Track Santa's journey with the help of NORAD

Track Santa's journey with the help of NORAD

Track Santa's journey with the help of NORAD

NORAD is continuing its Christmas tradition of tracking Santa Claus. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, launching December 1, features Santa's North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more.

"It's a unique capability that NORAD has", said Canadian Army Maj. On Christmas Eve, Santa takes off from the North Pole to begin his global journey to bring presents and joy to children. These activities are in support of the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, which leads the Santa monitoring effort.

The tradition of tracking Santa carried on through NORAD beginning in 1958 and continues to this day. Last year, more than 1,500 volunteers staffed the hotline, which received about 154,000 calls.

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

Instead of a phone number for children to call Santa, the ad gave the hotline number for the Commander in Chief of Continental Air Defense Command, the predecessor of NORAD. OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.

NORAD works with a variety of partners to support the tracker, including Microsoft and telephone-system company Avaya. Anytime on December 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa's location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.

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