NORAD's Santa tracker website goes live for 2016

Posted at 7:49 AM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 09:49:50-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- It's December 1 and NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has launched its Santa tracker website.

The website has a countdown to the start of Santa's journey in addition to games and activities.

NORAD officials said the website is available in eight languages -- English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

NORAD's Santa cams will show Santa's travel videos starting at 12:01 a.m. MT on December 24.

Starting at 4 a.m. MT on December 24, kids can call a live phone operator at 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to ask about Santa’s whereabouts.

Also on December 24, children can get Santa updates by sending an email to and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.

NORAD's predecessor started tracking Santa in the mid-1950s after an ad telling kids to call Santa misprinted the phone number and gave out the number for the on-duty crew commander at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center. The tradition has carried on for more than 60 years.


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