How can you track location of Santa Claus in a real-time?


How can you track location of Santa Claus in a real-time? There are two main tools to do that. The first one, developed by Google, is called Santa Tracker. It uses Google Maps to show geographic position of Santa as well as his geographic progress around the world. The site detects your location and estimates St. Nick’s distance, along with a running tally of how many presents Santa has delivered up to now.

Google Santa Tracker Geoawesomeness

The second tool has been developed by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in cooperation with Microsoft and it’s called NORAD Santa Tracker. The website also allows to track whereabouts of Santa in a real-time. There is a funny story behind the NORAD project. It all started in 1955 when Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could call Santa Claus and included a phone number. However, the advertisement accidentally gave the incorrect number which led children to call Continental Air Defense Command (now NORAD) instead. This soon developed into an annual tradition. You can read more about it here.

NORAD 2015 Santa Tracker Geoawesomeness

In addition to tracking Santa online, volunteers at the command center were also taking calls from kids all night long on Dec. 24. Kids could inquire about Santa’s whereabouts by calling 1-877-446-6723.


Aleks Buczkowski
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.