Santa Tracker 2020 live updates: Where is Santa Claus now?

The History of NORAD's Santa Tracker

The annual journey of Santa Claus and his reindeer is now underway and those eager to track his progress can do so from the comfort of their homes.

Both the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Google have their radars powered up, ready for the annual one-night, round-the-world-flight of a certain resident of the North Pole.

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For more than 60 years, NORAD has turned all of its tracking capabilities toward following the progress of Santa Claus and his reindeer as he takes flight on Christmas Eve. For the hardcore Santa follower, NORAD’s website does not disappoint.

Visitors can head to the website to watch a movie, play some games, hear some music and learn about St. Nicholas, his elves and his sleigh. NORAD and its mission also has a presence at the virtual North Pole.

NORAD, as it has done for decades, provides updates by phone -- call 1-877-HI-NORAD on Christmas Eve, a live person will give you an update, though because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be fewer folks to answer the phones, so wait times may be longer.

Callers unable to reach a live volunteer will receive a recorded update on Santa’s location, according to the command.

Times being what they are, you can, of course, follow Santa on Facebook or Twitter, and even shoot him an email (noradtrackssanta@outlook.com).

Over at Google, they have pulled out all the Christmas stops this year.

Google’s Santa Tracker includes Santa’s Village. There is a countdown clock there, too, and as we move toward Dec. 24, Santa’s Village “transforms into a tracking experience where you can follow Santa and his reindeer as they deliver presents to kids around the world.”

Google also reminds users that you can search for Santa directly in Google Maps and google.com in addition to using their Santa tracker. You can even go into Street View to look at the cities he is visiting as he makes his trip to deliver toys.

For those who want to speak Santa into existence – at least his location on Christmas Eve – you can ask Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant, or Google Home the question, “Where is Santa?” and get an answer.

Of course, the burning question is “When will Santa arrive at my house?” While Santa has his own schedule, he generally makes it to most homes between 9 a.m. and midnight (local time).

As Santa has made clear for centuries if the kids are not asleep in a given home, he’s moving on to the next house.

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