Google is back with its annual Christmas-themed entertainment programme that it first launched in 2004. The tracker, as the name suggests, simulates the tracking of Santa Claus and also allows the users to play, watch and learn through various activities.
All one needs to do is open Google Maps and follow the Christmas Father on his sleigh ride, every step of the way, simply by searching for Santa in the app.
North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) is all set to track Santa as well. Spokesperson, Preston Schlachter said, "We want to offer a fun experience for everybody and maybe take their minds off what 2020 has been like.
The Santa tracker has a fun interface where you can play games, have fun, track Santa, traditions and basically under the same URL.
NORAD's tracker is accessible by anyone wishing to keep an eye on their presents. Father Christmas begins his journey at the North Pole just before 11am GMT, before heading to his first stop at the Republic of Kiribati in the central Pacific Ocean.
After dropping off his first batch of presents for the children in Kiribati, he will fly his sleigh to New Zealand, followed by Australia, Asia and Africa, before arriving in the United Kingdom at midnight.
After scooting down the sooty chimneys of 29 million British homes, he will travel on his reindeers across the Atlantic to Canada, then USA and Mexico, before finishing his impressive yet long trip in South America.
Jolly old Saint Nicholas, who travels the world, visits 390,000 homes per minute - that’s 6.424 homes per second. And stopping along for an odd mince pie and a glass of brandy kept for him.
The website informs, "NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole every holiday season.
“The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we begin to use the same satellites that we use in providing air warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America.
“Even though Santa flies faster than any jet fighter (Santa actually slows down for us to escort him), all of these systems together provide NORAD with a very good continuous picture of his whereabouts.”
The NORAD Santa tracker has been running for 65 years and supposedly came about on Christmas Eve in 1955 when Colonel Harry Shoup answered a call made to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) in Colorado Springs, USA while Google launched it in 2004.
So what are you waiting for, click on the above link and enter the magical world of Santa.