Santa Claus tracker LIVE – Where is Father Christmas now and when will he be near me; latest Christmas Eve Eve updates

YOU better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to YOUR town!

That's right, kids – the big man will soon be setting off from Lapland and making his way around the world delivering presents to all the good little boys and girls.

Father Christmas and his reindeer crew all received negative lateral flow tests this morning, so even Prime Minister Boris Johnson can't make them work from home this year.

There was a last minute wobble with dear old Rudolph – but it turns out a bright red nose isn't a covid symptom so he's now been given the thumbs-up to travel with the rest of the gang.

That means it's just a matter of hours before Santa loads his sleigh with presents, gets his reindeer ready for action, and makes last minute checks to Rudolph's GPS system so they can all set off safely.

And this year as an added bonus you can follow Father Christmas' EXACT movements as he makes his way around the world.

Follow our Santa tracker below for the latest updates on where he is…

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    Who is Mrs Claus?

    Mrs Claus stepped into the spotlight in 1849 and has been by Santa's side ever since.

    Like her husband she goes by many different names, but it's believed her name is Jessica.

    But other names include Mary Christmas, Gertrude and Carol.

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    How many people are tracking Santa?

    You're not the only one trying to see where Santa is.

    Once it's open, the NORAD Tracks Santa website receives nearly nine million visitors from over 200 countries and territories across world.

    Looks like there are so many people who are keen to follow Santa on his journey!

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    What is Santa's name?

    He is known by different names depending on where in the world you are.

    Father Christmas –  Father Christmas, as he is known in the UK, was inspired to spread the magic of Christmas by St. Nikolas of Myra.

    Santa Claus – The popular name for Father Christmas comes from the Dutch "Sinter Klaas".

    St Nicholas – We are, of course, talking about St Nick here.

    Kris Kringle – This is an Americanised version of the Austrian Christkind, meaning Christ-child.

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    What will happen on Christmas Eve?

    On Christmas Eve, Google’s Santa tracker will will transform Santa's village into a tracking experience.

    It will allow you to track Santa on his mission to deliver presents on desktop, mobile and tablet devices.

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    Google's Santa Selfie

    This might be the best game!

    You can make Santa look really cool by giving him a haircut and even spraying his hair with green, blue or red hair dye.

    You'll want to make him look presentable and smart as he's got a big job ahead of him tomorrow.

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    How long have we been tracking Santa?

    The North America Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) has allowed us to track Santa's journey to our homes on Christmas Eve for over 60 years.

    The tracking service began in 1955.

    You can track his moves online or on a mobile app to ensure that you can watch his every move before he drops off your gifts.

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    What to do on Google's Santa tracker?

    There are less than 24 hours until the Santa tracker is live.

    While you wait, you can check out the village and play games like 'Yule Log', 'Out Like a Light' and 'Elf Maker'.

    They're all super fun!

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    Where does Santa begin his journey?

    Santa typically begins his journey at the International Date Line, halfway around the world from London.

    That means for us in the UK, Santa will start delivering presents at noon on Christmas Eve.

    Then he'll then travel to South Pacific islands, followed by New Zealand, then Australia, Japan, over to Asia and across Africa, then onto Western Europe – and the UK.

    After that he'll continue to Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Central and South America.

    By around noon on Christmas day, he should have travelled all the way around the world.

    SO exciting!

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    Google’s Santa tracker live tomorrow

    GOOGLE'S famous Santa Tracker will be live tomorrow!!!

    This year it includes a map, where you can follow Father Christmas as well as loads of digital fun games to play.

    You can explore Santa's Village as well as take a selfie with Santa and play and learn with Santa's elves all December long!

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