1955 : Learn How NORAD Started Tracking Santa

December 24, 2021 all-day


If you and your children would like to track Santa’s journey on Christmas Eve, visit NORAD Tracks Santa.

Every year on Christmas Eve, Santa leaves the North Pole and travels across the world to deliver gifts to homes where there are children who believe in him. Here’s information to help you find out where Santa and his sleigh are throughout the night:

  • Santa is tracked by satellites, just like a rocket in space! The satellites pick up the heat from Rudolph’s nose to find out where Santa and his sleigh are throughout the night.
  • Santa Cameras are placed all over the world so you can see pictures and videos of Santa in different countries at any time at www.noradsanta.org
  • United States jet fighters welcome Santa into North America and fly with him across the country, getting even more information about where he is as he delivers gifts.
  • Santa arrives at houses only when you are asleep. If you are still awake, he’ll come back later once you have gone to bed.

Have fun tracking Santa this Christmas, and share the fun with your family and friends.

In addition to tracking Santa, you can play games, watch videos, listen to music, and learn about holiday traditions from around the world on NORAD Tracks Santa. Find out why and how NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks Santa and get answers to frequently asked questions about Santa.

Follow NORAD Tracks Santa on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and begin following Santa’s flight on December 24!

Read Tracking “Big Red” : NORAD’s Secret Santa Mission to learn how a typo led to NORAD tracking Santa.

Yoni Appelbaum, “Yes, Virginia, There Is a NORAD“, the Atlantic, December 24, 2016. :The real story of the military’s Santa Tracker isn’t what you’ve heard—it’s even better.

Airman 1st First Class Ashleigh S. Pavelek / USANG

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