It’s almost here. This Christmas is going to be special (if you remember 2012, the movie) because we’d have outlived that misjudged Mayan prediction of doomsday. Anyway, Christmas is a time for gifts, gift ideas and of course, the best Christmas apps for iPhone.

Having been into iPhones and iPads, I’ve seen how the iOS ecosystem actually gels so beautifully well with this season. There are countless apps build around Christmas – ranging from simple little apps that play carols to highly interactive fun apps where you get to be Santa Claus.

With over several hundred thousand apps, it’s tough to find the right app but if you’re a little adventurous, you’ll find loads of amazing iPhone apps for Christmas.

Best Christmas Apps for iPhone and iPad

Here’s our list of top 5 Christmas iPhone apps. This is just the beginning though. We’re sure we’ll find a lot more and post about it too! Be sure to check out the blog often (or better, subscribe!)

Portable North Pole iPhone App1. PNP- Portable North Pole 2013

Phone calls from Santa, premium video messages from Santa – all totally customizable and cool: that’s what PNP’s highly-rated and popular iPhone app is all about. Tons of fun things like Santa’s Radar, countdown, advent calendar (new surprise every day, throughout this month) make PNP a very exciting Christmas app this season. Updated recently for exciting new features.

Price: $3.99
Download PNP- Portable North Pole

2. Best Christmas StoriesBest Christmas Stories iPhone App

What’s a Christmas night without stories before bedtime? But then, where do you go for stories? That’s where the Best Christmas Stories app comes in. It’s a full-feature app with a lot of stories around Christmas. You can search for phrases too with the advanced text search function. Even though the app is old, we think the developers might update the app with more stories this season. Nevertheless, a great resource for a ton of stories.

Price: $0.99
Download Best Christmas Stories

3. Thoughtful Gift FinderThoughtful Gift Finder iPhone App

This app is not really built specifically for Christmas but it will give you the best ideas for Christmas gifts and then link you directly to where you can find these gifts so you can buy them instantly. The app is really useful if you’re running short of time and would want to do some really quick shopping for gifts. The app is also particularly useful if you don’t know where to start with gift ideas this Christmas.

Price: Free
Download Thoughtful Gift Finder

4. Christmas 5Christmas 5 iPhone App

Christmas 5 is a visual treat for someone who’s totally into the spirit of X-mas. The app is all about wallpapers, slideshows and pictures in HD. With an optimized app like this, you can turn your iPhone 5 into a Christmas gadget with all the colorful HD wallpapers that come in the app. We also hope that the developers will make this app free for a limited time!

Price: $1.99
Download Christmas 5

iTidings iPhone App5. iTidings

iTidings is a fun-filled app for the holiday cheer. It contains a lot of ASCII art related to Christmas that you can copy and send via Messages, Whatsapp, Viber etc. ASCII art is fun. There are also other features like hundreds of trivia and facts about the holidays and of course, holiday greetings in over 100 languages that you can learn to charm your friends from other countries. Best of all, the app is free.

Price: Free
Download iTidings