Where's Santa Claus right now? Track St. Nick with NORAD or Google

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It's almost dusk, which means for those who celebrate Christmas, Santa Claus will soon be flying by.

Luckily, you can actually track the jolly old fella (and his reindeer) so you know when he's nearby.

You've got two options:

The NORAD Santa Tracker, which is operated by, yes, North American Aerospace Defense Command:

 (Photo: NORAD Santa Tracker)

(Photo: NORAD Santa Tracker)

It's a service the military organization has done via numerous mediums since 1958, the website explains. It actually started, incredibly, with a typo in a newspaper ad – check out the full story from NPR here.

Then there's the Google Santa Tracker:

 (Photo: Google Santa Tracker)

(Photo: Google Santa Tracker)

The two actually used to be partners, as Digital Trend reported – from 2007 through 2011, the NORAD tracker operated with Google Maps and Google Earth (despite the search engine-turned-Web behemoth running its own, less-touted version).

In 2012 however, the two broke up. NORAD teamed with Microsoft (the company it’s still with). And Google of course has its own maps functionality.

Both services offer full interactive views, that show Santa’s path and offer a “presents delivered” tracker. But they do seem to disagree on the route ...

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