Justin Trudeau welcomes Santa to Canada — Track St. Nick's location with NORAD

Randi Mann
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Justin Trudeau welcomes Santa to Canada — Track St. Nick's location with NORAD
Justin Trudeau welcomes Santa to Canada — Track St. Nick's location with NORAD
Justin Trudeau welcomes Santa to Canada — Track St. Nick's location with NORAD

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa's whereabouts since December 24, 1958.

The United States Air Force first tracked Santa on December 24, 1948, sharing that "early warning radar net to the north" had detected "one unidentified sleigh, powered by eight reindeer, at 4,300 meters, heading 180 degrees."

According to lore, it was a misprint in a Sears ad that led to the NORAD Track Santa Program.

Why NORAD Tracks Santa
Why NORAD Tracks Santa

The 1955 Sears ad. Courtesy of Wikipedia

The number that was listed was incorrect and callers were sent to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Though CONAD caught on and played along, NORAD officially took of the Santa Tracker program in 1958 (the organization was only founded in 1955).

NORAD's day job is to provide air and aerospace safety, but during the holiday season, they are also keeping track of Santa’s whereabouts.

NORAD uses heat data from Rudolph's nose to track Santa's sleigh. NORAD also runs the program to answer the calls and emails of thousands of children.

This year, Christmas looks a little bit different. The good news is that officials in Canada deemed Santa to be an essential worker.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, shared that “We have declared him an essential worker, so that he is able to travel in Canada and make his deliveries as usual." Adding, “Santa told me how grateful he is that children are following public health practices and I agree."

Justin Trudeau also shared that Canada is excited to welcome Santa this Christmas.

To track Santa Claus as he delivers gifts around the globe, visit NORAD’s Santa Tracker website, or the official Facebook and Twitter pages. NORAD also has an official Santa Tracker app.

Thumbnail: NORAD volunteers answering calls in 2007. Courtesy of NORAD/Wikipedia