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Have you been wondering how you'd keep up with Santa's comings and goings this year? I know I have been losing a lot of sleep over it, but fear not – Santa has a special place in Google Maps today only.

2013-12-24 21.03.40 2013-12-24 21.03.55 2013-12-24 21.04.43

If you tap the search bar in Google Maps, there will be a "Where's Santa" banner. Tap on that, and Maps will take you to the sleigh's supposed coordinates. You can get the same thing by searching for "Where's Santa" in the app and on the desktop.

This is all separate from Google's Santa Tracker website and app, but it's relaying the same totally real data on the location of a magical dude who delivers billions of presents in one night. You'd think he'd have some reviews, but no – Maps won't let you leave a review of Santa.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • djakdekiel

    It works in native language :)

  • Christopher Lee

    Probably for the better. Can you imagine? "I asked Santa for Lemon Meringue Pie and all he gave me was a smashed dessert!"

  • tlingitsoldier

    Google can do all this to add something into Maps, but they still can't be bothered to put 'Locations' (Latitude) back into the app. WTF Google?

    • miri

      Insinuating they had any intention...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Seriously, fuck Google and their free shit. Fuck them right in the asshole on Christmas with the tree trunk of Jesus' own Christmas tree. Grind the rough pine park against Google's collective taint if they do even a single thing that is not directly aimed at benefiting me and the specific features I like, am I right?

  • Marcell Lévai

    This only works for English speaking countries I guess ;(

    • KarimMunir

      Actually that's my country displayed, Egypt. I can assure you that English isn't a well spoken language here at all :)

      • Marcell Lévai

        I know Santa goes everywhere, I just wanted to say that this Where's Santa? feature can't be accessed here in Hungary at all :)

        • Michael J Carroll

          Try Google Earth

  • Owen Finn

    Great for the Jewish kids!

  • PhilNelwyn

    In Google Earth too.

  • Michael J Carroll

    Google Earth has it, too. And it uses a nifty little graphic with it.

  • RXG9

    Doesn't show up on v6.14.4 of maps. (best version)

    screw v7 maps.

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