Tracking Santa with NORAD

When will Santa arrive? Follow his journey in real time!

Track Santa’s journey from the North Pole

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Marking a 59 year old Christmas Eve tradition, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has begun tracking Santa’s journey from the North Pole.

Using the “North Warning System,” satellites, “Santa-Cams,” jet fighters and more than 1,250 Canadian and American volunteers, NORAD’s high tech annual mission provides up to date locations of Santa and his reindeer as he travels along the international date line, due west.

Phone: You can call 1 877 HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to speak directly to a NORAD staff member who will be able to tell you Santa’s exact location. Operators are available until 3:00a.m. on Dec. 25th to answer your calls.

Email: You can also email [email protected] to receive a message from a NORAD staff member of Santa’s last known location.

Follow updates on Twitter at @NoradSanta.


NTS_Web_Graphic_thumbIn 1955, a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted a phone number for children to call Santa.

Instead, when a child dialed the number, they reached the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) hotline. Colonel Harry Shoup, the director of operations at the time, instructed his staff to check the radar for any indications of Santa’s journey from the North Pole, and provided updates to any children that called.

In 1958, the Canadian and U.S. governments created a ‘bi-national’ air defense command, now known as NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), which continued the Santa tracking tradition.


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