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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]

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. In 2009, a record 28 Santa Cam videos were posted at the NORAD Tracks Santa website's Videos webpage. In other years, 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.

In December 2010, prior to Christmas Eve, the Videos webpage featured the NORAD Tracks Santa Trailer and a link to the Holiday Videos webpage that has invited student videos from around the world. See article Holiday Videos from Around the World for more information.


2007

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NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 Logo


2007 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 2007 - North Pole

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - North Pole

2. Visiting Auckland and passing by Sky Tower on New Zealand's North Island [2]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Auckland, New Zealand

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Auckland, New Zealand

3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he makes his rounds of Australia [3]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Sydney, Australia

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Sydney, Australia

4. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan [4]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Mt

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Mt. Fuji, Japan

5. Flying along the Great Wall of China [5]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007- The Great Wall of China

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007- The Great Wall of China

6. Passing the Himalayas in Nepal [6]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Himalayas, Nepal

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Himalayas, Nepal

7. Flying over the Taj Mahal in India [7]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Taj Mahal, India

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Taj Mahal, India

8. Getting a great view of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) [8]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Int'l Space Station

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Int'l Space Station

9. Flying over Baghdad, Iraq (a new video for 2007) [9]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Baghdad, Iraq

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Baghdad, Iraq

10. 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) [10]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Moscow, Russia

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Moscow, Russia

11. Passing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and heading toward Cairo [11]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2007 - 11 - Pyramids - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2007 - 11 - Pyramids - English

12. Passing above the Colosseum in Rome, Italy [12]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Rome, Italy

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Rome, Italy

13. Visiting the boys and girls in Neuschwanstein, Germany by Neuschwanstein Castle [13]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Newschwanstein, Germany

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Newschwanstein, Germany

14. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [14]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Paris, France

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Paris, France

15. In London, United Kingdom (announced by Jonathan Ross of the BBC) [15]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007- London, United Kingdom

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007- London, United Kingdom

16. Rendezvous in mid-Atlantic Ocean with an unidentified Ohio-class submarine [16]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Lajes do Pico, Azores

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Lajes do Pico, Azores

17. Circling near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [17]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

18. Flying over the ruins of Machu Picchu and passing Cuzco in Peru [18]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Machu Picchu, Peru

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Machu Picchu, Peru

19. Passing Cape Canaveral and Miami Beach in Florida [19]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Cape Canaveral, Florida

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Cape Canaveral, Florida

20. Flying through Midtown Manhattan in New York City [20]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - New York, NY

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - New York, NY

21. Flying through the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri [21]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - St Louis, MO

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - St Louis, MO

22. Flying over Colorado Springs [22]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Colorado Springs, CO

23. Flying slowly over Reindeer Lake in Canada [23]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Reindeer Lake, Canada

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Reindeer Lake, Canada

24. Flying Past Mount St. Helens and Circling the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington [24]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Seattle, WA

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Seattle, WA

25. Ending his mission in Hilo, Hawaii [25]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2007 - 25 - Hawaii, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2007 - 25 - Hawaii, USA - English


Unique for 2007 was a Santa Cam video for Baghdad, Iraq.


2007 NORAD Tracks Santa - Other Videos
Other Videos Link Clip
2007 NORAD Tracks Santa Trailer [26]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Official trailer

NORAD Tracks Santa 2007 - Official trailer

2007 BBC News Story - RAF Fylingdales Radar Station Assists NORAD in Tracking Santa in December 2007 [5] [27]
2007-12 - BBC News - RAF Fylingdales - Tracking Santa

2007-12 - BBC News - RAF Fylingdales - Tracking Santa

July 25, 2010 Broadcast of a July 16, 2010 Interview with Major Stacia Reddish on the 2007 NORAD Tracks Santa Program [6] [28]
MAJ Stacia Reddish - NORAD Tracks Santa Interview - 2010-07-25

MAJ Stacia Reddish - NORAD Tracks Santa Interview - 2010-07-25


2006

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NORAD Tracks Santa 2006 Logo


2006 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 [29]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2006 - 01 - North Pole - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2006 - 01 - North Pole - English

2. Visiting Auckland, and passing by Sky Tower, and then on to Picton, and Cloudy Bay, New Zealand [30] [31]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2005 and 2006- Auckland, New Zealand

NORAD Tracks Santa 2005 and 2006- Auckland, New Zealand

3. Passing over the Sydney Opera House as he enters Australia [32] [33]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2005 and 2006- Sydney, Australia

NORAD Tracks Santa 2005 and 2006- Sydney, Australia

4. Passing Mount Fuji and going 100 times faster than a 500 series Shinkansen "bullet train" in Japan [34] [35]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Mount. Fuji

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Mount. Fuji. Japan

5. Flying along the Great Wall of China and into Siberia [36] [37]
6. Crossing the Hump (the Himalayas) in Nepal [38] [39]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Himalayas

