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With Christmas approaching, children worldwide are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. A unique tradition involves the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), responsible for aerospace warning and security in Canada and the United States. Since the 1950s, NORAD has been tracking Santa, a tradition that originated with its predecessor, the Continental Air Defence Command (CONAD), in 1955.

Following a newspaper ad prompting children to call Santa, a child dialed the CONAD Operations Centre. Harry Shoup, the Director of Operations, answered, directing staff to check radar for signs of Santa heading south from the North Pole.

This accidental event birthed a tradition, and NORAD now reports Santa's location every December 24. The NORAD Tracks Santa website enables people worldwide to track Santa, and NORAD is proud to be Santa's official tracker, leveraging its technology, qualifications, and people for this festive tradition.

Check below how to use NORAD and Google's Santa Tracking Feature:

On Norad:
  • Visit noradsanta.org to track Santa with NORAD.
  • Experience a captivating 3D simulation of Santa and his sleigh on the website.
  • Get real-time information on Santa's last known location and upcoming destinations.
  • Discover the number of gifts Santa has delivered through the tracker.

On Google:

  • Access Google's Santa tracker at https://santatracker.google.com/.
  • Experience 2D tracking with an animated Santa and his sleigh on Google's tracker.
  • View important data such as the distance travelled, gifts delivered, and Santa's next destination.

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