Ever wondered how long it would take Santa to deliver all his presents by foot? We hadn’t either, but it must be a quiet time for indoor karting, because TeamSport Karting, the UK’s largest indoor karting operator, has taken the time to has calculate the sluggish delivery times of everyday mode of transport were Santa to trade in his vehicle for a non-festive alternative - including walking.
By sleigh - With 2.2 billion children across the planet, spread between 916 million houses, Father Christmas has to travel a mammoth 424,843,108 miles to deliver gifts each year. This means his sleigh travels at over 13 million mph - more than 17,000 times the speed of sound.
By car - To cover this distance and deliver the world’s presents by car (assuming Santa abided by the UK’s maximum speed limit of 70mph), it would take a staggering 693 years, .
By aeroplane - Despite a Boeing 747 cruising at a nifty 550mph, it would still take 88 years to get to every child’s house.
By rocket - Space rockets travel considerably quicker than commercial aircraft, but even if Santa was to commandeer a NASA shuttle, he’d still be flying for two years and nine months.
By bike - Completing the delivery route by bike would take a slovenly 2,109 years.
On foot - If Santa was to walk, he would be delivering presents for a feet-busting 12,125 years.
Such massive delays would clearly not go down very well with the world’s youngest generations, who wake up on Christmas morning expecting to see the latest toys and gizmos under their tree. If Santa was determined to hit his delivery deadlines by foot in just one night, the manpower required takes on a whole new level. More than three million walkers would be needed to get presents to all of the world’s children on time, which is roughly the population of Wales!