NORAD Santa Tracker: Where's the big guy at?

Posted December 25, 2017

With Christmas Eve upon us, children all over the world may be wondering when Santa is going to arrive at their house!

The Santa Tracker has traditionally been put on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command - also known as NORAD - since the mid-1950's.

Canadian Brig. Gen. Guy Hamel NORAD and USNORTHCOM Deputy Director of Policy Strategy and Plans joins other volunteers taking phone calls from children around the world asking where Santa is and when he will

You can also see his journey below or click on any of the links at the top of the page to track Santa's journey.

Santa usually starts his journey at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west.

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Santa is on his way and, for today only, the nice people at NORAD, (that's the North American Aerospace Defence Command), hand over their state-of-the-art satellites so the world can watch the man in red make his way around the world. About 1,500 volunteers answer the phones in shifts throughout Christmas Eve. The website is available in eight languages.

An advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper that year invited kids to call Santa, but it mistakenly listed the number for the hotline at NORAD's predecessor - the U.S. Continental Air Defense Command.

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A tweet on NORAD's official Twitter account also reveals the way NORAD keeps a track of Santa's movements.

New this year, Amazon's voice-activated computer service Alexa will be relaying NORAD Tracks Santa updates through the Echo device once the function has been enabled.

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NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. On the website, you can explore Santa's workshop, listen to Christmas carols and play holiday-themed games.