It's nearly time for Santa to make his big trip around the world delivering presents to kids! And there's actually a way that you can track Santa's trip and see when he's on his way to Minnesota.

Photo by Jesson Mata on Unsplash
Photo by Jesson Mata on Unsplash

This is such a cool tool that you and your family can check out. It's totally free to use to track Santa's progress on Christmas Eve and it also has some other fun things to check out in the meantime.

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Santa Tracker

The Santa Tracker is put together by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (aka NORAD). They've been using their technology to track Santa since 1955.

Santa's Sleigh

NORAD says on their website that Santa typically stops by homes between 9 PM and midnight on Christmas Eve in that area's time zone. They do mention, though, that if they kids aren't asleep he'll bypass the house and come back later! Santa "arrives only when children are asleep."

Santa is placing gift boxes under Christmas tree

Track Santa's Trip Around the World

The official Santa Tracker launches at 3 AM central time on Christmas Eve. That's when Santa starts making his rounds. You can find the countdown to the launch of the Santa Tracker at

But while we wait for Santa's arrival there are other things you can check out on the site.

NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD Tracks Santa

There are fun games you can play, you can listen to Santa's favorite holiday songs, and watch movies about Santa and NORAD. You can also visit the library to learn about things like Santa, his magic sleigh, and holiday traditions. Plus there's the NORAD HQ where you can learn more about NORAD.

Merry Christmas and have fun watching Santa's adventure!

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