Here are the best Santa Claus apps for 2021

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Connecting with Santa Claus is easier than ever with these technological tools!

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Portable North Pole

Portable North Pole has been a perennial favorite for 14 years now. It’s a nifty way to get a personalized message from the big guy himself.

“Portable North Pole is part of a new Christmas tradition for many families,” said Alex Berard, Head of the Elves at Portable North Pole.

You can create a video for free or pay to upgrade for more. There is a ton of choice here and the quality is impressive. The video will include your child’s name, city, photo, and other personal details. PNP tells me that there are no ads, that your data is not sold or shared.

There is also a cool premium feature that allows you to record your kid’s reaction to their video using your phone’s front camera.

“Kids are really good with new technology, so it’s no big surprise for them to have access to Santa in a personalized way like this… I think they expect it”, Berard said.

Capture the magic

Capture the Magic offers several applications, including one specific to Santa Claus. All you have to do is use the app to take a photo and then choose a Santa or holiday sticker to add to your snapshot. Your visit from Santa Claus will be well documented for years to come!

Like many Santa Claus apps, Capture the Magic gives you a few free options, but you can pay for more.

Catch Santa Claus AR

If you want Santa on video, check out the Catch Santa AR app. It uses augmented reality to ‘summon’ Santa Claus into your space, where you can record the scene.

A few scenes are included, but if you want more you can pay to unlock more.

This app is a bit slow to load and process things, but it works fine once you see Santa and save the scene.

Message from Father Christmas

Your kids can receive a personalized call from Santa Claus using an app called Message from Santa Claus. First, you enter some details about your child and then schedule a call. It may take a few seconds or a few minutes.

Then hand your phone to your child when he rings and he can pick up the phone to hear Santa’s voice and message.

It’s cute when it works, but beware, this one is full of lots of ads, and not all of them are suitable for the little ones.

Alexa, turn on Hey Santa

If you own one of Amazon’s smart speakers, you activate a special Santa Claus personality. Just say, Alexa, turn on Hey Santa on a supported speaker like the Echo.

Then your speaker will respond to both Alexa and Hey, Santa for commands. Try asking Santa to sing a song, tell a story, a joke, or more. Be sure to ask if you are nice or mean.

To turn off Santa’s personality, open your Alexa app and tap your speaker settings.

Norad

For the 66th year, Norad will be tracking Santa Claus online!

You can see a countdown to Christmas Day and watch his progress on the big night! Kids can also call 1-877-HI-NORAD (with parents’ permission, of course) to potentially reach a real operator or a recorded message of Santa’s whereabouts only on Christmas Eve.



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