Where in the world is Santa? Well, right now he's probably at the North Pole programming an efficient route into his sleigh's GPS. But on Christmas Eve, you and your little ones will be able to track his location as he delivers gifts all over the globe.
What started as a mistake has blossomed into a tradition that has been running for over 60 years. Here are two Santa Tracker sites you and your kids will have fun with.
In 1955, a child thought he was calling Santa at the North Pole but he actually reached the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). The person who answered the phone played along and said he would check the radar and give updates on Santa's location. When NORAD replaced CONAD, they kept the tradition going.
The Official NORAD Santa Tracker site currently shows Santa's village, where children can watch videos, play games, and read books about Santa. There is also a section where children can learn about the history of NORAD and a countdown to Christmas Eve. These site features are also available as a free app for Apple and Android devices.
In 2004, Google decided that the tracking system could be better and more visual. That Christmas season, they created the Google Santa Tracker. Right now, the site also shows a virtual Santa's village. There's a countdown to Santa's take off and a new game or activity is released each day all the way up until December 23. On Christmas Eve, the site changes over to tracking map.
To keep up with Santa, you can visit the website or download the Google Santa Tracker app for free from the Google Play store.