NORAD flight crews ready to track Santa Claus

Children still able to track Santa despite US shutdown

Where is Santa now? Google and NORAD tracking Father Christmas despite government shutdown

CNN reports that the call came in at 6:30 Trump and first lady Melania Trump spoke on separate phones to children who had been patched through to them after calling NORAD.

Some of those calls were patched through to Mr Trump and his wife, and thanks to pool reporter Kevin Diaz, we know some of what the president said.

These include the traditional web-based Santa tracker, as well as a dedicated app and Google Assistant commands. It all began with an error on a newspaper ad in 1955 which linked the phone number to inquire on where is Santa Claus, but when several children dialled the number, it went straight to Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) operations center in Colorado Springs.

NORAD's Santa-tracking website,, provides real-time animated updates of the worldwide journey.

"Do you believe in Santa Claus?"

The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) is tracking Santa's flight and whereabouts as he makes his annual journey around the world delivering gifts to the world's children. The commanding officer at the time, US Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, fielded multiple calls from children eager to speak to Santa, who is also known as Kris Kringle, Father Christmas or St. Nicholas.

NORAD is continuing its 63-year tradition of tracking Santa's arrival across the world despite the partial government shutdown.

If you thought the government shutdown meant you could work in secrecy today (Dec. 24), Santa, think again.

While working on Christmas Eve keeps technicians away from family and friends, it is still a mission they look forward to.

NORAD has also launched their annual Father Christmas tracker.

Santa will zig zag his way up and down Australia, making sure to visit every child's house before departing Australian airspace as he heads towards our northern neighbours.

"I assume this committee can count on your commitment to continue that venerable tradition", Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton asked seriously.

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