Christmas games for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch [updated]

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Christmas games for iPhone, iPod touch and iPadYes, we all know the holidays can be a hectic and sometimes frustrating time of year. So, why not relax a little bit with some festive games? With herds of reindeer, piles of snowballs and even Santa himself at your disposal, there are plenty of great iOS games to help you release some steam while remaining in the spirit of the season. We’ve rounded them up here and present our final list for Christmas 2011.

And if you’re looking for gift ideas for your Apple iDevice and Mac owners, be sure to visit our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

  • New – What we have in Christmas Tree Game HD are two funny snowmen with a crazy idea in their heads to decorate the tree using slingshot with the stocking pulled on it. Why not? It’s so fun! And how effective this method of decoration is is up to you. You have several attempts to launch ornaments from this improvised catapult to the places marked on the tree. But it’s not as easy as it seems, as every type of ornament has its special place. Besides, you shouldn’t touch other figures, as one wrong move can ruin everything.
  • New – Creative Game Development Studio 2kolobka has announced the release of a new unique Christmas arcade based on Santa Claus magic for iOS devices – Santa For Night. Santa For Night is a fun and addictive game about Christmas and New Year. Santa For Night features hours of gameplay and lots of replay value. You will find an interesting design, addictive gameplay, nice sound and of course Christmas spirit.
  • New – Tenacious Technology LLC has announced the release of Play N Wish Merry XMas for iPhone and iPod touch. A wildly dynamic Christmas themed gaming extravaganza, this app gives users access to four unique holiday themed mini-games where they compete to earn points which can be traded in for beautiful Christmas cards. Play N Wish Merry XMas is the only gaming experience on the App Store where players’ rewards earn them the ability to send vibrant Christmas cards via email.
  • New – Just in time for Christmas, developer Jump Games has announced Popping Mania, now available on the App Store. Popping Mania is casual-gaming at its best. Featuring intuitive controls and beautiful graphics in addition to highly addicting gameplay, this title will keep you busy over the Holidays. Featuring two unique modes of play, Arcade and Challenge, this game is suitable to anyone and easy to pick-up-and-play by everyone. In Arcade Mode your objective is to use your slingshot to pop the balloons and score as many points as possible, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the special balloons worth additional bonus points! In Challenge Mode, your skills are put to the test as you try to pop balloons without missing and before the timer runs out!
  • New – Mobe Labb has announced the release of StopSanta for iOS, a challenging word game that features winter, snow and Santa while delivering an addictive experience and festive fun with tons of replay value. It’s a testing blend of excitement and challenge with educational value where users are offered to help Santa to restore the list of Christmas presents. StopSanta is designed to light up users’ Christmas mood with fun and joy. StopSanta is casual-friendly but challenging enough for core gamers.
  • New – Big Ideas Digital, the makers of Say What You See: The Collection have today decided to release a Free boardgames and toys-themed piece of DLC for every Player. Say What You See: The Collection is a free-to-download game that involves spotting themed pop culture references in beautifully hand-painted scenes. The DLC canvas, ‘Toys ‘n games’, has been beautifully painted by artist Martin Davey, who has perfectly captured the chaos of Christmas morning.
  • New – In Xmas Hills the player faces a critical situation: Father Christmas has lost his gifts and his reindeers have escaped. Lots of problems shortly before Christmas Eve! Due to the easily understandable controls, the player quickly learns how to steer Santa Clause on his sleigh that is controlled with the classicone-touch control. The object of the game is to lead Santa’s dashing sleigh with a single fingertip through the air and collect the lost gifts in different countries, constantly pursued by the imminent daybreak. Tiny Santa, his sleigh, and lots of snow-covered hills combine for a casual app with long-term fun. Online achievements with OpenFeint connectivity ensure that players can compete at all times.
  • Hyperion Games has introduced Christmas Sledging 1.1 for iOS devices. Leebo loves sledging; he is out sledging on Christmas eve and sees Santa. But Santa’s sledge slips on an icy patch and drops some presents. Santa asks Leebo to help collect and deliver presents otherwise some houses will go without. Fans of Tiny Wings, Apple’s Game of the Year, will be familiar with the hill and flight dynamics, the additional challenge of landing the sledge to collect presents.
  • Demansol Software Solutions has introduced Santa Box 1.0, their new physics oriented Holiday App for iOS. Santa is standing on a heap of blocks, and your job is to smash all the blocks with a given number of shots. Providing hours to instant entertainment, players, both young and old unwittingly develop focus and attention, pattern recognition, tactical as well as strategic planning and other related critical thinking skills as they go through different levels.
