NORAD's Santa tracker website goes live for 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- It's December 1 and NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has launched its Santa tracker website.

The website has a countdown to the start of Santa's journey in addition to games and activities.

NORAD officials said the website is available in eight languages -- English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

NORAD's Santa cams will show Santa's travel videos starting at 12:01 a.m. MT on December 24.

Starting at 4 a.m. MT on December 24, kids can call a live phone operator at 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to ask about Santa’s whereabouts.

Also on December 24, children can get Santa updates by sending an email to noradtrackssanta@outlook.com and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.

NORAD's predecessor started tracking Santa in the mid-1950s after an ad telling kids to call Santa misprinted the phone number and gave out the number for the on-duty crew commander at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center. The tradition has carried on for more than 60 years.

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