NORAD gears up to track Santa on Christmas Eve

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) – The Santa watch has begun at NORAD, the military command responsible for scanning the skies for airborne threats as well as for St. Nicholas.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Santa Web site,, was activated Tuesday.

Updates on Santa’s flight will be posted on Christmas Eve. Santa can also be tracked on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and To track Santa on those sites, type @Noradsanta in the search engine. The Santa Tracker phone number, which will be activated at 4 a.m. MST Dec. 24 is 877-HI-NORAD (877-446-6723). To get email updates, starting at 4 a.m. MST Dec. 24, you can send an email to A link to the Norad Santa site is below.

New this year, OnStar subscribers can get updates in their cars, and will show Santa’s preflight preparations early Christmas Eve.

It’s the 54th year NORAD and its predecessor have tracked Santa. The tradition started in 1955 when a newspaper ad mistakenly listed the Command’s phone number instead of Santa’s.

NORAD is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

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