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You can now keep tabs on what Santa’s up to on Google

You'll also be able to track his journey around the world on Christmas Eve

By Alison Lynch, 06 December 2016
You can now keep tabs on what Santa’s up to on Google

If you happen to know any little ones who are already getting excited about Santa's arrival, then you might want to check out the Google Santa Tracker. 

Because Santa is now online and interactive. 

As well as using GPS to track Santa's journey as he delivers presents around the world on Christmas Eve, the site is currently counting down to the big day with an interactive advent calendar. 

Each day, they'll be unveiling a new game or experience - so far, we've been able to explore North Pole airport (dressing up the visitors as they arrive), discovered how to say 'ho ho ho' in Czech (it's, um, 'ho ho ho') and learnt about different holiday traditions around the world.

Did you know, for example, that in Iceland at Christmas, families give gifts of warm clothing to every member of the household, because, according to legend, there is a terrifying Christmas Cat who gobbles up anyone not equipped for cold and wintery weather? Families work together to ensure no one falls victim to the Christmas Cat. 

Google is also using the site this year to teach children (and, let's be honest, adults) how to code. So far, they've shown us how to code a snowflake and build a reindeer. 

In other words, not only is Santa a jolly, white bearded fellow who travels the world giving out gifts, he's also a tech genius! 

You can discover more games and activities on the page here

And don't forget to head back there on Christmas Eve so you can follow Santa's progress as he moves from city to city around the world on his speedy sleigh.