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Tracking Santa Claus as he delivers presents

NORAD tracking Santa Claus
Posted at 4:39 PM, Dec 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-24 13:39:03-05

For the 67th year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be here to help children and families track Santa Claus as he travels the world to deliver Christmas presents.

NORAD's "Santa tracker" has been a tradition since 1955 when a newspaper advertisement told kids they could call Santa directly, but that number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, children called the crew commander on duty, U.S. Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup. He was at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, which came before NORAD.

According to NORAD, Shoup quickly realized the mistake and assigned a duty officer to keep taking the calls and assuring kids that they had, in fact, reached Santa - and thus was born a holiday tradition.

NORAD has carried on the tradition each year since that night, "tracking" Santa Claus' location on Christmas Eve and sharing that out to millions of excited families worldwide. doesn't just feature Santa's tracker - it also features has a holiday countdown, along with games, holiday music and other features.

The website is available in several languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

There is a "NORAD Tracks Santa" app for your phone as well!

Santa enthusiasts can also call in to see where Santa is flying with his sled by calling 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723), where they will either speak with a live phone operator, or hear a recorded update.