NORAD Tracks Santa

NORAD Tracks Santa uses Cesium and cutting-edge web technologies to show a 3D, interactive, real-time view of Santa's journey. This experience works best on a modern desktop or laptop computer with the latest video drivers and the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Internet Explorer.

The NORAD Tracks Santa experience comes in three flavors:

  1. Full 3D - Includes detailed models, high-resolution maps, and a fancy ocean effect. The Full 3D experience demands the most from your hardware and web browser.
  2. Low Quality 3D - Disables the more expensive effects and reduces visual quality so that the 3D Santa tracker can be experienced on less powerful hardware.
  3. 2D - A basic 2D experience that will work on older hardware and in older web browsers.
NORAD Tracks Santa will automatically fall back on Low Quality 3D or 2D if it determines that a more demanding mode would not work on your computer or mobile device. In all cases, it will monitor performance and offer to switch to a less demanding mode if performance appears to be low.

NORAD Tracks Santa low performance warning.

You can switch to one of the suggested modes by clicking the link, or dismiss the message and continue using the current mode by clicking the X in the top-right corner. Once dismissed, the message will not reappear until the next time you visit the Santa tracker.

To improve the NORAD Tracks Santa experience on your system, try these tips:

Use a different web browser

The latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Internet Explorer are all capable of running NORAD Tracks Santa, but one may offer better performance on your system. Of course, if you're not running the latest version of your web browser of choice, we strongly recommend that you upgrade.

Update your video drivers

If 3D does not work well (or at all) on your system, try updating your video card drivers. First, determine the manufacturer of your video card. In Microsoft Windows, go to the Start menu and type Device Manager, and click on Device Manager when it appears above. Then find Display adapters in the tree, and expand it to see the manufacturer's name. It will most likely be NVIDIA, AMD/ATI, or Intel.

Run the Device Manager from the Start menu. Expand Display adapters in the Device Manager to see your video card manufacturer.  In this example, the manufacturer is AMD/ATI.

Download and install the driver from your manufacturer:


The Santa-tracking map is developed by Analytical Graphics, Inc.
Analytical Graphics, Inc.

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