Watch Santa's Christmas Eve Flight with NORAD

On Christmas Eve every year, NORAD tracks a small red dot around the world -- Rudolph's nose! You can follow along on your computer or phone starting at 2 a.m. MTN on December 24 when Santa and his reindeer take off, and track their flight path across the world.

Watch the video of his 2009 flight past the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, the Kremlin, the Great Wall of China, the Sydney Opera House, NASA headquarters, the Egyptian pyramids, the Empire State Building and more. He even flies through the Parthenon, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Arch in St. Louis. Amazing!!! Watch him do this! This is a fun video to share with your kids and grandkids.

The NORAD Tracks Santa YouTube Channel has many videos explaining how they track Santa, of interest to anyone in the aviation community. So he can visit billions of homes in one day, Santa is actually the fastest flying thing on Earth. How he does it, no one knows. He keeps the technology to himself and no one wants to be the first to try to get the secrets from him. That would be very bad PR. The money Santa would have to spend to defend himself would mean no presents for many children. Imagine that happening! So some secrets, we are willing to accept. Anyway, tracking him at his speed is quite a challenge. NORAD watches for the additional point the satellites track on this one day of the year:

Canada's NORAD deploys CF-18 fighters as soon as Santa reports that he's taking off:

Canada's NORAD reports that Santa's reindeer are very excited to see the CF-18 fighter jets. Here's a pic snapped by a CF-18 pilot:

See Rudolph's nose! That's how the satellites can track Santa. Rudolph's nose has been that way for about 200 years, long before satellites. Cool how that worked out, huh?

Find everything you need to watch Santa at the NORAD Tracks Santa website. You can even follow Santa on Google Earth. And if it's not cool to be watching a computer all night when family is around on Christmas Eve, you can sneak some peeks on your phone -- yes, we can now watch Santa's flight on smartphones. On December 24, just open Google Maps for mobile, search "Santa" and you'll see where he is. You can also follow his flight path on Twitter. You'll be able to show your kids and grandkids how close Santa is getting. Because Santa won't come until after they go to bed. And remember to leave some hot cocoa and cookies for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer as that is the fuel for their fast flight. We heard carrots are his reindeer's favorite food. Find out here how Santa's reindeer might have acquired their flying abilities.

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