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NORAD set to track Santa this Christmas

Posted at 9:22 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 12:22:11-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — On Christmas Eve, all eyes will be on the sky eagerly searching for old Saint Nick to cross over. To help us keep track of the big guy, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is setting up its Santa Tracking Hotline.

This morning Preston Schlachter from NORAD joined us to talk about everything that goes into tracking Santa.

NORAD has been tracking Santa every year since 1955, when Col. Harry Shoup of the Continental Air Defense Command took a call from a child who dialed a misprinted department store telephone number looking for Santa.

Nowadays, those interested in learning about Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve can visit the Santa Tracking website or call the command's Santa Tracker Hotline, 1-877-Hi-NORAD.