Google
Cailey Rizzo
December 05, 2016

Santa is less than 20 days away from his epic delivery night.

While the big man up North is busy making last-minute preparations, kids around the world can use Google’s Santa Tracker to count down until December 25.

For the past 12 years, Google has allowed users to virtually follow Santa’s route with the tracker. But this year, the Santa Tracker will turn into a digital advent calendar, revealing a new surprise every day until it’s time to track Santa’s deliveries. The games and features are meant to teach kids about the world and the many different cultures within it.

Visitors to the site can learn about holiday traditions from around the world or how to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages. There will be geography quizzes cleverly disguised as games and a Pokemon Go-like adventure that encourages kids to get outside and hunt for Santa’s “misplaced gifts.”

The games are also designed to encourage kids into coding. Kids can learn basic programming and coding skills from making their own holiday cards, choreographing a dance for elves or leading elves out of a forest.

Those at home can track Santa’s journey across the globe, starting either December 23 or 24, depending on the time zone in which they are located. On the big day, those with a Google Home or Pixel device can ask “Where is Santa?” for live, up-to-the-minute coverage of his route.

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