Santa Tracker 2013
Thanks to NORAD and Google's Santa Tracker sites and apps, you can track Santa Claus' location around the world. Reuters

It's Christmas Eve and many children around the world may be wondering where Santa is. But no need to hitch up your reindeer to your sled looking for the man in the big red suit -- you can now track Old St. Nick with a click of a button.

By Tuesday morning, Santa was already on his sleigh delivering presents, making his first stop in Novoye Chaplino, Russia. From there, he headed to New Zealand, Australia and Japan. NORAD also caught video of the man in the big red suit as he was getting ready to take off for his long voyage from the North Pole.

According to NORAD, Santa is slated to finish delivery presents to good boys and girls in "Asia, across to Africa, then onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America."

If you want to be part of the Christmas action, there are many ways to find Santa's location, thanks to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Google, which both have live stream trackers and games to play.

You can follow along with live updates for Santa's journey here on

NORAD, which has been tracking Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve for 57 years, also has apps for Android, iOS and Windows phones. The app called "NORAD Tracks Santa" is available on iOS and Android with a free download. You can also follow NORAD's Santa updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Tracking Santa has come a long way since the first time Santa partnered with NORAD in 1955. It all began when a Sears, Roebuck & Co. department store posted an advertisement with a number to call Santa directly. However, a typo in the ad directed children's calls to NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, routed to either the chairman, secretary of defense or the president rather than Santa.

But the typo didn't stop children from getting in touch with Santa Claus. Colonel Harry Shoup instructed his team to give all of the children calling information about Santa, giving birth to the tradition.

NORAD isn't the only way to track Santa. Google also has its own Santa Tracker with an interactive map following his journey, games and a Santa village. The tracker is also available with live updates on iOS and Android devices.