Santa Claus has made his list, checked it twice and found out who's naughty and who's nice. Now, he's ready to come to town!
Families that want to track Santa can do so, courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, more commonly known as NORAD. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, noradsanta.org, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities and more; and is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese.
For smartphones and tablets, families can watch Santa with the Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps, available in the Apple and Google Play stores. Tracking opportunities are also available on social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
NORAD said in a press release that beginning at 1:01 a.m. CST Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.
At 5 a.m. CST, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 877-446-6723; or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any time on Dec. 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa’s location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa. Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa's location on Dec. 24.
NORAD said its Santa tracking started in 1955, when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct – only the number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center. That began the tradition, which NORAD has carried on since it was created in 1958.