5 fun Google Home features to use this Christmas


A Google Home can help spread the joy of Christmas.

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You put your Christmas tree, decorated the hallways, posted your Christmas cards and covered your house with lights. How could your home become even more festive? Using your Google Home ($ 80 at Walmart) speaker, of course.

Google assistant has several holiday specific tips you can use to celebrate Christmas. Here are our five favorite things you must try before December 25, along with a list of our favorite commands to ask Google Assistant this Christmas.

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Listen to Christmas tunes with Google Home

One of the most obvious things you can do with a Google Home this Christmas is play your favorite Christmas tunes. With a Google Home speaker, you can stream music using Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, and Pandora.

Just say “OK, Google, play Christmas music” and it will start playing generic Christmas tunes using your default music service. If you’d rather not hear the same old songs on repeat, you can also create a playlist with Google Play Music, YouTube Music, or Spotify, give it a unique title, and ask to play it instead.

If you have a Chromecast, you can stream this music to your TV as well. And if you use Google Play Music, you can turn on the fireplace viewer to replace the typical album cover.

Control your Christmas decorations with Google Home

Since one of the main functions of a smart speaker is to control your smart home, you can enhance your Christmas decorations this year by making them smart. All you need are a few devices that are compatible with Google Home smart sockets and your typical strand lights. Then you can say things like “OK, Google, turn on the Christmas lights” or “Hey, Google, turn on the Christmas tree”.

Pro tip: a Google Home can manage two orders at the same time, so you could to create a shortcut which plays Christmas music when you light the decorations for more fun.

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“Hey, Google, light up the Christmas tree.”

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Follow Santa Claus with Google Home

Google has its own Santa Claus Tracker filled with games and other activities. But you can also track Santa’s progress and whereabouts with a Google Home. All you have to say is “OK, Google, follow Santa Claus” or “OK, Google, where is Santa Claus right now? “

Before Christmas, Google will tell you what Santa is currently doing, such as sweeping his workshop. Once Christmas Eve arrives, you will be able to follow Santa Claus throughout the day.

Help Santa Claus with Google Home

Not only can you track Santa’s whereabouts, but you can even call him with a Google Home. Just say, “OK, Google, call Santa Claus.”

When you call Santa, he is getting ready for a musical concert and you have to help him find the best way to play it by answering a series of questions.

Tell Santa what you want for Christmas with Google Home

When you talk to Santa, you usually tell him what you want for Christmas, and you can also use a Google Home to do that. Say, “OK, Google, talk to the Santa Claus hotline.”

This will put you in contact with the man in the red suit. Give him your name and tell him if you’ve been mean or nice this year. Then tell Santa what’s on your Christmas wishlist. Santa will then say he’s sending your list to his elves.

Bonus: the best things to ask Google Assistant this Christmas

Here’s a look at our favorite things to do for kids to ask Google Assistant to spread Christmas cheer:

  • “OK, Google, tell me a Christmas joke.”
  • “OK, Google, tell me a Christmas story.”
  • “OK, Google, sing a Christmas song.”
  • “OK, Google, what are the elves eating for Christmas?”
  • “OK, Google, do you like Christmas? “
  • “OK, Google, do you want to build a snowman?” “
  • “OK, Google, is Santa Claus real?” “
  • “OK, Google, give me a Christmas souvenir.”
  • “OK, Google, where’s Mrs. Noel?” “
  • “OK, Google, what are the four main elven food groups?” “
  • “OK, Google, what are you doing this Christmas?” “
  • “OK, Google, what’s the best Christmas song?”
  • “OK, Google, where does Santa Claus live?”
  • “OK, Google, do you think I’m nice? “
  • “OK, Google, Merry Christmas, you dirty beast.”
  • “OK, Google, what’s up at the North Pole?”
  • “OK, Google, interview a reindeer.”
  • “OK, Google, give me a Christmas fact.”
  • “OK, Google, give me a Christmas sound.”

Do you know of any other Google Home Christmas features or controls? Let us know in the comments.


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