Canadian NORAD Region

Canadian NORAD Region
Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 27, 2007 09:43 ET

NORAD's Santa-Tracking Website Opens for 2007 Season

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2007) - In advance of the holiday season and its 52nd season of tracking Santa Claus on his annual journey around the world, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has activated its "NORAD Tracks Santa" website ( for 2007.

The U.S.-Canadian command's program began in 1955 when an errant phone call was made to NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local child who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement.

The commander who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information he requested - the whereabouts of Santa Claus - and thus the tradition of NORAD tracking Santa began.

The program has grown immensely since it was first presented on the Internet in 1998. In 2006, the website received a whopping 941 million hits from 210 countries and territories. In addition, the NTS Operations Center, occupied by 756 volunteers on Christmas Eve, answered nearly 65,000 phone calls and 96,000 emails from children around the world.

The website features the history of the program, information on how NORAD tracks Santa and interactive games. On December 24, beginning at 2:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (4 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 9 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time), the website will feature a minute-by-minute update on Santa's travels around the world. All of this information is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Corporate partners Google, Booz Allen Hamilton, Analytical Graphics, Inc., Verizon, Official Santa Mail, Globelink Language and Cultural Services, Inc., Avaya, Qwest, Plantronics, First Choice Awards and Gifts, Meshbox, e-frontier and The North Pole help to make the program possible, NORAD officials said.

Contact Information

  • Canadian NORAD Region Public Affairs
    Acting Sub-Lieutenant David Lavallee
    204-833-2500 ext. 6795