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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

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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]
2. Visiting Auckland, and passing by Sky Tower, and then on to Picton, and Cloudy Bay, New Zealand [2]
3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he enters Australia [3]
4. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan [4]
5. Flying along the Great Wall of China [5]
6. Passing over the Himalayas in Nepal [6]
7. Flying over the Taj Mahal in India [7]
8. Flying over the Persian Gulf [8]
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]
10. Getting a great view of earth from the International Space Station (ISS) and passing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza [10]
11. Visiting Athens,Greece and flying over the Olympic Stadium (Athens) [11]
12. Passing above the Colosseum in Rome, Italy [12]
13. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [13]
14. In London, United Kingdom (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Ringo Starr) [14]
15. Flying over the Mid-Atlantic and passing Lajes do Pico in the Azores [15]
16. Flying over the ruins of Machu Picchu and passing Cuzco in Peru [16]
17. Flying over Newfoundland, Canada [17]
18. Flying over Newfoundland and New Brunswick, Canada [18]
19. Flying over Philadelphia in Pennsylvania [19]
20. Flying over Washington, D.C. [20]
21. Flying through the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Paul Harvey) [21]
22. Flying over Colorado Springs [22]
23. Flying slowly over Reindeer Lake in Canada [23]
24. Circling the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington [24]
25. Ending his mission in Hilo, Hawaii [25]


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

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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]
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]
3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he enters Australia [28]
4. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan [29]
5. Flying along the Great Wall of China [30]
6. Passing over the Himalayas in Nepal [31]
7. Flying over the Taj Mahal in India [32]
8. Flying over the Persian Gulf (referred to as the "Arabian Gulf" in the 2002 tracking season) [33]
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]
10. Getting a great view of earth from the International Space Station (ISS) and passing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza [35]
11. Visiting Athens,Greece and flying over the Olympic Stadium (Athens) (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Aaron Carter) [36]
12. Passing above the Colosseum in Rome, Italy [37]
13. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [38]
14. Flying over Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom [39]
15. Circling near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [40]
16. Flying over Newfoundland, Canada [41]
17. Flying over Newfoundland and New Brunswick, Canada [42]
18. Flying over Philadelphia in Pennsylvania [43]
19. Flying over Washington, D.C. [44]
20. Flying through the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri [45]
21. Flying over Colorado Springs (announced by Honorary Santa Tracker Aaron Carter) [46]
22. Flying slowly over Reindeer Lake in Canada [47]
23. Flying by the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California [48]
24. Circling the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington [49]
25. Ending his mission in Hilo, Hawaii [50]


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]


ReferencesEdit

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