Kids from all over the globe become more curious about Santa’s journey as the Christmas comes more closer. Do you know that North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which was known as Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) previously, have been tracking Santa for kids for more than 50 years? People often ask: “Is it real? Do NORAD track Santa?”

Actually, this tradition started in 1955 with a misprint in an advertisement for children to call Santa. Due to the misprint, the phone number put the calls from kids to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s line, instead of Santa. The Crew Commander ordered his staff to check the radar for indications of Santa, just to make kids happy. Children who called were given Santa updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa. Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world.

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Today, media all over the globe rely and trust NORAD to provide updates on Santa’s journey. We can now track Santa on Internet using NORAD website. NORAD haven’t actually revealed yet – how they manage to locate Santa – but their Santa Tracking service is very popular among people, with more than 900,000 subscribers on Facebook and Twitter only.


Current location of Santa using NORAD

Previously, NORAD was making use of Google Maps to display Santa’s movements, but as of now, they have a separate map to let your discover Santa’s position. More than that, you can not only track Santa’s current movements on their website, but can also use their iOS and Android Application to catch regular updates and keep guessing what present Santa is going to deliver this Christmas.