NORAD Expects Santa To Arrive On Time For 2017 Christmas - Santa Tracker

On the go? There is a hotline set up to track Rudolph and the sleigh.

New York Air National Guardsmen and Royal Canadian Air Force personnel from the Eastern Air Defense Sector will play a key role Christmas Eve as the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa Claus and his reindeer.

Google also offers the Santa tracker online, and you can do a simple Google search for "Santa Tracker" to get a quick update on where the man in red is right this second.

The NORAD Tracks Santa website,, launched on December 1. Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa's location.

NORAD uses its satellite systems, high-powered radar, and jet fighters to track Santa each year.

Santa usually starts his journey at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west.

NORAD Expects Santa To Arrive On Time For 2017 Christmas - Santa Tracker

The tradition of tracking Santa carried on through NORAD beginning in 1958 and continues to this day.

The tracking effort, now in its 62nd year, is run by NORAD staff, working as volunteers, along with their family members and people from the Colorado Springs area.

Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline".

She spoke to to Col. Harry Shoup, who had assured her he would track Santa and make sure he was safe that night.

The North American Aerospace defense command, better known as NORAD, protects American airspace; but it's having a little fun.