5 Christmas Android games to play your way into the holiday spirit

These five free Android games will give your phone that Christmas cheer it so badly needs.

These five free Android games will give your phone that Christmas cheer it so badly needs.
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It's December, and you know what that means: Christmas is coming! 

There are a million ways to get yourself into the holiday spirit these days, and one of the most popular in this age of smartphones is loading your phone with Christmas-theme games getting a big ol' dose of jolly fun. 

There are a ton of holiday games on Google Play, but not all are equal. Some are definitely more fun (and jolly) than others. If you want to inject your phone with some fun ho-ho-holiday spirit this December, sit down by the fire and check out these free Android Christmas games.

Tappy Run Xmas

Tappy Run Xmas is probably my favorite on this list, despite basically just being a Christmas-theme version of Run Tappy Run. Both of them are solid (and adorable) endless runners with multiple characters and loads of replayability, but Tappy Run Xmas has that holiday flair that's so hard to resist.

This one's appropriate for all ages and can be played by just about anyone. It does have a few ads, but they do not detract from the winter theme nor the gameplay. You can get your cute Christmas run on by downloading it on Google Play.

Ski Safari 2

Ski Safari 2 is great any time of year, but especially in December. Skiing is best in winter, after all! Not only that, but the game just got a big holiday update that added new challenges and some delicious Christmas-theme equipment like the Candy Cane Skis and the Gingerbread Board.

Ski Safari 2 is fast-paced, fun, and appropriate for all ages. And now with the holiday update, Santa and his reindeer are on the slopes and ready to sled their way to victory. You can grab it on Google Play.

Google Santa Tracker

Of all five of the games listed here, this is the one you need the most. Especially if you're a parent.

Google Santa Tracker does more than let you follow Santa during his travels across the world. There are a bunch of charming videos and features on top of a stack of Christmas-theme minigames to keep both you and your kids entertained.

This is more than a game, it's an app. And it's pretty much a must-have if you're on the market for some mobile Christmas entertainment. You can grab it on Google Play or give the browser-based version a try.

Angry Birds Seasons

This version of Angry Birds changes it up for the seasons and holidays, and right now it's in full winter mode. 

Angry Birds Season is a safe bet for holiday entertainment if you like Angry Birds (who doesn't?) and want some holiday flavor to go along with it. This year's holiday patch has brought a slew of cute themed hats and 25 levels along with it, too! It's a great time to start.

Like the previous entries on this list, Angry Birds Seasons is appropriate for all ages. It has more ads than some of what's listed, but it's a solid game and sure to give you some holiday gaming spirit. You can grab it on Google Play.

Santa Rockstar

A Guitar Hero clone Christmas game? The trailer doesn't lie: that's exactly what this is.

Santa Rockstar is fairly straightforward and definitely has its place on this list as a fun Christmas-theme game if you're up for some rock Christmas song covers. 

Just about every Christmas song you'd want to hear a rock cover of can be found in Santa Rockstar, and you can customize your guitar and pick for your playstyle.

The only downsides here are that the game is very graphically intensive and it is much too hard for younger children. Nonetheless, it's a great addition to any mobile Christmas game collection. You can grab this beauty up on Google Play.