Monday, December 24, 2012
Thanks to NORAD, children young and old can keep track of Santa Claus as he journeys around the world toward Michigan
Monday, December 24, 2012
For 364 days out of the year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spends its time tracking airplanes, missiles, space ships—anything flying near the United States and Canada. But on Christmas Eve, a team of volunteers spends the night tracking a very special pilot: Santa Claus. "We are the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications and the people to do it," NORAD said on its website. "NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house." Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west, NORAD noticed, meaning he moves from the South Pacific to New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa and …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The jolly old elf will arrive this Friday. Here are the days and hours he'll be available this season.
Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus is coming to town – or, more specifically, to The Somerset Collection in Troy. Here's what you need to know about Santa's arrival and extended visit to the upscale mall this season. Santa will arrive in Troy at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 16 in front of Somerset Collection North between J Alexander’s and Capital Grille. There will be stilt walkers, jugglers, a caroling quartet and townspeople handing out roasted almonds to guests. At 7 p.m., the Dearborn Marching Band will begin marching and playing a holiday tune from Nordstrom’s to the center doors. They will play as Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage with Princess Celeste. Once inside, the Dearborn Jazz Band will play while Santa visits with all his guests…
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Website offers fun activities for kids of all ages who are eager for St. Nick to arrive.
Some people simply can't wait 'til Christmas morning to find out if Santa Claus has paid them, or their neighborhood, a visit. For those who are impatient, don't worry. You can keep tabs on the big guy by following the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, which for one night is dedicated to tracking Mr. Claus' coordinates. The site is more than an enhanced GPS; it also contains a "Countdown Village," which offers games, activities and other features for young ones who are eager for Santa to arrive. According to its website, NORAD has been tracking Santa for more than 50 years, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). The tradition began in 1955, the website says, after…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
About 100 people participated in a chat with Santa Thursday evening; here is the replay, complete with some video responses.
When our Patch colleagues from Wisconsin told us they got hold of the big guy and that he'd agreed to a chat online, we couldn't resist passing it on to you. So live from the North Pole – via Wisconsin - there was the first PatchChat with Santa. Replay what Santa had to say by clicking above.