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Follow St. Nick around the world in real time thanks to Google's Santa Tracker

Follow St. Nick around the world in real time thanks to Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker
This innovative Santa Tracker lets you follow St. Nick on his journey around the world. Screenshot/Google
Santa tracker
This innovative Santa Tracker lets you follow St. Nick on his journey around the world. Screenshot/Google
Santa Tracker
Santa tracker

In the age of the Internet, every bit of information we could possibly need is right at our fingertips — including Santa's Christmas Eve route. Though we're not quite sure how they got permission from the North Pole crew, Google has created the Santa Tracker, a real-time map that shows exactly where St. Nick and his reindeer are at any given moment. 

Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph took off around 5 pm Tuesday evening from the North Pole destined for his first stop in Provideniya, Russia. He spent this morning delivering goodies in Japan and South Korea. As of this writing, Santa has already dropped off more than 1 billion presents. 

In addition to seeing Santa's route in real time, users can learn fun facts about his current destination thanks to the National Geographic Bee, see photos from elves on board and learn how to single Christmas carols in different languages ("Jingle Bells" in Korean is particularly fun). 

According to Google, Santa's elves took JavaScript courses in preparation for today's launch of the tracker. "Throughout the holiday celebration, our own developer elves here at Google have also been hard at work getting the sleigh tracking algorithm ready for prime time," the company said