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Santa Intends to Launch 2 Hours Later This Year
December 23, 2008

Members of North American Aerospace Defense Command are preparing to track Santa again this year, and are working to accommodate the jolly fellow’s change in flight schedule. NORAD, in coordination with the North Pole staff, has been notified that Santa will launch two hours later than he has in previous years. No specific explanation was provided and according to the North Pole staff, Santa will launch from the North Pole 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

A toll free number is available at 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) for children to call and personally speak to a Santa tracker on Christmas Eve. In addition, children can send an email to

The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site went live Dec. 1 and has already recorded more than a 1.016 million visitors from more than 200 countries and territories. Last year, the site received almost 11 million visitors from 212 countries and territories around the world.

On Dec 24, when Santa takes off from the North Pole, children can track him with up-to-the-minute reports in Google Maps and Google Earth and can view video captured by NORAD’s Santa cams from several key stops. All of this information is available on the Web site in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and new this year, Chinese.

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