Update: Santa Claus is on the Move--Track His Route Online

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that also offers games and activities, in addition to its Santa tracker.

Some people simply can't wait 'til Christmas morning to find out if Santa Claus gave them a visit.

For those who are impatient, don't worry. You can keep tabs on the big guy by following the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, website dedicated to Claus' coordinates.

(Click here to visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website)

But the site is more than an enhanced GPS. It also contains a "Kids Countdown Village," which offers games, activities and other features for young ones who eager for Santa.

The reason NORAD tracks Santa, according to its website, is this:

For more than 50 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 for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. 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.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the Internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.

Jen Hanks December 08, 2011 at 06:40 PM
I use iSpotSanta.com because they give more updates on their site and they have real videos of Santa, not fake 3D Santa Claus videos :P
Jeanne Gustafson December 09, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Thanks for your comment, Jen. Does anyone else have a favorite Santa Tracker?
Jen Hanks December 16, 2011 at 07:37 AM
I use iSpotSanta too, I love that site. Tim Conway is on it too!
Christie Malchow December 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The best app is portablenorthpole.com where you can personalize it with your kids' names, pictures, etc. Santa can even call them!
Jeanne Gustafson December 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Thanks for the tip, Christie!


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