Eyewitness accounts from across the globe report seeing reindeer and hearing jingle bells from above their homes as Santa Claus races against the clock to deliver presents. Father Christmas has a long journey ahead of him as he visits every child in the world to leave them presents. But how can you keep track of where Saint Nick is right now and how can you track him through the night?
Santa Claus’s entire trip is expected to last roughly 25 hours.
Two trackers have been created to keep tabs on where Santa is throughout the night.
The NORAD tracker is from a company which is usually responsible for defending US airspace and has been able to lock-in on Santa.
The Santa tracker also calculates which route he will be taking based on eyewitness accounts given in previous years.
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Norad has confirmed that it has been closely monitoring Father Christmas’ movements for decades, however, it only started answering enquiries from the public in 1955 when a local advertisement inviting kids to call Santa Claus accidentally misprinted the number.
A NORAD spokesperson said: “Indeed there were signs of Santa and children who called in were given an update on Santa’s position.
“Thus, the tradition was born.”
Google has also created a tracker which you can find here.
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So far, Santa’s sleigh has been seen travelling over hundreds and thousands of places including:
- Sydney, Australia
- New Guinea
- Northern Mariana Islands
- South Pacific Islands
- Kuril Islands
- Chatham Island
Express.co.uk will be keeping you updated on Santa’s whereabouts tonight, so make sure you are asleep in bed when he visits you.
3.30pm: Santa over Newman, Australia
Santa is now approaching Newman on Austalia’s west coast.
His next destination os Geraldton, and after that Perth as he moves through his final destinations in the country.
Currently, Santa has delivered 1.5 billion gifts across the planet.
3.45pm update: Santa delivers two billion presents
Santa has now delivered more than two billion presents as he rockets off the coast of Australia.
St Nick is now in Port Blair, of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the west of Malaysia.
4.30.pm update: Santa enters China
Santa is now flying over China, where his next stop is Wulumuqi.
He will arrive in the area within the next minute, after which he will continue north.
He has now delivered a total of 2.5 billion presents, to just under a third of the world’s population.