24 December 2019 00:41
He might see you when you're sleeping, but there's more than one way to do some Santa stalking yourself this year. Google and NORAD Santa Trackers will be firing up in less than 24 hours to help you figure out where the big man in the sleigh will be until Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, starting at 5 a.m., Google's annual live tracker will start revealing where Santa will be delivering presents to kids around the world. While you wait, the website will also offer holiday themed games. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Dec. 24, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center hotline will begin taking calls at 1-877-HI-NORAD through 2 a.m. Christmas morning. They have been providing real-time updates on Santa's progress as he soars through the sky for the past 64 years.
Santa's journey will begin as he travels from the North Pole to the International Date Line, then west through Asia, down through Africa then back up through Europe before flying across the Atlantic to visit North and South America. NORAD Tracks Santa A photo of the 2018 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation Center on Peterson Air Force Base, CO on December 24. Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow | U.S. Air Force Last year, more than 1.5 million people asked their Alexa devices "Hey, Alexa, where's Santa?" and more than 10,000 people requested to track Santa through OnStar. You can also find out Santa's whereabouts by emailing [email protected] or checking out the NORAD Santa Tracker website which is available in eight languages. Airmen at the Eastern Air Defense Sector recently conducted a training in preparation for Santa's Christmas Eve flight at the Easter Air Defense Sector headquarters in Rome, N.Y. as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa effort. The same radars, satellites and interceptors used to assist Santa on December 24 are employed year-round to defend Canada and the United States. Eastern Air Defense Sector supports NORAD Santa tracking operations pic.twitter.com/fA31LKiTaa — Madison Co. Courier (@M3PMedia) December 23, 2019 "I can assure everyone that EADS will do everything in its power to assist Santa with his critical mission," EADS Commander Col. Emil J. Filkorn said in a statement. Tracking Santa dates back to 1955 when a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted a telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead, children were connected to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The director decided to have his staff check for Santa flying down from the North Pole, and callers were given updates on his location. NORAD Tracks Santa Several volunteers have the ability to speak different languages to help with calls from around the globe during NORAD Tracks Santa 2018 at Peterson Air Force Base, CO. NORAD took over the tradition in 1958 and this year, the United States Northern Command Public Affairs Office at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado will be managing the worldwide efforts. During the 20-hour period in 2018, more than 1,500 NORAD Tracks Santa hotline volunteers answered a record 137,158 calls. For more ways to follow along with NORAD, you can see live Twitter updates from @NoradSanta on Christmas Eve, on Facebook, or on Instagram at @noradtrackssanta_official. Video updates will also be posted on YouTube. Read more Syracuse Stage performance makes little girl's Make-A-Wish announcement Tigers return to the Syracuse zoo with new December arrival Santa makes special appearance at zoo, for breakfast (photos)