It's Christmas Eve and children around the world are wondering where santa Claus is right now and when he will arrive at their house to make his annual gift drop. The NORAD Santa Tracker went live shortly after midnight on December 24 and there are several ways for little ones to keep tabs on the jolly old elf including the online tracker, mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, on Twitter, and by phone.

That's right — kiddos can call in and get an update on Santa's whereabouts by calling 877-HI-NORAD (877 446-6723), but it's even more exciting to watch the live tracker on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

In the car on Christmas Eve? If you have OnStar, push the blue button and find out where Santa is right now.

How to track Santa with NORAD mobile apps

If you are near a computer, head over to to find out how close he is to your house. For families who are on the go on Christmas Eve, download the free NORAD Santa Tracker mobile app in the Apple Store or Google Play. On both the computer-based site and the mobile apps children will be able to see where Santa Claus is right now and where he's heading next.

The tracker goes live at 2:01 a.m. ET on December 23 so if you live in the U.S., it will be awhile before Saint Nick makes a pit stop at your house. However, there are plenty of online games and holiday movie clips to keep your little guys and gals occupied before they go to sleep.

NORAD will also provide frequent updates about Santa's location on their official Twitter page — @NoradSanta.

Google Maps Santa Tracker

Children can't get enough of anything Santa-related on Christmas Eve, so make sure to check out the Google Maps tracker in addition to NORAD's tracker — it goes live at 5 a.m.

ET. Unfortunately, the app only works with Android devices at this time, but it's easy to use online and also gives details about some of Santa's stops around the globe.

Whether you use the NORAD tracker or the Google Maps Santa Tracker, it's a great way to keep overly excited children occupied before they head off to sleep on Christmas Eve.

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