Santa Tracker – History Revealed

Santa Tracker

By now, Santa Claus has delivered many presents across the globe. But did you know when the tracker started?


For many years, there was no reliable way to track the whereabouts of Santa Claus. It was not until 1955 that a good samaritan created today’s version of the Santa Tracker. This is what happened.

In December 1955, a newspaper set up a hotline for kids to call in for Santa. However, the secret hotline’s number was incorrect and kids started calling into the Continental Air Defence Command in Colorado, USA. The first phone call from a five year old boy was taken by operations commander Col. Harry Shoup who realized quickly that it was a mistake and set up a team to manage additional tracking requests.

The Norad’s Santa Tracker now has over 20 million users a year and is a source of all information Santa.

Norad provides updates by phone, Facebook, Twitter and email:

Norad's Santa Tracker

Image taken from on December 24, 2014 (All Rights Reserved)

Merry Christmas!

Information compiled from from Wikipedia and CBC.