  • Demansol Software Solutions has introduced Snowman Land 1.0, their new fun and addicting slingshot-shooting game for iOS devices. Let’s go to the land of snowmen and have a Christmas blast. Just drag the slingshot to aim a snowman and release it to throw the snowball. Easy to learn, fun to play and challenging to master, the player’s job is to destroy all snowmen before the snowballs finish. Santa Claus is there to make you feel gifted through surprising power-ups.
  • Just in time for this holiday season, Indie game studio Heyalda today announces SnowXross 2, their fun snowmobile racing game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Calling all snowmobile-racing enthusiasts! SnowXross 2 challenges players with insane cross-country snowmobile racing, rewards them with lots of achievements, and excites them with insane physics bashing terrain. Heyalda is also celebrating surpassing 1,000,000 games downloaded in the Apple App Store.
  • Spacetime Studios has a gift to celebrate the holidays. Star Legends (iOS/Android/Chome) and Pocket Legends (iOS/Android/Chome) are getting brand new holiday content today; spreading the cheer with new quests, loot and combat areas.
  • In Santa Hills Pro, the player faces a critical situation: Father Christmas has lost his gifts and his reindeers have escaped. Lots of problems shortly before Christmas Eve! Due to the easily understandable controls, the player quickly learns how to steer Santa Clause on his sleigh that is controlled with the classic one-touch control. The object of the game is to lead Santa’s dashing sleigh with a single fingertip through the air and collect the lost gifts in different countries, constantly pursued by the imminent daybreak. Tiny Santa, his sleigh, and lots of snow-covered hills combine for a casual app with long-term fun. Online achievements with OpenFeint connectivity ensure that players can compete at all times.
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…in Barry Steakfries’ world! Acclaimed mobile game developer Halfbrick today released a new free Holiday content update for their latest iOS sensation Jetpack Joyride. Players will no longer dream of a white Christmas as the update will allow them to soar through the frosty environment in festive attire.
  • Lapland Studios has announced that Elf Rescue, the world’s first mobile game to be officially approved by Santa Claus, is now available to download from iTunes for iPhone and iPad. Elf Rescue is an action-packed, platform-style puzzler that will delight players of all ages. With Christmas only hours away, disaster strikes as Santa crashes his sleigh in the wilderness. It’s down to Aava – Elf Rescue’s most dedicated agent – to collect all the presents, find the reindeer, and save Christmas!
  • It’s the festive season in Blobtopia and everyone is having fun. Blobzilla has put the holiday cheer on ice by stealing all the presents and scattering them throughout Blobtopia. Control the eponymous hero and set out to return all of the stolen Christmas gifts in this arcade platformer game that is bursting with festive cheer.
  • Notion’s fun and addictive new game for the iPhone, Sugar Rush, gets in the Christmas spirit with a merry new theme and bonus pack. How high can you reach? You are a small orange creature with an appetite for desserts, cakes and ice cream. Every single tasty morsel allows you to bounce higher into the sky. The Christmas pack makes it easier than ever to reach new high scores with powerful bonus items like Christmas trees and wrapped gifts, which give you up to 50 jump points.
  • Atomic Flavor is pleased to announce that Christmas Shooter, their new addictive game based on physics and social component, is now available for Mac OS X, iOS devices and Android. The goal of the game is to get the maximum distance within a limited time. Shoot gifts to people for more time and achieve a distance record to share on your favorite social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, then compare your rankings in the global GameCenter leader board.
  • Aiko Island: Holidays is the Christmas gift you won’t want to put down. Featuring new unique levels with the same ingenious design as the original. Test yourself with this free instalment, which will let you know exactly what Aiko Island is all about. Experience the feeling of total accomplishment from solving a clever puzzle. Spread some Holiday cheer and launch snowballs in what some are calling the puzzle game that’s better than Angry Birds.
  • Pixel Knights has announced Christmas Chaos, for iOS and Android devices. Fun for all the family in this easy to play festive game. Take to the skies and help Santa race back to the North Pole to collect gifts for delivery, avoiding obstacles and bats sent from those pesky people at Halloween world who try to ruin Christmas for everyone. The premise of Christmas Chaos is simple, you must avoid obstacles, collect coins and try to get Santa back to the North Pole.
  • Umodo has introduced Santa’s Grounded and Santa’s Grounded Lite, for iOS devices. This holiday season, Santa’s reindeer have gone missing. There have been reports of reindeer sightings in the Crystal Caverns, the shores of Beach Break and deep within the Candy-cane Forest. Find them all and help Santa get back into the sky. Collect jingle bells, climb ladders and squash enemies as you make your way through eight fantastic levels.
