It’s the time of year when lots of kids (maybe some adults too!) around the world will be wondering where Santa is and what he’s up to. Thanks to Google Earth, you can now track Santa. While you’re on your search for him, you’ll also be searching the earth via Google for giant toys. In order to do this, you’ll need to download Google Earth 4 (in beta), as well as Santa Tracker and Toy Hunt.

Google Earth has taken on some elves to hide gifts all around the Earth, and your job is to find them.  Each day (until Christmas Eve), there will be a clue that will lead you to the big toy. On December 24th, you’ll be able to follow his journey and see where he’s at. Here are the step by step detailed instructions from Google:

  1. After you have downloaded and installed Google Earth, download and open the Santa file.
  2. Sit back and watch as you are flown to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole.
  3. Click on the present icon outside of Santa’s Workshop to get today’s clue.
  4. Type your guess in the fly to box in the upper left hand corner of the screen and click the magnifying glass.  You will be flown to that city. [see Figure 1]
  5. Use the compass control panel in the upper right hand corner of the screen to explore each city.  You can drag the top slider (1) to tilt. Use the joystick (2) or the arrow buttons (3) in compass to pan.  Zoom in and out using the slider (5) or ‘+’ and ‘-‘ signs.  To rotate, grab and spin the compass wheel (6). To reorient north, click the N button (4) on the compass wheel. [see Figure 2]
  6. To visit another city, repeat step 4.
  7. To revisit Santa’s Workshop, look under places on the left hand side of the screen. Scroll down until you see today’s date and the text “Double click this to fly to today’s clue” [Figure 3] . 
  8. Open the file tomorrow for a new clue and a new toy!  And be sure to open the file again on Christmas Eve to track Santa’s flight across the world.

There are just 6 clues left! You better get to work :)