Where is Santa? Track his journey across the globe with NORAD’s Santa tracker
NORAD is tracking Santa’s sleigh and his reindeer for its 65th year on Christmas Eve.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, which tracks everything in the skies of the United States and Canada, is tracking Santa’s sleigh and his reindeer for its 65th year on Christmas Eve.
Families can follow the journey of Old Saint Nicholas on NORAD’s website as he travels and delivers gifts to children across the world.
The holiday tradition began with one innocuous misplaced call.
In December 1955, Col. Harry Shoup was working his shift at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, a predecessor to NORAD, when he answered the phone in his office.
After a brief delay, a child asked Shoup if he was the big man himself. Shoup initially thought someone from his office was playing a prank, but he decided to play along when the little girl asked her question again.
The tradition of children across the globe calling NORAD and asking for Santa’s whereabouts was thus born.