Light up your world with Santas, Christmas lights and general holiday joy with the story map from ESRI embedded above. (See here for the full screen experience.) The map was created by using APIs from Flickr and YouTube, pulling photos and videos that were both geotagged with latitude and longitude coordinates and tagged with four keywords: Santa Claus, Christmas Lights, Christmas Tree, and Holidays. (Naturally, since the map pulls the English tags, the feed is mostly in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.)
Among the ESRI team’s favorite finds:
- A rowhouse in San Francisco’s Castro District that’s decked in lights.
- Estes Park, Colorado, is similarly decked out
- Santa’s new classic ride in Van Buren, Arkansas
The map will change continuously through the holidays as the feed pulls the last 200 photographs and 100 videos—keep checking back, and let us know below what your favorites are!
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