Deck the halls with boughs of holly and celebrate the spirit of the season with some festive Christmas ringtones on your cell phone. It has become easier than ever to load custom MP3 ringtones on a wide variety of mobile phones, including the ability to download holiday-themed ringtones through convenient smartphone applications. Let those sleigh bells ring and welcome Frosty the Snowman into town.
Google Android Holiday Ringtone Apps
The Google Play Store has several apps that provide free holiday ringtones. They appear like sound boards where the special festive songs and sounds are restricted to listening within the app themselves, but the functionality extends beyond that. When you find a song, carol, or other holiday sound clip in one of these apps that you'd like to use as a ringtone on your Google Android smartphone, simply long press on that song and a list of options will come up. You'll have the ability to save the sound file locally or apply it directly as a ringtone.
Some of the popular sounds and ringtones available through Christmas Ringtones.
- Selections: You'll find ringtones for The First Noel, Blue Christmas, Joy to the World, O Christmas Tree, and even Jingle Bell Punjabi.
- Requirement: This app works with Android 1.1 and up.
- Reviews: Users give an overall 3.5/5 rating, but some complain of getting spam/pop up ads after downloading the app.
Holiday Ringtones from Funny Ringtone Apps
Free Christmas Ringtones allows you to listen to several different Yuletide ringtones before choosing which you would like to download.
- Selections: Offerings include 12 Days of Christmas, Auld Lang Syne, Deck the Halls, and First Noel.
- Requirement: The app works with Android 1.6 and up.
- Reviews: Users give an overall 4.4/5 rating, but some users wish there were more songs offered.
Holiday Ringtones from JRJ Unlimited
This Christmas Ringtones app lays out its available ringtones in the shape of a Christmas tree, and it encourages you to long press in order to save any of the listed songs.
- Selections: You'll find ringtones for Wish You a Merry Christmas, Realms of Glory, I Heard The Bells, and Jingle Bells.
- Requirement: The app works with Android 2.1 and up.
- Reviews: Users give an overall rating of 4.3/5 and seemed very pleased.
Christmas Jingle Ringtones for iPhone
Given the massive size of the iPhone App Store, it comes as little surprise that custom holiday ringtones can also be downloaded through a corresponding app for the Apple iPhone.
Free Christmas Ringtones by MobGenis a free download through the iTunes App Store and it provides access to a portion of the library and songs available from the collection.
- Requirement: This app works with iOS 4.3 or later.
- Reviews: User reviews for the free version range from poor to great, and customers at the low end of the spectrum seemed to want more choices with the free version.
To get the full access to the complete library, you must purchase the paid version of the app for $0.99. Many classic songs are offered, but for a more contemporary take, the app also offers remixed versions in hip hop and electronic styles.
- Selections: Offerings include ringtones for Away in a Manger, We Three Kings, Oh Holy Night, and many more.
- Requirement: Same as free version.
- Reviews: User reviews are very favorable for the paid version, and comments include that the app is handy and has nice tones.
Zedge Free Christmas Ringtones
As of the writing of this article in fall 2013, Zedge.net offers nearly 2,000 ringtones that are related to Christmas and the holiday season in some way. All of the ringtones can be previewed with a click on the site itself, and each ringtone is shown with relevant tags and the current count for number of downloads. This means the search results can be organized by popularity, relevance, newness and ratings
- Selections: Choose from ringtones like Mr. Grinch, Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas Gangnam, Hogwarts Christmas, Santa Baby, and more.
- Downloading: When you find a song you want, simply click to download the file. There's an option on each download page enter the type of phone you have so you get the file that's compatible for your device.
The Christmas MP3 ringtones are all located on a single page on Jinglebell Junction, so while the selection isn't vast, it is high quality. The songs can be previewed by simply clicking on the corresponding link. The range of holiday ringtones feature popular singers, past and present, giving a more contemporary take to classic carols and songs that are fitting for the season.
- Selections: Ringtones include Happy Holiday by Andy Williams, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies, Mistletoe and Holly by Frank Sinatra, Believe by Josh Groban, Baby It's Cold Outside by Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel, and more.
- Downloading: To save the file, right-click on the link, and then select "save target as" to name the file and save it to the preferred location on your computer.
Create Your Own Seasons Greetings
If you are not satisfied with the current selection of readily available ringtones on the Internet, it is actually quite easy to make your own holiday season ringtone by getting the full MP3 file of any song you want to use, and then cropping it using free audio editing software. One of the most powerful free tools is Audacity. No matter how you want to get into the festive spirit, with religious, secular or comedic ringtones, there's a special ringtone just for you.