While Christmas is the most exciting time of year for children, Christmas Eve can be pretty tough.
After being on their best behaviour all year to get on Santa’s nice list, they’ll leave out a glass of whisky to treat the main man himself, paired with a glass of milk and carrots for his many reindeer.
Although already too excited, the little ones are then tasked with trying to fall asleep, otherwise Father Christmas won’t show up.
To help them get off to sleep, parents can let them know that Santa is definitely on his way with their presents – all with the help of a clever tracker.
Each Christmas, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are able to orchestrate a Santa tracker by using their multi-billion dollar arsenal of satellites and fancy tracking equipment.
While they are normally reserved for detecting the baddies, they instead direct their attention to the North Pole to spread happiness to children across the globe.
But they’re not the only ones as Google, with their eagle eye on the world’s Internet, also have their own Santa tracker so children know what time they need to make sure they’re fast asleep.
What time will he arrive?
Traditionally, Santa starts out in the Pacific Ocean and travels west. He visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia. After that, he shoots up to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America.
We can’t give the exact time he’ll be flying over Greater Manchester – only Santa knows the exact route.
But from his course, expect him in the UK between 9pm and midnight on December 24 – but of course, if you’re awake, he’ll skip your house and come back later.