Christmas is a hectic time, what with all the shopping, parties, and low flying reindeer. To keep track of the ever diminishing days we’ve collected the best apps and websites that will let you know how many sleeps there are until Santa arrives. Now you'll be able to check your smartphone or tablet to know just how long you have to be nice in order to stay off the naughty list. See: Best Christmas tech gifts 2015 UK.

Best Christmas countdown apps: Countdown!!

Free: iOS & Android

While many users might be disappointed not to find Des Lynam and dictionary corner in this app, they can salve their woes with a quite capable countdown tool for iOS and Android. Rather than being specifically for Christmas, the app allows you to set a date, name the occasion, then displays the months, days, hours, minutes, and even seconds until it arrives. Probably the most useful part is that you can add the countdown to your notification window on iOS, so swiping down from anywhere will reveal your approaching deadline. The free version is fine, but does have rather unsightly ads in the app itself. A premium version removes these and adds features for a small fee.

Also read: Best Advent calendar Apps.

Best Christmas countdown apps

Best Christmas countdown apps: Christmas Countdown Free

Free: Android

This Android app is actually a live-wallpaper, featuring a glittering Christmas tree and plenty of exploding sparkles. Simply turn on your phone and you can see the countdown without even needing to unlock your handset. Again premium features are there if you want to pay a little extra for different animations, positions, and general tweaks.

Best Christmas countdown apps

 Best Christmas countdown apps: iTunes 12 Days of Christmas

Free: iOS

Ok, we know that technically this app doesn’t help you countdown to Christmas, as it doesn’t actually start until Boxing Day. We think it’s worth inclusion though as there is a countdown element involved (letting you know each day that you’re closer to the app launching) and once it begins Apple gifts you a different app or other gems from the iTunes store each day.

Best Christmas countdown apps

Best Christmas countdown apps: Days.To

Free: Web

This simple website has pages for most of the major holidays, alongside various other occasions. All of these display a relevant wallpaper and active countdown. Bookmark the page and you’ll have an instant reminder of when Yuletide will begin.

Best Christmas countdown apps

Best Christmas countdown apps: Sleeps to Christmas Lite

Free: iOS

Children are often a little more excited by the prospect of Christmas than their battle weary, seasonally cash-challenged parents. To help the little ones celebrate the onrushing force that is Father Christmas, this app shows colourful pictures of him posing with a board in the snow. Upon said standard is a countdown which can be set to a number of time related calculations – including seconds. Presumably once his sleigh-based travails are over the board will begin advertising Golf Sale – Turn Off Here!

Best Christmas countdown apps