Track Santa this christmas eve. Image: Christmas live Youtube screenshot/ Pixabay

Track Santa and other fun activities for the kids this Christmas eve

Google and NORAD have a treat for you: here’s how the kids can track Santa this Christmas Eve, as well as many other fun activities


Track Santa this christmas eve. Image: Christmas live Youtube screenshot/ Pixabay

Many children around the world are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival this Christmas eve, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) as well as Google makes the wait just a little bit easier.

What exactly is NORAD?

NORAD is a joint US-Canadian organization in charge of tracking objects in North American airspace and protecting the continent from potential airborne threats.

Every Christmas, the organization employs its north warning system radar system and early warning satellites to track Santa Claus and his reindeer as they bring joy to children all over the world.

NORAD’s Tracker tradition dates back to 1955, when the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) began providing updates on Santa’s journey.

How to track Santa this Christmas eve

Children and adults can track Santa’s journey using NORAD’s radar beginning around 9:00 South African time on 24 December.

Click here to go to the Santa tracker.

Tracking is also available on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

NORAD’s web browser automatically takes you to a 3D view of the flight path.

You’ll see an estimate of the number of gifts delivered at the bottom of that screen. You can also see where Santa has been and where he is going next.

Google also allows you to track Santa

Google has been tracking him since 2004 and updates its annual Tracker every day in the run-up to Christmas because it wants kids to check back every day.

The updated tool, like NORAD, serves as an activity hub. Google has a Santa’s Village area as well, and visitors have been able to visit the village since the beginning of December to play games and learn about holiday traditions from around the world.

On Christmas Eve, you can even watch Santa prepare to take off.

Google’s map, like NORAD’s tracker map, shows his current location, as well as details about his next stop, an estimate of gifts delivered, and his distance from you.

By default, Google’s map shows Santa’s visits, and you can click on that location to learn more about it and watch animated videos.

Click here to go to Google’s tracker.

Google has some fun activities for the kids this Christmas eve

Along with tracking Santa, Google’s tracker also has a lot fun activities for children.

This includes the Santa selfie, where you can cutomise Santa’s appearance, by shaving and even spray painting his beard.

There are also various fun games ti keep children busy for hours:

  • Elf jetpack
  • Snowball storm
  • Elf Maker
  • Penguin dash
  • Build & Bolt
  • Memory match
  • Present bounce

And many many more!

There are many fun games for the kids to play on Google’s tracker. Image: Screenshot – Google Santa Tracker

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