Where’s Santa Claus? When will he arrive? I know a lot of kids and people from around the world would be asking these questions right now and you are also one the most curious folks who are desperately willing to track the location of Santa. Don’t worry; you have just arrived at the right place.
Both of these services are awesome and let you track Santa with fun. NORAD means North American Aerospace Defense Command which is a joint US-Canadian military operation. In 2016, NORAD is all set to celebrate its 61st anniversary of tracking Santa.
Google introduced Santa track in 2004. From 2007 to 2011, NORAD and Google worked together. Google left the partnership in 2012 and once again started doing it all alone. Then, Microsoft joined hands with the NORAD and have been doing a magnificent job together.
So, all set to track the location of Santa? Here you go!
How to Search For Santa using Google Santa Tracker or NORAD
Google Santa Tracker
Step #1. It’s quite easy to find the location of Santa Claus. All you have to do is just enter “Santa” into Google and search for it.
Step #2. You should see a box at the top of the page. Click on the box.
Step #3. Now, you will be taken to Google Santa Tracker.
Next, using Google Now or the Google search app, you can easily find Santa. Simply say “Santa” to get the result.
In Bing, you need to search for “Where’s Santa,” to see its current location.
If you click on “Follow Santa” link, you will be directed to the NORAD site.
If you are using Bing-powered by Cortana, you can just say, “Where’s Santa” in order to find its location. It works for Cortana on Android, iOS, and Windows.
If you open NORAD, you will see a 3D view of where Santa is flying currently.
At the top of the screen, you should see the location where he was last seen and where he is going next. At the same time, also check out the estimated number of gifts he has delivered.
You can use your mouse to click and drag to rotate the view. Use the buttons which are located the top right corner to zoom in and out.
Google has Got Fabulous Overview Map As Well
The Google map displays Santa’s current location on the left side. On the right, it will show Santa’s distance from you as well as the gifts delivered. It also shows its next stop and when he will arrive there.
Scroll the column on the right side to check out his previous locations.
Wondering why trackers show Santa in different locations? While NORAD relies on radar and satellites in order to scan for Santa, Google heavily relies on updates which come from Wi-Fi hot spots as well as cellular phone towers. It causes some delays and hence shows the difference.
The another reason is that Santa is incredibly fast and he keeps on moving from place to the other with amazing speed.
With the use of Google and NORAD, you can check out the places that Santa has already visited. It won’t show all the places he has visited.
In NORAD, you can use 2D/3D button at the top right of the screen to show the 2D view of the world. The icons on the map will reveal where Santa’s was spotted previously.
You need to click on a camera icon.
Now, you should see the search results from Bing about that area.
Clicking on Video camera icons will show the video of Santa flying over some places. You can also click on the video camera icon at the top left corner in order to center the map around Santa’s current location:
Google’s map displays all the places where Santa’s been. You can click on any location shown to get more information about that place. Simply scroll through the feed on the right-hand side of the screen to check out the places he has been.
Wonderful Santa Cam Videos
What excites me a lot are the NORAD’s Santa Cam videos which show Santa flying over different landmarks in cities across the world.
To view all the Santa Cam videos, you need to click on the “Movies” link at the top of the NORAD site. Now, it will open a window with a video playlist.
Google has some interesting video clips as well. But, I love Santa Cam videos found at NORAD site a lot because they are awesome.
Terrific Santa Tracker Apps
Do you want apps to track Santa? NORAD is available for Windows, iOS, and Android:
Google’s Santa tracker is available only on Android.
How to Track Santa On TV With Chromecast
Just in case you have Google Santa Tracker app for Android, you will be able to send Santa’s location to a Chromecast device or Android TV unit like Nexus Player. To do so, tap the Chromecast icon at the top of the app.
How to Track Santa Through Social Media
You can track Santa using social media. NORAD offers updates on Santa’s location through Twitter, Facebook, Google+.