NORAD tracks Santa's progress

NORAD_ShinyNot much has changed since last Christmas, so here for your convenience is our post from 2008:

By the time you read this, Santa has already been busy for many hours. According to NORAD, Santa’s schedule kicked off at 6am Eastern today and won’t wrap up his global jaunt until all kids are firmly asleep in their beds.

This year though, while the kids are still up, they have lots of ways to keep tabs on the man in the red suit. For the first time, they’ll be able to follow Santa on Twitter. Just log on to Twitter and follow @noradsanta for updates on his whereabouts and to participate in holiday conversations.

Looking for other ways to spy on St. Nick? NORAD offers the following options:

  • 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) for children to call and personally speak to a Santa tracker
    • Did you know that in 2007, 1,012 volunteers at the NTS Operations Center answered 94,743 telephone calls and 10,326 emails from children around the world?
  • send an email to
  • NORAD Tracks Santa Web site: now with videos
  • Track Santa in 3D using Google Earth:

NORAD’s site is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese.

Bonus points:

Have OnStar in your car? If you’re traveling Christmas Eve, just hit the blue button and ask for a Santa update!

The NTS program began on Dec. 24, 1955, after a phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local youngster who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement. The commander at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo. who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested – the whereabouts of Santa. This began the tradition of tracking Santa, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958.


Merry Christmas Sync readers!

(Oh and Happy Chanukah too)


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