by Chris Adede . Dec 28, 2022
Tesla is known for its fun Easter Eggs or hidden features that you can activate by pressing a certain sequence of buttons. There are a few Easter Eggs that you can activate on your Tesla. However, the most popular one is Santa Mode. Get ready to experience fun and engaging driving with Santa Mode.
What is Santa Mode?
The Santa Mode Easter egg will transform your car on the screen into a sleigh, with reindeer pulling it and presenting at the back. If you take a closer look, you'll notice something even more incredible: A modified Tesla!
Once you've activated it, you'll notice that all of the vehicles on the road will be rendered as reindeer. You can pan and zoom the visualization for a closer look at the sleigh and its contents.
You'll also notice that the roads suddenly get covered in snow. The other vehicles usually rendered on display will also change—instead of appearing as either a car or truck, they have been transformed into reindeer too!
Tesla took their time with these Easter Eggs, so other subtle details indicate Tesla took the long route and time with them.
When you turn on the Easter Egg in your Tesla, you will notice a few subtle changes. First, the reindeer's leg movements will slow down if you're moving slowly. If you choose to slow down, even more, the reindeer will stop moving entirely.
The turn signals will also change—instead of a clicker sound when signaling, it'll be replaced with sleigh bell jingles. You can look closer at the reindeer's collar and notice that it lights up, and a red flash appears when you use your turn signals.
When using the left turn signal, the reindeer's collar on the left will flash; when using the right turn signal, the reindeer's collar on the right will flash. These are all subtle but perfectly done!
Activating Santa Mode
You can activate Santa Mode in a few different ways. You can do it by tapping the App's icon, or you can use voice command and say "Ho, Ho, Ho" to play a song by Chuck Berry.
The Santa Mode will release an up arrow, and you can select the Toy Box, which will open up several options. You can scroll right to Santa Mode and turn it on by tapping on it.
You can also activate the Santa Mode via voice command by saying "Ho, Ho, Ho '' and then singing along to "Run Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry.
How to Turn It Off
To turn off Santa Mode, you can return to the Toy Box by tapping on the three lines in the upper left corner of the screen.
Afterward, you can turn off Santa Mode by sliding the switch at the top of your screen to "Off." You can also opt to use voice command: say "Turn Off Santa Mode", and it'll do it for you!
The song will stop playing immediately when you keep Santa Mode off, but all of your visualizations and related features will remain on.
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