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New way to track Santa this Christmas

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EDITOR'S NOTE: You can also view the new NORAD Santa Tracker in the embedded window above.

A big break-up this Christmas that's changing the way you can track Santa's journey around the globe on Christmas Eve.

Since 2007, many people tracked Santa using Google Maps, but that ends this year.

This week, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft Bing to power its annual "Santa tracker."

NORAD is the joint U.S. Canadian military operation that monitors the skies of North America. So, now if you want to follow Santa's busy night go to NoradSanta.org.

Updates from NORAD on the Christmas journey will also be available on Twitter, Facebook and by placing calls to the agency's Santa tracking phone line 877 HI-NORAD.

This change followed a decision by its previous partner, Google, to launch its own version.

Google now has its own virtual Santa space , which features an animated interactive tour of Santa's village, including games and a service to offer personalized telephone calls from Santa to children.

Both sides say the break-up was a mutual decision.

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