The Colonel on duty updated all the children who called and started a tradition that continues Christmas Eve.
NORAD has been annually tracking Santa's progress since 1958.
- Celebrate the final countdown to Christmas 2017 by following Santa's journey around the world on the North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa Tracker. Santa trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa's whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airport have revealed they are expecting Santa to arrive just before midnight.
The group also tracks Santa Claus every December 24. About 1,500 volunteers answer the phones in shifts throughout Christmas Eve.
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. The website is available in eight languages.
The website also features fun games and activities for the entire family to enjoy over these next two days. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors.
A Colorado Springs newspaper ran an ad in 1955 inviting children to call Santa but mistakenly ran the phone number for the hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, which was tasked with monitoring the skies for a possible nuclear attack by the Soviet Union.