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Santa Cam and Related Videos for NORAD Tracks SantaEdit

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]

Celebrity voiceovers have also been done over the years. For the London Santa Cam video, British celebrity and television presenter Jonathan Ross did the voiceover for 2005 thru 2007 and the former Beatle star Ringo Starr was an honorary Santa Tracker and voiceover for London in 2003 and 2004.[2][3] Paul Harvey was also an honorary Santa Tracker and did the voiceover for the St. Louis, Missouri Santa Cam in 2003. In 2002, Aaron Carter was an honorary Santa Tracker and provided voice updates about Santa's whereabouts as he helped NORAD track Santa's progress on Christmas Eve in 2002.[4] The Santa Cam locations announced by Aaron Carter for the 2002 NORAD Tracks Santa season were: 1) Auckland, New Zealand, 2) Athens,Greece, and 3) Colorado Springs.

The locations of some of the Santa Cam videos have changed over the years. Until 2009 onward, 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.


2003Edit

NTS logo 2003

NORAD Tracks Santa 2003 Logo


2003 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]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 01 - North Pole - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 01 - North Pole - English

2. Visiting Auckland, and passing by Sky Tower, and then on to Picton, and Cloudy Bay, New Zealand [2]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 02 - New Zealand - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 02 - New Zealand - English

3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he enters Australia [3]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 03 - Sydney, Australia - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 03 - Sydney, Australia - English

4. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan [4]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 04 - Mt

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 04 - Mt. Fuji, Japan - English

5. Flying along the Great Wall of China [5]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 05 - The Great Wall, China - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 05 - The Great Wall, China - English

6. Passing over the Himalayas in Nepal [6]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 06 - The Himalayas, Nepal - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 06 - The Himalayas, Nepal - English

7. Flying over the Taj Mahal in India [7]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 07 - The Taj Mahal, India - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 07 - The Taj Mahal, India - English

8. Flying over the Persian Gulf [8]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 08 - Persian Gulf - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 08 - Persian Gulf - English

9. Admiring the "onion dome" architecture of Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia (though passing through quickly, because the Eastern Orthodox Church prefer to give presents on Epiphany) [9]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 09 - Moscow, Russia - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 09 - Moscow, Russia - English

10. Getting a great view of earth from the International Space Station (ISS) and passing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza [10]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 10 - ISS and Pyramids - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 10 - ISS and Pyramids - English

11. Visiting Athens,Greece and flying over the Olympic Stadium (Athens) [11]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 11 - Athens, Greece - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 11 - Athens, Greece - English

12. Passing above the Colosseum in Rome, Italy [12]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 12 - Rome, Italy - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 12 - Rome, Italy - English

13. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [13]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 13 - Paris, France - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 13 - Paris, France - English

14. In London, United Kingdom (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Ringo Starr) [14]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 14 - London, England - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 14 - London, England - English

15. Flying over the Mid-Atlantic and passing Lajes do Pico in the Azores [15]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 15 - Azores, Portugal - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 15 - Azores, Portugal - English

16. Flying over the ruins of Machu Picchu and passing Cuzco in Peru [16]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 16 - Machu Picchu, Peru - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 16 - Machu Picchu, Peru - English

17. Flying over Newfoundland, Canada [17]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 17 - Newfoundland, Canada - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 17 - Newfoundland, Canada - English

18. Flying over Newfoundland and New Brunswick, Canada [18]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 18 - Eastern Canada, Canada - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 18 - Eastern Canada, Canada - English

19. Flying over Philadelphia in Pennsylvania [19]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 19 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 19 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - English

20. Flying over Washington, D.C. [20]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 20 - Washington, DC, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 20 - Washington, DC, USA - English

21. Flying through the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Paul Harvey) [21]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 21 - St

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 21 - St. Louis, MO, USA - English

22. Flying over Colorado Springs [22]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 22 - Cheyenne Mtn, CO, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 22 - Cheyenne Mtn, CO, USA - English

23. Flying slowly over Reindeer Lake in Canada [23]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 23 - Reindeer Lake, Western Canada - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 23 - Reindeer Lake, Western Canada - English

24. Circling the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington [24]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 24 - Seattle, WA, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 24 - Seattle, WA, USA - English

25. Ending his mission in Hilo, Hawaii [25]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 25 - Hawaii, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2003 - 25 - Hawaii, USA - English


The new Santa Cam video for 2003 was for London which replaced the Santa Cam video for Stonehenge, England.[5] In 2003, the Santa Cam video for Machu Picchu in Peru replaced the 2002 Santa Cam video for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and 2) the Santa Cam video for Mid-Atlantic and passing Lajes do Pico in the Azores replaced the 2002 Santa Cam video for San Francisco, California.


