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.
But don’t stop there, once you’re on the site, don’t miss the Secret Santa Files! You can find them by using the menu on the left side of the web site and find the Norad HQ section. Click there and you’ll go to the next page where you can see the Secret Santa Files from the menu. It’s got tons of pics and FAQ’s for ya! (You can’t be tracking Santa at the same time, but it’s really worth the peek!)
- Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- There are social media feeds galore, and you can even download an App
- Or you can Chat with Radar too!
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.