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NORAD Santa Tracker 2010 Philadelphia ETA, Google Earth Tracking, and Christmas Eve Philadelphia Area Mall Hours

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The Omelette December 24, 2010 Christmas Eve

NORAD Santa Tracker 2010...Santa in Stewart Island, New Zealand at 7:00 AM

Santa is making the voyage around the globe and his whereabouts can be found on the Official NORAD Santa Tracker page. The popular NORAD Santa tracker has been around since 1955 and becomes more and more popular each year in this era of social media and ever-advancing cellphone technology. As of 7:00 A.M. (EST) this morning, he's in Stewart Island, New Zealand. Next stop is Port Vila, Vanuatu. It will be a while before Santa makes it to the United States. We can expect Santa to arrive in Philadelphia sometime later this evening.

Google Earth Gets in on Santa Tracking

Now, you can also track Santa with Google Earth. All you need to do is download the plugin. The NORAD site actually links to it, so it's not so much of a competition thing, but more of an evolution in Santa Claus tracking.

Christmas Eve Shopping Hours in Philadelphia Area

For those of you looking to bang out some last-minute shopping in the Philly area on Christmas Eve, here are the hours for the major malls in our area.

King of Prussia: 6:00 PM

Franklin Mills Mall: 6:00 PM

Montgomery Mall in North Whales: 6:00 PM

Exton Square Mall: 6:00 PM

Coventry Mall in Pottstown: 6:00 PM

Park City Mall in Lancaster: 6:00 PM

Notice a trend? If your local mall isn't listed on here, you can most likely count on them being open until 6:00 PM. I remember when I was younger, malls used to close at 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Don't be surprised to see them stay open until 9:00 in the next 5 years. With the revenue on Christmas Eve rivaling that of Black Friday, look for stores to capitalize on this trend.