2002Edit

NTS logo 2002

NORAD Tracks Santa 2002 Logo


2002 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 [26]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 01 - North Pole - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 01 - North Pole - English

2. Visiting Auckland, and passing by Sky Tower, and then on to Picton, and Cloudy Bay, New Zealand (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Aaron Carter) [27]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 02 - New Zealand - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 02 - New Zealand - English

3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he enters Australia [28]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 03 - Sydney, Australia - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 03 - Sydney, Australia - English

4. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan [29]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 04 - Mt

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 04 - Mt. Fuji, Japan - English

5. Flying along the Great Wall of China [30]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 05 - The Great Wall, China - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 05 - The Great Wall, China - English

6. Passing over the Himalayas in Nepal [31]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 06 - The Himalayas, Nepal - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 06 - The Himalayas, Nepal - English

7. Flying over the Taj Mahal in India [32]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 07 - The Taj Mahal, India - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 07 - The Taj Mahal, India - English

8. Flying over the Persian Gulf (referred to as the "Arabian Gulf" in the 2002 tracking season) [33]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 08 - Persian Gulf - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 08 - Persian Gulf - English

9. Admiring the "onion dome" architecture of Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia (though passing through quickly, because the Eastern Orthodox Church prefer to give presents on Epiphany) [34]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 09 - Moscow, Russia - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 09 - Moscow, Russia - English

10. Getting a great view of earth from the International Space Station (ISS) and passing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza [35]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 10 - ISS and Pyramids - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 10 - ISS and Pyramids - English

11. Visiting Athens,Greece and flying over the Olympic Stadium (Athens) (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Aaron Carter) [36]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 11 - Athens, Greece - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 11 - Athens, Greece - English

12. Passing above the Colosseum in Rome, Italy [37]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 12 - Rome, Italy - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 12 - Rome, Italy - English

13. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [38]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 13 - Paris, France - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 13 - Paris, France - English

14. Flying over Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom [39]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 14 - Stonehenge, England - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 14 - Stonehenge, England - English

15. Circling near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [40]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 15 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 15 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - English

16. Flying over Newfoundland, Canada [41]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 16 - Newfoundland, Canada - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 16 - Newfoundland, Canada - English

17. Flying over Newfoundland and New Brunswick, Canada [42]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 17 - Eastern Canada - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 17 - Eastern Canada - English

18. Flying over Philadelphia in Pennsylvania [43]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 18 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 18 - Philadelphia, PA, USA - English

19. Flying over Washington, D.C. [44]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 19 - Washington, DC, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 19 - Washington, DC, USA - English

20. Flying through the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri [45]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 20 - St

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 20 - St. Louis, MO, USA - English

21. Flying over Colorado Springs (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Aaron Carter) [46]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 21 - Cheyenne Mtn, CO, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 21 - Cheyenne Mtn, CO, USA - English

22. Flying slowly over Reindeer Lake in Canada [47]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 22 - Reindeer Lake, Western Canada - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 22 - Reindeer Lake, Western Canada - English

23. Flying by the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California [48]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 23 - San Francisco, CA, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 23 - San Francisco, CA, USA - English

24. Circling the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington [49]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 24 - Seattle, WA, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 24 - Seattle, WA, USA - English

25. Ending his mission in Hilo, Hawaii [50]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 25 - Hawaii, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - 25 - Hawaii, USA - English


New first-time Santa Cam videos for 2002 were: 1) Auckland, New Zealand, 2) Moscow, Russia, 3) Athens, Greece, 4) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5) Washington, D.C., 6) St. Louis, Missouri, 7) Reindeer Lake in Canada, 8) San Francisco, California, and 9) Seattle, Washington.

A Santa Cam video for 2002 shows Santa at both the International Space Station (ISS) and passing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, instead of just the International Space Station (ISS) as in the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos.

The Santa Cam video for Auckland, New Zealand replaced the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos showing the satellite view of Santa flying over Fiji.

The Santa Cam video for Moscow, Russia replaced the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos showing the satellite view of Finland.

The Santa Cam video for Athens, Greece replaced the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos showing the satellite view of Santa flying over the Philippine Sea.

The Santa Cam video for Moscow, Russia the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos for Athens, Greece.

The Santa Cam video for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania replaced the the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos for New York City, New York.

The Santa Cam video for Washington, D.C. replaced the the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos for the CF-18's being scrambled in Eastern Canada.

The Santa Cam video for St. Louis, Missouri replaced the the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos for for Chicago, Illinois.

The Santa Cam video for San Francisco, California replaced the the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos for the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

The Santa Cam video for Seattle, Washington replaced the the 1999 - 2001 Santa Cam videos for the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


2002 NORAD Tracks Santa - Other Videos
Other Videos Link Clip
2002 NORAD Tracks Santa Preview - New York, New York from December 2001 [51]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - New York City Preview - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2002 - New York City Preview - English


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