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12/24/11

Track Santa With Norad On Google Maps and Google Earth

NORAD Tracks Santa allows you to follow Santa in Google Maps or Google Earth on his Christmas Eve journey around the world. While he flies, you can explore YouTube videos and Panoramio photos at each location that Santa visits and watch him fly on his Christmas journey.


Browse Panoramio photos for a location by clicking on the present icon . For more images, click See more photos at Panoramio.com inside the information balloon:
  1. To read Wikipedia articles about a particular location, click Read more about this location inside a video or photo information balloon:



Tracking Santa in Google Maps





Google Maps will show Santa’s entire route as he travels the world on Christmas Eve. At the bottom of the Google Maps screen, you’ll see Santa’s current location, as well as where he’s headed next.
Here are a few tips to help you follow Santa’s route:
  1. A trail of sparkles will highlight Santa’s recent stops:



Watch videos from each of Santa’s stops by clicking on the video icon 







  • Zoom into a location to explore more, either by scrolling with your mouse or by using the zoom slider in the upper lefthand corner of the screen. Change map types using the buttons in the top righthand section of the screen:


  • Tracking Santa in Google Earth

    About tracking Santa with the Google Earth plugin:
    Before Christmas Eve, visit the Google Earth website to download the Google Earth Plug-in, and learn more about the plugin in our help center.

    On Christmas Eve, visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website to track Santa using the Google Earth Plug-in. To get started, click Track Santa on Google Earth.

    If you did not get a chance to install the plugin in advance, you will be instructed to do so.

    Using the Google Earth plugin, watch Santa fly from location to location as he delivers gifts on Christmas Eve. Watch the bottom of the screen to count down the minutes to Santa’s next stop and track how many gifts he has delivered to each location.


    Try using the navigation tools to fly around the areas near Santa’s stops. To return to tracking Santa, click Follow Santa in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
    • Just like in Maps, there will be multimedia content, including Panoramio photos and YouTube videos available while tracking Santa using the Google Earth plugin.

    • Santa can only be tracked using the Google Earth plugin on the NORAD Tracks Santa site.
      There is no way to track santa in the desktop version of Google Earth

    Tips and tricks for tracking Santa this year as he takes off with the official NORAD Tracks Santa app.
    Follow Santa with Google Maps for mobile by searching for [santa].