girl Christmas 2 actually feels like several Santa apps rolled into one.

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Best Free Santa App: Santa's Naughty or Nice List

Santa's Naughty or Nice List app on iPhone.

Ichiban Mobile

What We Like
  • A fun app that will get kids talking to each other.

  • The bonus sticker/photo feature is remarkably solid.

What We Don't Like
  • Not available on Android tablets or smartphones.

Santa's Naughty or Nice List is a fun little Christmas app that turns your iPhone or iPad into Santa’s naughty or nice detector. Anyone who places their finger or thumb on the screen will be marked as nice but, if you tap the text on the screen beforehand, the next scan will read as naughty which can be a lot of fun among family members or classmates.

As an added bonus, this Santa app also features a Christmas countdown on the main screen, a simple but fun Pac-Man-esque video game, and a digital photo booth where you can decorate your photos with a massive selection of Santa, snowman, and pine tree stickers. Best of all, all of these features are free.

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