Google Santa Tracker is LIVE and the countdown to Christmas Day has begun with a range of activities and games to play in Santa’s digital ‘village’
- Games including a ‘wrap battle’ and an ‘elf maker’ are now live on the site
- The games are ‘suitable for any age’ and can even help teach children coding
- Santa tracker won’t be live until Santa prepares his sleigh on Christmas Eve
Santa’s digital village is now live and available to explore as Google launches the website which will host the Santa tracker from Christmas eve.
For little ones who can’t wait to log on and see Santa’s progress later this month, there is now a bundle of festive fun to be had.
Games including a ‘wrap battle’ and an ‘elf maker’ are now live on Google’s Santa Village.
Those eager to enjoy all things Santa can enjoy a wealth of entertaining and educational games
However the Santa tracker, which allows viewers to watch Santa’s every move, won’t launch until Santa prepares his sleigh on Christmas Eve.
The afternoon before Christmas you can expect to see father Christmas’s journey begin as this is the start of the Christmas day for some places in the world.
He and his trusty reindeer will begin deliveries along the international date line (that runs around the world from the North to the South pole).
An amusing animation shows two naughty penguins breaking into Santa’s room and trashing it after stealing the room code – only to be chucked out when Santa returns
From there he will travel to all 195 countries before ending his journey on what will be midday Christmas Day for the UK.
In the meantime those eager to enjoy all things Santa can enjoy a wealth of entertaining and educational games in Santa’s Village.
‘Code Boogie’ which is designed to help little ones learn code teaches the use of sequences to achieve a result – in this case boogie dance moves.
A jet packing elf can be zoomed through presents to win points – the games are said to be suitable for all ages
Another ‘holiday traditions’ game aims to teach children the different Christmas practices from around the world – from the French who put their shoes by the fireplace on Christmas eve to the Icelandic who give their family members warm items of clothing.
A jet packing elf can be zoomed through presents to win points in one Christmas themed game.
Another game allows users to take their pick of performing elves, all playing different instruments, to make a custom Christmas band.
Users take their pick of performing elves, all playing different instruments, to make a custom Christmas band
The website randomly sends the user to different pages each time they click play on the homepage.
One section shows an amusing animation of two naughty penguins breaking into Santa’s room and trashing it after stealing the room code – only to be chucked out when Santa returns.
The website also has a countdown in the right hand corner, ticking down by the second until Christmas day.
A guide on the website reads: ‘Santa’s Village is the perfect place for families to celebrate the season.
‘You’ll find all your favorite characters together with fun, educational and interactive activities for every age.
‘Code Boogie’ is designed to help little ones learn code helps teach the use of sequences to achieve a result – in this case boogie dance moves
‘On December 24th 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.
‘Psst! Did you know, Santa’s journey lasts 25 hours?! He makes his first stop just after 10 PM local time in far eastern Russia, when it’s 5 AM in New York and 11 AM in Paris.’
Another tracker by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) also tracks Santa’s movements – and receives nine million unique visitors every year.
Children around the world can follow Santa Claus across the globe as he makes his journey from the North Pole to their living room by checking NORAD’s live tracker
It’s a hectic night for Santa who runs a tight schedule and will be dropping off gifts at 390,000 homes per minute during his trip (elves preparing gifts at the North Pole)
Throughout the rest of the year the US and Canadian military command monitor airspace for hazards such as nuclear attack – but during Christmas they switch their sites to look for something far more enchanting, St Nick’s sleigh.
NORAD also have arcade type games available in their digital Santa’s village.
The site will also be launching its live tracker on Christmas eve as Santa begins his speedy journey visiting 390,000 homes per minute, that’s 6,424 per second.
Two games available on NORAD’s Santa village – which offers a new game for everyday of advent
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