Many holiday traditions had to be changed this year in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
But families can still track Santa on his sleigh as the big night approaches.
This Christmas will mark the 65th year of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which tracks the airspace 365 days a year, is tracking Santa’s yuletide journey around the world.
NORAD is a bi-national U.S. and Canadian command charged with aerospace and maritime warning and aerospace control of North America, as well as monitoring aerospace activity globally. However, every year during the holidays, NORAD assumes the supplementary mission of tracking Santa as he travels around the world.
“Thanks to the dedicated men and women who keep a watchful eye over North American airspace 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. NORAD tracks everything that flies in and around North America. On Dec. 24, we also have the special mission of tracking and escorting Santa,” said Maj.-Gen. Eric Kenny, Commander of the Canadian NORAD Region. “Utilizing the north warning system’s powerful radar and satellite systems, we are able to see into the North better than ever, allowing us to track Santa more precisely, ensuring he has a safe trip through North American airspace.”
The NORAD Tracks Santa website is live.
The website features Santa’s North Pole Village, and includes a holiday countdown, games, activities and information regarding NORAD’s mission of defending North America.
Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are available in the Apple and Google Play stores.