NORAD is ready to track Santa's flight
News Article / December 2, 2014
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa's yuletide journey!
The "NORAD Tracks Santa" website, www.noradsanta.org, went live on Monday, December 1, 2014, featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities, and more. The site is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese.
Official "NORAD Tracks Santa" apps are also available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can count down the days until Santa's launch on their smart phones and tablets. Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+. Santa followers just need to type @noradsanta into each search engine to get started.
Also new this year, the website features Santa's elves in the North Pole Village. "NORAD Tracks Santa" is introducing the newest elf and asking the public to help choose the perfect name for him. You can find details on "NORAD Tracks Santa" social media or in the "Name the Elf" video in Santa's North Pole Movie Theatre at www.noradsanta.org.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. MST on December 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD's SantaCams will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations. Then, at 4 a.m. MST (6 a.m. EST), trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire about Santa's whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. At any time on December 24, Windows Phone users can ask Cortana for Santa's location and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to find Santa.
"NORAD Tracks Santa" is a truly global experience that has delighted generations of families around the world. It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct – only the number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command operations center. Thus began the tradition which NORAD carried on since it was created in 1958.
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