|Santa is underway for his 2019 tour of the world|
Those of us on the North Coast still have a bit of time before the sound of sleight bells and reindeer hoofs are heard around the region, offering perhaps a glimpse of a famous red nose guiding the man in Red in the Sleigh to his appointed rounds.
However, in many parts of the world the annual Journey of the North Poles most famous resident has already taken flight with the flight path of Mr. Clause being followed closed by NORAD the joint Canadian-American Air Command which keeps watch on all things in the skies.
As Santa arrives in Canadian and American airspace, jets from air bases across the country will be taking to the air to help Santa reach all destinations on the continent.
As they do each year, NORAD has provided a link to satellite tracking, giving Canadian and American children just a bit of a heads up as to when they should be in be and the cookies, milk and treats for the reindeer left out.
You can keep watch with NORAD through the NORAD tracks Santa website, with its live look ins along the way.
The NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page also features some behind the scenes glimpses of the staff on duty for the night as well as range of games and fun activities to take part in while Canta works his way around the Globe.
Updates on the travels are also available on Twitter, Facebook and Periscope.
NORAD caught a glimpse of Santa as he departed the North Pole hours ago, beginning his whirlwind 24 hour trip around the globe that ends as he hits Hawaii.
As of the Noon hour in Prince Rupert, the flight plan so far has taken Santa to Eastern Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China and much of Asia with the Jolly Old Elf directing the Reindeer guiding system to points west.
Santa's travels from Christmas Eve 2019
|Back home at the North Pole, Canada|
|Kitimat/Terrace/Smithers/Prince Rupert/Haida Gwaii|
|Los Angeles/Las Vegas|
|New York City|
|Santa approaches the East Coast of Canadian Air space|
|Rio de Janiero Brazil|
|Santa over Rome|
|Santa over the Pyramids of Egypt|
|Taj Mahal India|
|Over Moscow Russia|
7,575,576,003 Gifts delivered
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”