Tracking a Sneaky Man in a Red Suit

HSDL tackles U.S. security challenges year-round. From terrorist attacks to public health, the database is full of documents that address homeland policy and response.

However, Christmas Eve presents an issue that remains at large. It concerns the man in a red suit and white beard who sneaks into homes undetected. Though portly, he is agile, stealthy, and light on his feet. He has furry companions that offer a quick getaway before children can greet him in the living room.

December always rings with a jolly theme. Santa Claus is coming to town.

At the end of every year, the world waits patiently for Santa to shimmy down the chimney with his bag of presents. We listen for eight reindeer and his boisterous laugh, indicating that he enjoyed the milk and cookies left out for him.

If you’ve wondered how Ol’ St. Nick makes his trip around the globe in one night, you can track his journey with the help of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD specializes in aerospace security and airspace defense, but the holidays bring an almost equally pressing matter for kids and their families.

Where is Santa Claus?

Fortunately, NORAD’s tracker is the most convenient and efficient tool available to pinpoint his location. NORAD uses advanced satellite systems and radars to trace Santa’s sleigh movement. You can even explore Santa’s Village in the North Pole and discover where the magic starts. Live updates are available in seven languages and on multiple platforms, including email, telephone, and NORAD’s social media sites. Millions of children will know exactly where Santa Claus is this year, which means they should also know if it’s time for bed!

NORAD is sure to update you as he turns towards your street on December 24th. When bells jingle and hooves settle on the roof, Santa will be delighted that your cookies are fresh out of the oven.