NORAD coordinates with Santa's Elf Launch Staff to confirm his launch time.
This is a decades-old tradition by the US military, and WDBJ7's Caitlin Francis spoke live on Sunday morning with a Santa Tracker, General Lori Robinson.
- The start of NORAD Tracks Santa is actually a pretty amusing story that dates back to 1955.
She also said, get in bed by 9 p.m.to make sure Santa can deliver toys in our hometowns.
NORAD tracks Santa Claus using satellite systems, high-powered radars and jet fighters, and more than 1,500 volunteers field thousands of calls from all over the world on Christmas Eve.
You can go to the NORAD Santa website to explore the North Pole, listen to music, or play some reindeer games.
Instead of a phone number for children to call Santa, the ad gave the hotline number for the Commander in Chief of Continental Air Defense Command, the predecessor of NORAD.
In 1955, a Colorado Springs-based Sears, Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa.
New this year, on December 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa's location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa. Amazon Alexa users can also ask for Santa's location and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.
The Colonel on duty updated all the children who called and started a tradition that continues Christmas Eve.