Norad's Santa tracker in full operation


While all eyes will be on the skies searching for Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve, the men and women of NORAD know exactly where the jolly old elf is - and they'll tell you if you ask!

The Santa Tracker has traditionally been put on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command - also known as NORAD - since the mid-1950's. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese. Trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to get Santa's whereabouts by calling toll-free 1-877-HI NORAD (1-877-446-6723). Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa's location.

It reportedly all started when an ad telling children to call Santa but a misprint resulted in calls being made to the on-duty crew commander at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.

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On the go? There is a hotline set up to track Rudolph and the sleigh.

"We are hoping for another record-setting year for NORAD Tracks Santa and a delightful experience for each and every caller and volunteer", said Avaya spokesman Jerry Dotson.

The Eastern Air Defense Sector is a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters unit located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.