Santa tracker shutdown: Here is how to follow Santa Claus on Christmas Eve (Reports).
NORAD’s 63-year-old tradition of following Santa Claus on Dec. 24 will continue this year even with the partial government shutdown.
Volunteers at the NORAD Tracks Santa center at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado will be ready to answer phones when children call 1-877-HI-NORAD and ask when Santa Claus is coming to their home.
“Military personnel who conduct NORAD Tracks Santa are supported by approximately 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year,” NORAD and U.S. Northcom said on Facebook. “NORAD is a bi-national military command responsible for the aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning missions for Canada and the U.S. We are on duty 24/7, 365 days a year and are committed to protect the citizens of both our countries.”
Following Santa Claus began in 1955 when a media advertisement listed a phone number for children to call Santa Claus. The only problem was the number didn’t go to Santa, it rang through to the crew commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.
The tradition began. People can go to NORAD Tracks Santa online to follow Santa Clause.