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Himalayas. Nepal

7. Passing the Taj Mahal in India [40] [41]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Taj Mahal, India

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Taj Mahal, India

8. Climbing to an altitude of some 240 miles (385 kilometers) to visit the International Space Station [42] [43]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - International Space Station

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - International Space Station

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) [44] [45]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Himalayas

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Himalayas. Nepal

10. Passing the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and heading toward Cairo [46] [47]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2006 - 10 - Pyramids - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2006 - 10 - Pyramids - English

11. Covering Italy while admiring the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Grand Canal (Venice) [48] [49]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Rome, Italy

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Rome, Italy

12. Traveling north over the castles of Bavria (Neuschwanstein, Germany) and into the rest of France [50] [51]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Newschanstein, Germany

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Newschanstein, Germany

13. Circling the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France [52] [53]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Paris, France

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Paris, France

14. Leaving North Africa and the Canary Islands for London (announced by Jonathan Ross of the BBC) [54] [55]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - London, United Kingdom

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - London, United Kingdom

15. Rendezvous in mid-Atlantic Ocean with an unidentified Ohio-class submarine [56] [57]
Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Lages Di Pico, Azores

Norad tracks santa 2005 & 2006 - Lages Di Pico, Azores

16. Coming into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil past Christ the Redeemer statue [58] [59]
17. Flying over the ruins of Machu Picchu and passing Cuzco in Peru [60] [61]
18. Passing Cape Canaveral and Miami Beach in Florida [62] [63]
19. Delivering to New York City while admiring the Statue of Liberty and Central Park before continuing into Quebec [64] [65]
20. Flying through the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri [66] [67]
21. Pausing in Manitoba at Reindeer Lake in Canada [68] [69]
22. Passing over NORAD's Cheyenne Mountain Operation Center before continuing to Alberta and Saskatchewan [70] [71]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2005 & 2006 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

NORAD Tracks Santa 2005 & 2006 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

23. Orbiting Seattle's Space Needle and proceeding to California [72] [73]
24. Ending his mission in Hilo, Hawaii [74] [75]
NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2006 - 24 - Hawaii, USA - English

NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2006 - 24 - Hawaii, USA - English


Many of the videos posted on the 2006 and 2007 NORAD Tracks Santa websites were the same ones (both in terms of visuals and voiceovers) as the ones posted on the NORAD Tracks Santa 2005 website. Previous years have used many of the same visuals, but different voiceovers.

In 2006, the Santa Cam video for Machu Picchu in Peru replaced the 2005 Santa Cam video for Newfoundland, Canada. Also, in 2006, the International Space Station and the Egyptian Pyramids now have separate Santa Cam videos for the first time, and the 2005 Santa Cam video for the Persian Gulf was dropped.


2006 NORAD Tracks Santa - Other Videos
Other Videos Link Clip
2006 NORAD Tracks Santa Trailer [76]
NORAD Tracks Santa 2006 Trailer

NORAD Tracks Santa 2006 Trailer

December 21, 2006 Podcast Interview with Aviation Weekly on the Web (AVWeb) with Major Stacia Reddish on the NORAD Tracks Santa Program [7] [77]
MAJ Stacia Reddish - NORAD Tracks Santa Interview - 2006-12-21

MAJ Stacia Reddish - NORAD Tracks Santa Interview - 2006-12-21


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. "'Starr' helps NORAD track Santa, Dec 2, 2003 by Michael Phillips, US Air Force Press Releases" (in en). US Air Force. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_prfr/is_200312/ai_2198668072/. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  3. "NORAD Missile Agency Tracks Santa By Satellite, December 24, 2007" (in en). Sky News. http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641298341. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  4. "Aaron Carter Named NORAD's Honorary Santa Tracker, November 25, 2002 by Yahoo Music" (in en). Yahoo News. http://new.music.yahoo.com/aaron-carter/news/aaron-carter-named-norads-honorary-santa-tracker--12059763. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  5. "BBC News - RAF Tracking Santa Claus, Dec 17, 2007" (in en). BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7140000/newsid_7148200/7148270.stm?bw=nb&mp=wm&news=1&ms3=6&ms_javascript=true&bbcws=2. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  6. "Podcast354: Behind the Curtain of the NORAD Tracks Santa Program - MAJ Stacia Reddish on 16 July 2010 at Camp Alexander" (in en). www.speedofcreativity.org. http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2010/07/25/podcast354-behind-the-curtain-of-the-norad-tracks-santa-program/2. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  7. "Friday Podcast on 21 December 2006: Major Stacia Reddish Explains How NORAD Tracks Santa Every Christmas Eve" (in en). AVWeb. http://www.avweb.com/podcast/podcast/194060-1.html. Retrieved 2011-01-28.