You can track Santa today as he makes his way around the world toward Ferndale with NORAD’s Santa Tracker.
NORAD is short for “North American Aerospace Defense Command” which is famous for its ability to track nearly anything flying around the globe. They got into the Santa Claus tracking business by accident back in 1955.
According to Wikipedia, an advertisement offered a phone number for children to call Santa. The phone number printed was incorrect sending children’s calls to NORAD (called CONAD at the time) instead of to Santa. Instead of telling the callers, “wrong number,” it was decided NORAD staff would provide Santa’s “current location” and, thus, a tradition was born.
This year, other means available for tracking Santa include:
- call 877-HiNORAD (877-446-6723) to find Santa’s whereabouts
- ask Alexa for Santa’s location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa
- OnStar members can push the blue OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.