The NORAD Tracker is something that the children of the world can have fun with each and every year, and it provides a great, interactive way for parents to both have fun with them and discretely teach them a little about geography in the process. Using the NORAD Tracks Santa website, which is powered by Google Earth, the kids can follow Santa as he makes his worldwide journey on Christmas Eve as long as you have Google Earth plug-in installed, which is free of charge for all of you good little boys and girls!
NORAD Santa Tracker 2011
Countdown to Track Santa Claus Live:
Current Weather Conditions at the North Pole:
The recent addition of Google Earth to the Santa tracker has really increased popularity for both youngsters and adults alike. Now when parents and their children go online to check out where he currently is in the world , they can get some truly amazing, highly detailed and accurate information on his current location in the world,and add to that Google Earth’s vivid graphics and you have a real winner. One of the things that the kids love to do best is to chart the distance from Santa’s current location to their home and guess when he will arrive!
NORAD is of course the joint US and Canadian military center in charge of monitoring and defending North American air space, developed at the onset of the Cold War. For over 50 years now, the military has been tracking Santa Claus on his annual flight in a tradition that dates back to a 1955 Sears department store ad that allowed children to make a phone call to the North Pole.
The technology used to track Santa seems to get better every year, as NORAD is continually updating their methods and delivery systems. This year they have added the ability for cell phone users to allow them to open Google Maps for mobile and do a search for “Santa” to see his latest location on the globe.
Children can anxiously spend the days leading up to the annual Christmas flight visiting what’s called Santa’s village. This Santa tracking website has gone live on December 1 every year since 1955, as children can go online to watch the clock and get news updates every day or do so here. The village area features attractions and games that kids can play while waiting for the much cherished day of Santa’s journey.
They also have a video on December 24th to watch Santa live, with the cameras capturing images and videos of Santa Claus and the reindeer as they fly travel around the world. They also have student videos uploaded from around the world to view which are available on December 1 when the NORAD site goes live before it’s annual Christmas Eve event.
The latest update that was posted for Christmas 2011 has indicated that nine reindeer have been chosen to make this year’s flight, and that one of them has a bright, shiny red nose and of course answers to the name of Rudolph. Both adults and children alike will be able to enjoy this awesome idea to track Santa Claus, and it makes for a wonderful interactive experience that kids can really get excited about on Christmas Eve, and for adults it can bring back fond memories of days old, when things were less complicated, and we can have some fun with our children with the NORAD Santa Tracker 2011 Watch Santa Live With Google Earth! We here wish Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all men, women and children, and most of all, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!