Santa tracking: Best ways to follow the sleigh this holiday

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FILE—Families visit with Santa Claus Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at the Santa House in downtown Midland.

FILE—Families visit with Santa Claus Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at the Santa House in downtown Midland.

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Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, he’s coming.

As we approach the home stretch before Christmas Eve, children all over the world who observe the holiday are minding their Ps and Qs. To help you know when Santa is coming to your neighborhood (and subsequently when to make sure the kids are asleep, dreaming of sugar plums), there are many tracking services that will begin offering updates on Dec. 24.

NORAD

It all started with a misprint in a department store ad in 1955 when children called the Continental Air Defense Command in Colorado looking to talk to Santa. Since then, NORAD has made sure to keep up with the movements of the red suited elf and his reindeer. In addition to its website that provides up to date information, the organization has launched a mobile app and is active on most popular social media platforms.

Google Santa Tracker

An easily accessible way to track Santa is available through Google. All December long, the site features a variety of online games, puzzles and holiday features like an online yule log. You can even design your own elf as you watch the countdown to the start of Santa’s annual journey.

SantaTracker.net

Using state of the art technology, you can follow along with precise updates of Santa’s location around the globe. It can even keep you updated on how many presents he has delivered. The tracker will be going online at 5 a.m. EST on Dec. 24. The app is also available from the Apple and Google app stores.

Santa Update

Santa Update provides a way to stay in contact with the big man himself. With updates around the year, Santa Update isn’t limited to just Christmas Eve. Through the service, you can email, call or text him with updates on your Christmas list. Make sure to tune in on the morning of Christmas Eve though to hear the start of the live radio broadcast that features reporters around the globe and even a reporter who follows Santa’s sleigh in real time.