VIDEO: NORAD Santa tracker, Santa Claus flies over Auckland, New Zealand
It’s Christmas Eve night in the South Pacific, which is the first place Santa heads to after leaving the North Pole. He will be in the UK soon. The video on the left shows Santa as he flew over Auckland, New Zealand this evening.
When does the NORAD Santa tracker show that Santa Claus will be in the UK?
Santa will be there after bedtime. But he won’t go to any homes where children are not in their beds.
You can watch the countdown to Santa Claus live online. The countdown passed the 24 hour mark late on Thursday night, December 22. UK children rely on the US military for Santa’s latest position.
Click here for more information on how to get a free Santa tracker app that works with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
An Army of volunteers will soon gather at NORAD’s command center in Colorado. The tradition of NORA tracking Santa goes back over 50 years.
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“NORAD has supported Santa Claus’ Christmas Eveoperations for more than 50 years and we are always delighted to participate,” said Col. John Bartholf, EADS commander. “I can assure everyone that EADS will do everything in its power to assist Santa with his critical mission.”
Click on the slideshow on the left to see Santa Claus’s visit to NORAD.
When the tradition began in 1955, NORAD was called theContinental Air Defense Command (CONAD).
It began when a Sears advertisement misprinted a Santa hotline telephone number. Children got CONAD instead of Santa. A commander, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff spring into service to figure out where Santa was so they could pass along the information to the kids.
Since 1958, the US and Canada combined defense forces to form an agency called the North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which took over the Santa tracking job.
Volunteers also staff the center, as you can see in the video below, to respond to phone calls and e-mails from kids. But if you really want to know what’s going on with Santa, all you need is a computer. Thanks to the Internet now, you can track him yourself online through NORAD’s site.
Where’s Santa now?
To watch Santa live on NORAD’s official site in English click here. It is in seven languages, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. To view NORAD’s main menu with a choice of those other languages, click here.
You can also enter your cell phone number on the site to track Santa on your mobile phone. Click here for information on how you can download a free app to track Santa.
NORAD uses Google Earth to help track Santa. For tips on how to use the tracker, click here