The 5 Best Santa Claus-Themed Websites of 2018

The best Christmas websites featuring Santa Claus

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Just like most of us, Santa Claus likes to keep up with the latest technology, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise to discover that he has an online presence. If you're simply looking for information on Santa, want to email him your holiday gift list or show your kids the path of his Christmas Eve journey, these are the sites to check out.

Each one has something unique to add to your family's Christmas experience (and as a bonus, none of them are overloaded with advertising).

Best Personalized Video From Santa Claus: Portable North Pole

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Are your kids concerned about whether or not they've been good this year? Do they wonder how Santa Claus delivers all of those presents in one night? Do they want to make sure Santa received their wish list? If so, then request a personalized message from the Portable North Pole.

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 a personalized Santa Claus letter for the digital generation.

What We Like

  • The videos are of great quality and the surprise factor for the child can't be beat. 
  • The site also offers stories and games for children in a Santa's Village area.
  • A portion of the video sale goes to help children in participating children's hospitals.

What We Don't Like

  • There is nothing we can dislike about a site that makes kids happy and helps sick kids at the same time. 

Portable North Pole also has apps from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store if you want to go mobile with the idea.

Best Site For Kids When They Ask 'Where Is Santa?': NORAD Tracks Santa

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If you remember lying awake on Christmas Eve listening for the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer, the NORAD Tracks Santa site should recall those fond memories. Using Google Earth in 3D, follow Santa's journey across the globe in anticipation of 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 2 am MTN (4 am EST) on Christmas Eve morning.​

What We Like

  • The journey helps children learn about different parts of the world as Santa and his reindeer fly. 
  • Most newscasters use this program on their shows over Christmas Eve, giving even more validity and excitement to the concept.

What We Don't Like

  • The graphics could be better. They don't seem to have been updated in years and, given the digital age kids now live in, they can seem a tad outdated.

Don't forget to download Google Earth before it all begins!

Best Site For Discovering If Santa Is Real: St. Nicholas Center

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Do you wonder where Santa Claus comes from? Are you looking for traditional ethnic Christmas activities? The St. Nicholas Center site is a gem offering stories, crafts, games, and lots of cultures. You can even find St. Nicholas traditions from more than 30 different countries.

What We Like

  • The site offers parents the opportunity to teach children how Santa Claus is seen in different parts of the world.
  • The focus is on celebrating the values of Santa Claus: generosity to those in needs, love for children, and concern for sailors and ships.

What We Don't Like

  • The site's graphics are old-fashioned, which can turn off kids in today's digital age.

Best Site For Learning Where Santa Lives: Northpole.com

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Northpole.com is a simple, fun Christmas site. Take a quiz to find out if you were naughty or nice, find recipes for cookies and other treats, teach Santa how to dance and play holiday games.

What We Like

  • The personalized story maker is great. Enter some basic details and the website generates one of three personalized Christmas stories that you can print. 
  • An abundance of Christmas printables makes this a great resource for teachers and homeschoolers as well. 

What We Don't Like

  • The links to online shopping, even they aren't a part of the general browsing experience.

Best Site To See Where Santa Works: Santa Claus Office

The focus of this site is a vacation destination where you can meet Santa Claus in person. The nearest town and transport hub to Santa Claus Office, should you care to make the actual trip, is Rovaniemi, situated in Finnish Lapland. 

 What We Like 

  • The associated Facebook page is managed all year long, showing the elves in various duties and Santa's Office at various times of the year. 
  • Starting on December 1, you can see inside and outside video of Santa's office as the Northpole prepares for Christmas.

What We Don't Like 

  • Kids can join Santa's Elf Club ... but only for a fee. It would be more fun if there were at least a few free activities on the site that could be downloaded.