He is preparing for his biggest night of the year and NORAD is getting ready to track his journey as he leaves the North Pole, bound for millions of homes across the globe on the ever magical Christmas Eve.
The count down for Santa’s big arrival has officially begun.
In the days leading up to Christmas, www.noradsanta.org features daily holiday games and activities in seven languages, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese.
Starting at 12:00 a.m. MST on Dec. 24, visitors to the website will follow Santa as he gears up his sleigh, checks his list and makes his final preparations. Once he leaves the North Pole, children of all ages can track him with updated Google Maps and Google Earth reports.
NORAD Tracks Santa began on Dec. 24, 1955 when a local boy dialled a misprinted telephone number and reached the Continental Air Defence Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The youngster asked Santa’s whereabouts and the officer on duty gave him the information he was looking for. Thus began the tradition of tracking Santa, three years before NORAD itself was formed.
Santa fans will be able to track him through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and TroopTube.mil. To follow us on these Santa-tracking tools, type in “@noradsanta” into the search engine to start your tracking.