NORAD will still track Santa, despite government shutdown


A partial government shutdown isn’t going to stop the North American Aerospace Defense Command – the U.S. military organization that has been tracking Santa Claus’ Christmas Eve travels for 63 years – from keeping tabs on the jolly old elf.

According to, NORAD said on Twitter it would keep good boys and girls up to date on Santa’s movements this year, even if parts of the government went dark.

“Military personnel who conduct NORAD Tracks Santa are supported by approximately 1,500 volunteers who make the program possible each and every year,” NORAD wrote.

A partial federal government shutdown took place early Saturday, after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting a Mexican border wall.

NORAD will start taking calls on Christmas Eve through its toll-free number: (877) 446-6723, or 877-Hi NORAD.

Its website also provides updates.

Santa tracking started after a Colorado Springs newspaper ran an ad in 1955 inviting children to call Santa but mistakenly ran the phone number for the hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, which was tasked with monitoring the skies for a possible nuclear attack by the Soviet Union.

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