NORAD’s Santa Tracker went live as he took off from the North Pole last night — the kids can CLICK HERE to stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.
Photos and info about the Canadian-based fighter jet pilots who will be escorting Santa over North America can be found by CLICKING HERE.
- Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- There are social media feeds galore, all of which can be found by clicking here
- Windows Phone users can ask Cortana for Santa’s location
- OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa
For 60 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.