Google vs. Microsoft: Battle of the Santa Trackers

Want to follow Santa's journey? You have options.

— -- Eager boys and girls aren't the only ones around the world counting down until Santa's arrival -- so are Google and Microsoft.

For the fourth year in a row, both tech giants will make it easy for people to follow Santa's sleigh as he travels around the world delivering presents.


The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, which has tracked Santa since 1955, has teamed up again this year with Microsoft to follow Santa on his busiest day of the year.

The traditional Santa tracker can be accessed online as well as through iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps, making it easy to show the kids where Santa is when you're out running last-minute errands.

The official Santa tracker site includes festive tunes, movies about Santa and NORAD, and lessons about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Games and interactive experiences, which have also been optimized for mobile devices, make the countdown to Christmas even more fun.

Check out Microsoft and NORAD's Santa tracker here.


Google Maps will make it easy to follow St. Nick and his reindeer as they travel around the world, but the fun doesn't end there.

Chill out in Santa's village and try your hand at a new game or project that is unlocked each day as we count down the days until Christmas. There's also an interactive map explaining fun facts about how the holiday is celebrated around the world.

Android users can get in on the action by downloading the Santa Tracker app to make sure they're up to speed on the jolly old man's whereabouts.

Check out Google's Santa tracker here.