Google unleashes Santa Tracker

19 Dec 2012

Kids all around the world can keep an eye on Santa’s whereabouts beginning Christmas Eve with internet search giant Google’s new Santa Tracker website.

“While we’ve been tracking Santa since 2004 with Google Earth, this year a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers built a new route algorithm to chart Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve,” Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth wrote on the Google Official Blog.

“On his sleigh, arguably the fastest airborne vehicle in the world, Santa whips from city to city delivering presents to millions of homes. You’ll be able to follow him on Google Maps and Google Earth, and get his stats starting at 2:00 a.m. PST Christmas Eve at”

That’s 10am GMT for those of us in Ireland and the UK.

Google has thrown a few other Santa-tracking tools into the mix, too, with a new Chrome extension, Android app and Google Maps on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

Young ones who just can’t wait until 24 December can head over to Santa’s Village now to watch the countdown clock, join the elves and reindeer as they prepare for the big day, and even ask the man in the red suit to ring a friend or family member.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic