Tracking Santa with NORAD on Christmas Eve

Published: Dec. 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM EST
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With Christmas just days away the little ones may be wondering when Santa will soon be there.

And that's why the Santa tracker is available -- to keep tabs on the jolly old elf.

For 62 years the North American aerospace defense command has had 'eyes in the sky', so they can follow every stop on Saint Nick's magical journey.

And on Christmas Eve good boys and girls can check his whereabouts at

NORAD uses its satellite systems, high-powered radar, and jet fighters to track Santa each year. Tracking Santa starts on December 24 and ends on Christmas Day, December 25.

In 2016, more than 1400 hotline volunteers answered a record 154,192 calls (1.8 calls per second) to the NORAD Tracks Santa 1-877 HI-NORAD hotline.

The mission critical Avaya Customer Engagement technology, which supports the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., helps volunteers carefully monitor Santa’s travels and ensure his safety using radar, satellites, planes, and Santa Cams strategically positioned worldwide. Volunteers share that information with callers as Santa soars through the night sky.

“We are hoping for another record setting year for NORAD Tracks Santa and a delightful experience for each and every caller and volunteer. As we know, each call matters – whether it’s an eager child impatiently waiting for that perfect gift from Santa; a Navy officer on an aircraft carrier sending birthday greetings to his grandfather; a weary traveler checking the web for a flight status; or a customer calling a bank’s call center agent to see if a check cleared. All interactions count. We are proud to serve so many, including the NORAD Tracks Santa.”

You can do more than just track Santa...

Before Christmas Eve you can still go to the NORAD Santa website to explore the north pole, listen to music, or play some reindeer games.

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