Google’s Santa Tracker Is Back for 2016

Saikat Basu 06-12-2016

Christmas is nearly here and Santa is out there somewhere waxing his sleigh. That’s just the start of it as it takes enormous logistical planning How Could Santa Make All Those Christmas Deliveries? Read More to deliver away across the world. Is someone in your home waiting expectantly for a Christmas present?


The world is a big place so you need a Santa Tracker to guess when old Kris Kringle will swing by your chimney. Google has an awesome one for you.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has been tracking Santa for close to 60 years. Official NORAD Tracks Santa [No Longer Available] apps are also available on all platforms. It is cool but Google’s Santa Tracker app could just take the crown this year.

Christmas and Games in One Place

Santa Tracker from Google

They married it to a few games that should help to amplify the merriment. You can find them all on Santa’s Village and in all types of enjoyable forms. Till the sleigh takes off on December 24th, Google will unlock a new experience. So, start right now. There are gamified coding games to perk up the interest of your kids.

In Code Boogie, for example, you can help Santa’s elves learn dance moves by combining patterns and creating sequences. There’s another game for non-coders to learn a few translations for the heck of it.


But four of the games are only available on the Santa Tracker app for Android. Dive into Present Quest and tap into the craze for Pokémon Go. The game makes you go outdoors and find a few gifts that Santa might have misplaced.

Santa Tracker for Android

Google Santa Tracker is available for desktop and mobile (Android/iOS), as a unique Android app, on Google Maps, Android TV [No Longer Available] and as a Chrome [No Longer Available]  app.

Head for the North Pole

There’s still a place left for tradition in a world of first-person adventure games and VR wonderment. This year, Google has also thoughtfully included an educational resource page amidst the elves and snow.

Children can slow down for the holidays, but it is also an opportunity to learn more about Santa and the world he traipses through.

As a parent, do you appreciate Google’s efforts? Which is the one game you like?

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