NORAD Santa Tracker is a very popular destination on Christmas Eve as the kids want to see just where Santa is and how much longer he will be before coming down their chimney. NORAD Santa Tracker was started quite by accident back in 1955 when a Sears Roebuck and Co. in Colorado Springs advertised the wrong number in their Santa phone line and you will not believe who that wrong number connected them to.
According to Fox News on Dec. 24, the wrong number was for the former Continental Air Defense Command, which is called NORAD today. The people manning the air defense phones kept picking up the phone to the kids thinking that they were talking to Santa. The man in charge directed the people in his command to play along and give the kids radar coordinates for Santa when they called.
Actually talk to a real live Santa: 1-877-HI-NORAD or 1-877-446-6723.
A Santa wish list: Call Santa at 951-262-3062
This was a night to remember for the folks manning the air defense station and the Santa tracker was born. Today NORAD not only has phone lines, but it also gives kids a website to go to and see Santa’s progress on a map. Today the staff at NORAD answers kid’s calls, emails and tracks Santa for them on their radar website.
What was just a handful of folks manning the phones back in 1955 progressed into over 1,000 volunteers answering more than 100,000 phone calls from kids every Christmas Eve.