The wait is over: You can now track Santa on his mammoth shift

Dec 24, 2015 at 6:47 a.m. ET

The big man has started his shift and we can all follow his every move — thanks to modern technology.

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Little and big kids alike can follow Santa this evening in two ways: NORAD or Google.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) began to track Father Christmas after an advert from 1955 told kids they could phone Santa but gave them the wrong number. In order to avoid breaking the hearts of millions of children, Colonel Harry Shoup (a.k.a. the Santa Colonel) instructed NORAD staff to give callers an update on Santa's location.

Since then it has become something of a tradition, the system becoming more advanced over the years with the invention of the Internet.

At the time of publication NORAD reveals that Santa is two minutes away from Yelizovo, Russia, and has delivered over 65,000,000 presents. Users can view Santa's official route on a 2D map and watch videos of him at various international destinations.

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Anything anybody else in the world can do, Google can do as well, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the online giant is hosting its own tracker. Users can visit Santa's North Pole home via an interactive website, find out more about the places he has visited throughout the world and take the opportunity to reassure him that they've been good this year, during a personal chat.

Track Santa online

Image: Google Santa Tracker

(Just remember that even Father Christmas isn't immune to technical glitches.)

Will you be tracking Santa online this evening? Or doing the old-fashioned thing of looking out of your window in the hope of seeing his sleigh flying high in the sky?

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