Where Is Santa Claus? NORAD Santa Tracker Tells You!

What turned out as a mistake, 55 years ago, is now one of the most popular tracking systems to find Santa on Christmas Eve. In 1955 a local newspaper misprint prompted children to call the Continental Air Defense Command (NORAD’s predecessor) instead of a special Santa hotline phone number. The colonel on duty told the children he could see Santa on the radar screens, heading south from the North Pole and ever since then a tradition was born.

Answering the kids question, “Where is Santa Claus” is easy when you track Santa through NORAD’s online Santa tracker. It is a tradition in our family!

Even if families don’t have internet access, finding Santa Claus on Christmas Eve will be as easy as making a phone call, thanks to NORAD’s new Santa hotline.  This year, Verizon Business has teamed up with the North American Aerospace Defense Command to provide and answer the NORAD Tracks Santa Hotline so that kids of all ages can follow Santa Claus’ trip around the globe.

“The tradition of NORAD tracking Santa has evolved over the years – expanding to a websiteand adding social media bells and whistles,” said Jamie Graybeal, NORAD’s deputy chief of staff, communications. “But the Santa hotline remains at the heart of our efforts to make it possible for the children to call NORAD to speak to a live operator to find out where Santa is on Christmas Eve.”

Starting Dec. 24 at 2 a.m. Mountain Time, to 3 a.m. on Dec. 25, children across the U.S. and Canada can call 1-877-HI-NORAD to determine Santa’s exact location. (Callers outside North America can reach the hotline by dialing the local Colorado Springs number at 719-556-5211, using the appropriate country code. International charges can apply.

Children, their parents and the young-at-heart also can visit the NORAD Tracks Santa web site, which provides real-time information on Santa’s exact location. The information is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese — along with radar maps and streaming “SantaCam” video images from cities along Santa’s journey.

Santa also can be tracked through FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickr and TroopTube.tv.