The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) #1 priority is Defending North America. NORAD monitors and defends North American airspace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

On December 24, NORAD has one additional mission: tracking Santa Claus as he travels across the globe, delivering presents to children. This is NORAD’s 67th year tracking Santa, a tradition the Command is proud to continue each year.

The NORAD Tracks Santa website will launch on December 1. It will feature Santa’s North Pole Village, including a holiday countdown, games, a movie theater, music, a website, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. 

The official NORAD Tracks Santa app is also in the Apple App and Google Play stores, so parents and children can count down the days until Santa’s journey on their smartphones and tablets. Tracking opportunities are also offered through social media on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, as well as on partner platforms: Bing, Amazon Alexa, and OnStar.

Starting at 4 a.m. EST on December 24, website visitors can see updates as Santa prepares for his flight. Then, at 6 a.m. EST, trackers worldwide can call to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) where they will either speak with a live phone operator or hear a recorded update.

NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors. This year’s contributors include:

  • Space Base Delta 1
  • Acuity Scheduling
  • Alaskan NORAD Region
  • Agingo
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Ansys
  • Avaya
  • Balsam Hill
  • Canadian NORAD Region
  • Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence
  • CenturyLink
  • Cesium
  • Christmas in the Park
  • Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation
  • Continental U.S. NORAD Region
  • CradlePoint
  • Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Systems
  • The Elf on the Shelf
  • Getty Images
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo
  • IU Globelink
  • Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
  • Meshbox
  • Microsoft
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Bing
  • Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific
  • NASA Space Place
  • Nashville.Net User Group
  • Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center
  • OnStar
  • Package From Santa
  • Plantronics
  • PR Karma
  • Portable North Pole
  • Royal Canadian Air Force Band
  • SciJinks
  • Shirt Stop
  • SiriusXM
  • Six String Soldiers
  • Snowy the Mouse
  • Space Foundation
  • Together We Stand Foundation
  • U.S. Air Force Band
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Band
  • U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band
  • U.S. Coast Guard Band
  • U.S. Department of State Family Liaison Office
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • U.S. Navy Band Northeast
  • U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee
  • Verizon

NORAD is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for North America. NORAD prevents air attacks against North America, safeguarding the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada by responding to unknown, unwanted, and unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within these airspace.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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