Follow Along: NORAD Santa Tracker 2017

Follow Along: NORAD Santa Tracker 2017

Follow Along: NORAD Santa Tracker 2017

Marine Col. Bob Brodie of the 601st Air Operations Center said fighter jets will "fly along (Santa's) wing" in a "close escort", and that the center will "monitor him with our satellites and even have infrared trackers to follow Rudolph".

As of 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Santa had made it through numerous countries in Asia and was making his way through Russian Federation. Until then, however, Santa and his elves are busy laboring away at the North Pole to prepare for their trans-global journey.

It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct - only the number was misprinted.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world.

Santa Claus has begun his journey around the world, dropping gifts in Korea, Hong Kong and Indonesia, according to the NORAD Santa Tracker.

Last year, NORAD Tracks Santa received almost 154,200 phone calls and drew 10.7 million unique visitors to its website. Millions of people who want to know Santa's whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website. The website is available in eight languages.

The phone number was actually a secret hotline to Colonel Harry Shoup at at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa's location on December 24.

You can go to the NORAD Santa website to explore the North Pole, listen to music, or play some reindeer games.

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