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Microsoft And NORAD Help Track Santa

Fun fact: did you know that the North American Aerospace Defense Command began tracking Santa Claus after a misprint in an ad caused children to call NORAD looking the jolly old elf.

NORAD has been tracking Santa online for many years now and now they hope to improve the experience by teaming up with Microsoft for a new Santa Tracker website [1] and the free NORAD Tracks Santa app, available in the Windows Store, iTunes and Google Play Store.

You can visit Santa’s Village to learn and play games.

Tapping on the library will let you learn facts about Santa and how his sled works and also information about holiday traditions from around the world. There’s even a running tally of the world’s current population.

You can also view videos about Santa and NORAD and learn about organizations where you can help out military families and kids in need.

Microsoft also adds daily games with a Christmas theme.

You can also enjoy Christmas music on the website. Of course, the real fun begins on Christmas Eve when NORAD tracks Santa as he makes his journey around the world. 

You can follow Santa online or download the app for Windows devices, iPhone, iPad or Android. The features vary a little from platform to platform, but it looks to be some good family fun and it did work quite nicely with my Windows tablet.

~ Cynthia