How to track Santa Claus this Christmas Eve
If you have young children, you will probably hear this phrase a lot: “Where is Santa right now?” With tracking tools such as the NORAD Santa tracker or Google Santa tracker ,, everyone can see when Father Christmas will arrive.
Here are the steps to follow Santa’s journey on Christmas Eve.
Track Santa Claus using NORAD
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) had the first-ever Santa tracker in 1955. While it used to be just a boring animation of Santa’s sleigh and reindeer flying across a map, NORAD has added tons of features in recent years, such as fun mini-games, videos, stories and Christmas music.
Rather than a 2D model, the NORAD Santa tracker has a 3D visual depiction of Santa’s journey as the platform was built on Cesium‘s open-source 3D mapping library. It also uses Bing Maps satellite imagery, making the globe look more “realistic.”
Users can also view a “Santa Cam,” which shows Santa making his way across the globe to deliver presents to all children on the nice list.
NORAD’s website has Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, arcade-style games, kid-friendly music, an online library and various videos that can be watched on NORAD’s official YouTube channel.
NORAD Santa tracker is available on noradsanta.org, or you can download the official NORAD Tracks Santa app on Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. This website is available in English and Chinese, French, Spanish. German. Italian.
For a more personable experience, call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6732), and you’ll speak with a volunteer from the organization’s call center who’ll update you on Santa’s location.
Plus: In partnership with Amazon, NORAD allows Amazon Alexa users to track Santa. Open the Amazon Alexa app, then go to Skills & Games, then search for the “NORAD Tracks Santa skill.” Once enabled, you will be able to ask Alexa “Alexa where’s Santa?” Or, you can say “Alexa call Santa” and Santa will get on the phone with your children. You can also leave a voicemail message.
Track Santa Claus using Google
Google’s Santa Tracker launched in 2004 and simulates the tracking of Santa. The website displays Santa’s current location, the next stop and an estimated arrival time for each place. It also displays the total distance Santa has traveled and the number of presents that he has delivered.
Throughout December, the page operates as Santa’s Village, where users can play mini-games, take quizzes, watch animated videos and explore other interactive activities. You can create your own elf with Google’s “Elf Maker” game, or host a concert with the “Elf Jamband” band.
Additionally, users can enlist the help of Google Assistant to learn about Santa’s whereabouts. You can ask Google Assistant questions such as “Hey Google. Where’s Santa?” and “What’s new at North Pole?” to get information about Santa’s whereabouts.
Google Assistant allows you to call Santa Claus. Santa will be practicing for a concert and will need your musical advice when you call him.
And don’t forget Google Assistant to tell a Santa joke to you!
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