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Santa Cam and Related Videos for NORAD Tracks Santa

The NORAD Tracks Santa website Videos webpage is updated, generally each hour, to show a Santa Cam video of a CGI-rendered Santa flying over major cities in the different time zones where it is midnight. The videos feature a voiceover, that is typically done by NORAD staff, explaining Santa's location with facts about Santa and the country and city which Santa has just visited.[1]

The locations of some of the Santa Cam videos have changed over the years. Before December 2009, there were generally 24 to 25 Santa Cam videos were posted at the NORAD Tracks Santa website's Videos webpage.

Under each year is a table of locations of the Santa Cam videos posted for that year at the NORAD Tracks Santa website's Videos webpage with links to the Santa Cam video clips (where available). Then each year has a comment on which Santa Cam video locations changed (additions, updates, and deletions) from the prior year.


Past Highlights 1997 to 2001

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Other places shown on Santa Cam by NORAD Tracks Santa during the years 1997 thru 2001 included: 1) Santa Claus approaching the Statue of Liberty on Christmas Eve of 2001, 2) the Three Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, outside Cairo, Egypt, 3) the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization in Palenque, Mexico, 4) Santa flying by the Russian space station, Mir over Australia, 5) the Washington Monument on the National Mall in the US Capitol, Washington, DC, 6) the O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, and 7) the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [2] [3]


New York - 2001

Santa Claus approaching the Statue of Liberty on Christmas Eve of 2001. [4]


NORAD Tracks Santa Program – Past Highlights – 1997 thru 2000
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The Three Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, outside Cairo, Egypt. [2]
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The ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization in Palenque, Mexico. [2]
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Santa Claus flying by the Russian space station, Mir over Australia on Christmas Eve of 1999. [2]


NORAD Tracks Santa Program – Past Highlights – 1997 thru 2000


2001, 2000, and 1999 Videos

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Thanks to Lt.Col.(Retired) Jamie Robertson, CD, former Deputy Director of NORAD's Public Affairs (1997 - 2001), for his contribution in December 2011 of the 2000 NORAD Tracks Santa (with interviews) video clips to the NORAD Tracks Santa Wiki Community.

The December 2000 NORAD Tracks Santa video clips are the same for years 1999, 2000, and 2001 for these reasons: 1) the transition from IBM to America Online, Inc. (AOL) in the year 2000 NORAD Tracks Santa season, and 2) the challenges NORAD had in organizing and conducting the 2001 NORAD Tracks Santa season, while also overseeing Operation Noble Eagle and other efforts in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.


2001, 2000, and 1999 NORAD Tracks Santa - Santa Cam Videos
Arriving and Departing Link Clip
1. Taking off from the North Pole and proceeding south along the International Date Line [1]
2. Satellite view of Santa flying over Fiji [2]
3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he enters Australia [3]
4. Satellite view of Santa flying over the Philippine Sea [4]
5. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan [5]
6. Satellite view of Santa flying over Indonesia [6]
7. Flying over the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [7]
8. Passing over the Himalayas in Nepal [8]
9. Flying over the Taj Mahal in India [9]
10. Flying over the Persian Gulf

(Note: Referred to as the "Arabian Gulf" in the video clip)
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11. Satellite view of Santa flying over Finland [11]
12. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [12]
13. Flying over Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom [13]
14. Passing above the Colosseum in Rome, Italy [14]
15. Getting a great view of earth from the International Space Station (ISS) [15]
16. Flying near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [16]
17. Flying over Newfoundland and New Brunswick, Canada with ground-based radar detecting Santa's approach [17]
18. CF-18's being scrambled in Eastern Canada [18]
19. CF-18's intercepting and then escorting Santa in Eastern Canada [19]
20. Flying by the Statue of Liberty in New York City [20]
21. Flying over Cape Canaveral in Florida [21]
22. Flying over the O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois [22]
23. Flying over Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado [23]
24. Flying over the Grand Canyon, Arizona [24]
25. Ending his mission in Hilo, Hawaii [25]


2001 NORAD Tracks Santa - Other Videos
Other Videos Link Clip
  2001 CBC News Story - NORAD Tracks Santa of December 24, 2001 [5] [26]


2000 NORAD Tracks Santa - Other Videos
Other Videos Link Clip
  Santa's visit to NORAD at Cheyenne Mountain in 2000 [27]
  NORAD briefing Santa in 2000 [28]
  Santa's receiving a certificate of appreciation from NORAD in 2000 [29]
  Video 1 of NORAD at Cheyenne Mountain in 2000 [30]
  Video 2 of NORAD at Cheyenne Mountain in 2000 [31]
  Santa's Christmas Eve journey around the world on December 24, 2000 [32]


1999

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In 1999, the Santa Cam locations for Santa's journey were:[6]

