It’s Christmas Eve and Santa (the ultimate traveler!) begins his flight all over the the world to bring presents to little girls and boys celebrating Christmas. With the help of NORAD, you can follow his travels and get an idea of Santa’s ETA at your home!
For 60 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 misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. 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.
So let the Santa tracking begin! Thanks to Norad Santa Tracker, we know that at this very moment the jolly old elf is currently in Kurilsk, Kuril Islands.
Happy travels Santa and Merry Christmas!