Where in the world is... Santa?


Where in the world is... Santa?

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Dec 24, 2013

At 9:10 am (CST), Santa Claus was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Working within his "own time-space continuum" under experienced radar, satellites, and alongside security jet fighters, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is tracing Santa throughout his Christmas delivery journey on their Santa Tracker.

For 57 years, NORAD has installed state-of-the art equipment to pinpoint when exactly "Santa Claus is coming to town."

"In 1998, the Santa Cam Network -- 'ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many locations around the world... [to] capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make their journey around the world' -- made its debut," reports The Huffington Post.

The Santa Tracker map not only links pictures, but Wikipedia links to learn more about the locations that Santa is currently visiting. And for an exact location, you can email noradtracksanta@outlook.com, and/or call 877-HI-NORAD (877-446-6723), where Santa's elves are standing by to answer curious Christmas calls by children. NORAD's interactive website also includes games, movies and music.

"NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house. We do, however, know from history that it appears he arrives only when children are asleep! In most countries, it seems Santa arrives between 9 p.m. and midnight on Dec. 24. If children are still awake when Santa arrives, he moves on to other hours. He returns later, but only when the children are asleep!"  

NORAD assures Santa skeptics that "mountains of historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information leads us to believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world." Their special bond with Santa began in 1955, when a Sears Roebuck & Co. Santa-hotline advertisement listed NORAD's phone number (then CONAD: Continental Air Defense Command) by mistake. "Rather than turn the kids away, he [Colonel Harry Shoup] told his staff to check their radar and provide updates on Santa's location, all night long," and there, "a tradition was born."

"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night."

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.