My favourite Google site of December is now live with lots of Santa games and fun

Santa Tracker is Google's fun tracker, but for 2023 it's loaded with interactive games and fun that's not to be missed

Google Santa Tracker 2023
(Image credit: Google)

It's 1 December 2023 and, based on the number of lights twinkling around my estate already (short of thinking I now live in a funfair), that appears to mean only one thing to most people: Christmas is coming. Yes, the countdown is on, and my favourite Google site of each December is now live, bringing with it lots of Santa games and fun. 

Check out Google's Santa Tracker website here

Having opened my first Advent calendar door – alas, it's chocolate, not a Lego Advent calendar this year – I came online to work and couldn't resist the temptation to check out Google's Santa Tracker. The annual site follows Mr Clause's whereabouts when 'delivery day' on 25 December comes around (I mean presents, not divine delivery) – except this year there's loads more to do on the site.

As we roll into a frozen weekend (here in the UK anyway), those festive senses are tingling and, well, who wants to go outside anyway? Spend a little time tinkering with the Santa Tracker website, whether solo or with your kids, and delve into a world of entertaining videos – from Santa on holiday, to his miffed-off reindeer wanting to get ready – and minigames. 

As you can see from the collection of minigames screengrabs in the gallery above, there's a whole host of things to do once you go down the Google Santa Tracker website rabbit hole. From launching presents onto boats to grab a high score, to a keyboard-controlled jetpack elf catching goodies from the sky, or matching pairs behind festive windows, a lot of thought, time and effort has gone into the Santa Tracker site this year. 

Play minigames on Google's Santa Tracker website

My favourite of the lot though? A Where's Wally-style 'Search For Santa', in which you have four 'worlds' and multiple characters to locate in each. You can zoom in and out, gain hints if you're struggling, and see how fast you can solve each of them. To avoid getting no work done I'm saving the remaining ones for this weekend. 

There's a lot to think about when it comes to the holiday period and Christmas time – whatever you celebrate, if anything or nothing at all – as it's a time to think about those around us, from family and friends and beyond. That may even mean buying nice gifts, which is why T3 has rounded-up our picks under £100 that tech-lovers will no doubt appreciate. Right, I'd best be off before I open Advent calendar door number two too hastily... 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.