Wondering what to do between now and Christmas with your kids as their excitement builds with anticipation of the long-awaited arrival of the big guy himself – Santa Claus? Thanks to the NORAD Santa Tracker, our friends at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, you can share in your children’s excitement by counting down the days until Christmas with all kinds of activities on the website. Then, on Christmas Eve, follow Santa on his momentous journey around the world through video vignettes of Santa’s flight through famous cities while listening to commentary about the local customs and traditions. It’s quite an adventure as you move in time with Santa around the globe and your kids are going to love it!
Last year, my nephew and I spent an enchanting evening as we checked in with the NORAD Santa Tracker throughout Christmas Eve to watch Santa and his reindeer fly from his North Pole workshop to famous cities around the world. I think I had more fun than he did! And the “Santa’s-eye” view is amazing – it’s as if you’re on board his magical sleigh and gliding through famous cities and celebrated landmarks in Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome, New York, Rio de Janeiro and more! And, it’s educational as well because some of the commentary you’ll hear explains the local traditions and customs of that particular city. Combining education and fun is every parent’s dream, isn’t it? And don’t worry if you missed one of his stops along the way. All you need to do is click on that city’s video icon on the map and suddenly you’re flying with Santa and reliving the journey. Remember, you have to consider the various time zones around the world so keep in mind that Santa first visits our Far Eastern neighbors and then flies due west throughout the day. What a great way to spend time on the most magical night of the year and share in the excitement of Santa Claus and Christmas with your family!
Until then, the NORAD Santa Tracker website has a lot of fun activities with updates from Santa and his elves at the North Pole. Plus, there’s a giant countdown clock so you’ll know when Santa’s journey officially begins. Once you visit the website, scroll to the bottom and look for the link to “Santa’s Village” at the North Pole to see the Christmas elves’ workshops. When you visit one of the workshops, you’ll discover hidden merriment – activities and games of all kinds.
Another fun area on the site will show you a new North Pole “status” report each day so you can stay up to date with releases from Santa and his elves. Here is today’s report from the NORAD Track Command Center:
Faast Taukker, Santa’s Elf in press relations manager, has verified that Rudolph’s bright red nose is indeed very hot again this year – so bright in fact, that, in pre-flight tests, it registered 36,000 lumens! This is good news as it ensures NORAD officials that they once again will be able to detect Rudolph on Christmas Eve.
Finally, Santa’s hip with the social media scene as well. Follow him on Twitter @noradsanta and Facebook to stay up to date with all the planning and exciting events leading up the that most magical night. Boy, jolly ol’ Saint Nick doesn’t miss a trick, does he?
From now through Christmas, the NORAD Santa Tracker will truly delight you and your entire family! Check out the NORAD Santa Tracker today!
Did you know?
NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight for more than 50 years?
It all started back in 1955 when a Colorado based Sears, Roebuck and Company holiday advertisement was misprinted with an incorrect phone number to call Santa. Instead of reaching the North Pole, all the calls went through to the Commander-in-Chief’s hotline at CONAD. Imagine his surprise! Instead of disappointing the children, the Director of Operations at that time, Colonel Harry Shoup, instructed his staff to “check the radar and report out on Santa’s flight from the North Pole. From that first magical night, the Norad Santa Tracker tradition was born.