Did you know that NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955?
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
All the preparations for this year are in place! Come back each day to discover new surprises in the Kids' Countdown Village, where they will offer a new holiday game every day until December 24th.
In addition to tracking Santa on the NORAD Tracks Santa homepage, you can also track his flight in Google Earth.
See Santa on your mobile phone
This year you can count down the days to Santa’s takeoff with the official NORAD Tracks Santa app. Enjoy playing “Elf Toss” throughout the month and then on December 24th, follow Santa with Google Maps for mobile.
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