How does Santa Claus manage to visit so many houses in a single night? Where is he now? How much longer until he gets here?
Since 1955, resourceful parents have answered their children’s Santa questions by tracking St. Nick’s journey on North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (“NORAD’s”) array of radar, jets, and satellites. This year, Microsoft and Skype are taking it to the next level with a totally interactive Santa-following experience at NORADSanta.org.
As Santa departs the North Pole on December 24th, a touch-enabled 3D globe on NORADSanta.org will light up and follow his movements. With a modern browser like IE11 and a touch enabled device, you’ll be able to spin the globe with a swipe of a finger and pinch and zoom to get an in-depth look at Santa’s stops. Bing Maps is at the heart of the journey; whether you’re mapping Santa’s route on a computer or in an app, you’ll see beautiful, high-fidelity images. You can even visit Santa’s village at the North Pole, play new games daily, listen to music and watch videos.
What makes NORADSanta.org truly interactive is that you and your kids can use Skype Click to Call to talk to the NORAD command center right from the website to find out exactly how Santa is doing along the way. Kids can call for free anytime on Christmas Eve in order to check up on Santa’s real-time progress from the North Pole to their chimney.
It’s a wonderful time of year, and we are excited to bring this special experience to you and your family. Enjoy!