Tracking Santa on Christmas Eve

Google, NORAD and other websites have set up free Santa trackers for kids to give you some insight into Saint Nick’s schedule on Christmas Eve 2018. Grab a parent, go online and watch the jolly old elf and his reindeer circle the Earth delivering toys. And, most importantly, make sure you get to bed before he gets to your house.

Here’s how to follow Santa online on Christmas Eve.

Your first option is the most classic: the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Nicknamed NORAD, the organization was formed decades ago to monitor man-made objects in space and protect the U.S. and Canada from attack. But these days, it’s more famous for its Santa-tracking abilities.

Looking to speak with a live person? Email noradtrackssanta@outlook.com or call 1-877-446-6723 for information on where Santa is now.

As an alternative, tech giant Google hosts Santa’s Village, which is in its 15th year of providing coding-themed games and map quizzes for kids to complete while waiting for Santa. On Christmas Eve, head here to watch the big guy fly around the world on Google Maps.

“One of the hardest parts about being married to Santa is that he always forgets to let me know where he is,” Mrs. Claus said in a blog post. “This year, I’ve enlisted our elite team of cartographelves to let everyone know where he is as soon as he takes off from the North Pole.”

You don’t even have to be seated in front of a computer to check in on Saint Nick. In a 2018 twist, Pixel and Google Home devices will offer location updates whenever asked “Where is Santa?” There’s also an Android app that works on a smartwatch and a mobile-optimized site.

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