Where is Santa Claus right now? Thanks to a few high-tech trackers, we have an idea.
Santa’s journey will last 25 hours this year, starting in far eastern Russia at 5am eastern time (11pm NZT) on Christmas Eve – or 10pm local time, according to a Santa tracker from Google.
But in the past, Google has appeared to use a different set of data for its tracker than the US government, so Santa’s 2019 route is up for debate.
The US government’s Santa tracker – run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command – has been live since December 1, with a digital connection to the North Pole and Santa’s Village, featuring games and learning opportunities. (Google also has a similar interactive feed up.)
Here are two of the most popular Santa trackers you can use on Christmas Eve 2019:
NORAD’s Santa Tracker
The agency will be tracking Santa for the 64th year using satellites and radar.
NORAD operates a call centre, a US mobile friendly website (www.noradsanta.org), social media channels and a “Santa Cam” streaming video.
On Christmas Eve, people may call 1-877-HiNORAD (1-877-446-6723) to get an up-to-date report on Santa’s location.
Google Santa Tracker
Google has been tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve journey around the world since 2004.
Even before Christmas Eve, the site offers a connection to the North Pole and is packed with a variety of games that can help occupy time until Santa arrives.