All the ways you can track Santa on his journey

Posted December 25, 2017

NORAD is continuing its Christmas tradition of tracking Santa Claus.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is celebrating the 62nd Anniversary of tracking Santa's yuletide journey! It's actually been launched for the entire month of December, but with tomorrow being Christmas we can finally see Kris Kringle in pursuit as he hands out presents across the world.

Be sure to keep checking back throughout the day and evening to track Santa's progress.

The practice continued and was taken over in 1958 by NORAD, the bi-national air defense command for North America, run by the governments of Canada and the United States.

It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct - only the number was misprinted.

Instead of a phone number for children to call Santa, the ad gave the hotline number for the Commander in Chief of Continental Air Defense Command, the predecessor of NORAD.

The tracker now also has smartphone apps for iPhone and Android devices, while Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa's location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill.

NORAD also has a Facebook page set up for tracking Santa.

Last year, volunteers received a record 140,000 calls to the Santa hotline. OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.

NORAD uses its satellite systems, high-powered radar, and jet fighters to track Santa each year.