The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is preparing for their annual tradition of tracking Santa across the map, all the way from the freezing Nordic North to the Sunny South. As NORAD conducts its primary mission of defending Canadian and United States airspace, they take on the supplementary mission of tracking Santa’s journey for the holidays with Bing Maps APIs.
Much like Santa and his Elves, NORAD gets help from volunteers, partners and Microsoft Employees who will be joining the crew at the Peterson Airforce Base to ensure Santa’s safe travels around the globe!
Track Santa on a 3D Map with NORAD
Working with Cesium, a platform for developers to build web-based 3D map apps, NORAD has built a 3D tracker that displays Santa’s whereabouts. The 3D tracker app uses Bing Maps satellite imagery to give a realistic texture to the 3D globe rendered by the CesiumJS library.
For devices that do not support 3D, the app falls back to a 2D map using Bing Maps API’s intuitive features. That tracker map displays a pin marking Santa’s current location for you to follow. You can also learn more about each location Santa visits by clicking on an icon that brings up Wikipedia articles and Santa Cam videos that you can play. Never miss a jolly move with our Santa tracker – even if he’s flying through a Nordic blizzard.
Join the world-wide countdown to the big trip with NORAD, play some games and see Santa’s location on a Bing Map by visiting
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
– The Bing Maps Team