December is here and with it comes the expanded Santa Tracker from Google

The ability to track Santa may exist in a place where Moore’s Law applies when one looks at how Google continues to expand their Santa Tracker platform each year. What started out as an online replication of the local TV news “tracking” Santa with the help of NORAD each year has blossomed into a month long online event full of games and activities. Google launched this year’s version today and promises fun, interesting reasons for users to visit every day between now and Christmas.

Some of the games and activities Google included in this year’s Santa Tracker include Code Boogie in which users code an elf dance, the Santa Canvas to produce original digital artwork, and a virtual snowball fight. Exclusive to the Android app, Google includes Santa Snap in which the user plays as a jetpack equipped elf flying around the globe. As an elf, users can tap into the power of Google Maps to find famous landmarks and snap a quick “elfie”.

On Christmas Eve, users will once again be able to track Santa as he makes his way around the world giving out presents. Similar to past years, stats will be updated on things like the number of presents delivered and users can get information on a variety of holiday traditions. Google has even added support for the command “OK Googke, where is Santa?” to the Google Assistant running on Android or iOS phones and on Google Home devices to quickly get a Santa update.

Google is trying to branch out from the Santa Tracker being just a fun diversion. This year they have included educational resources like lesson plans, games, and video tutorials that teachers or parents can tap into.

If you want to install the Google Santa Tracker on your Android phone, we’ve included the link below to get in in the Play Store. On the desktop, you can head to santatracker.google.com.

Get It Now: Play Store

source: Google


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.