NORAD's Santa tracker website is now live for the 2017 holiday season

NORAD's Santa tracker website is now live for the 2017 holiday season
Posted at 8:00 AM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 09:10:58-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – We’re just 24 days away from Christmas which can only mean one thing: Santa is almost here!

To celebrate, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has launched its Santa Tracker website.

The website, which tracks Santa’s journey across the globe, also has some fun games and other activities for both kids and adults.

Another cool thing about it? It’s available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

NORAD's Santa cams will show Santa's travel videos starting at 12:01 a.m. MT on December 24.

Starting at 4 a.m. MT on December 24, kids can call a live phone operator at 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to ask about Santa’s whereabouts.

Also on Christmas Eve, children can get Santa updates by sending an email to and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.

NORAD's predecessor started tracking Santa in the mid-1950s after an ad telling kids to call Santa misprinted the phone number and gave out the number for the on-duty crew commander at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.

The tradition has carried on for more than 60 years.