The Santa tracker site has a real-time “tracker” of Santa’s path, with Kris Kringle leaving Madagascar at around 11 a.m. PT. In addition to following the path, Google also has a running counter for ‘gifts delivered’ and an updated ‘next stop’ list for where Santa is going. In a nod to reality, Santa wears a purple face mask to keep himself and others(although apparently he already has one ).
The site is similar to NORAD’s Santa tracker, the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s long-term annual project.
Google’s tracker also doubles as a fun way to keep kids entertained with a handful of minigames, including one called Elf Glider, where you use a keyboard on a computer to serve as one of Santa’s elves on a hang glider, by pressing Pressing the space bar to drop presents itself in chimneys while avoiding obstacles. It’s all a fun little pre-vacation fun.
At the time of writing, according to Google’s tracker, Santa Claus is expected to arrive in the United States in about 9 hours.
5 Fun Ways to Use Google’s Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
1. Enter Santatracker.google.com on your mobile or desktop browser. Mobile users can tap to add Santa to their home screen.
2. You can passively see Santa’s current location and explore the world. If you get too far tap the Santa hat icon to immediately jump back to the merry one on his sleigh.
3. Click or tap the “hamburger” menu of three horizontal lines in the top left corner of your screen to communicate with Santa and his friends in different ways. For example, you can make Santa presentable for a selfie and start a snowball fight.
4. Keep the sound on to hear festive music and elf laughter as Santa makes his way around the world, or click or tap the mute button if you’d rather enjoy Santa in silence.
5. Keep scrolling down to play winter and Christmas related games with animated fairies. Google’s website says the site will remain live through December.