NORAD Santa Tracker 2015: Watch Santa Claus’ Christmas Eve Trip Around the World

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It’s Christmas Eve, and once again NORAD is tracking when Santa Claus is coming to town.

For 60 years, the same elaborate radar and satellite systems used to track North American airspace for potential missile and air attacks have been used to track Santa Claus. The journey begins at 1 a.m. CST Thursday.

Watch it here:

According to NORAD, Santa will leave his home in the South Pole and visit the South Pacific first, and then travel to New Zealand and Australia. He generally reaches the United States between 9 p.m. and midnight on Christmas Eve.

The NORAD website will provide “Santacam” updates throughout the day, releasing photos and videos of Santa while he travels around the world.

“If children are still awake when Santa arrives, he moves on to other houses, NORAD warns. “He returns later on when the children are sleep.”

So visions of sugarplums are optional, but highly encouraged.

Merry Christmas, Stillwater.