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How to track down Santa this Christmas Eve • Eureka News Now

If you’re a parent with young children, you’ll probably hear this a lot on Christmas Eve: “Where’s Santa Clause right now?” With tracking tools like the NORAD Santa Tracker and Google’s Santa Tracker, everyone can know when Santa Clause is coming.

Here’s how you can follow Santa’s journey this Christmas Eve.

Chase Santa with NORAD

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) had the very first Santa tracker in 1955. Where it used to be just a boring animation of Santa’s sleigh and reindeer flying across a map, NORAD has added tons of features over the last few years such as fun mini-games, videos, stories and Christmas music.

Photo credit: NORAD

Instead of a 2D model, the NORAD Santa Tracker has a 3D visual representation of Santa’s journey as the platform is built on Cesium’s open source 3D mapping library. It also uses Bing Maps satellite imagery, making the globe look more “realistic”.

Along with the tracker tool, users can also see a “Santa Cam” that shows videos of Santa traveling around the world to deliver gifts to every kid on the kind list.

NORAD’s website features 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 viewed on NORAD’s official YouTube channel.

NORAD Santa Tracker is available at noradsanta.org, or you can download the official NORAD Tracks Santa app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The website is available in English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian and Portuguese.

You can also track Santa Claus through NORAD Tracker’s social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For a more personalized experience, call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6732) and you’ll speak to a volunteer from the organization’s call center who will update you on Santa’s location.

Also, through a partnership with Amazon, NORAD enables Amazon Alexa users to track Santa. Users can open the Amazon Alexa app and go to “Skills & Games” and then search for the “NORAD Tracks Santa” skill. Once activated, you can ask, “Alexa, where is Santa?” You can also say, “Alexa, call Santa,” and the funny man will start calling you and your kids. There is also an option to leave a voicemail message for him.

Follow Santa with Google

Launched in 2004, Google’s Santa Tracker simulates the pursuit of Santa Claus. The website provides a live map showing Santa’s current location, his next stop, a live video feed of his route, and the estimated time of arrival for each location. It also shows the total distance Santa has traveled so far and the number of presents he has delivered.

How to track down Santa this Christmas Eve • Eureka News Now

Photo credit: Google

Throughout December, the site will function as Santa’s Village, where users can play mini-games, take quizzes, watch animated videos, and explore other interactive activities. For example, players can build their own elf in Google’s Elf Maker game and host a concert with Elf Jamband. Kids can also learn how to code with easy and fun tutorials like Code Boogie.

In addition, users can take the help of Google Assistant to learn more about Santa’s whereabouts. You can ask “Hey Google, where’s Santa?” or even “What’s new at the North Pole?” This will tune you into Google’s North Pole Newscast, where you can hear what Santa and his elves are up to that day float.

You can also use Google Assistant to call Santa himself. If you give him a call, Santa Claus is rehearsing for a concert and asks for your musical expert advice.

And don’t forget to ask Google Assistant to tell you a Christmas joke!