Track Santa's journey from North Pole

NORAD Santa Tracker back again

1955: The "NORAD Tracks Santa" tradition begins after a Sears department store mistakenly prints the phone number for Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center in an advertisement telling children they could call Santa. Col. Harry Shoup, who was on duty at CONAD that night, told his staff to give all children who called in a "current location" for Santa Claus. The tradition started that night would continue when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958 and continues to be a Christmas Eve tradition today. (NORAD)

It's time for his magical journey from the North Pole with Rudolph leading the way.


St. Nick has his sleigh packed and will be ready to rock your chimney tonight. 

Once again, you're able to track Santa's flight. As they do every year, NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is tracking Santa in real time this Christmas Eve at NORADSanta.org.

It all starts with the NORAD Radar System called the North Warning System. 

This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across Canada's north and Alaska. 

NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole every holiday season. 

The moment their radar says Santa has lifted off, they begin to use the same satellites used in providing air warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America.

There are even three images for children to get a better view. 

You can even download NORAD's app to track Santa while you're on the go.

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