December 25th, 2008
08:39 AM ET
14 years ago

Santa has officially signed out for the year, says U.S. military


The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) - which has tracked Santa's travels for more than half a century - partnered with Google Maps to offer curious children a chance to follow St. Nick's journey around the globe this year.

The military command, which monitors potential threats over North American airspace, said Santa's 2008 trip began Wednesday at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. Above: a map of this year's journey, now complete, on the agency's Santa Tracker Web site.

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  1. Irritated in Fl

    Christmas sucks.

    December 25, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. God Help Us

    Too bad we couldn't track Osama Bin Laden with this type of equipment.

    December 25, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Greg Hodges

    Well done once again St. Nicholas! May we all learn to follow your precious example of selfless giving to fill the world with joy and wonderment. Thank-you for the millions of smiles the children around the world will have; thanks to the spirit you embody. Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth, and feed those reindeer well for a job well done. See you again next year!!!

    December 25, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. Ronald Sienkiewicz

    Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Do they have to spy on Santa too?

    I'm glad NORAD is taking care of us, I think they do a good job, god bless and merry christmas

    December 25, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Ryan

    merry Xmas all 🙂

    December 25, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. MLH

    My children look forward to 'tracking' Santa every year – thanks to NORAD for this wonderful site – the addition of Google Maps made it even more interesting. Each time during the 24th that tempers flared, or boredom reared its head, we would just head to the computer to see where Santa was in the world.

    December 25, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Obama insider?? I hear this Santa guy works for the Dems. See, the goal is to have people get used to receiving free stuff and then they all realize...."HEY, the government might give me free stuff." Sooo, all these people who got free stuff sit on their butts all year waiting for more handouts. Then along come his "suit" and gives them more free stuff.......making it Christmas year round for everyone who is too lazy to get a real job!!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year........we're going to need alot of hope in the next 4 years........but all you lazy people who feel it's the governments job to give you free stuff have "Barrack the elf" here to give it to you.........while he and "santa" sit on the beach in Hawaii.

    December 25, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Curtis McMinn

    I really think this is a great thing the US Military and the media does for the children!

    December 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Ray Fisher

    Wow, did anyone tell Gov. Palin about NORAD??? She needs to know they are the guardians of the airspace she says the Russians violate flying over her house!!! As Bugs would say, what a maroon!!!

    December 25, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. proudliberal-independent

    the military can only track Santa Clause because he LETS them. otherwise he would fly off their radar with a snap of his fingers! HA!

    December 25, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Meka

    With Water on Three Sides of North America, why would anyone think that DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW . . . is a WISE INVESTMENT ?

    December 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. greg shetzer

    why have this in the "news"?

    December 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. TruthBeTold

    Hey idiots...the article is about tracking santa...not you liberals are bitter angry people

    December 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. dumas mcgee


    December 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Joe Green

    It is good to know that NORAD, you know, the people in charge of BLOWING UP THE WORLD, have a WEBSITE where they track SANTA.

    Something ironic about that.....

    December 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Even traditions are not sacred

    Meka and Ray Fisher: Did you two actually read this article? This is not a political story; it's just a story about a tradition NORAD has been carrying on on for years. It's a nice effort primarily geared at the young (and young at heart) that still belive is the Spirit of Santa. SO where do you get off using a nice gestutre like this to sput your hate filled diatribe? You bring discredit to all of us who ever wore a uniform!

    December 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. hobo

    what a wast of time and money.

    December 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Angel

    he forgot about me.......:(

    December 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. joe

    Gee, I'm thinking Gov. Palin wouldn't like the idea of NORAD tracking something that doesn't exist not to mention the use of Government facitities and personnel for something so stupid. Perhaps Ray Fisher should be working at NORAD so he can use tax payer money to track the Easter Bunny or the Great Pumpkin. Or perhaps that money could be better used to ensure the United States Constitution isn't violated by Mr. Obama's appointment of Sen. Clinton as Secretary of State. Unless of course Mr Fisher, being an expert on Constitutional Law and Military tactical engagement at the same time thinks upholding the Constitution is not as important as reporting the location of friggin Santa Clause. As JOE would say: "Ray Fisher, what a PIN HEAD"!

    December 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Jake

    Wow, Ray Fisher needs to get a life. Amazing how someone could still be so obsessed and bitter over a veep candidate early on Christmas morning.

    Lighten-up Ray, and get yourself some mental health!

    December 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Mr Secret

    Really? On Christmas you have nothing better to comment than two politically referenced rants?

    My oh my what have we come to?

    Merry Christmas to all!!!

    December 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Andrew

    Okay Ray and Meka, lets leave politics aside... just once!

    But anyway. I certainly hope Santa has a diet plan for all those cookies.

    December 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |