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