Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NORAD Tracks Santa Starting on Christmas Eve!


The North American Aerospace Defense Command is preparing to track Santa as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve.  This year, is the 65th Anniversary of this amazing event.  I want to personally thank all of the military personnel who work to make this happen.  I'm grateful for ALL you do plus those of you who are giving your time to help answer the phones to talk to children are performing an amazing service.  I can't emphasize enough how proud of you I am!

To track Santa on his journey, follow this link.

This year, there will be some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here is all of the info on this year's program, straight from NORAD:

NORAD is busy preparing for its annual tradition of tracking Santa's journey delivering gifts around the world.  Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the NORAD Tracks Santa program is on schedule and NORAD will track Santa on December 24th, as we have done every year since 1955.

As we move forward in our preparations for this year's NORAD Tracks Santa program, some adjustmetns are being made to safely carry out our special mission of tracking Santa.

The NORAD Tracks Santa website, social media pages, a new mobile app, and partner platforms will again be an important part of the program allowing children around the world to track Santa.  However, The NORAD Tracks Santa call center is being adapted due to ongoing public health concerns due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.  This year, only a small number of volunteers will be answering the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number, 1-877-Hi-NORAD, on December 24th.  Callers who cannot reach one of these volunteers will receive a recorded update on Santa's current location.  While NORAD understands the call center is an important tradition for many families around the world, we reduce the health risks posed by attempting to conduct a large indoor, in-person, call center during the pandemic.  NORAD is committed to tracking Santa while keeping our military, their families, and our dedicated call center volunteers safe.

Santa trackers can visit or use new mobile apps to get up-to-the-minute Santa statistics.  These apps will soon be available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.  Fans can also track Santa with a variety of other NORAD Tracks Santa partners, to include OnStar and Amazon Alexa.

Our online and social media experience will go live December 1 and will provide information and games to get everyone ready for the big night.  NORAD Tracks Santa will also provide daily updates to its 2.1million social media followers across its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms.

NORAD looks forward to bringing the 65th year of NORAD Tracks Santa to children and families around the world.

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