This year children will have a range of hi-tech options when it comes to following the progress of Santa on Christmas Eve.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad), a military organisation that is responsible for the aerospace and maritime defence of the US and Canada has been tracking Santa for over 50 years.


Children can follow Santa’s progress via its website or on Twitter, Facebook or via Google Maps or Google Earth. It is becoming the hi-tech equivalent of reading The Night Before Christmas to excited children on Christmas Eve.

Santa’s journey starts at 1100GMT on 24 December and children can track his progress as he passes 24 “Santa cams” around the world. This year they can also check out Santa’s village and see how well the elves are getting on with making presents.