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NORAD Santa Tracker 2016


The North American Aerospace Defence Command - or NORAD Santatracker has totally become an unavoidable element of the Christmas season in the present era. The history of NORAD santa tracker trace backs to 1955.
A toy shop published an advertisement on a newspaper asking kids to call Santa Claus and provided with them a phone number, which accidentally turned out to be a wrong one. The number provided on the advertisement happened to be of CONAD’s (former name of the defence command).

A series of calls were made to the number and Colonel Harry Shoup who was in charge of the office at the time, decided not to disappoint the kids. He told each and every staff of the organisation to attend every call from children who were desperate to know the whereabouts of Father Christmas. In loving memory of Colonel Harry he is now remembered as ‘Santa Colonel’ as he marked the beginning of NORAD’s venture of tracking Santa during Christmas. Year’s after when NORAD was formed, they decided to continue with the practice. Thus Norad Santa Tracker came into action.

NORAD Tracks Santa 2016 - As it Happens

During Christmas season, NORAD receives around a Hundred Thousand calls from over 200 countries in the world. The tracking process carried out in the 1990’s were mostly communicated with the public over radio and television.


But with the explosion of Internet culture, NORAD Santatracker gained and gathered a lot of popularity and users respectively, over time. The Defence academy is now employing serious resources to carry out it’s santa tracking process successfully. And now for NORAD Santatracker 2016, it is being carried out with high level graphics and CGI.

Employees of NORAD busy at answering calls enquring about Santa's whereabouts

The santatracker 2016 is now able to cover every inch and detail of different places of the world with the evolution of technology. Norad’s tracking santa mission has also gained serious followers in social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Countdown to norad santa tracker 2016 is getting live in almost 12 hours now. Everyone in the world is now looking forwad with great enthusiasm to track santa for 2016 christmas. Santa claus will start his journey from the elves village in the north pole in his santa sleigh driven by the reindeers. The father christmas, will however is likely to visit the countries in the northern hemisphere first. He will take a whole wide trip around the world, and after revolving the planet once, making sure that he has covered all the nations, he will return to north pole promising us to come again by next christmas. Santa claus now has fully prepared his naughty and nice list and has planned his journey accordingly that he now can visit the nice children first. The santa tracker 2016 will be getting world wide audience from all different part of the world as everyone is eagerly waiting for the christmas father’s arrival. Both norad santa tracker 2016 and google santa tracker 2016 has done their homework for providing the best santa tracking experience. Know one knows how the travel map of santa is planned. We’ll have to wait the santa tracker 2016 to get in action to know the nations santa will visit first. Santa’s mission is not only to deliver gifts, but he is also advocating the message of peace and love to the entire world. Those are the qualities that are seen in scarce now among the humans. So apparently, santa is the global ambassador who is bringing the whole nation together during christmas. No matter what your condition is, whether you are poor or rich, well or sick, tall or short – every one in the world, cutting across religions and cultures are looking forward to the santa’s visit to their hometown or nation.

NORAD Santa Tracker 2016 Official Website

The official website of Norad Santa tracker 2016 went up and running on December 21st 2016. preview of the website is as follows [The content below are from the official website of NORAD Santa Tracker and are given for better understanding of the site] .

The Homepage of the official NORAD Santa Tracker 2016 Website

The NORAD Santa website is available in eight different languages - English, Español, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Japanese, Chinese and Português. The homepage offers an option to choose any of the aforementioned languages.It also has a Countdown Timer, which indicates the required for the Norad Santa Tracker 2016 to go live. In the background the version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town composed by US Air Force Academy Band is being played.It also has the links to santa tracker 2016 official facebook, twitter and youtube accounts as well. There is a button saying Let's Go on the middle of the homepage with the picture of earth. When we click on it, it takes us to Santa's Village. There are many buttons on the left side which navigates to other sections of the website.

Santa's Village depicted on the Santa Tracker 2016 Website

The Santa Village is divided into 6 Sections, namely :

  • Gift Shop - Where you can buy Santa and NORAD Gear
  • The Arcade - Where you can play a new game every day.
  • The Theatre - Where you can watch movies about Santa and NORAD.
  • The Music Stage - Where you can listen to Santa's favorite Holiday Songs.
  • The Library - Where kids can learn about Santa, his magic sleigh and holiday traditions.
  • NORAD HQ - Where you can learn more about NORAD and their mission.

The NORAD Santa Gift Shop

At gift shop, you can by merchandise like Premium personalized official Norad Santa Tracker Certificate with Membership Card, instant letter from Santa to print at home and Norad Tracks Santa Apparel etc.

