PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (CBS4) – The North American Aerospace Defense Command is preparing to track Santa’s gift-giving trek around the world. NORAD’s Santa Tracker website will launch on Tuesday for the 65th year.
The website noradsanta.org features a holiday countdown, games, movies, music and a webstore. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.READ MORE: 'Level Clear' Loosens COVID Restrictions, Colorado Business Owners Excited
Families can also track Santa using Amazon Alexa and OnStar. NORAD will post updates on St. Nick’s location on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.FAA Investigates Mid-Air Collision Between 2 Small Planes Above Cherry Creek Reservoir South Of Denver
NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos starting at 2 a.m. MST on Christmas Eve as Santa and his reindeer kick off their journey across the globe. Starting at 4 a.m. MST, trackers can call NORAD to check in on Santa and his whereabouts. The toll-free number is 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).
The tradition of tracking Santa started in 1955 when the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center began receiving calls from kids asking for Santa. It turns out a local newspaper ad listed the wrong number for Santa Claus. Instead, the phone rang to the crew commander on duty, U.S. Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup.MORE NEWS: 'He Literally Threw Her Away': Keith Zotto Convicted Of Killing Wife In Aurora, Disposing Her Body In A Trash Can
Shoup realized there was a mistake, and assured the children he was Santa. The calls turned into a holiday tradition. Each year since 1958, NORAD has reported Santa’s location to millions of people.