Tracking Santa

by 'PC' Mike Wendland
NBC News

There's a new tradition for many each Christmas Eve in this information age: gathering 'round the computer and tracking Santa's delivery progress on the internet.

Technology has made Santa tracking an online art form this year, as Google gets on board, helping the NORAD people make the mapping even more precise.

The site goes live Christmas Eve but you can check it all out and monitor the activity at the North Pole as Santa and his helpers get ready for the big night.

There's an interactive tour you can take, checking out the workshop and all the preparations.

Google has some free internet tools you'll want to download ahead of time, like the Google Earth application, which, combined with it's mapping and satellite imaging, will let you virtually zoom in on your house with a Santa-eye view that takes you right to the chimney.