8 ways to visit with Santa virtually in 2020

Last Updated on December 27, 2020 by Cass County Online

Photo from AskSanta.com

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Santa isn’t making as many in-person visits prior to Christmas Eve this year, but here are a few of the options we found to check in virtually.

Be sure to check them out yourself before trying them with your kids!

FreeConferenceCall.com offers “Santa’s Hotline”, an international voicemail line for children of all ages to leave messages for the North Pole at no charge. https://www.freeconferencecall.com/santa-hotline

Through Wednesday Dec. 23, schedule a free video call with Santa on SantaCalling.com, offered by T-Mobile. A free Zoom account is required. New appointments open daily at noon. There’s also a special video message from Santa that you can download.

Google’s Santa Tracker has a countdown clock and options to track Santa and his reindeer as they deliver presents on Christmas Eve. https://santatracker.google.com/

Macy’s Santaland at Home virtual experience will be available free to all beginning Friday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Find it at macys.com/Santaland.

The Portable North Pole (PNP) site allows Santa to send personalized video messages to children and adults all around the world. PNP is available on www.portablenorthpole.com, as well as mobile phones and tablets via a free downloadable mobile application.

Kids of all ages can visit Santa at asksanta.com and have a real-time conversation. Ask Santa is free to use and there’s no time limit. Ask Santa, StoryFile and Red Sled Santa Foundation will be accepting charitable donations to benefit the American Heart Association.

You can sign up for texts from Santa and Mrs. Claus at www.slicktext.com/santa. The service is through a partnership with SlickText and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

The NORAD Tracks Santa website, social media pages, a new mobile app and partner platforms will again be an important part of the program allowing children around the world to track Santa. However, the NORAD Tracks Santa call center is being adapted due to ongoing public health concerns due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. This year, only a small number of volunteers will be answering the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number, 1-877-Hi-NORAD, on Dec. 24. Callers who cannot reach one of these volunteers will receive a recorded update on Santa’s current location. Santa trackers can visit http://www.noradsanta.org or use new mobile apps available on Google Play and the Apple App store to get up-to-the-minute Santa statistics. Fans can also track Santa with a variety of other NORAD Tracks Santa partners, to include OnStar and Amazon Alexa.