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Google Santa Tracker: Follow Santa’s progress with Google

Christmas time for kids always used to be about meeting a Santa in the shopping mall and helping mum to prepare a drink and a cookie for the big old grey bearded man’s arrival on Christmas Eve, but now there’s no need to wait in hope that he will climb down your chimney because you can follow Father Christmas’s journey on Google Santa Tracker.

Google’s all new site tracks Santa’s progress from his home in the North Pole to the rest of the world. It opened on 1st December and will continue until Christmas Eve. Every day, Google are offering different games and other forms of entertainment to keep kids interested, and on the night before Christmas Google will “be proudly showcasing a preview of Santa’s dashboard -- the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey,” a Google employee who’s obviously acquainted with Santa’s workshop told us. “We’ve received this special preview from one of Santa’s many developer elves, who are hard at work in the North Pole helping Santa prepare for his big day. Santa’s dashboard - featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering - will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way.”

Although this Google site is new for 2013, kids have been able to follow Father Christmas’s progress online for a while now. The NORAD Track Santa programme has been in existence for a while now. Before the internet, children used to track Santa’s progress using telephone hotline, newspapers posts, radio spots and television reports. Since 1997 children have been able to track Father Christmas’s progress from his arctic home to their house using the web.

A few days ago we spotted Santa in LA driving a Lamborghini. We hope he’s had enough of joyriding as he’s got presents to deliver in less than a week.

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