Christmas 2020: You Can Now Track Santa Claus’ Location On Google And NORAD
With Christmas right around the corner, all we can think of is lavish holiday parties and scrumptious snacks. But sadly, all the celebrations will be limited due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To make your day a little bit better, you can now track Santa Claus’ location on Google Tracker.
The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and Google have been tracking Santa for some time now. Continuing with tradition, the website from NORAD is all set to track Santa this year as well. NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter said, “We want to offer a fun experience for everybody and maybe take their minds off what 2020 has been like.”
NORAD started tracking Santa Claus since 1955 when a child accidentally called the unlisted phone number of the Continental Air Defense (CONAD) Operations Center upon seeing a newspaper advertisement, which mentioned kids should call Santa, as reported by Indian Express. Since then, the tracking has been continued for 65 years and every year NORAD mentions Santa’s location on Christmas Eve, to millions of children around the world.
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The site is available in eight languages which include English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. It will use its Santa-tracking app and social media channels to post updates throughout the evening. The website has been loaded with games, holiday music, movies, and games to celebrate the festival. Games such as Polar Plunge, Hyper Hockey, and Holiday Marbles are available to play and also has a ‘Music Stage’ section which includes festive hymns. The website also has a section where children can listen and read about Santa and the Christmas tradition and the theatre section includes small films on Santa and the NORAD.
Google’s own Santa tracking system is also live as well. The search engine has been tracking Santa every year since 2004. Google Assistant and Alexa voice assistant has also been integrated to track Santa for those who wish to try it out.