Preview of the NORAD Santa Gift Shop Where you can go shopping

The NORAD Santa Arcade

At the Arcade, you can play a new Santa Game everyday. It consits of 23 games, each of them gets unlocked every day. Santa Hop is the game published on day 1.

NORAD Santa Arcade offers a new game every day until December 23rd 2016.

The NORAD Santa Theatre

The Theatre consist of various videos like the NORAD tracks Santa 2016 trailer, the history of Norad Tracks Santa etc.

The preview of the theatre page.
The NORAD Santa Music Stage

In the Music Stage you can listen to various tracks related to Santa. The tracks available for listening are :

  • Here Comes Santa Claus by The NORAD Commanders
  • Good King Wenceslas by Meshbox Music
  • Hangin Round the Mistletoe by US Air Force Academy Band
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas by US Air Force Academy Band
  • Santa Claus is Back in Town by US Air Force Academy Band
  • What Child is This by US Air Force Academy Band
  • Winter Wonderland by The NORAD Commanders
  • Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow by US Air Force Academy Band
  • Winter Wonderland by US Air Force Academy Band
  • Cantique de Noel by US Air Force Academy Band
  • That Night in Bethlehem by US Air Force Academy Band
  • Cool Yule by Naden Band
  • I Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Naden Band
  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Naden Band
  • Little Drummer Boy by Naden Band
  • Silent Night by Naden Band
  • Sleigh Ride by Naden Band
  • The Best Gift by Naden Band
  • A Christmas Fanfare by US Coast Guard Band
  • Miracle on 34th Street by US Coast Guard Band
  • Jingle Bells by US Coast Guard Band
  • A Christmas Festival by US Coast Guard Band
  • Happy Birthday by US Merchant Marine Academy Band
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic by US Merchant Marine Academy Band
  • The Big Apple March by US Merchant Marine Academy Band
  • 12 Days of Christmas by Meshbox Music
  • Deck the Halls by Meshbox Music

Preview of The Music Stage in NORAD Santa Tracker Website

The NORAD Santa Library

At the NORAD Santa Library, you can get to know more about Santa Claus and holidays. The Library is subdivided into following pages which answers the following topics.

Topic : Is Santa Real?

What NORAD got to say :  Santa Claus is known by many names, including Saint Nick. Historians claim that the history of Santa starts with the tradition of Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian priest who lived in the Middle East and became famous for his kindness.
He was known for giving gifts to the less fortunate, sprinkling gifts of gold down people's chimneys, and for hiding surprises in their stockings.
It may be that the Santa we know today emerged from the legacy of Saint Nicholas. Clearly, Santa's basic approach to gift giving is strikingly similar. Could they be the same person? Only Santa Claus knows for sure!
Virginia's letter, written in December 1897, is the most famous example of a child wanting to know about Santa.

Here is the transcript of 'Virginia's famous letter' provided as audio in the NORAD Santa Website :

Dear Editor,
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O'Hanlon

Here is the transcript of 'Editor's response to Virginia's letter' provided as audio in the NORAD Santa Website :

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world around him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Based on historical data and 60 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world.

Santa keeps a long list of children who have been good throughout the year. His list grows longer each year due to the world's increasing population.

Though his list gets longer, Santa still has to deliver all of the presents in the same amount of time. If one were to assume he works in the realm of standard time, he would need to limit his stay to about three ten-thousandths of a second per home!

Santa would never rush the important job of distributing presents to children and spreading holiday cheer to everyone, so the only logical conclusion is that Santa functions within a different time-space continuum than the rest of us. Santa is a true mystery to us all!

Long before the Wright brothers flew the first airplane or the Montgolfier brothers launched the first hot air balloon, Santa had to find a way to travel from house to house at great speed. We know from our Santa Cam images that Santa's choice for quick transportation was a herd of flying reindeer. Detailed information on these reindeer remains elusive; we do know, however, that Santa enlisted the reindeer to help him with his worldwide mission of gift-giving. A veil of sweet mystery hides the rest.

Topic : Regarding Santa's Sleigh

What NORAD got to say : 

  • Probable First Flight - Dec. 24, 343 A.D.
  • Home Base - North Pole
  • Weight at takeoff - 75,000 gd (gumdrops)
  • Passenger weight at takeoff - Santa Claus 260 pounds
  • Weight of gifts at takeoff - 60,000 tons
  • Weight at landing - 80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation)
  • Passenger weight at landing - 1,260 pounds
  • Propulsion - Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)
  • Armament - Antlers (purely defensive)
  • Fuel - Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer)
  • Emissions - Classified
  • Climbing speed - One "T" (Twinkle of an eye)
  • Max speed - Faster than starlight


Topic : Holiday Traditions Around The World.

