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NORAD Santa tracker 2021 LIVE

YOU better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to YOUR town!

That’s right, kids – the big man will soon be setting off from Lapland and making his way around the world delivering presents to all the good little boys and girls.

Father Christmas and his reindeer crew all received negative lateral flow tests this morning, so even Prime Minister Boris Johnson can’t make them work from home this year.

There was a last minute wobble with dear old Rudolph – but it turns out a bright red nose isn’t a covid symptom so he’s now been given the thumbs-up to travel with the rest of the gang.

That means it’s just a matter of hours before Santa loads his sleigh with presents, gets his reindeer ready for action, and makes last minute checks to Rudolph’s GPS system so they can all set off safely.

And this year as an added bonus you can follow Father Christmas’ EXACT movements as he makes his way around the world.

Follow our Santa tracker below for the latest updates on where he is…

  • When will Santa deliver to the UK?

    Santa typically begins his journey at the International Date Line, halfway around the world from London.

    Santa will start delivering presents at noon on Christmas Eve and will have multiple countries to drop off to before reaching the UK.

    He will travel to South Pacific islands, followed by New Zealand, then Australia, Japan, over to Asia and across Africa, then onto Western Europe – and the UK.

    After that he’ll continue to Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Central and South America.

    By around noon on Christmas day, he should have travelled all the way around the world.

    SO exciting!

  • Good weather conditions for Santa

    Norad have confirmed that flying conditions are good for Santa ready for when he leaves the North Pole.

    He is expected to be leaving soon.

  • Where will Santa set off from?

    No one can be completely sure his permanent address, with some arguing that he lives in the North Pole and others Lapland. Perhaps he has a home in both?

    One theory is that American cartoonist Thomas Nast kicked off the idea that Santa came from the North Pole in an image he drew for American magazine Harper’s Weekly.

    The most popular belief is that he lives in the North Pole, but many lucky children have travelled to Korvatunturi in Lapland to meet the real Father Christmas.

  • Festive games

    Whilst we wait for Santa to set off there is plenty to do on Norad Track Santa’s Official site.

    For each day of the month a new game has been released, meaning there are 24 fun and festive games to get involved with.

  • Santa’s star reindeer

    Santa’s guiding light, Rudolph joined after the original 8.

    He is a shy reindeer and at first was very self-conscious about himself and his red nose which many used to make fun of.

    It wasn’t until Santa recognised his shiny bulb of a nose as a gift in order to light the way lead them through snowy conditions.

    He loves to play hide and seek too, when he’s not working, although he does have an advantage against the other reindeer as he can light up dark spots in order to find his friends.

  • Not long now

    It will not be long until Santa sets off on his journey around the globe delivering Christmas presents.

    Santa will be leaving Lapland with Rudolph leading the way.

  • Google’s Santa tracker live TODAY

    GOOGLE’S famous Santa Tracker is LIVE TODAY!!!

    This year it includes a map, where you can follow Father Christmas as well as loads of digital fun games to play.

    You can explore Santa’s Village as well as take a selfie with Santa and play and learn with Santa’s elves all December long!

  • Why do we put out mince pies and carrots for Santa?

    Many families across the UK will be leaving a few treats out on Christmas Eve for Santa and his reindeer to enjoy when they stop by.

    Some will also leave a glass of milk out, others some cookies, even a festive candy cane is an option.

    There is a general tradition of leaving stuff out dates back to the feast day of Saint Nicholas, which is actually on 6 December.

    Children would leave food and drink out for the saint and family would exchange them for gifts overnight – which we now do with modern Christmas celebrations.

  • Where does Santa begin his journey?

    Santa typically begins his journey at the International Date Line, halfway around the world from London.

    That means for us in the UK, Santa will start delivering presents at noon on Christmas Eve.

    Then he’ll then travel to South Pacific islands, followed by New Zealand, then Australia, Japan, over to Asia and across Africa, then onto Western Europe – and the UK.

    After that he’ll continue to Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Central and South America.

    By around noon on Christmas day, he should have travelled all the way around the world.

    SO exciting!

  • Names of Santa’s reindeer

    Santa originally had eight reindeer and it was until 1939 that Rudolph came into the scene to make nine.

    • Dasher
    • Prancer
    • Vixen
    • Comet
    • Cupid
    • Donner
    • Blitzen
    • Rudolph
  • Who is Mrs Claus?

    Mrs Claus stepped into the spotlight in 1849 and has been by Santa’s side ever since.

    Like her husband she goes by many different names, but it’s believed her name is Jessica.

    But other names include Mary Christmas, Gertrude and Carol.

  • Rudolph’s the most popular reindeer

    Santa’s guiding light, Rudolph joined after the original 8.

    He is a shy reindeer and at first was very self-conscious about himself and his red nose which many used to make fun of.

