Norad's Santa tracker in full operation

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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.

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