Follow Santa's Christmas Eve journey around the world with the NORAD Santa tracker. 

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is gearing up for one of its most magical missions of the year: tracking Santa.

For more than 60 years, NORAD has reported Santa’s location on Christmas Eve to children and families across the world. The tradition started in 1955 after a child trying to call Santa misdialed the number from a department store advertisement and accidentally called the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs instead, according to the NORAD website.

Several million people from more than 200 countries and territories across the world visit the NORAD website each year, and volunteers typically answer over 130,000 calls to the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline, according to NORAD’s website.

How to track Santa

If you’re looking to see when Santa will arrive at your home, head to the NORAD Tracks Santa website at on Dec. 24. You can also track Santa through NORAD’s social media accounts, its app or via phone at 1-877-HI-NORAD.

While you wait for old Saint Nick to arrive, you can also check out games, videos, music, books and other online activities on the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Makenzie Elliott covers breaking news and public safety for The Register-Guard. Reach her at Find her on Twitter at @makenzielliott.

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