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How to track Santa on Google and NORAD- here’s where to find Father Christmas on December 24

CHRISTMAS Eve is the busiest night of the year for Father Christmas, as he has to deliver gifts to all the good children around the world

We explain how your children to be able to follow how he treks the globe in less than 24 hours.

How can you track Santa on Google?

Google has their own Smart Tracker so kids can see where Santa in the world Santa is on Christmas Eve.

Since 2004, Google Maps has made it possible to for children to follow Father Christmas from place to place to delivery his gifts.

On December 24, kids watch Santa take flight from the Santa Village in the North Pole.

To follow Santa's mammoth journey - click here. 

How can you track Father Christmas on NORAD?

For those who want to keep up with his mammoth journey a special festive map from NORAD (North American Aerospace Defence Command) will ensure you stay in the picture.

But sadly, currently NORAD can’t tell you when the big man will be arriving in the UK as you can only track his movement on Christmas Eve.

Usually responsible for defending airspace, NORAD has been offering children and adults alike a way of keeping their eye on Santa's sleigh since 1955.

These days, NORAD is able to provide users with an exact GPS location of Santa's position online, and is also available on the Apple, Android and Windows app stores.

More than 70,000 children from 200 countries will still phone the hotline for a personal update on Santa's whereabouts.

But they have to be fast to follow Father Christmas – he flies at around 1,800 miles a second, and visits 390,000 homes a minute.

The team say they use infrared radar, defence satellites and other surveillance equipment to follow him through the skies.

To follow Father Christmas around the world just go here.

How did NORAD tracking begin?

The tradition was allegedly started by accident, when a local advertisement inviting kids to call Santa Claus accidentally misprinted the number.

The number they called put them through to Norad's Commander-in-Chief's operations hotline.

Colonel Harry Shoup, who later became affectionately known as Santa Colonel, answered the first of these calls.

He gamely asked his staff to check if there was any indication of Father Christmas's movements on the radar.

"Thus, the tradition was born."

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