NORAD Tracks Santa Flight

    Military Services Man With Santa Hat

    Colorado Springs, Colorado–For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa‚Äôs flight as he travels around the world delivering toys to children. The program first started tracking Santa in 1955 when a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa in an advertisement. 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. 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. The NORAD Tracks Santa program is made possible by volunteers and through the generous support of corporate licensees who bear virtually all of the costs. You can track Santa live as he takes his historical journey around the world and watch videos from NORAD Santa Cams of Santa and his reindeer and more on


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