Internet Geographer


The MegaChristmas Index: Looking for Santa Claus in Google Placemarks

Examining the geographies of Google placemarks can lead to a variety of useful insights about the world. So, as Christmas draws ever closer, myself and colleagues at the floatingsheep blog wondered whether an analysis of placemarks could help us answer the age old question about “where does Santa Claus live?” To answer this question, we decided to map out the cybergeographies of Christmas in order to ultimately create a “MegaChristmas Index.” More details and maps are available at the full post at But in the meantime, here are a few of our findings - including one map displaying the world’s most Christmassy places.