Tracking Santa Claus: Locate Santa On Christmas Eve On Smartphone, Online, And Even In Your Car

Cheryl Phillips

Christmas is just days away and children are already asking, "Where is Santa Claus right now?" Every year, the NORAD Santa Tracker makes it easy to track the latest location of the right jolly old elf online, but thanks to modern technology and social media, there are more ways than ever for kids to locate Santa on Christmas Eve.

— NORAD Santa (@NoradSanta) December 15, 2014

FedTech Magazine reports that 1,250 volunteers, including NORAD service members, civilians, and DOD employees, man the phone lines on Christmas Eve, but if you want to give them a break, there are several other ways to keep tabs on Kris Kringle.

Here are five ways to track Santa Claus with the help of NORAD:

For extra-curious children who want more details about Santa's Christmas Eve journey around the world, NORAD reports that St. Nick will start his magical journey in the South Pacific on Christmas Eve and will be sliding down the chimney between 9 p.m. and midnight -- he will make a return visit to homes where children aren't fast asleep.

"Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west. So, historically, Santa visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia. After that, he shoots up to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America."