NORAD's Santa Tracker Will Still Run Despite Government Shutdown

NORAD has been tracking Santa Claus and his reindeer since 1955.
NORAD has been tracking Santa Claus and his reindeer since 1955.

No government shutdown will stop NORAD from tracking Santa's slay on Christmas Eve.

More than 1,500 volunteers and military personnel will be on hand at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado to track Santa's whereabouts as he delivers toys to all the world's good boys and girls as part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command's annual holiday tradition.

The Santa tracker began in 1955, when a child in Colorado Springs accidentally called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center looking for Kris Kringle after the local newspaper printed the wrong phone number.

Colonel Harry Shoup obliged the young boy, as well as everyone else who called that night.

After NORAD was formed in 1958, it took over the Santa-tracking job. Thousands of NORAD volunteers work every Dec. 24 to update the tracker in seven languages and field childrens' phone calls and emails.

NORAD'S Santa tracker website gets almost 9 million unique visitors from 200 countries and territories each year, and volunteers receive about 140,000 calls. NORAD also updates Santa's travels on a Twitter feed.


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