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Santa Tracker 2017: Follow Father Christmas as he makes his journey around the globe

By Claire Williamson

He's made his list and checked it twice and now you can follow Santa as he makes his way across the globe.

The North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) will update their site with the latest news on where Santa Claus is on Christmas Eve.

So you can make sure you are tucked up in bed in good time before his arrival where you are.

Since 1955, NORAD has used satellites, high-powered radar, jet fighters and special Santa cameras to track Santa Claus as he makes his journey around the world.

It began tracking Santa when a child called the Command’s headquarters in Colorado asking to speak to Santa Claus.

The boy had dialed a misprinted phone number from a department store advertisement in the local newspaper.

The operations center director was quick to realize a mistake had been made, and assured the boy that NORAD would guarantee Santa a safe journey from the North Pole.

A tradition was born that rolled over to NORAD when it was formed in 1958. Each year since, NORAD has reported Santa’s location on December 24 to millions of children and families across the world.

Volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base answer an estimated 125,000 calls from children around the world to let them know where Santa is, and at what point he'll be arriving at their house.

You can also follow the  Google’s Santa Tracker which has a world map and has been tracking Father Christmas and his reindeer's travels for 13 years.

Belfast City Hall's dome will become a flashing beacon of light to guide Santa and his sleigh to the city.

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