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How to track Santa’s sleigh ride using NORAD on Christmas Eve 2022

You better watch out, you better not cry — because Santa Claus is coming to your town!

For the 67th consecutive year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is back to track the jolly man’s journey around the globe.

Eager children — and hey, adults, too — can keep up with Santa’s whereabouts by using NORAD’s Santa radar starting at 4 a.m. ET on Christmas Eve day, Dec. 24.

The surveillance is available on the NORAD siteFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

OnStar and Amazon Alexa are also keeping tabs on the gift-giver’s location.

To reach the NORAD Tracks Santa Operation Center for any questions or concerns regarding Ol’ Saint Nick, viewers can call 1-877-446-6723 starting at 6 a.m. ET on Dec. 24, or send an email to noradtrackssanta@outlook.com. An automated update or a staff member will then give out Santa’s most recent location.

You can track Santa Claus — shown here during an appearance at the 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade last month — with help from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
You can track Santa Claus — shown here during an appearance at the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last month — with help from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
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U.S. Department of Defense and volunteers answer phones and emails from children around the globe during annual NORAD Tracks Santa event at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Dec. 24, 2021.
Volunteers answer phones and emails from children around the globe during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa event at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Dec. 24, 2021.
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Volunteers annually answer more than 130,000 calls to the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline.
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The idea of the hotline started from an accident in 1955.
The idea of the hotline started from an accident in 1955.
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The decades-long tradition actually started by accident in 1955 when a kid looking to speak to Santa dialed the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center’s number, as it was wrongly printed in a department store ad in a local newspaper.

Not wanting to be a Scrooge, the on-duty commander, Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, kept the Christmas spirit alive and assured all callers that he was the real Santa. NORAD opted to keep the tradition going when it was formed in 1958.

Volunteers now prepare to answer more than 130,00 calls to the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline from kids around the world. The project’s website annually receives several million visitors from more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

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