Last year, NORAD Tracks Santa got almost 154,200 phone calls and drew 10.7 million unique visitors to its website. "Even loaded with all the gifts and goodies, Santa's sleigh seems to be moving lightning fast", the website said in a video clip at the launch of Santa's global journey. About 1,500 volunteers answer the phones in shifts throughout Christmas Eve. Since 1955, NORAD has used satellites, high-powered radar, jet fighters and special Santa cameras to track Santa Claus as he makes his journey around the world.
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD is the gold standard in Santa tracking.
The NORAD Tracks Santa website, which launched December 1, features Santa's North Pole Village and includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more.
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The phone number was actually a secret hotline to Colonel Harry Shoup at at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.
Major Kathleen Leaton is the commander of this 2017 Santa tracking mission. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors.
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The NORAD Tracks Santa website, features Santa's North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more.