Where in the world is Santa Claus? That’s a question millions of children ask on Christmas Eve. On the big night, the answer will be only a toll-free call away. Verizon Business again is teaming with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to provide a special free hotline for children and their parents to speak with a volunteer at the famed military center.
Starting Dec. 24 at 2 a.m. Mountain time through 3 a.m. Mountain time on Dec. 25, children across the U.S. and Canada can call +1 877 HI NORAD to determine Santa’s exact location on Christmas Eve. (Callers outside North America can reach the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline by dialing the local Colorado Springs number at +1 719 556 5211 using the appropriate country code. International charges can apply.)
More than 1,200 volunteers, military personnel from Colorado Springs, their families and friends, and NORAD Tracks Santa corporate sponsor team members – including members from Verizon Business – will be continuously manning the NORAD Santa tracking hotline to ensure children know the whereabouts of Santa on Christmas Eve. In 2008, nearly 74,000 calls were answered at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base.
Children, their parents and the young-at-heart also can visit the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site, which provides real-time information on Santa’s exact location. The information is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese – complete with radar maps and streaming SantaCam video images documenting Santa’s global journey. This year, Santa also can be tracked through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and TroopTube.tv.