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The NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is tracking Santa’s route around the world.

You can watch it too on www.noradsanta.org starting Christmas Eve.

The website also has games and activities, videos, music and more.

The official NORAD Tracks Santa app is also available in the Windows, Apple and Android stores. Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+.

NORAD Tracks Santa started in 1955

NORAD Tracks Santa started in 1955

Santa followers just need to type “@noradsanta” into each social media site to get started.

Starting Christmas Eve, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight through the Bing maps and Cesium technology to track Santa with NORAD in 2D and 3D.


Beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday, trackers can speak with a live phone operator to ask about Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to noradtracks santa@outlook­.com.

NORAD Tracks Santa started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct – only the number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the Crew Commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.

Thus began the tradition which NORAD carried on since it was created in 1958.

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The Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santa’s elves was achieved on December 8, 2013, in Iasi City, Romania.

A total of 1,073 people turned up at Iasi’s Palas shopping center to break the record.

The previous record was staged in Ammanford Town Centre in the UK, where 762 elves gathered on November 17, 2012.

The Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santa's elves was achieved on December 8, 2013, in Iasi City, Romania

The Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santa’s elves was achieved on December 8, 2013, in Iasi City, Romania

Most of the participants were high school students between 11 and 18. For their dance performance, they rehearsed more than 180 hours, over a six-week period.

The youngest participant was a four-month old baby.

The costumes were worked on for about three months and over three kilometers of fabric were used. Claire Burgess, the official representative of Guinness World Records, confirmed the record.

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