NORAD tracks Santa's trip around the globe

Posted December 25, 2017

Where in the world is Santa Claus?

Major Kathleen Leaton is the commander of this 2017 Santa tracking mission.

The NORAD Tracks Santa website,, launched December 1 and features Santa's North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more.

A spokesman explained: "Indeed there were signs of Santa, and children who called in were given an update on Santa's position".

It's Christmas Eve which means the festivities are beginning for many families around and all the kiddos have one thing on their mind: Santa.

The Norad programme (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has been offering a way for kids to track Father Christmas in his sleigh since 1955.

Santa is on his way and, for today only, the nice people at NORAD, (that's the North American Aerospace Defence Command), hand over their state-of-the-art satellites so the world can watch the man in red make his way around the world.

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight. The website is available in eight languages.

When not spreading holiday cheer, NORAD conducts aerospace and maritime control and warning operations - including monitoring for missile launches from North Korea, something that may have been on Santa's mind as he passed over the country's capital of Pyongyang.

Today, it provides users with an exact Global Positioning System location of Santa's position - through a fun, interactive tool on its website. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors.