NORAD Santa Tracker


I wrote this post for last Christmas, but I still think the NORAD Santa Tracker is a cool toy :)


Many of the folks who read this blog are Moms (and Dads) with little guys and gals who are bubbling with anticipation and excitement on this Christmas Eve. So, I thought I’d share a tech toy which I think is an excellent addition to the festive season. (Honestly, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, this is worth checking out).

Each Christmas Eve for the past 50 years, NORAD, the bi-national organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the U.S. and Canada, accepts an additional mission: to track Santa’s flight around the world. In 1998, Santa Tracking on the internet went live with video feeds from digital cameras pre-positioned around the world. From early in the day on Christmas Eve, if you go to NORAD Tracks Santa, you can watch Santa’s progress around the world. See the famous sleigh zoom over the Sydney Opera House, weave around the Eiffel Tower and zip past Buckingham Palace. You can also call or email NORAD volunteers who will answer questions on Santa’s exact location.

The games and information on the website will help with your children’s pre-event jitters. My personal favorite? The Santa Tracker FAQ, especially the “Sleigh Technical Data”. It’s a hoot!

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

4 thoughts on “NORAD Santa Tracker

  1. Madeline

    yes, so cool!!

    That and the with a personalized video for the kids from Santa. Amazing how the Santa experience has changed with technology…

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