The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is prepared to track Santa Claus’ yuletide journey!
NORAD will track the progress of Santa through a website that features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students around the world and more. The website is available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Japanese, Italian and Portuguese.
Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are available in the Windows Store, Apple Store and Google Play, so parents and children can count down the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets! Tracking opportunities are also available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+. To get started, type “@noradsanta” into each search engine.
Starting at 2 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, December 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. At 6 a.m. EST, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire about Santa’s whereabouts by dialling the toll free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to email@example.com. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will also stream videos as Santa makes his way around the world.
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) has tracked Santa’s flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Company advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline”.
The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location and a tradition was born.
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.
To track the progress of Santa Claus, visit www.noradsanta.org.