This time of year, your decorating doesn’t have to stop with your home, office, or Christmas tree. You can decorate your iPhone’s screen too with New Year’s and Christmas wallpapers (iPads and iPods included)!
Countdown to the New Year or show your Christmas spirit or excitement with cute, colorful, or cozy backgrounds for your iPhone or iPad. These wallpaper apps are wrapped up and ready to go for you to enjoy.
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We love changing our wallpapers with the seasons. It’s fun and a simple way to show others your Christmas and holiday cheer!
While we recommend a few apps here, there are plenty of others to check out and find one that best fits you! Just do a search for “Christmas wallpaper,” “New Year’s Wallpaper, or any other holiday + wallpaper for whatever holiday you celebrate!
Look for a user rating of 4+
Our rule of thumb is to always read the user reviews before you download and install any third-party app. Make sure that the app offers what it promises to others before you dive in!
New Year’s Eve Countdown and New Year’s Wallpapers
Love celebrating the New Year? Looking for an app that counts down the hours, minutes, and seconds until that moment when one year fades as another emerges (and the ball drops in Times Square)?
We love using apps to count down to the New Year! Look for an app that includes the time zones throughout the world–many have an interactive time zone map. Some also show sparkling lights and fireworks when the moment arrives, as the countdown clock hits zero.
With these apps, you can keep track of that clock countdown and know exactly when the new year starts. Pretty neat!
We highly recommend these apps to anyone that loves to ring in the New Year with a cheer, kiss, or breaking out the champagne!
New Year HD Wallpapers! (Free)
Ring in the new year with a background from the New Year HD Wallpapers! app. Available for both iPhone and iPad, you can spruce up both devices this holiday season.
Feel the excitement with New Year’s fireworks, get ready for the toast with champagne, or just enjoy a colorful Happy New Year display on your screen.
The app offers a convenient countdown to the New Year at the top for a neat bonus. And, if you see a wallpaper a friend might like, you can share it right from the app.
Countdown to Happy New Year (Free)
Countdown to Happy New Year is another good choice for your holiday backgrounds for iPhone and iPad. What could be more fun than watching the days, hours, minutes, and even seconds turn as the New Year approaches and begins!
Like the previous New Year’s wallpaper app, this one also has a countdown and the top and simple sharing options.
This app not only offers beautiful images with the countdown, but there’s also a section for background instrumental music, animations like snowflakes, and other customization.
You can also choose music from your own Music app’s library. This app has a ton of looks and sounds to celebrate your very own and special New Year’s Eve and Day.
Love Christmas? Show your spirit on your iPhone or iPad
Christmas Wallpapers !! (Free)
Christmas Wallpapers & Backgrounds has a great selection of beautiful Christmas wallpapers for your iPhone or iPad.
The app has lovely trees with sparkling ornaments, cartoon Santas, snowmen, and reindeer, and picturesque scenes of winter wonderlands.
See a preview of how a wallpaper will look on your Home or Lock screen, mark your favorites for easy access later, and download the ones you love.
Santa Wallpaper Live Maker (Free)
Santa Wallpaper Live Maker offers awesome Christmas wallpapers that you can customize with apps skins and shelves for your iPhone.
From glowing golds to colorful characters, you can choose from a nice variety of backgrounds. Then, add some decorative shelves or cool app skins and you have the perfect holiday package.
One more app for Christmassy backgrounds to check out is Christmas Wallpapers & Photos. This one has a huge collection, so there’s something for every taste and style.
You can pick a patterned wallpaper with gifts, cookies, and bells, select an illustrated background with penguins, reindeer, or polar bears, or stick to a classic Christmas star, tree, or gift.
You’ll see a nice preview of the wallpaper you pick and just tap to save or share it. The app offers backgrounds for both iPhone and iPad, so you can decorate them both.
Don’t be a Grinch, Decorate Your Device!
With the number of wallpaper options that these apps provide, you can pick a new one for each day, from now until you cheer “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year”. And, if you have a cool holiday wallpaper app that you swear by, feel free to share it with us below!
Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a project manager, department manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time. Sandy holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.
She loves technology– specifically – terrific games and apps for iOS, software that makes your life easier, and productivity tools that you can use every day, in both work and home environments.
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