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NORAD is tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve

25 December 2017

Both Google and NORAD provide children with an exact Global Positioning System location of Santa's position, much like the trackers you can use to follow aircraft as the circle the globe.

While all eyes will be on the skies searching for Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve, the men and women of NORAD know exactly where the jolly old elf is - and they'll tell you if you ask!

Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa's launch on their smart phones and tablets!

Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa's location on December 24.

Updates are also posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If your kids are wondering how Santa gets to ALL those houses in just one night, it's easy to see that the world being round is a big help to him and his reindeer.

On Sunday afternoon (IST), Santa was headed for Houston, Texas, USA, having already left almost 5.5 billion gifts for sleeping children in countries including New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

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It's a lot to take on, but they're getting plenty of help. "I ring for about two hours at a time, and I go wherever they need me". That one was a 1997 Liberty coin dropped in a kettle at the Lynnwood Fred Meyer. "Everything kind of fell apart".

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Keep in mind, Santa's route can be affected by weather, so it's really unpredictable.

Major Kathleen Leaton is the commander of this 2017 Santa tracking mission.

It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct.

The phone number was actually a secret hotline to Colonel Harry Shoup at at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Thanks to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) you can join Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer and the whole gang as they make the epic journey across the world.

NORAD is tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve