NORAD Tracks Santa

Santa Visits NGS Training Site for Orientation

Santa Visits NGS Training Site for Orientation Posing With GPS Equipment

If you have children (old and young) looking for the location of Santa on this Christmas Eve, you can track his gift giving journey on NORAD's website.

NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955 beginning with NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Defense Command (CONAD). In 1958 NORAD replaced CONAD taking over the mission of tracking Santa’s flight around the world every Christmas Eve!

Why Does NORAD Track Santa?

"Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks airplanes, missiles, space launches and anything else that flies in or around the North American continent. While the tradition of tracking Santa began purely by accident, NORAD continues to track Santa. We’re the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications, and the people to do it. And we love it! NORAD is honored to be Santa’s official tracker on Christmas Eve!"

The NORAD Tracks Santa website can be viewed in English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish, French and Italian languages.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Visit NORAD Tracks Santa where you can:

  • View Santa Cams.
  • Track Santa in Google Earth.
  • Learn About Santa.
  • Learn About NORAD.

But my favorite is that you can also track Santa's snacks with a real time counter of how many cookies Santa has eaten!

Santa's Most Recent Location Video (I'll be adding new videos as they become available, so check back often):

Here are a few fun facts NORAD provides about Santa's sleigh:

Sleigh Technical Data

Designer & Builder K. Kringle & Elves, Inc.
Probable First Flight Dec. 24, 343 A.D.
Home Base North Pole
Length 75 cc (candy canes) / 150 lp (lollipops)
Width 40 cc / 80 lp
Height 55 cc / 110 lp
Note: Length, width and height are without reindeer
Weight at takeoff 75,000 gd (gumdrops)
Passenger weight at takeoff Santa Claus 260 pounds
Weight of gifts at takeoff 60,000 tons
Weight at landing 80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation)
Passenger weight at landing 1,260 pounds
Propulsion Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)
Armament Antlers (purely defensive)
Fuel Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer)
Emissions Classified
Climbing speed One “T” (Twinkle of an eye)
Max speed Faster than starlight

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you have fun tracking Santa and I and everyone at, Your Professional Land Surveying Source, wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

Eric D. Colburn, PLS, "The Geo-Business Innovator", helps geo-professionals improve through innovative solutions, mastery of marketing and business growth strategies, and coaching/training. Eric is a successful, serial entrepreneur, podcaster, industry writer, product development consultant, and RI licensed professional land surveyor.

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