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NORAD Gears Up to Track Santa Ahead of the Big Night

Find out when Santa will arrive in Northern Virginia, as the North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa Claus around the world on his Christmas journey.

Children can track Santa's journey in real-time on NORAD's website. Patch file
Children can track Santa's journey in real-time on NORAD's website. Patch file

Children all over are sending him wish lists and planning to leave cookies and milk for his arrival next week. 

But before Santa comes to town, they can track his progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve.

Thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families can follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time.

The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) commander-in-chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page.

In addition to keeping tabs on Santa's whereabouts, there is plenty to do on NORAD's Santa-tracking site. Check out Kids' Countdown Village, which has more than two dozen games for children to play.

Not near a computer today? NORAD's Santa Tracker is mobile, too. Download the Android or iPhone app and let your kids track Santa from your phone.

Looking for additional ways to track Santa? Follow NORAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy holidays and have fun!

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