Santa Claus likes to keep up with the latest technology, so you shouldn't be surprised to find him online. If you're looking for info on Santa, want to send him an email, or want to show your kids the path of his Christmas eve journey, these are the sites for you. Each one has something unique to add to your Christmas experiences, and none of them are overloaded with advertising.
If you remember lying awake on Christmas Eve listening for the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer, the NORAD Tracks Santa site is just for you. Using Google Earth in 3D, follow Santa's journey across the globe in anticipation for his arrival in your neighborhood. Starting on December 1, there will be activities posted each day to help with the wait. The big event starts at 2am MTN (4am EST) on Christmas Eve morning. Don't forget to download Google Earth before it all begins!
This site asks you a few questions about your child and then produces an adorable video where Santa personally welcomes your child, congratulates him/her for being well behaved and hints at what special treat might be under the tree Christmas morning. It's the personalized Santa Claus letter for the digital generation.
Do you wonder where Santa Claus comes from? Are you looking for traditional ethnic Christmas activities? The St. Nicholas site is a gem for stories, crafts, games and lots of culture. You can even find St. Nicholas traditions from more than 30 different countries.
Northpole.com is a simple, fun Christmas site. Take a quiz to find out if you were naughty or nice, teach Santa how to dance or play some holiday games. An abundance of Christmas printables make this a great resource for teachers and homeschoolers as well. There are plenty of things to do on the site, but one of my favorite features is a personalized story maker. Enter in some basic details and the website generates one of three personalized Christmas stories that you can print. Although this site does have links to online shopping, they aren't a part of the general browsing experience.
The focus of this site seems to be on a vacation destination where you can meet Santa Claus in person. What is special about it, though, is that Santa cam. Starting on December 1, you can see inside and outside video of Santa's office as they prepare for Christmas. Fun! *As with all live links, and especially video, please preview the webcam footage before showing it to children.