NORAD tracks Santa Claus 2021 – YubaNet
Starting at 4 a.m. EST on December 24, website visitors can see updates as Santa prepares for his flight. Then, at 6 a.m. EST, trackers around the world can call to find out where Santa is located by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) where they will speak with either a live telephone operator. or hear a recorded update.
Due to COVID concerns, NORAD Tracks Santa’s operations center will have fewer telephone operators, so callers who are unable to reach a volunteer will hear a regularly updated recording showing the current location of Santa Claus. Anytime on December 24, Amazon Alexa users can request the location of Santa Claus through the NORAD Tracks Santa Skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa Claus. Santa trackers can also use the Bing search engine to find out the location of Santa Claus.
Following Santa has been a tradition since 1955, when an ad in a local newspaper informed children that they could call Santa directly – only the contact number was incorrectly printed. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone called the on-duty crew commander, US Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, NORAD’s predecessor. Colonel Shoup quickly realized that a mistake had been made and assured the child that he was Santa Claus. Shoup then assigned a duty officer to continue answering calls. Thus was born a holiday tradition, which NORAD has perpetuated since its creation in 1958.
Every year since, NORAD has reported Santa’s location on December 24 to millions of children and families around the world.