On Christmas Eve this year, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will help the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) track Santa Claus. NOAA will maintain a satellite watch of the North Pole for weather conditions and any unusual activity.

NOAA's Satellite Command and Data Acquisition Station in Fairbanks, Alaska, is ready to spot activity at the North Pole. NORAD will answer children's questions on its comprehensive, six-language Santa tracking website at All site material, including the live tracking event, will be available in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese.

Seeing is believing and NORAD has perfected its tradition of tracking Santa on Christmas Eve. Visual and audio updates will be posted hourly on the website from 7:00 a.m., Dec. 24 EST to 5:00 a.m., Dec. 25 EST.

All the organizations and volunteers who help make this global NORAD Christmas project possible do so at no cost to the taxpayer. 

NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is the nation's primary source of space-based meteorological and climate data. NESDIS operates the nation's environmental satellites, which, in addition to helping track Santa Claus, are used for weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and other environmental applications such as fire detection, ozone monitoring, and sea surface temperature measurements. To learn more about NESDIS, please visit Happy Holidays to all! is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.