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Santa returns for Christmas at Waze, jingling your driving experience

Santa returns for Christmas at Waze, jingling your driving experience

Shaun M Jooste

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It’s that time of the year when Santa Clause is coming to town 🎶🎵(choose your favorite lyrics to hum to). As far as driving around is concerned, you can now change your GPS settings on the Waze app. Instead of an arrow, it now features various Santa options on the map, but only if you reside in the United States. Everyone else will have to settle for the standard mode.

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When you head to My Waze on the app and tap on Drive with Santa, you’ll have two options that first appear. You have the choice between Santa and Mrs. Claus. Now, while Santa has experience with different cultures and has voices in various languages, Mrs. Claus isn’t so lucky. If you’re in the US, you’ll only hear her guide you with navigational details in English. She really should get out more. 

The Christmas excitement doesn’t end there. After you choose your character, you can also select a mood. This feature will affect how you and other drivers see you on Waze maps. There’s also a vehicle option, letting you choose between the infamous sleigh or the C-wagon. You can also adjust some of the voice settings for both characters.

Waze brings Santa back onto maps

I usually use Petal maps on my Huawei phone, but I’m seriously tempted to install Waze to see this new feature. It’s a fun way to get into the festive mood, especially when you’re driving around trying to find the best presents for everyone. Also, when you ping your location for friends to see where you are, it looks like Santa is on his way to visit them.

Don’t miss out on the fun! If you see your friends on your map with Santa, you can join them with Mrs. Clause.

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