Santa Claus takes his annual sleigh trip around the world to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve. Children and adults all over the world will want to know where it is throughout the day.
Celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Santa tracking tradition this yearNORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), a joint air defense effort between the United States and Canada, tracked the location of Santa’s flight on Christmas Eve since the 1950s.
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Santa’s latest location can be tracked via the NORAD website on the trail of Santa Clauswhich is available in eight languages, including English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese.
Starting at 4 a.m. ET on December 24, users can see updates on the website as Santa prepares for his Christmas trip.
Starting at 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve, you can dial the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to ask where Santa is and you will be greeted by an operator live phone call or recorded update. .
“Due to COVID concerns, the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center will have fewer phone operators, so callers who do not reach a volunteer will hear a regularly updated recording of Santa’s current location” , NORAD said.
Other Ways to Track Santa
Users can also access the NORAD Tracks Santa app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store) to track Saint Nick from their smartphones and tablets.
Tracking opportunities are also available on social media through NORAD Tracks Santa’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts, as well as through partner platforms Bing, Amazon Alexa and OnStar.
“Anytime on December 24, Amazon Alexa users can request 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. “, explained NORAD.
Trackers can also use the Bing search engine to see Santa’s current location.
How did NORAD’s Santa tracking tradition begin?
The tradition of following Santa Claus began in 1955 when a local newspaper ran an advertisement telling children they could call Santa Claus directly.
But Santa’s phone number was misprinted. So, instead of reaching Santa Claus, the number connected the caller to the on-duty crew commander (US Air Force Col. Harry Shoup) at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center (the predecessor of NORAD).
Quickly realizing the mistake, Colonel Shoup reassured the child that he was Santa Claus. He then assigned another duty officer to continue answering those calls, starting a decades-long tradition that NORAD has carried on since 1958.
Every year since then, the joint air defense effort has reported Santa’s location on Christmas Eve to millions of children and families around the world, according to NORAD.