What NORAD got to say : 

  • GERMANY - There is so much celebrating that it has to begin on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day. As in many other European countries, on the eve of Dec. 6th children place a shoe or boot by the fireplace. During the night, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, hops from house to house carrying a book of sins in which all of the misdeeds of the children are written. If they have been good, he fills the shoe or boot with delicious holiday edibles. If they have not been good, their shoe is filled with twigs.

  • ITALY - On Christmas Eve, Italian children hang their stockings by the chimney where it remains empty until Jan. 6, the Befana day (also known as the Epiphany,) when the befana (during the night) fills it with sweets or coal, depending on whether the children were good or naughty. (The Befana is an old woman (witch) that flies on a broom; she is considered nice and kind.)

  • SPAIN - Christmas dinner is never eaten until after midnight. Christmas Day is spent at church, at feasts and in more merry-making. It is not Santa who comes to Spain bearing gifts, but the Three Wise Men.

  • MEXICO - On Christmas Eve, small children dressed as shepherds stand on either side of the nativity scene while members of the company kneel and sing a litany, after which the Christ Child is lulled to sleep with the cradle song, "El Rorro" (Babe in Arms). At midnight the birth of Christ is announced with fireworks, ringing bells and blowing whistles. Devout worshipers surge into churches to attend the famous "Misa de Gallo" or "Mass of the Rooster." Following Mass, families return home for a tremendous dinner of traditional Mexican foods. Christmas Day has no special celebration though many have adopted the American style Christmas with a Christmas tree and Santa Claus.

  • FRANCE - Family celebrations begin with the decoration of the Christmas tree a few days before Christmas; candles and lights, tinsel and many colored stars are attached to it. On Christmas Eve when the children are asleep, little toys, candies and fruits are hung on the branches of the tree as a supplement to the gifts Santa Claus has left in the shoes before the fireplace. Puppet shows are also given every year for Christmas. At midnight everyone attends the Christmas mass. When the family returns home after midnight mass, there is a late supper known as "le réveillon." Ordinarily, young children do not attend midnight mass with their parents, but go to bed early to dream of their Christmas gifts. Before going to bed, they put their shoes by the fireside for a gift from "le père de Noël" or "le petit Jésus."

  • JAPAN - The Nativity scene is given a corner in every Christian house. They also have turkey for Christmas dinner, Christmas trees, evergreens and mistletoe in their stores and homes and even Hoteiosho, the Japanese equivalent of Santa Claus, who is a Buddhist monk bearing gifts for the children. The family members exchange gifts and send cards with the true heart of giving. Japan’s Christmas traditions for Japanese Christians are to spend the day for worship, and charity for the poor and sick. The children perform plays re-enacting the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve. Unique Christmas traditions of Japan are Christmas Cakes, Fried Chicken, and Daiku.

  • CHINA - Christians in China celebrate by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they call "Trees of Light," with paper chains, paper flowers, and paper lanterns. Chinese children hang muslin stockings and await a visit from Santa Claus, whom they call Dun Che Lao Ren (dwyn-chuh-lau-oh-run) which means "Christmas Old Man."

  • RUSSIA - Santa's stop in Russia on the NORAD Tracks Santa map December 24 comes before most people there are celebrating Christmas. In Russia, the biggest holiday is January 1, New Year's Day. They celebrate it similarly to Christmas, with Christmas trees and Ded Moroz, who is a lot like Santa Claus. Many Russians celebrate Christmas, but they celebrate it on January 7 -- so Christmas comes after New Year's Day!

  • BRAZIL - In Brazil, it is hot at Christmastime so Santa Claus wears silk instead of fur. People also get presents from a secret friend, called an "amigo secreto." (Family and friends put their names into a hat to pick secret friends before Christmas.) After Christmas the secret friend reveals his or her name.

  • AUSTRALIA - Many candles may light the way for Santa Claus in Australia; Australians like to sing Christmas carols by candlelight. They sing the same carols as in other countries, but have some special ones too, such as "Six White Boomers". What's a "boomer"? It's a kangaroo! Christmas in Australia is December 25, but it is summer then, not winter, since the country is located in the southern hemisphere.

  • ISRAEL - Long ago, the very first Christmas was celebrated in the land of Israel. Today, the major holiday in December celebrated by many people in Israel, as throughout the Jewish world, is Hanukkah, the Holiday of Lights. Hanukkah begins December 7 and is celebrated for eight nights and days. Each night another candle is lit in a special candelabrum called a menorah. Children may receive a special present, a spinning top called a dreidel.