    It wasn’t until Santa recognised his shiny bulb of a nose as a gift in order to light the way lead them through snowy conditions.

    He loves to play hide and seek too, when he’s not working, although he does have an advantage against the other reindeer as he can light up dark spots in order to find his friends.

  • Where does Father Christmas live?

    No one can be completely sure of his permanent address.

    But some people argue  that he lives in the North Pole and others Lapland. Perhaps he has a home in both?

    The most popular belief is that he lives in the North Pole, but many lucky children have travelled to Korvatunturi in Lapland to meet the real Father Christmas.

  • Google’s Santa Selfie

    This might be the best game!

    You can make Santa look really cool by giving him a haircut and even spraying his hair with green, blue or red hair dye.

    You’ll want to make him look presentable and smart as he’s got a big job ahead of him tomorrow.

  • What’s Father Christmas’ address?

    The deadline for writing to Santa is over for 2020, but the address he gave out was for “Reindeerland”.

    Your kids can write to Santa (and get a reply) – just be sure to add a stamp and your return address.

    The deadline for writing to Santa via Royal Mail using the below address was December 11, so you’ll have to wait until next year to write to him:

    Santa/Father Christmas,

    Santa’s Grotto,

    Reindeerland,

    XM4 5HQ

  • Primark’s Disney Christmas pyjamas

    Primark have bought out Disney Christmas merch and you’ll definitely want to get it so you and the whole family can match!

    There are co-ords, joggers and hoodies as well as t-shirts and leggings.

    The range starts from a budget £4.50 and is available in store now, so if you’re keen to go matchy matchy on the big day pop them on your last minute Christmas list.

  • Where is the North Pole?

    The North Pole doesn’t belong to any nation – helping the secrecy surrounding Santa and his workshop.

    The North Pole is actually the northernmost point on Earth and is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

    There is no land there – just lots of ice.

    Longyearbyen in Norway is around 650 miles from the North Pole, making it the nearest town to it.

  • When did we have snow on Christmas last time?

    It has felt like a long time since any of us saw a white Christmas in the UK. 

    The last time we had a huge white Christmas was in 2010.

    Before then there were only three other Christmas snow days since 1960 – in 1981, 1995 and 2009.

  • Why we shouldn’t leave carrots out for the reindeer’s

    The reindeer’s fly 316 million miles in just 32 hours.

    It is definitely a cool snack for them, but Santa has warned an issued against leaving carrots out for Rudolph and his squad.

    This is because 81% of raw carrots can’t be digested by reindeer.

    Instead, you could leave out cooked or baked rolled oats, cranberries, maple syrup, button mushrooms or flaxseed to help Rudolph’s nose glow.

  • Many ways to track Santa

    If you don’t want to use NORAD to help you track Santa, Google also launched Keyhole Santa Radar in 2004.

    The Santa Tracker website as well as Santa’s Village helps you find him before the big day as well as playing lots of games.

  • What is Santa’s name?

    He is known by different names depending on where in the world you are.

    Father Christmas –  Father Christmas, as he is known in the UK, was inspired to spread the magic of Christmas by St. Nikolas of Myra.

    Santa Claus – The popular name for Father Christmas comes from the Dutch “Sinter Klaas”.

    St Nicholas – We are, of course, talking about St Nick here.

    Kris Kringle – This is an Americanised version of the Austrian Christkind, meaning Christ-child.

  • Where is Lapland?

    Lapland is actually part of Finland and is not near the North Pole.

    It is however close to the Arctic Circle.

    Temperatures in Lapland can drop below -30˚ Celsius in the winter, although don’t worry about visiting Santa  as temperatures are normally between -15 and 0˚C in winter.

    As the North Pole is so inaccessible Santa sets up an official village in Rovaniemi, Lapland, known as “Santa’s official North Pole residence”.

  • Where is the North Pole?

    The North Pole doesn’t belong to any nation – helping the secrecy surrounding Santa and his workshop.

    The North Pole is actually the northernmost point on Earth and is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

    There is no land there – just lots of ice.

    Longyearbyen in Norway is around 650 miles from the North Pole, making it the nearest town to it.

  • Where does Father Christmas live?

    No one can be completely sure his permanent address, with some arguing that he lives in the North Pole and others Lapland. Perhaps he has a home in both?

    One theory is that American cartoonist Thomas Nast kicked off the idea that Santa came from the North Pole in an image he drew for American magazine Harper’s Weekly.

    The most popular belief is that he lives in the North Pole, but many lucky children have travelled to Korvatunturi in Lapland to meet the real Father Christmas.

  • What to do on Google’s Santa tracker?

    There are less than 24 hours until the Santa tracker is live.

    While you wait, you can check out the village and play games like ‘Yule Log’, ‘Out Like a Light’ and ‘Elf Maker’.

    They’re all super fun!



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