The North American Aerospace Defense Command, which celebrated 60 years of tracking Santa’s journey, can now provide tracking information straight to your phone or tablet, on social media devices, and even through your OnStar service in your vehicle.
NORAD Tracks Santa launched Dec. 1 and features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, and several activities.
“It all started 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. Thus began the tradition,” according to a NORAD press release.
The website and app are available in eight different languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. The free app is available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores. On Dec. 24 Windows Phone users can ask Cortana about Santa’s whereabouts and get accurate updates. Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. Just type “@noradsanta” into the search engine to obtain information. OnStar subscribers can also join the fun by pressing the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.
“NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors,” according to a NORAD press release.
Over 65 corporations and organizations contribute annually to the Santa tracker. This year, the website will feature the NORAD Headquarters in the North Pole Village, and provide highlights of the program over the past 60 years.
The first glimpse of Santa on his long journey starts at 12:01 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, and 2:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Dec. 24. Guests 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. Then, at 4 a.m. MST and 6 a.m. EST, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire about Santa’s whereabouts.
To get an update on Santa’s whereabouts call the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org any time on Dec. 24.