NORAD Tracks Santa
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is celebrating 61 years of tracking Santa's trek across the world on Christmas Eve!
The tradition started in 1955 when a number meant to direct children straight to Santa was misprinted, instead reaching the Crew Commander at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, which started the Santa tracking tradition. NORAD has carried on the tradition since its inception in 1958.
Though Santa tracking doesn't start until 12:01 a.m. (MST) on Christmas Eve, children and parents can visit NORAD's Santa Tracker website to find a holiday countdown, games and more. The site and tracker are also available in 8 languages, including: English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Portugese, and French.
After Santa Tracking begins, "Santa Cams" will stream footage of Santa as he makes his way across the globe, and starting at 4 a.m. (MST), Santa Trackers can call 1-877-446-6723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to stay updated on Santa's whereabouts.
NORAD has also released a NORAD Tracks Santa app that can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play to your mobile device.