OnStar Connections

December 4, 2012 by

Follow Santa’s Journey on Christmas Eve

Santa in his sleigh, with his reindeer silhouetted by the moon

OnStar subscribers will be able to follow Santa’s journey around the globe on Christmas Eve with a push of their blue OnStar button.

Thanks to a special partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), OnStar subscribers can follow the jolly old elf’s journey beginning on Christmas Eve at 7 a.m. through 5 a.m. EST Christmas morning. If you don’t have an OnStar subscription, you can call 877-HI-NORAD (877-446-6723) or visit NORAD Santa Tracker to check Santa’s progress.

It all started with a misprinted number

NORAD — a joint U.S.-Canada organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America — has been undertaking this operation ever since Christmas Eve 1955, when a young girl called the number for Santa Claus listed in a department store advertisement in the local paper. Turns out the number had been misprinted and instead of the store, she reached the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center (CONAD) hotline in Colorado Springs.

The colonel on duty that magical night ended up not only taking numerous calls from kids wanting to know how close Santa was getting, he had his operators find Santa’s location and relay the information to every child who called. And a tradition was born.

Santa's gloved hand pushing the blue OnStar button in his sleigh with a green wrapped present on the floor of the sleighToday, NORAD tracks Santa’s journey through infrared satellite systems, high-powered radars and jet fighters. Plus Santa’s sleigh is equipped with OnStar, so he can find all the houses of the good little boys and girls via OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation. And, if he needs to take a call from Mrs. Claus, he uses OnStar Hands-Free Calling, so he can keep his eyes on the sky and his hands on the sleigh reins.

Be sure to track Santa’s journey on Christmas Eve. Just push your OnStar button. And don’t forget to leave out some milk and cookies for him — and maybe a carrot or two for the reindeer.


Do you keep track of Santa’s journey every year? Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions in the comments below.


  • http://www.facebook.com/wperrin78 Wendy Perrin

    Yes we do. My son is 7 and Autistic. He loves tracing Santa every year. I always do it on my computer cause I have never had onstar. This year I am so excited while we travel Christmas eve we can track Santa in the car.

    He jsut asked me today if we could track him . My son can’t wait. This is going to be exciting for him.

    Thanks Onstar for making a 7 year old very happy this Christmas!