Where's Santa? NORAD and Google help you track Father Christmas once again

Google has released its Santa Norad tracking tool once again so you and the little ones can see Father Christmas' progress around the world as he works his way to your house and your Chimney. 

The Santa tracking tradition has grown over the years with Google offering more and more ways to follow what is going on. This year you will be able to track Santa using Google Earth and Google Maps on the NORAD Santa site, and on your mobile phone as well.

Tracking starts at 7am Saturday 24 December UK time.

To get in on the action you have to visit www.noradsanta.org to follow Santa’s journey from the North Pole to homes all over the globe.

Of course Google is there, as it has been in previous years, ready to help in four different ways:

1.Follow Santa on Google Maps: Visit www.noradsanta.org to see where Santa is currently flying and where he’s headed next on Google Maps. Click on the video icons to watch “Santa cam” videos from all over the world, and the gift icons will display information about each city along the route.

2. Watch Santa fly in 3D with the Google Earth plug-in: If you have the Google Earth plug-in installed on your computer, you can track Santa’s location in 3D and see him deliver presents everywhere from the mountain villages of the Swiss Alps to the white sand beaches of Hawaii.

3. Track Santa from your mobile phone: Follow Santa on the go by searching for [santa] on the Google Maps for mobile app.

4. Get updates via social media: The NORAD team will be posting updates about Santa’s flight throughout the day on December 24. Follow them on Google+, Twitter or Facebook for live updates.

If that isn't enough to make you more Christmassy than the big man himself then you can also subscribe to the NORAD Tracks Santa YouTube channel: All “Santa cam” videos will be posted on the NORAD Tracks Santa YouTube channel as they’re captured.