As popular legend goes, in the wee hours of the night on every Dec. 25, a jolly bearded man flies via reindeer from the North Pole to deliver presents beneath Christmas trees worldwide. If he’s lucky, he’ll snag some chocolate chip cookies and milk. (If he’s unlucky, the Grinch could impede on his plans.)
Thanks to technological innovations, you can “track” Santa’s whereabouts as he traverses the globe with Dasher, Dancer and Rudolph. Starting on Christmas Eve, Google Santa Tracker 2019 is back and better than ever in its 16th year.
This year, the interface got a bit of an upgrade. The Santa Tracker‘s new trimmings can be found on a new website with other Christmas-themed games and activities. In the week leading up to Christmas, Santa’s Village features an elf maker, an opportunity to take selfies with Santa, a game called “Gumball Tilt” and more. (That one is actually pretty difficult.)
You can also use the Google Assistant to ask questions about the North Pole, and use Google Earth to “test your knowledge of holiday traditions around the world, or take a tour of the tasty treats people eat in various countries this time of year,” the company wrote in a blog post.
WHERE IS SANTA RIGHT NOW?
Starting at 2 a.m. P.T. on Christmas Eve, Google’s annual live tracker lets users keep an eye on Santa’s travels before Christmas morning. Before then, you can play games to get ready for the big day.
“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,” Google’s Santa Tracker website says.
Apparently, Santa’s long journey lasts a full 25 hours, making his first stop in eastern Russia.