The Best Ways to Track Santa on The Web
Where's Santa? These nifty sites keeps kids busy and helps them learn about tech and spatiality.
This Christmas, we can pinpoint exactly where in the world Santa and his reindeer will be. From your desktop to your tablet, here are the best Santa trackers on the web for you and your kids.
For more than 60 years, NORAD has been using the best technology to pinpoint St. Nick's whereabouts. This year, Microsoft teamed up with the defense agency to bring the good ol' Claus-tracker to the tablet era with a revamped look, plus a F-18 fighter escorts for Santa's sleigh.
The touch-friendly site is designed for Internet Explorer 11 but you can use it on other browsers as well. Once signed on, the site allows you to follow Santa on a 3D globe and lets kids play holiday-themed games (in the form of an Advent Calendar!) and music. The Library section is great for kids to learn about the history of Santa Claus and his "probable first flight" on Dec. 24 A.D. On Christmas Eve, the family can track Santa on Microsoft's Bing maps, and you can also Skype into NORAD to find his exact location.
Google's Santa Tracker
For the smartphone
If you're out caroling or hitting a holiday party and want to know Kris Kringle's whereabouts, iOS has North Pole Command Center 2.0 ($0.99). The app's site reads, "Using the very latest is Elfish satellite technology, this app can pinpoint Santa's location anywhere on the planet to within an Elfish Micrometer (which is a lot smaller than a regular micrometer!)." It can also allow users to run test flights with Santa's sleigh and lets you message Santa.
For Android, there's Santa Tracker that features Santa's Blog and a Christmas countdown. The free app doesn't have the bells and whistles of the above options, but appeals to the younger set. Users can also send a letter to Santa and there's a section for Santa sightings.
Even one for Google Glass
Google's Santa Tracker will also come with an app for people who own a pair of the pricey specs, as ABC News reports. No word on whether Santa will don a pair himself.
Will you track Santa with these apps?