1999 NORAD Tracks Santa - Locations Flown Over and Visited by Santa Claus
Location Eastern Standard Time Greenwich Mean Time
1. Taking off from the North Pole and proceeding south along the International Date Line and passing the Aleutian Islands 7:00 am Noon
2. Flying Over Fiji 8:00 am 1:00 pm
3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he enters Australia 9:00 am 2:00 pm
4. Flying over the Philippine Sea 10:00 am 3:00 pm
5. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan 11:00 am 4:00 pm
6. Flying Over Indonesia Noon 5:00 pm
7. Flying over the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1:00 pm 6:00 pm
8. Passing over the Himalayas in Nepal 2:00 pm 7:00 pm
9. Flying over the Taj Mahal in India 3:00 am 8:00 pm
10. Flying over the Persian Gulf 4:00 pm 9:00 pm
11. Flying over Finland 5:00 pm 10:00 pm
12. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France 6:00 pm 11:00 pm
13. Flying over Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom 6:30 pm 11:30 pm
14. Passing above the Colosseum in Rome, Italy 7:00 pm Midnight
15. Flying over South Africa 8:00 pm 1:00 am
16. Circling near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9:00 pm 2:00 am
17. Flying over Newfoundland, Canada 10:00 pm 3:00 am
18. Flying over the USA 11:00 pm 4:00 am
19. Flying over the USA 11:30 pm 4:30 am
20. Flying by the Statue of Liberty in New York City Midnight 5:00 am
21. Flying over Florida 1:00 am 6:00 am
22. Flying over the O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois 2:00 am 7:00 am
23. Flying over Colorado Springs, Colorado 3:00 am 8:00 am
24. Flying over the Grand Canyon, Arizona 4:00 am 9:00 am
25. Ending the tracking mission over Hilo, Hawaii 5:00 am 10:00 am


Because of possible upcoming Y2K (Year 2000) issues on Christmas Eve of 1999, and to ensure that children and the young at heart world-wide could monitor Santa Claus activity on Christmas Eve, which was one one of the largest waves of Santa Claus sightings in the 20th century, space.com and NORAD prepared a special CD-ROM in advance of Santa Claus' Christmas Eve journey. This CD-ROM featured high-resolution, audio-enhanced movies and telemetry data of his journey and included all the Santa Cam videos of his 1999 visits. Space.com distributed the CD-ROMs for a nominal shipping fee, after one ordered these CD-ROMs from its website. [7] [8] At this point, in the 21st century, these 1999 NORAD Tracks Santa season CD-ROMs are probably a collector's item.


1998

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1998 NORAD Tracks Santa - Other Videos
Other Videos Link Clip
1998 BBC News Story - NORAD Tracks Santa on the Internet on December 24, 1998 by Sue Nelson [9] [33]
1998 BBC News Story - NORAD Tracks Santa on the Internet on December 24, 1998 - Origination of the NORAD Tracks Santa program in 1955 - Story by Major Jamie Robertson of NORAD (Audio) [9] [34]


1997

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In 1997, the first season that NORAD broadcast Santa's journey on the World Wide Web and the internet, the Santa Cam locations for Santa's journey were:


1997 NORAD Tracks Santa - Santa Cam Locations
Location Eastern Standard Time Greenwich Mean Time
1. Taking off from the North Pole and proceeding south along the International Date Line and passing the Aleutian Islands 7:00 am Noon
2. Flying by the Russian space station, Mir 8:00 pm 1:00 am
3. Flying over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9:00 pm 2:00 am
4. Flying over Newfoundland, Canada 10:00 pm 3:00 am
5. Flying by the Statue of Liberty in New York City Midnight 5:00 am
6. Flying over Cape CanaveralFlorida 1:00 am 6:00 am
7. Flying over Colorado Springs, Colorado 3:00 am 8:00 am
8. Ending the tracking mission over Hilo, Hawaii 5:00 am 10:00 am


1965

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1965 NORAD Tracks Santa - Other Videos
Other Videos Link Clip
1965 CBC News Story - NORAD Tracks Santa on December 24, 1965 - "Holly and Frosty Squadrons, this is Christmas Control" [10] [35]


References

  1. "From NORAD Santa Tracker To Twitter: Santa Tracking For Christmas Eve 2009, Dec 23, 2009, Danny Sullivan" (in en). Search Engine Land. http://searchengineland.com/santa-tracking-for-christmas-eve-2009-32427. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Tracking Santa Claus: Past Highlights, Dec 2000 by NORAD Tracks Santa" (in en). NORAD. http://tobey.com/santa/english/highlights.html. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Tracking Santa Claus: Past Highlights, Dec 2002 by NORAD Tracks Santa" (in en). NORAD. http://web.archive.org/web/20030405050047/www.noradsanta.org/english/radar/pastHighLights.html. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  4. "Tracking Santa Claus: Past Highlights - New York, Dec 2002 by NORAD Tracks Santa" (in en). NORAD. http://web.archive.org/web/20030405102203/www.noradsanta.org/english/radar/pastHighLights2.html. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  5. "NORAD Tracks Santa on Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2001 by CBC " (in en). CBC . http://archives.cbc.ca/society/celebrations/clips/10477/ . Retrieved 2009-12-31 . 
  6. "Tracking Santa Claus: The Places He Goes, Dec 1999 by NORAD Tracks Santa" (in en). NORAD. http://tobey.com/santa/english/ext/places.html. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  7. "NORAD Santa Tracking Systems 'Y2K Compliant', 20 December 1999" (in en). Space.com. http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/phenomena/claus_y2k_991220.html. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  8. "Track Santa's Journey On America Online; Log On Christmas Eve for the Latest Progress Reports On the Location of Santa and His Sleigh, December 23, 1999" (in en). Business Wire. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_1999_Dec_23/ai_58357135/. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Sci/Tech: Satellites track Santa, Dec 24, 1998 by Sue Nelson" (in en). BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/241481.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  10. "'Holly and Frosty Squadrons, this is Christmas Control', Broadcast on January 1, 1966 by CBC" (in en). CBC. http://archives.cbc.ca/war_conflict/defence/topics/1552-10479/. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

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