How to Talk to Santa Claus Using Amazon Echo or Google Home
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means it’s legal to officially start celebrating Christmas (or Hanukkah, if you’re like me). Decorations are popping up, Christmas music is playing in every store, and instead of the classic beta letter to Santa, you can now talk to him all month on your smart home device. Google and Amazon offer the ability to communicate with Kris Kringle through their smart speakers. This is how it works.
How to talk to Santa Claus using Google Home
Last year, you could use Google Assistant to keep track of Santa’s whereabouts. The company is taking another step forward this year. Just say “Ok Google Call Santa” to activate this new feature. Your Google Home speaker will connect you to the North Pole. Santa will then ask you some questions and play some specially recorded songs with some help from the elves.
If you don’t have Google Home, but you (or your kids) want to give it a try, you can also take advantage of the current deal for the company’s smallest home speaker. Google Home Mini is available for just $ 30 (up from $ 50) before New Years.
How to talk to Santa Claus using Alexa
If you are more of the Amazon Echo family, you can still communicate with Santa thanks to the new Alexa skill from iHeartRadio. The streaming service is “coming soon” ( 10:33 – release date details have been updated) for all Echo devices and third-party Alexa-enabled gadgets, and will be available until the end of the year.
Once he appears, you can trigger the skill by saying, “Alexa, talk to Santa.” From there, Santa Claus will ask a series of questions before choosing one of seven holiday-themed radio stations, including Classics, Country, Rock, R&B, and even one radio station hosted by Santa himself. The perfect way to entertain the kids or torment your most holiday-hating friends, depending on your preference.