This roundup is your one-stop shop for links to Santa trackers, snack ideas, and Christmas light displays around Moncton.
Compiled by Jenna Morton
You're likely familiar with the NORAD Santa Tracker; it's been sharing details about Santa's Christmas Eve flights for more then 50 years. For a great little story on how it all started (a misprint in a Sears ad!), check out this NPR story.
Google is also tracking Santa, and sharing lots of fun tidbits about Christmas celebrations around the world. A great way to find a new family tradition – perhaps you'll incorporate a pinata, shoes instead of stockings, or a pavlova dessert.
There's also lots of fun content at Portable North Pole; personalized messages from Santa and the elves, colouring pages, and online stories. Since it launched in 2008, PNP has sent about 100 million video messages to kids around the world.
Need a quick cookie recipe? We've got you covered. Want something fun that's not so time-consuming to prepare and a little bit easier on Santa's waistline? Try a banana and strawberry candy cane!
If you're looking to fill a little time during the day and get the kiddies into craft mode, here's an easy one: Reindeer Dust. A few oats, some sugar or sprinkles, and you have a magic treat that will help lead the reindeer to your rooftop.
Perhaps a quiet drive around to look at lights is part of your holiday routine … perhaps you're trying to get a newborn to settle and driving in circles is the best chance you've got tonight. Here are a couple of routes you might want to check out around Moncton this year:
Tune your radio to 107.7FM and cruise along Warren Avenue in Riverview; there's a house with its lights synced to the music. Keep travelling through Riverview along Callowhill Road, out to Pine Glen Road; there are lots of houses with light displays. Here's a quick 20-30 minute route you could take.
There's also a house on Pasadena Drive in Moncton that has its lights tuned to music playingon 91.5FM. You could incorporate that into a route that includes Falcon Drive and Oak Ridge Drive; an example of possible route is below.
And of course, don't forget a trip along Elmwood Drive! Right across from the entrance to Irishtown Park you'll find a display unlikely to be matched anywhere in the city. This video is from a few years ago, but it gives you a sense of what to expect if you've never been.