NORAD Santa tracker: Follow Santa Claus' Christmas Eve journey around the world

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - For kids who can't wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a Christmas treat. Visions of sugar plums can be augmented by a check on the fat man's progress around the globe on Christmas Eve.

NORAD provides updates by phone, Facebook, Twitter and email. If you call 877-HI-NORAD, a live person will give you an update.

Smartphone apps are also available at app stores. NORAD's Santa operations center opened at 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Twitter: @NoradSanta

NORAD says Santa usually starts in the South Pacific and hits New Zealand and Australia before heading to Japan and Asia. Africa and Europe are next, followed by North America and South America. "Santa calls the shots," NORAD says on its website. "We just track him!"

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