Where is Santa? Google, NORAD sites have games, music and an eye on Santa

Where is Santa? Google, NORAD sites have games, music and an eye on Santa

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 21: An actor dressed as Santa Claus waves to onlookers from his sled suspended above the annual Christmas market at Alexanderplatz on the market's opening day on November 21, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

If you are in the camp of “I can’t believe it’s December,” then brace yourself.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the search engine Google both powered up their radar this week in anticipation of the annual one-night round-the-world-flight of a certain resident of the North Pole.

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For more than 60 years, NORAD has turned all of its tracking capabilities toward following the progress of Santa Claus and his reindeer as he takes flight on Christmas Eve.

In the runup to the big day, visitors to NORAD's site can listen to some of Santa's favorite tunes, play games and get to know a lot about St. Nicholas. Come Dec. 24, you can track Santa's journey around the world.

Over at Google's Santa Tracker, it's all about the holiday fun. The site includes Santa's Village, where you will find a code lab, games, a place to have a rap battle with Santa, a spot to help Santa take a selfie, and, of course, you can track him through the site on Christmas Eve.

Google also reminds users that you can search for Santa's location directly in Google Maps and google.com, in addition to using the Santa Tracker.

“As we get closer to the big day, you can ask your Pixel device or Google Home 'Where is Santa'. The answer may surprise you,” Google says on the site.

The real action begins on Christmas Eve when the sites go into tracking mode. You can watch Santa in real time as he leaves the North Pole headed on his worldwide voyage.

The sites track him as he visits countries around the world through the day and brings it home to the United States by Christmas Eve night.

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