NORAD, the self-touted official Santa Tracker, went with Bing Maps instead of Google Earth this holiday season, but Google isn’t getting left in the dust, as the folks in Mountain View launched its own count down to Christmas Eve with Google Santa Tracker.

According to the official Google blog, a team of dedicated Google Maps engineers developed an algorithm to track Santa’s annual trip around the world this Christmas:

On his sleigh, arguably the fastest airborne vehicle in the world, Santa whips from city to city delivering presents to millions of homes. You’ll be able to follow him on Google Maps and Google Earth, and get his stats starting at 2:00 a.m. PST Christmas Eve at

Google also added a new Chrome extension and launched an Android app for charting Santa on a variety of platforms. The Google Santa Tracker will launch on Dec. 24, but the countdown is live now, and Google recommends folks visit Santa’s Village today to check it out.

There is even an option to ask Santa to call a friend or loved one.

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