Santa Claus is coming to town (at least for those who celebrate the jolly ol' spirit of Christmas), which means loads of children waiting in nervous anticipation for his arrival. Quench their curiosity by letting them track Saint Nicholas' journey across the world!
Track Santa Claus with Google
While Google has already unlocked a number of activities on its Santa Tracker website, now that it's Christmas Eve, you and your family can follow Santa's journey around the world!
The Santa Tracker shows you where Santa is, along with his next destination. You'll see a running tally of presents delivered, along with Santa's distance from your location. From the tracker website, you can also access Santa's Village, which is full of games and videos, along with areas to learn about holiday traditions around the world and a code lab.
Track Santa Claus with NORAD
NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is keeping up with traditions by once again tracking Kris Kringle on his annual journey. You can visit NORAD's Santa Tracker site to follow along. You can see where Santa is headed next and how soon he'll get there, how many presents he's delivered already, and places he's visited on his journey this year.
You can see clips of Santa caught on video from Santa tracker cams and watch Santa cover the continents from either a 3D map or a top-down 2D map.
Bonus Yuletide fun!
A Message from Santa!
Your child can get a personalized call from Santa himself, courtesy of A Message from Santa! (opens in new tab). Santa will know your child's age, name, and some personal interests, too! It's very convincing.
The app lets your child leave a voicemail for Santa — it's a modern way to write him a wish list — and you can track his progress right from the app, too.
Last but not least (because we live in the future), your child can send text messages to Santa Claus. I don't know about you, but I'm kind of curious what wireless carrier Mr. Claus uses.
A Message from Santa! (opens in new tab)
Santa Call & Tracker - North Pole Command Center
You can make and receive calls and text messages from Santa with Santa Call & Tracker - North Pole Command Center (opens in new tab), much like the aforementioned app. It's also got lots of apps and activities, including a built-in feature that lets you add a beard or elf-like features to a photo.
My personal favorite is the Naughty Nice Scanner, which determines whether the person being scanned by the app is naughty or nice!
Santa Call & Tracker - North Pole Command Center (opens in new tab)
Happy Holidays to you and yours! Good luck tracking down the festive Father Christmas, and may all your holiday dreams come true!
Updated December 2019: Our Santa tracking guide has been updated just in time for Christmas 2019! Keep track of the jolly ol' fellow and have the happiest of holidays!
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