[UPDATE: It’s Christmas Eve! The santa tracker 2008 is now live!]
During 2005 and 2006, Google Earth was used by Google to help track Santa as he delivered presents around the world. This year, Google will be tracking Santa again in Google Earth. And, there is some other content for Santa you can view in Google Earth right now:
Official Santa Tracker – This year Google officially teamed up with Norad (the US North American Air Defense Command), which has been tracking Santa on their radar system for many years, to officially provide tracking for Santa in Google Earth. Here is the NORAD Google Earth Santa Tracker network link (this is the English version follow the NORAD link below for other languages). You should also visit the NORADSanta.org web site to see some games and other information related to the tracking system.
Santa’s Route – You can check out Santa’s route right now in Google Earth based on information from Travel by GPS. Click on the “Points” folder and select “Tools->Play Tour” from the GE menu to see a really cool flying tour of the route. Pretend you are Santa! You can E-mail Travel by GPS a placemark from Google Earth for the location of your house, and they will add your house to the route. Click here for more information.
Santa from Space – In 2005, one of the Google Earth Community members called ‘ear1grey’ posted an amazing discovery. He found a huge picture (36 miles tall) of Santa. He made a nifty Google Earth file for kids so they could go find the Santa by following the red nose of Rudolf the reindeer. Download this file and then turn on the “Little world” in your “Temporary Places“. Look in the nose of Rudolf for Santa.