It’s Christmas Eve and the kids are asking, “Where’s Santa? Is he almost here? When will he be here?” All day long! Mine sure do. And I bet at times you wish you had some help answering these questions, some way to keep the excitement going, yet curtail the constant questioning, right?
And wouldn’t it be so cool if the kids could follow Santa as he travels the world. To know when he’s left the North Pole, his sleigh packed with special deliveries. To watch as he approaches his first destinations in Russia, following him as he makes his way right towards your very own neighborhood. Just think of the smiles on your kids’ faces!
Well, then, meet NORAD! Your answer to all those “where’s Santa now” questions!
What’s NORAD? And Where’s Santa?
NORAD is short for North American Aerospace Defense Command, a cooperative joint effort between the United States and Canadian military forces whose primary task is to detect and track aircraft and other space vehicles.
However, at Christmas time, NORAD takes on a very special role – tracking Santa and his reindeer as they magically fly around the world, his sleigh loaded with gifts.
How does NORAD do that? With a wee bit of Christmas magic! Oh, and it’s ultra-high tech SantaCams placed all over the world. These specially designed cameras capture images of Santa and his reindeer as they deliver happiness to children everywhere.
So how do you and the kids get on board with NORAD? It’s easy! Just go to the NORAD Santa website, where you can count down the minutes until Santa leaves the North Pole. Then, beginning at 3:00 am Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Christmas Eve, December 24th, NORADSanta goes live with up to the minute Santa sightings.
Watch as he leaves the North Pole enroute for Russia, follow him as he circles the globe, and ultimately, your neighborhood. Just think of the smiles on your kids’ faces, the excitement knowing that Santa is on his way!
Hello, Where Is Santa Claus?
Not able to access the NORAD website on Christmas Eve? Then call NORAD! Yes, you really can call NORAD. Starting at 3:00 am MST, real live people are standing by, ready with the latest, up-to-the-minute Santa status report. Call 1-877-Hi NORAD (1-877-446-6723) and let the kids ask where Santa is. How cool is that!
You can also email NORAD for Santa updates at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, don’t forget the mobile apps! They’re tracking Santa too.
Going Mobile With NORAD and Santa
And I don’t just mean with flying reindeer! ‘Cause they are kind of hard to come by, you know. But if you find yourself on-the-go Christmas Eve and a little short on magical flying reindeer, the free NORAD App can keep you posted on Santa’s whereabouts. Count down the hours until Santa and his sleigh leave the North Pole. Then once he’s taken to the air, keep track of where he is, all through the NORAD app.
No matter where you and the kids are on Christmas Eve, the app will keep you on top of Santa’s magical journey. And pass the time too! Don’t forget to enjoy a game of “Elf Toss” or “Thin Ice,” or help Santa’s elves deliver all those gifts.
The NORAD App is available for Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices.
Don’t Forget to Explore Santa’s Village!
Got the latest updates on Santa’s magical journey? Then head on over to Santa’s Village for more action and fun. NORADSanta has hidden a few extra special treats in the village buildings for all to enjoy some good, clean family fun while awaiting Santa’s arrival.
Who knows what fun you might just find in the Village!
A New Game Every Day At The Arcade
Kids anxious for Santa’s arrival? Need a quick and easy way to entertain them while they wait? Check out Santa’s Arcade! Challenge each other to a round of Elf Toss, Light up the Christmas Tree, and Santa Packages. Dress an elf in festive holiday attire, complete a puzzle and more.
So come on! Let’s head on into Santa’s Arcade for a jolly good time. Just click on the Village building that says The Arcade, or chose Arcade Games from the left side menu bar.
Sing Along At The Music Stage
Settling in for the night? Want to jazz it up a bit? Fire up the fireplace, a round of hot chocolate for everyone, and queue the holiday music. Listen to favorite holiday music by the US Air Force Academy Band, compliments of NORAD Santa.
Get the whole family singing along to Santa’s favorite holiday songs. Make your own music to welcome Santa and his reindeer.
Find Fun Facts in The Library
Share fun facts about Santa and his reindeer while preparing a plate of treats for Santa. Find out how Santa’s sleigh can fly all around the world in a single evening.
Learn about holiday traditions around the world. Hear how children in Germany, Italy, Japan, and more, celebrate Christmas. Compare them to how your family celebrates. See, we aren’t all that different, are we!
Do You Know Where Santa is on Christmas Eve?
You will if you track him with NORAD! So heat up some hot chocolate, gather around the fireplace, and sit back with the kids to watch Santa’s approach this Christmas Eve. Just remind them to go to sleep before he arrives!
Kids big and little, young and old, will enjoying following Santa at NORAD Santa. Have you and your kids used NORADSanta to keep on top of where Santa is on Christmas Eve? Let us know in the Comments section below.
All images from NORAD Santa.