Breaking News: Santa’s sleigh sighted, on its way to B.C.

Officials at NORAD have confirmed Santa Claus is on his way, after swinging by Sydney's Opera House and the Taj Mahal...

St. Nick.

Children the world over can breathe a sigh of relief – Santa Claus is on his way.

The jolly old elf and his team of flying reindeer have left the North Pole for their Christmas Eve journey to deliver toys, officials at NORAD have confirmed.

NORAD, or North American Aerospace Defence Command, is tracking Santa’s flight as he makes his way around the globe, providing up-to-the minute coverage on his location.

The results are being posted throughout the day on NORAD’s Santa Tracker website, www.noradsanta.org, where you can also watch the number of gifts delivered add up in real time.

It’s easy to find out where he’s been and where’s he’s headed for next.

You can also follow Santa’s progress on Twitter, using the hashtag #NORAD.

NORAD is a U.S./Canadian military organization that monitors North American airspace.

For more than 50 years, NORAD, and its precursor, the Continental Air Defense Command, have tracked Santa’s flight.

Thanks to a misprint in a department store ad in 1955, children dialing Santa’s hotline were mistakenly put through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations centre.

Col. Harry Shoup, the director of operations, seized on the opportunity, directing staff to answer calls with an update on Santa’s progress. A tradition was born.

Now, volunteers staff call centres, fielding around 70,000 phone calls from 200 countries each Christmas Eve.

The Santa tracker has Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts.

The photo below shows Santa at 9:27 p.m. PST, flying overtop of Indianapolis, Indiana:

Santa Claus over Indianapolis

The videos below, taken from NORAD Santa’s YouTube page, show Mr. Kringle at a couple worldwide landmarks, like the Sydney Opera House and India’s Taj Mahal:

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Just Posted

Halloween Calendar

Family friendly events happening around Surrey

Surrey landlord’s petition to overturn RTB decision fails

Case involved former tenant evicted from basement suite on grounds his landlord needed it for family

SURREY EVENTS: ‘Classic Scary Movie Marathon’ for Halloween, and more

Concerts, plays, fundraisers and other events in our weekly guide for Surrey

PHOTOS: ‘Young at Heart’ seniors sing and dance again in Surrey ‘bursary show’

The Vaudevillians on Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage Nov. 2-3

Rick Hansen Foundation gives Surrey $105K to make washrooms more accessible

The grants will be used for accessibility upgrades at eight civic sites across the city

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Vaccinations are a requirement to attend class in Ontario and New Brunswick, while B.C. launched a demand this fall

ELECTION 2019: How would the major parties address Canada’s housing crisis?

Promises include speculation taxes, more affordable housing, and declaring housing a human right

Workers at four Vancouver hotels ratify contract with higher wages, job security

Unite Here Local 40 president Zailda Chan says it’s the first hotel strike in Vancouver in nearly two decades

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

Most Read