  • Pedala Games has released Delicious Christmas, a fun, easy-to-play and yummy match puzzle for Christmas time. With lovely graphics and sounds, 2 game modes and Game Center support, the game was developed to provide many hours of enjoyment for kids and adults. The gameplay is so simple and intuitive that appeals from kids to adults. The goal is to eat as many christmas cookies and gingerbreads as the player can. To do so, simply match 3 or more similar cookies.
  • Notus Games studio has announced the worldwide App Store release of Christmas Mansion, a new match-3 puzzle game for iPhone that the whole family can enjoy. The game has been released in English with eight more localizations in the pipeline. In this game you have to play through a series of awesome Match 3 levels, collect Santa’s coins and prepare your house for Christmas with beautiful ornaments and illuminations! The basic match3 gameplay is enhanced with bonus-items.
  • Pixowl Inc. has announced the immediate availability of Doodle Grub Christmas Edition, its free Christmas gift to all players, right on time for winter holidays. Building on the success of Doodle Grub, praised by critics and gamers alike as “simply the best iPhone snake game”, Doodle Grub Christmas Edition is a stand-alone full version of the game, without ads! This version features two new winter based themes with tons of fearsome enemies and unexpected events.
  • It’s up to you. Evil Fluffs have invaded, blanketing city after city with snow in an effort to make winter permanent. Do you have what it takes to save the world? SnowBomber is a fast paced game that’s sure to get your blood pumping. How else will you fend of frostbite? Armed with only your slingshot and your guts, it’s up to you to protect us all from being overrun by Fluffs. Angry Birds + Fruit Ninja meets Winter. The result? Gameplay that’s simple, fun and totally addicting.
  • Splashdown Games has announced that Hard Rippin’ Santa is now available for the iOS via the iTunes store. This arcade game challenges you to feed Santa as much junk food as possible and see if you can make him explode! Look for Hard Rippin’ Santa this holiday season! Santa is coming to town and he is delivering more than just Christmas presents! Work your way up through the levels of this mad capped, gas-passing adventure.
  • Soar into the festive spirit with Paper Glider Holidays, a Christmas version of Apple’s ten billionth download, Paper Glider. Fly with Santa and drop presents all over the world with the Paper Glider series that has over 10 million fans worldwide. It’s available for free now, exclusively in the App Store. In Paper Glider Holidays players must fly their glider around the world pulling Santa and his sleigh full of gifts. Score is determined by the time the player keeps their sleigh in the air.
  • Things are about to get a heck of a lot more jolly, because Launching Pad Games’ aquatic globe-trotter Mighty Fin is back with a brand new holiday update! Fresh off Santa’s assembly line, Mighty Fin version 2.1.1 has just appeared on the App Store with three new holiday levels (Winter Wonderland, Down Under, and the Tim Burton-inspired Haunted Holiday), 12 festive costumes, and a generous sprinkling of good cheer. Those who already own Mighty Fin can grab the holiday update for free off the App Store’s Updates list.
  • Sauce Digital has announced the release of Snow Fight, their latest game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Snow Fight is an addictive and fun soldier command style game, the aim of which is to conquer a smorgasbord of enemy hideouts, collecting various medals as they go. To achieve this, players command an elite squad of snowball slinging warriors who must capture the enemy snowmen and flags.
  • Smartoonz has released a new entertaining application: from the colorful TV show “Monkey See Monkey Do”, Monkey and his friends are here to celebrate the holidays with you! Monkey Christmas is a free easy to use greeting postcards maker for the Holidays. You can easily create a Christmas greeting postcards of you, Monkey or his friends. Save and share your postcard with your friends and family using email or facebook. Monkey See Monkey Do is a colorful, upbeat CG animated kid’s series.
  • Internet Design Zone has introduced Dress Up For Girls: Holidays 1.0, their new stylish dress up game developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Girls between ages 5-25 can show their style sense by giving a virtual girl a pretty and lovable makeover for Christmas, New Year and other holidays. With a number of dresses, accessories, hairstyles and more available as options, girls can display the final photos as wallpapers or use them as images in their iPhone contacts.
  • The Gamma Project has introduced GiftShopper 1.0, their new, stylish app for collecting, organizing and sharing your gift ideas. Ideal for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and other special events, GiftShopper happily tracks your purchases and ensures that you stay within your gift giving budget. GiftShopper will keep all your gift ideas and spendings clear, organized and instantly comprehensible. You will never forget a person or a gift again.
  • Mention Mobile has announced the release of Zombie Bash: Christmas Attack, an addictive app sure to become a quick holiday favorite. An arcade-style game with 8 levels, this application gets players in the Christmas spirit as they help Santa save Christmas from crazed zombies. As Santa gets stranded on Christmas night, after all of his reindeer pals take flight, zombies attack poor Santa and Zombie Bash: Christmas Attack begins. With only a candy cane shooter, a pile of presents and holiday cheer, players tap the screen to move Santa and shoot at the undead.
  • Chunkout Games has gotten into the Christmas spirit this year releasing Santa Post free for the iPhone and iPad. In this fun little game the player needs to time their present drops to ensure each gift is successfully delivered. Online high scores add to the competitiveness of the game.
  • Bell Pottinger Group has launched a free mobile and web-based game to kick-off early festive celebrations with its staff and clients. Called Festive Dash, the game has been developed in-house and sees a penguin, snowman and elf embark on a quest to save Christmas by collecting presents that fall from a hole in Santa’s sleigh.
  • Santa Claus is missing and Christmas is doomed! You, the great private detective Arthur Knight, have been summoned to the North Pole to help! Once you decide to stay, you’ll meet many amazing creatures like the Abominable Snowman, Reindeer, and even Elf. They will help you to discover the truth behind Santa’s disappearance, before it’s too late. Christmasville is all about locating various objects cleverly hidden in a number of locations. It’s from this accrued collection of hundreds of bits and pieces that you must extract the necessary goods.
  • Pixowl Inc. has announced Doodle Grub Christmas Edition, its free Christmas Gift to all players, scheduled for release right on time for winter holidays. Building on the success of Doodle Grub, praised by critics and gamers alike as “simply the best iPhone snake game”, Doodle Grub Christmas Edition will be a stand-alone full version of the game, without ads! This version will feature two new winter based themes with tons of fearsome enemies and unexpected events!
  • Saffron Byte has introduced Sparky, The Christmas Elf 1.0, their new gaming title for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This simple yet addictive game visually stands out because it was made entirely with modeling clay and photographed using an iPhone. The players’ objective is to catch as many Christmas presents while avoiding dangerous items. It also allows the player to customize game play by upgrading different power-ups. This game is Game Center enabled with 28 achievements.
  • Emerson App Development has introduced Opposite Test: Holidays 1.0, the sequel to the original “Opposite Test” for iPhone and iPod touch. This unique quiz app gets you into the spirit of the holidays and into the opposite state of mind. Featuring questions that all relate to the holiday season, Opposite Test: Holidays challenges users with a series of mind-bending quizzes. However, there is a twist to this game; all of the questions have to be answered oppositely.
  • Save Xmas is a Christmas game that everyone will enjoy during the festive period. Save Xmas contains 25 challenging levels, and you must help Santa collect all of the gifts from the Evil Elves. During the levels you will encounter obstacles which try scupper your chances of collecting all of the gifts, you must try your best to avoid them.
  • CityVille Holidaytown is a new game for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch from the creators of CityVille Hometown, giving players a chance to help save Christmas. Hop on Santa’s sled and bring enough reindeer treats because your neighbors in the North Pole need you to rebuild workshops, make toys and help bring back the Christmas spirit.
  • There are five unique games within Santa’s World that are perfect for enjoying the Christmas spirit and holiday season. Have you ever wanted to help the elves inside Santa’s workshop? Santa’s World is designed to do just that with exciting puzzles and games across the north pole! Help the elves by building toys like rocket ships and instruments from scratch! After the toys have been lined up and assembled, help the master elf place the correct presents inside Santa’s bag.
  • Gaetano Consiglio has announced the release of Santa and His Reindeer 2.0, his holiday gaming title for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s Christmas eve and Santa is ready to deliver the presents to all the good children, but his naughty reindeer have dropped all the presents along the way, so, Santa has to now collect all of them. Santa and his reindeer is introduced by an animation where Santa lands with his sleigh on a roof and wishes you a Merry Christmas.
  • Beyond Ynth Xmas Edition has just returned to the App Store. It’s a side story of the original game, Beyond Ynth, which won last year’s IMGA award in two categories. An excellent puzzle adventure with amazing physics based gameplay elements.
  • Neon Five Studio and Backpack Undertainment have announced the release of A Christmas Calendar exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is playable, exciting, funny and offers a fun-to-play game for kids and adults. “A Christmas Calendar” is a brand-new style of Christmas calendar. Help Santa to prepare for Christmas and meet all of your friends, such as Rudolph, the Gingerbread Man and the Wichtel. Day by day you get a new Christmas task from Santa.
  • Rainbow Stories has introduced Christmas Puzzle for Kids 1.0 for iOS, their new, animated jigsaw puzzle app for young kids. Each of the 13 different Christmas scenes can be set to Easy, Medium, or Hard. Featuring puzzle pieces that double in size when touched, kids can create a large picture from small pieces that are presented just two at a time. The expansion of pieces, dragging them on to the picture, and placing them correctly or incorrectly are all animated actions with sound effects.

iPad Only

  • New – Anawiki Games today announced The Perfect Tree for iPad, a Christmas-themed Match-3 title. Based on the classic Christmas tale of the same name, the game tells the story of a lonely little pine tree and the player’s efforts to help it become the perfect Christmas tree. Players can dress their own Christmas tree using over 100 decorations. The Match-3 portion of the game is fun, relaxing, and highly polished.
  • Notus Games studio has introduced Christmas Mansion HD 1.0, its new match-3 puzzle game for iPad that the whole family can enjoy. In this game you have to play through a series of awesome Match 3 levels, collect Santa’s coins and prepare your house for Christmas with beautiful ornaments and illuminations. Each new level is more difficult than the last, so prepare for an exciting time. The game has been released in English with eight more localizations in the pipeline.
  • XIMAD has introduced Magic Puzzles: Christmas 1.0.1, their celebratory iPad app. Tickle your brain and have fun with the whole family! Magic Puzzles: Christmas is devoted to one of the major holidays of Orthodox and Catholic world. Take delight in a new magical Christmas puzzles collection. Experience wonderful winter holidays emotions collecting amazing images. The game offers 4 levels of complexity: 7×6, 9×8, 13×11, 18×16, and available for any puzzle.
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  • Invincible Frog

    You may try our Letter To Santa. Its unique features (not found in other similar apps) make it very useful for the whole family. You can get it here:

    Merry Christmas everyone

  • Brad

    I really like the Christmas card making app Send My Santa. it lets you take pictures and turn them into fun and funny digital postcards. Here is the link.

  • Santa

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  • Artefact

    Baublez Xmas is the puzzle match-3 game for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

    Screenshots, videos and more are available on

    In this game you should swap the colored balls with each other to make them disappear. In order to complete the level you must score certain number of balls at the given time. If you manage to collect more than three balls of one color in one row, you will get a bonus artifact. Bonuses help to earn more score points, or increase the remaining time. If you can’ t find a suitable combination, the game will suggest you one of the options.

    • 6 types of one-colour balls;
    • Multicoloured balls;
    • Firecrackers, stars and bells;
    • Bonus levels;
    • 25 achievements;
    • Christmas Music.

    The game is free and does not contain any limits or ads.