How to see Santa's sleigh flying through the sky on Christmas morning - and how to track Father Christmas' progress on Christmas Eve

Also known as the International Space Station to grown ups

By Hiyah Zaidi
Friday, 24th December 2021, 9:37 am
Updated Friday, 24th December 2021, 9:38 am

When will Santa’s sleigh be visible?

Santa’s sleigh lights will be visible early on Christmas morning at 06.49am for around six minutes.

The lights are visible to the naked eye and can be spotted across the UK.

You can track Santa's progress this Christmas Eve

For adults wondering how that is possible, the sleigh of Father Christmas is actually the International Space Station (ISS) passing overhead as it circles the earth.

NASA has outlined some dates and times where the ISS is visible and each sighting lasts for a few minutes at a time.

NASA states that the ISS (or the sleigh to little ones) “looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster.

“It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.”

To get the best experience, there are a few apps you can download to track the ISS.

How can I track Santa’s sleigh?

There are a few ways you can track the ISS this festive season.

NASA has a dedicated website that allows you to sign up for email alerts or text messages when the ISS is flying overhead.

But there are some apps available for phones that can help with tracking the sleigh too.

The ISS Spotter works on iPads and iPhones 4s or better and needs IO7+ to function. However, receiving 4.6 stars from 115 reviews this app is a popular choice to follow the ISS.

Another popular choice is ISS Live Now which provides a 24/7 video livestream from the International Space Station.

The app allows you to track the live movements of the ISS as it orbits the Earth, which is perfect to track the sleigh.

If you don't fancy getting up early to see the light, you can also track Santa's progress via NORAD'S Santa Tracker.