The big day is just around the corner – and we’ve heard rumours that the big man in red is already on his way. But if you’re wondering just where he’s at on his journey, here’s how you can track him!
Once upon a time, if you wanted to get in touch with Father Christmas, you had to send him a physical letter well in advance of the big day – and hope that he, or one of his helpers, had time to send you a personal response.
But in this age of GPS, smartphones and always-on connectivity, it’s easier than ever to get an update on the big man’s progress – so if you (or your kids) can barely contain your excitement, why not log on and find out how far away he is from your home?
In fact, you’re spoiled for choice: there are actually a couple of ways to keep tabs on Father Christmas.
NORAD – the North American Aerospace Defense Command – claim to have been tracking Santa for more than 60 years, as part of their duties protecting the USA from airborne threats. As such, they’ve got reams of experience in providing real-time Santa analytics.
Over on their website, you can follow his progress – but that’s not all. You can listen to a range of festive classics as performed by the US Air Force Academy band, take a virtual tour of Santa’s village, and get real-time updates on the weather at the North Pole (currently “Very Cold”, in case you were wondering).
While NORAD are old hands, Google are fresh young challengers – and their own Santa-tracking systems make full use of their sophisticated global information networks to keep a close eye on the fat man with the toys.
As well as a charming Santa-tracking display, you’ll find a full advent character packed with activities – from games and cartoons, to coding lessons and fascinating facts about holiday traditions around the world.
Whichever Santa tracker you decide to use, you don’t have to stay glued to your computer screen to keep an eye on the big fella.
NORAD’s Santa Tracker has apps for both iOS and Android. Google’s tracker, perhaps unsurprisingly, only has an Android app – but the mobile web site works perfectly well in the Safari browser, so you shouldn’t have any trouble keeping up.
So, as you can see, now's the perfect time to check in with Father Christmas. And all that's left from us at Team Knowhow is to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!