When's Santa Claus comin' to town? NORAD's tracker can tell you

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Shoup was based at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), which had the serious job of monitoring a far-flung radar network for any sign of a nuclear attack on the US.

Colonel Harry Shoup obliged the young boy, as well as everyone else who called that night.

The North American Aerospace Defence Command tradition has been going since 1955, long before live-streaming video on the internet.

Many kids will be eager to know where St. Nick head first to, from the North Pole and to help them get live tracking information, the search engine giant Google and the U.S. government-run North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) command have made arrangements to keep a tab on his tour.

NORAD also said it has more than a thousand volunteers helping the program run.

Santa will zig zag his way up and down Australia, making sure to visit every child's house before departing Australian airspace as he heads towards our northern neighbours.

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Even though the US government's shutdown has forced agencies to run with a skeleton staff, it won't be affecting a long-running holiday tradition.

NORAD's commander, Air Force Gen. Terrence J.

NORAD eased the fears of good little boys and girls concerned the tracker might be down, after U.S. lawmakers failed agree on a budget, triggering a partial shutdown of federal services, including the maintenance of the Christmas tree outside the White House.

"All Post Offices will remain open for business".

The shutdown means 800,000 federal employees will not be paid from Saturday and many government operations will be disrupted. He simply played along and pretended to be Santa, until the child's mother took the phone to explain they had spotted the number in the newspaper. "Because we are an independent entity that is funded through the sale of our products & services, and not by tax dollars, our services will not be impacted by a gov't shutdown", the postal service tweeted.

Whether through NORAD's Santa Tracker website, Facebook or Twitter, there are plenty of ways to keep an eye on Santa's whereabouts.