When the North American Aerospace Defense Command isn't busy monitoring the sky for missile attacks, space invaders and drug-smuggling planes in President Obama's air space, they're outright stalking dutifully tracking Santa Claus.
- Where Santa Claus was last spotted.
- Where Santa Claus is headed next.
- How many presents have been delivered so far.
At the time of publication the big man in red was leaving Cape Town, South Africa and heading to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 3,183,123,460 had been delivered.
- Interactive north pole-themed page with dozens of kid and reindeer-friendly games.
- Houses a host of hidden games and challenges.
- Why does NORAD track Santa?
- When will Santa arrive at my house?
- Does Santa visit everyone (i.e. Afghanistan, Israel, non-Christian countries)?
- How can Santa travel the world within 24 hours?
- How does Santa get down chimneys?
- Do your planes ever intercept Santa?
2012 NORAD Tracks Santa (HD)
ORIGIN STORY of NORAD's 50+ year tradition of tracking Santa goes like this:
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.