Santa Claus is coming to town (soon), so here's how to ensure you get what you want on Christmas Day

By Jason Duaine Hahn
December 19, 2018 04:15 PM
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With Christmas quickly approaching, kids around the world are likely looking for ways to get their wish lists to Santa as quickly as possible. Luckily, there’s still time to get in touch with Saint Nick — and more than one way to do it!

Since there are only a few days left to go before Rudolph takes to the skies to lead Santa’s sleigh, it’s a bit late to send an old-fashioned letter to the North Pole, as USPS recommended getting envelopes in the mail before December 8 so they have time to make the long journey to his workshop. But for those who want to squeeze a letter in before the last possible deadline, letters can be sent to the Santa Claus Museum in Santa Claus, Indiana, where they are accepting messages until December 20.

Since it’s nearly 2019 and Santa has now gone digital, fans of the jolly old fellow can download the Portable North Pole app to set up a personalized message from Santa — or simply forward him a message through the websites A Letter For Santa or, and he will send one right back!

Santa and the elves can also be reached directly at their workshop by calling 951-262-3062, where callers will be able to listen to a voice message from Kris Kringle, himself. While he’ll be too busy to pick up the phone (he has millions of toys to make, of course), kids can still leave a voice message detailing their Christmas wish list.

Santa Claus at the North Pole

Once Christmas to-do lists have been delivered, families can sit back on December 24th and watch as Santa and the reindeer travel across the globe to spread holiday cheer. One of the most popular ways to follow Santa is through Google, which offers games for children (or willing adults) to play on their “Santa Tracker” website.

But the original way to track Santa is through the North American Aerospace Defense Command, who have been keeping tabs on Kris Kringle for more than six decades.

Starting December 24, viewers can tune in to a live stream of Santa (here) provided by NORAD that shows him making his final preparations before taking Rudolph and his reindeer to the skies. From there, families can watch Saint Nick on NORAD’s “Santa Cams” as he journeys across the world.RELATED: Santa Claus Kneels to Honor 93-Year-Old WWII Vet and Thank Him for His Service

During Santa’s journey, anyone can call 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to speak with live NORAD trackers, or download the NORAD Tracks Santa Claus app to locate Santa and read more about the holiday for an even more immersive Christmas Eve experience. The organization also has a dedicated Facebook page to provide an inside look at their holiday efforts.

According to NORAD’s website, their Santa tracking began in 1955 when a local newspaper ad misprinted Santa’s phone number and instead gave out the direct line to Air Force Col. Harry Shoup at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs.

Shoup did his best to answer the children’s questions that night, and when NORAD was formed three years later to help protect the airspace over North America, they continued the holiday tradition of tracking Father Christmas for curious (and excited) children and families.