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Road to Santa Claus © GPL3+

Waiting for Santa? Count down to his arrival with this MKR1000 device.

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Components and supplies

Necessary tools and machines

Vinyl glue
Hy gluegun
Hot glue gun (generic)

Apps and online services

About this project


Arduino-ho-ho-ho-ho! Do you hear the bells? Santa Claus is coming to town!

Have your children sent their letters the North Pole? Are their gifts being prepared in Santa’s Workshop? These are some of the questions that are asked during the holiday season.

Remember the old advent calendar? We’re giving it an IoT twist with the MKR1000-based Road to Santa system!

If your child is “nice,” Santa will continue with his duties of reading the letters, preparing gifts, packing them into his sleigh, flying over the world, and delivering them to every household.

Let's start to build it!

  • place all the material on a flat surface
  • insert the two pieces of wood numbered 2 trough the holes of the piece number 1 (the numbers should go on the internal side of the box).
  • attach the side parts of wood with a small quantity of vinyl glue.
  • peel the sticker and attach it to the front side of the wood number 1, aligning the white part of the sticker with the hole of the LEDs.
  • take the LED strip and attach to the hole, put the white sticker on the back so it remain firmly attached.

Attach pins from the LED strip to the MKR1000:

  • Red cable on 5v Pin of the MKR1000
  • Black cable of the ground to the ground pin of the MKR1000
  • Brown cable to pin 6 of the MKR1000.

Double check the correct position of the pins, especially 5v and ground.

  • put the micro USB cable trough the hole on the side wood piece.

  • connect the cable to the MKR1000 and the other side to the power supply.

The MKR1000 will boot. A red stripe is shown during the boot process, once done a flash green will show up. Now the MKR1000 is ready. From your smartphone, connect to the Wi-Fi called Road-To-Santa.

Once connected your web browser and open this address:, a small interface with two buttons will open. Use the buttons to move back a forward the LED.

Have Fun!


Q: The LEDs don't light up

  • A: Double check the connections

Q: I cannot connect to the Wi-Fi

  • A: Sometimes this can happen because of interference. In this case, just power off and then back on the board by detaching the power supply from the wall. The MKR1000 saves the state of the LED, so the next boot, will light up the correct number of the LED.

Keep in mind that you have a brand new MKR1000 in your hands, so after Santa Claus make your children happy, you can enjoy and get inspired with all the tutorials on the dedicated page on Project hub.




Road To Santa Claus


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