NORAD spends 364 days a year protecting the airspace over North America. When Christmas rolls around, however, they add another unidentified aircraft to their duties, because you better believe Santa always fails to file a flight plan. OnStar will connect its users with NORAD, so kids can stay up-to-date on Santa's travels while on the road to Grandma's house.
Tracking Santa's Christmas Eve travels has a long and proud tradition in the American military, according to The Atlantic. During World War II, Eisenhower's headquarters put out a press release regarding Santa's North Pole Command. During the Cold War, the State Department and the Air Force sent out their own press releases. Santa was first actively tracked across the globe back in 1955 by NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, or CONAD. NORAD picked up the mantle in 1957, and has been tracking Santa's progress ever since.
Subscribers can check up on Santa's real-time location in their cars from 6 am (EST) Christmas Eve until 5 am Christmas Day. If you don't have OnStar, you can still track Santa by calling (877) 446-6723 or visit www.noradsanta.org. Of course, because it's 2016, Santa also has a hashtag. Use #Santa #NORADSanta, or tweet to @NORADSanta.