ACROSS COLORADO — With Christmas 2017 nearly upon us, you might find yourself wondering exactly what Santa and his crew are up to this holiday season (we certainly are!). Well, you happen to be in luck. A North Pole press release just reported that after a profitable 2016, Santa’s workshop has hired a team of tech-savvy elves to work in a virtual Santa’s Village on Google this year.
Every day until Dec. 25, new games and activities will be unlocked. Get in an epic digital snowball fight, help Santa map the most efficient sleigh route or snap an "elfie" to show off your holiday plans. (The recently-hired elves are all millennials.)
You can also follow along as Santa and his eight tiny reindeer head out from the North Pole and find out when they’ll arrive in Illinois.
On Christmas Eve, use Google’s Santa Tracker to get boots-on-the-ground info straight from the sleigh’s GPS. Search for Santa directly on Google Maps or click here for real-time updates and street views of the neighborhoods he’s visiting.
Track Santa’s journey live on Google Santa Tracker
As Christmas Day nears, you can also check NORAD’s official Santa Tracker to compare arrival times. After all, you’ll want to be the first to know when the reindeer leave the North Pole so you can start plating your milk and cookies spread.
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