December 15, 2015 9:42 am

Entertaining your family with Windows 10 this holiday

The holidays are here and with the kids out of school, and hosting family in from out of town, we’re sharing some festive ideas to keep everyone entertained. From tracking Santa with the Windows 10 Maps app to a sale on fun family movies like Elf in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store*, Windows 10 has you covered this holiday!

Track Santa with NORAD

Find the Santa’s workshop at the North Pole using Windows 10 Maps app
Find the Santa’s workshop at the North Pole using the Windows 10 Maps app.

Follow along on Santa’s journey and learn about the places he visits with the NORAD Tracks Santa website, which features an online coloring and activity book exclusive to Microsoft Edge.  You can also track Santa with Cortana and the Windows 10 Maps app. Ask Cortana for Santa’s whereabouts, and find out Santa’s where is he along with some interesting facts about his location. Use the Windows 10 Maps app to search for Santa’s coordinates along the path. You can learn more about NORAD Tracks Santa on the Microsoft News Center.

Cortana helps you keep track of Santa’s whereabouts
Cortana helps you keep track of Santa’s whereabouts.

Keep the kid’s entertained with a holiday-themed coloring and activity book exclusive to Microsoft Edge for Windows 10
Keep the kids entertained with a holiday-themed coloring and activity book exclusive to Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.

Cozy up with a holiday movie

There’s nothing better this holiday season than curling up on the couch with some hot cocoa and a good holiday movie. Windows 10 has you covered. You can start with Bing to find that perfect holiday classic to fit your mood with Bing’s holiday movie carousel. Then get the movie on the Windows Store, which is hosting a sale on Movies & TV now through 12/21. You can save big on family titles like Elf and A Christmas Story; and save more than 40% on TV shows like Bleach and Boardwalk Empire. Don’t miss out on the Holiday Sale, happning now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store!*

If you’re a holiday movie aficionado, prove your knowledge with Cortana’s movie game. Simply go to Cortana and ask to “guess the holiday movie” and Cortana will give you a series of three clues about a popular holiday movie for you to guess.

Guess the movie game with Cortana
Guess the movie game with Cortana.

Find inspiring treats to satisfy your sweet tooth

Use Bing image search to find your next favorite holiday cookie recipe
Use image search to find your next favorite holiday cookie recipe.

Try a new recipe after drooling over Bing’s image carousel of holiday cookies. Or turn your baking into art by creating one of these gingerbread houses. While you’re searching, be sure to take a peek at the Bing Homepage where you’ll find a present waiting for you.

Games for the whole family

Celebrate the season with the “Minecraft” Festive Mash-Up Pack
Celebrate the season with the “Minecraft” Festive Mash-Up Pack.

Playing games is a great way to connect with family members. This holiday, Microsoft is offering family-friendly games like “Minecraft,” which can be played by up to 8 people at once, and “Forza Motorsport 6” on Xbox One, the most beautiful and comprehensive racing game of this generation. And, you can stream your games from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC or tablet anywhere in your house, freeing up your TV so another family member can watch a show or play a movie. So there’s no more fighting over the TV!

Whatever your holiday celebrations might entail, Windows 10 can help brighten up the season and entertain your family!

*Deals available 12/15-12/21 in the US and Canada.

Updated June 28, 2018 8:12 pm