23/12/2016 09:47 GMT | Updated 06/12/2017 09:59 GMT

NORAD Santa Tracker Locates Father Christmas As He Delivers Presents To Kids

Where is Santa right now?

Kids may have visited Santa in his grotto already, but what they really want to know is if he’s keeping up with his present drop-off on Christmas eve. 

The NORAD (or North American Aerospace Defence Command) tracker is the perfect way for children to follow Santa’s progress throughout the night.

The tracker went live on 1 December, but kids won’t be able to start tracking the sleigh until Father Christmas sets off with his reindeers on 24 December. 

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With the use of special radar technology, kids will be able to locate the sleigh on a map. NORAD’s Santa cameras also stream a video on the website to show the sleigh making stops for children. 

According to NORAD, Santa flies at around 1,800 miles a second, and visits 390,000 homes a minute. 

Prior to the tracker going live, kids can visit the “North Pole” online, play games in Santa’s library, see a countdown tracker to when Santa leaves or watch films in his cinema. 


It’s the 62nd year NORAD has tracked Santa’s journey. The tracker received an update in 2015, allowing parents to download the NORAD Santa Tracker app

Since the launch of NORAD, other trackers have come about, including Google’s ‘Santa Tracker’.

Similarly to the NORAD tracker, kids can see when Santa leaves on Christmas eve and watch where he stops off. 

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