Prepare for the most wonderful time of the year with these five fabulously festive apps.
Five of the best festive apps
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If you’re throwing a party this festive season, Mixologist will ensure your guests have something interesting in their glasses. There are nearly 8,000 cocktail recipes at the swipe of a finger, containing over 1,000 ingredients. Most usefully, the app allows you to input the spirit and mixer types you have in the cupboard to search the entire database for the cocktails you’re able to make (yes, even those dusty bottles that you haven’t seen for years). If you’re running low on stocks, you can search for nearby drinks stores using maps and GPS.
Party Game Mania
Forget board games with tatty boxes and missing pieces; all of the best gatherings of family and friends now include a round of virtual trivia. This addictive app contains over 50 mini party games, each encouraging people around the table to laugh, have fun, and get to know each other. Perfect for big family gatherings like Christmas Dinner, you simply need to divide the table into two teams and follow the rules on the app, letting the game keep score for you.
(£0.69, available on iTunes)
All parents and grandparents should download this delightful app onto phones or tablets, allowing little ones to keep track of Santa and his reindeer’s progress around the world in the lead-up to the big day. With high quality graphics, the app is packed with activities for excited children, including an advent calendar, Christmas countdown, and Santa blog. New sightings are added to the app every day, so little people can log on excitedly for updates.
Why pay to download Christmas music when you can listen for free? This useful app connects to the best Christmas radio stations around the world, with regular updates to include new stations joining the airwaves. Browse through the list of stations from countries including USA, Macedonia, and Germany, until you find a track you like – and then keep listening to stay feeling festive. No need to stay on the app either, as it will keep playing even when you shut the app to browse your phone or tablet.
Perfect Christmas Dinner
Agreed to cook Christmas Dinner for the whole family? Stay calm and download this lunch-saving app. Created by the expert professional chef tutors at Ashburton Cookery School, one of the UK's leading culinary schools, the app contains over 25 video recipes to help you perfect the most highly anticipated meal of the year. Prop up the phone or tablet in the kitchen and let the experts guide you through it. There’s even a handy menu list to make food shopping easy.
(Free, available on iTunes)
By Louise Clarke