Sunday, December 24, 2023

Santa's Christmas Journey is well underway as the Jolly Red Elf makes his travels for 2023

Santa is underway for his 2023 tour of the world

See update at the bottom for the total number of presents delivered on Christmas Eve 2023 and the time that Santa arrived this year around the communities of the North Coast, Northwest Haida Gwaii and Southeast Alaska!


Those of us on the North Coast still have a bit of time before the sound of sleigh 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. Claus 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 Santa works his way around the Globe.

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.

NORAD's not the only ones keeping a watchful eye out for the transit, BC Ferries has introduced some state of the art tracking equipment for their 2023 watch.

You can even keep up with the travels from the Online Aviation Tracking website Flight Radar 24

While we were sleeping on the North coast overnight, Santa and the reindeer were out and on the way to their Christmas Deliveries, covering a fair portion of the globe to the West of the international date line.

As of the Noon hour in Prince Rupert, the flight plan so far had 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.

Follow the travels below!

Port Edward, Prince Rupert and on to Lax Kw'laams and Alaska

Santa's travels from Christmas Eve 2023
(Latest satellite imagery as of 12:22 AM )

And at 12:22 AM Santa left Prince Rupert en route 
to Alaska and points beyond!!!

Heard over Seal Cove was ...

"Merry Christmas to all and to all a Goodnight!"

Vancouver/Victoria area

Fort St. John, BC

Houston, Texas

Chicago, Illinois

New Orleans, Louisiana 

Toronto, Ontario

New York City, New York

Washington, DC

Entering Canadian Air Space off of Newfoundland


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

London, England

Madrid, Spain

Paris. France

Berlin, Germany

Rome, Italy

Athens, Greece

International Space Station 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shanghai, China

Seoul, North Korea

Sydney, Australia

Earlier today, the North Pole was a busy place, with lots of pre-flight activity, and then he was off for his rounds. A Christmas Eve Journey that comes to a close just past the midnight hours.

Presents Delivered so far:


As of 12:22 AM Christmas Eve Pacific Time

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