NORAD’s Santa Tracker picks up Saint Nick as he departs the North Pole
The public can track Santa’s journey by accessing NORAD’s official Santa Tracker, and can also call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to speak live with NORAD trackers.
Santa Claus did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The agency’s annual mission began with a typo more than half a century ago. On Christmas Eve in 1955, a local Sears store in Colorado Springs ran a dial Santa ad. Except the amount was a misprint; rather than listing the amount for Sears’ Santa hotline, it posted the amount for the Continental defense Command center.
It led to Colonel Harry Shoup receiving calls all night from kids asking to speak with Santa Claus.
Instead of telling them that they dialed the wrong number, Shoup said that he wasn’t Santa Claus but he could track him on the radar. Shoup and his team spent the rest of the night fielding calls, giving out details about Santa’s location as he and his reindeer flying through the sky to deliver gifts to children.
Today, the tradition is made possible by a team of volunteers.