Google’s Santa Tracker is back for 2019. And this year, Santa’s Village has had a makeover, with a new look and feel, plus new games and new activities to explore. Google has also expanded its holiday efforts to more products such as Google Assistant and Google Earth.
Google has been helping kids and adults alike track Santa for over 15 years now. And in the run-up to the big day, Google gives us all a sneak peek at what’s happening at the North Pole. And 2019 is no exception, with Santa’s Village now open for business.
What’s New in Santa’s Village for 2019?
As with previous years, Santa’s Village is filled with fun (and educational) games and activities. They’re mostly designed to keep kids entertained through December, but some adults will likely get a kick out of them too. Especially Present Bounce and Quick Draw.
There are new parts of Santa’s Village to explore, including Santa’s new toy factory and reindeer gym. There are also new games to play, such as the 3D Snowbox which lets you create your own winter scene. In all, there are over two dozen activities to explore.
“With your Elfwitness News, I’m Dimplesticks at the North Pole.”
— Google (@Google) December 7, 2019
Google’s efforts expand to other products too. So, as detailed in this post on The Keyword, you can now say “Hey Google, what’s new at the North Pole?” to Assistant, test your knowledge of holiday traditions on Google Earth, and much more besides.
Santa’s Village is open throughout December. However, all of these games and activities are just setting the mood for the big day. You can actually start tracking Santa from December 23rd. Giving you ample time to download the Google Santa Tracker app.
Download: Google Santa Tracker on Android
How to Visit Google’s Santa’s Village
You can visit Santa’s Village here. You can then click the Play button to load a game at random. Or you can scroll down the page to reveal the inner sanctum and choose a specific game or activity. More games and activities are being unlocked nearer to Christmas.
If you feel inspired by Google’s efforts and have some time to kill over the holidays you could try creating a virtual tour using Google Earth. It doesn’t have to be themed around Christmas, but if the holidays are your favorite time of year, why not go for it?