Krista Swanson: Tech Mummy


Tracking Santa

Google Earth helps track Santa's moves

You better watch out, you better not cry …. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!

It’s here! It’s finally here! Santa is coming, and if you want to know exactly where he is on Christmas Eve, NORAD has the tool for you.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight using sophisticated radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

From the moment Santa’s sleigh leaves the North Pole, NORAD picks up Rudolph’s red nose via infrared technology and begins tracking Santa on his journey around the world. The data is then pushed to Google Maps and Google Earth so kids (and grown ups) can Track Santa throughout the world.

There are several ways you can watch his journey:

The NORAD Tracks Santa Page
This page goes live Chrtismas Eve, and allows kids to follow Santa around the world in 3D directly from this portal. We used this page last year and my son was so excited to keep an eye on his whereabouts.  Excited cheers of "Santa's in Italy right now!! We should call Zia and our cousins!"  could be heard throughout our entire house :) 

Google Earth
Download Google Earth, and track Santa using the search term "Santa".

Yup, NORAD has an twitter account, providing up-to-the-minute information on Santa's journey!

Mobile Phones
If you have Google Maps ( on your iOS or Android smartphone you can follow Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve by going to  and doing a search for “Santa” to see his latest location.

Or - you can track him right here!!!

I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say: Safe travels Santa!