NORAD to track Santa despite partial shutdown

At 6.20pm West Australian time Santa was spotted delivering gifts to Russian children on the “good” list

In fact, you can see a live feed of Santa's current location with his reindeer above. "As an adult in my 30s, I found the experience, which takes maybe 2 minutes, kind of fun and much more believable than anticipated", Emily Price of Lifehacker said of her experience.

Big screens around the room show a Santa icon making progress around the globe and United States and Canadian officers do live TV interviews from the phone rooms. Pat Koch says, "Santa Claus embodies everything we all ought to be: somebody that cares so much, somebody that loves so much, somebody that's giving, and making people happy, right?"

Its website, available by clicking here, includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, information regarding NORAD's mission of Homeland Defense, and more. And if you are driving a GM vehicle, you can ask OnStar where Santa is on December 24, and get live updates as you're driving around.

NORAD Tracks Santa is a global experience that has reached generations of families everywhere. Gen. Charles D. Luckey takes a call while volunteering at the NORAD Tracks Santa center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Want a little more information about NORAD's Santa Tracker while you're following Santa's travels?

The biggest day for NORAD is on Christmas Eve.

NORAD began tracking Santa in 1955 after an advertisement encouraging kids to call Santa accidentally listed the number for the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). On duty was Colonel Harry Shoup, who received a call from a child looking for Santa Claus.

NORAD is responsible for the aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning missions for the two countries with crews working 24/7 to keep both nations safe.

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First, NORAD's North Warning System, with almost 50 installations across northern Canada and Alaska, closely monitor signs of when Santa leaves the North Pole in his flying-reindeer-powered sleigh.

YouTube: Follow the official NORAD Tracks Santa YouTube channel. Users just have to log in to the "noradsanta.org" for all the information.

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