From tracking Santa's sleigh to getting a call straight from the big man himself, these Christmas apps do it all — and they even make life a bit easier for mom and dad.

By Erin Zammett Ruddy

Let's be real: Between baking cookies and shopping for gifts, the holidays are hard enough without stressing about "being" Santa.

We're giving you permission to stop worrying about little ways to keep the magic alive for kids this year and enlist the help of one of these genius Santa apps instead. You'll never do Christmas without them again.

For Tracking Santa...

Download the NORAD Santa Tracker

Let your kid follow Rudolph on Christmas Eve with the famous NORAD Tracks Santa Claus app. Download on December 1 and begin a countdown to Santa’s flight, then follow his progress—with a sleigh and cargo—on December 24. 

Download NORAD Tracks Santa Claus for iOS and Android (Free)

To Get a Call from Santa...

Download Message from Santa!

This clever app gives parents a direct line to Santa’s voicemail. Yes, really! You can leave messages about your kiddos' behavior to be sure Santa is well-informed when he's making his list, and even schedule personalized calls with the head elf himself—just follow prompts for which type of encouragement is needed. 

Download Message from Santa! for iOS and Android (Free)

To Give a Call to Santa...

Just Ask Your Google Home

Google’s Santa Tracker and Santa's Village is a great place for kid's to play games and track Santa online, but this year, Google is taking things a step further to provide you some instant Christmas entertainment.

Starting on December 23, kid's will be able to ask your Google Assistant to "Call Santa” to help him rehearse for a musical concert in an interactive game—he only knows one song and needs your help! 

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