How to follow Santa Claus this Christmas Eve • TechCrunch
If you’re a parent with young children, you’ll probably hear this a lot on Christmas Eve: “Where’s Santa?” With tracking tool like NORAD . Santa Tracker and Google Santa Trackereveryone can know when Santa will come.
Here’s how to follow Santa’s journey this Christmas Eve.
Follow Santa Claus with NORAD
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) got its first Santa tracking device back in 1955. Though before it was just a boring animation of the old man’s sleigh Noel and the reindeer fly across the map, NORAD added tons of features in Lately yearsuch as fun mini games, videos, stories and Christmas music.
Instead of a 2D model, NORAD’s Santa tracker features a 3D visual depiction of Santa’s journey as the platform is built on xeziOpen source 3D mapping library of. It also uses Bing Maps Satellite Imagemake the globe look more “realistic”.
Along with the tracking tool, users can also see “Santa Cam,” which features videos of Santa traveling around the world delivering presents to every child on the good list.
NORAD’s website features Santa’s Arctic Village, which includes a holiday countdown, arcade-style games, kid-friendly music, an online gallery, and various videos that can be viewed on the official website of NORAD. NORAD YouTube channels.
NORAD’s Santa Tracker is available on noradsanta.orgor you can download the official NORAD Tracks Santa app on Apple’s App Store or Google Play Store. The website is available in English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian and Portuguese.
You can also follow Santa Claus through NORAD Tracker social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For a more friendly experience, call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6732) and you will speak to a volunteer from the organization’s call center who will update tells you about Santa’s location.
Additionally, through its partnership with Amazon, NORAD allows Amazon Alexa users to track Santa. Users can open the Amazon Alexa app and go to “Skills & Games”, then search for the skill “NORAD Tracks Santa”. Once enabled, you can ask: “Alexa, where’s Santa?” You can also say, “Alexa, call Santa,” and the funny man will pick up the phone for you and your kids. There is an option to leave him a voicemail message.
Follow Santa Claus with Google
Google Santa Tracker released in 2004 and simulate tracking Santa. The site features a live map of Santa’s current location, his next stop, a live video feed of his route, and estimated arrival times for each location. It also displays the total distance Santa has traveled so far and the number of presents he has delivered.
During December, the page acts as Santa’s Village, where users can play mini games, answer quizzes, watch animated videos, and explore other interactive activities. For example, players can build their own elves in Google’s “Elf Maker” game as well as give a concert with “Elf Jamband”. Kids can also learn to code with easy and fun tutorials like “Code Boogie”.
In addition, users can enlist the help of Google Assistant to learn about Santa’s whereabouts. You might ask, “Ok Google, where’s Santa?” or even “What’s New in the North Pole?” lets you tune in to Google’s North Pole Newsletter, where you can hear what Santa and his elves do up to that day.
The Google Assistant also lets you call Santa yourself. When you call him, Santa will be rehearsing for a concert and will seek advice from your music expert.
And don’t forget to ask the Google Assistant to tell you a Santa joke!