Track Santa's Journey From the North Pole Using Google's Santa Tracker

MacRumors readers with children who believe in Santa Claus may be interested to know that Google today launched its annual Santa tracking feature, allowing Santa to be tracked in real time on his journey to the North Pole as he prepares to deliver presents to kids around the world.

Google has provided its Santa tracking feature for a total of sixteen years now, giving children around the globe access to a little digital magic.


Santa can be tracked using a web browser on iPhone, iPad, or Mac by visiting Google's official Santa Tracking website. The site offers up a live map of Santa's current location, his next stop, a live video feed of his journey, and the estimated time that he will arrive in each specific location.

The Santa site provides pictures of locations that Santa has already visited, a live count of gifts that have been delivered, and Santa's current distance from your location. There are also a selection of games to play and videos to watch.

Other Santa tracking services are also available, such as the NORAD Tracks Santa Claus app and website, but Google's site is often the most interactive and detailed.

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4 weeks ago
And in return Google will track you.... ?
Rating: 59 Votes
4 weeks ago
You can also track Santa using Apple Maps. Right now it shows him flying inside the Jovian ring of Jupiter, heading toward his final destination of Saturn.
Rating: 24 Votes
4 weeks ago
Seasons Greetings! from 1990! Were did 30 years go! :)

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4 weeks ago


I am just gonna drop this here.

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This is why we can’t have nice things
Rating: 11 Votes
4 weeks ago
I am just gonna drop this here.


Is there a Santa Claus?

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* No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.
* There are 2 billion children (persons under 18) in the world. BUT since Santa doesn't (appear to) handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total - 378 million according to Population Reference Bureau. At an average (census)rate of 3.5 children per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's at least one good child in each.
* Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west(which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75-1/2 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding etc.
* This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man- made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second - a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.
* The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that "flying reindeer" (see point #1) could pull TEN TIMES the normal anoint, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine. We need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison - this is four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth.
* 353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as spacecrafts re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy. Per second. Each. In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening sonic booms in their wake.The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim)would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.

In conclusion — If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he's dead now.




Seems reasonable to me: Even if he existed, he would either burn at once or just be an fat liar who lives comfortably in a North Pole hideout surrounded by little eunuchs with pointy ears.

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4 weeks ago


MacRumors readers with children who still believe in Santa Claus


WHOA....Are you telling me Santa is not real?!
Rating: 10 Votes
4 weeks ago
I use norad. I always used them since young so I not going to change it even google app do seem look better design but norad like classic tradition at home. Also I like animation from norad more than google too.
Rating: 9 Votes
4 weeks ago
I always use the SantaClaus.com one since it is the original site for Santa on the internet.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago
NORAD has a nice tracker:

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Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
I suspect they only track Santa so they can sell him interest-based ads the rest of the year. He's probably sick of being offered socks, mittens and thermal underwear every November, AS IF HE DOESN'T PREPARE AND HAVE THAT STUFF ALREADY?! ;) :D
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