  • INDIA - India has many different holiday traditions because there are many cultures and religions across the country. The biggest winter holiday is Diwali, the festival of light, when people light candles everywhere, eat a feast and exchange gifts. People who have Christmas trees often decorate them in green silk, colored stones, and gold paint.

  • SAUDI ARABIA - December 24 is a special day in Saudi Arabia, but not because it is Christmas Eve; it is the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed. The biggest holiday in Saudi Arabia, as throughout the Muslim world, is Ramadan. The date changes from year to year and it lasts a month. In 2016, Ramadan began in June. Muslims do not eat or drink at all during the day for Ramadan, but have wonderful feasts every night after sunset.

  • KENYA - Santa won't be the only one traveling in Kenya for Christmas. Many people travel from the cities where they live most of the year, to their family home in the country where they grew up. With their family, they enjoy singing and special, traditional foods. They give and receive presents, but do not open them until the day after Christmas, which is known as Boxing Day.

  • SWEDEN - In Sweden, Christmas is the biggest family holiday, and the biggest day is Christmas Eve. The special meal they eat is what they call a smorgasbord, with many kinds of meats and treats. About 10 days before Christmas, on Saint Lucy's Day, the oldest daughter of the house wears a crown with lighted candles and sings to the family!

Topic : Operation Goodwill.

What NORAD got to say : 

Topic : Holiday Activites.

What NORAD got to say : 

  • Elf Yourself - Turn yourself and your friends into dancing elves in these musical holiday videos!

  • Tour Santa's House - Visit Zillow to see where all the cookie-baking, toy-making, present-shaking magic happens with photos galore, and a video too!

  • Track Santa on the Radio - Listen as the Civil Air Patrol helps NORAD track Santa across North America.

  • Locate Santa - Watch this video and learn how to locate Santa on December 24 in your OnStar equipped vehicle! Just ask the OnStar operator to locate Santa during his magical journey and they will check the NORAD Tracks Santa® map.

  • Coloring Page - The Noerr Programs, is sharing Santa's spirit of generosity online through an innovative social media program BeMerrySanta ®." Santa reminds you that doing something nice for others is the truest way to "Be Merry!"

  • Certified Space Imagination Product - Did you know NORAD Tracks Santa® has Space Certification™ through the Space Foundation? The Space Certification program demonstrates how space technologies improve life on Earth and makes space more interesting and accessible to everyone. NORAD uses space satellites to track Santa every Dec. 24!

  • Protecting Santa - Learn how the U.S. Federal Air Aviation (FAA) helps keep Santa safe during his flight Dec. 24 with their Next Gen technology.

  • Play Games - Learn stuff, play games and watch videos at Kids.gov , the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. They link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.

SANTA HQ - Norad Explains It's Mission and Vision on Santa Tracker 2016

NORAD’s Mission 

"We have the watch." The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America.
 Aerospace warning includes the monitoring of man-made objects in space, and the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands.

Why We Track Santa? NORAD Explains

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Contact Norad Tracks Santa

Well you can contact NORAD Tracks Santa by the following means :

Via Email: noradtrackssanta@outlook.com
Via Phone: 1-877-HI-NORAD (Call using Skype too!)


 As now it’s the era of smartphone’s there are a lot of Santatracker apps available in the market. NORAD’s hunger of  answering the question of ‘Where is Santa now?’ to the  most specific detail has resulted in the development of 3D view of santa’s journey all the way from North Pole. Many Santa games are being developed based on the theme of santa tracking. Well the Santa Tracker 2016 will be set in motion on 24th of December,2016. Comeback by then to join the tracking santa expedition.

Many internet giants like Microsoft and Google have also come forward in the quest of finding santa. However, Google with the advantage of it's Google Maps has started their on tracker, popularly known as Google Santa tracker in the recent years.

Computer Engineers of NORAD engaged in ensuring the smooth functioning of NORAD Santatracker

Anyway Santa Claus is about to begin his journey, all the way from Elve’s village in North Pole, to deliver gifts and presents to all the nice kids around the world. He’s preparing his naughty and nice list, we sincerely hope you make it on the nice section. Comeback by December 1st, 2016 to mark the beginning of the santa tracking expedition with NORAD Santa Tracker 2016.
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  1. Nice article..I'm so excited to track santa with Norad santa tracker 2016.

  2. Nice to see the terrific work that is being continued by the NORAD staff. Greetings from a former NORAD J3 Brett Cairns who is well established back in Canada in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. If any of you are up this way please look me up.