Santa Tracker to continue in event of government shutdown

New for 2018, you can also track Santa through Google Maps, by going to "Location Sharing" within the service (make sure your app is updated) and keeping an eye on where Father Christmas is right from the app itself.

During the partial government shutdown, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will still run its famed "Santa tracker" during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"In addition to our day-to-day mission of defending North America, we are proud to carry on the tradition of tracking Santa as he travels along his yuletide flight", said Gen. Terrence O' Shaughnessy, commander NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.

And even if the federal government has shut down, NORAD announced Friday they'll continue to track Santa's journey. Children ask for Santa's location, discuss their Christmas lists and probe volunteers for other details. Each year Koch and her army of volunteer elves answer nearly 25,000 letters to Santa.

The US government shutdown may have dimmed Washington's National Christmas Tree but never fear, Santa Claus is still comin' to town - and the military is still tracking his path.

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NORAD's Santa tracker will be fully staffed with more than 1,500 military personnel and volunteers who are running the program from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

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There are 160 phones to handle the calls and new volunteers get a help book which lets them know what kind of questions children may ask. But before the tracker starts mapping Santa's location on December 24, this year, Santa's Village features a number of Christmas games, including several that let you test your coding skills.

"If I can get ahold of him, I'll try to get the message to him", replied the volunteer, Sara Berghoff.

NORAD keeps children everywhere informed on Santa's present location. First, a dialing sound can be heard, pretty much like calling in the phone, followed by an answering elf, which will then transfer the call to the big guy. "Yes sir, especially since my son Sam would want to see that as well", O'Shaughnessy replied, AP reported.

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