NORAD's Santa Tracker will start to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, providing children from all over the world the latest position, images, and videos of the journey of Santa and the presents he is bringing.
Although the tracker has yet to start, the NORAD Santa Tracker website has been posting news, videos, updates from the North Pole, and fun activities in the Kids’ Countdown Village since the beginning of December in seven languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese.
This year, NORAD will track Santa with radar, satellites, Santa Cams, and even fighter jets.
The website will also show images and videos to children to see Santa and his reindeer fly on Christmas Eve through medium captured through Santa Cams, which are “ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed” digital cameras pre-positioned at various locations around the world.
In addition to following Santa through Santa Cams, the website allows children to track Santa’s flight in Google Earth. This new feature allows children to receive detailed information on his current location with vivid graphics, and to naturally learn more about world geography based on Santa’s trip across the globe.
NORAD, the joint U.S. and Canadian military center in charge of monitoring and defending North American air space, and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), have been tracking Santa’s flight for more than half a century. However, NORAD's tracker is undoubtedly more technologically advanced, as children used to call CONAD’s hotline to ask about Santa’s location.