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News | Dec. 17, 2013

Official NORAD Tracks Santa “tracker” joins U.S. Air Force Academy Band for Holiday Concerts

By Maj. Julie Roberge NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The holiday spirit is definitely here thanks to the amazing Holiday concerts scheduled by the U.S. Air Force Academy Band based in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Join them Dec. 17 at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dec. 19 at the Pueblo State Fair Events Center in Pueblo, Colo.  Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Every year, the USAFA Band provides entertainment in numerous locations in Colorado.  To add to the Holiday entertainment, an Official NORAD Santa Tracker, Maj. Karl Fruendt, financial and logistics officer at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, will provide information to the spectators and recruit new “Santa Trackers” to follow Santa with NORAD on his journey around the world Dec. 24.

“Throughout the year the men and women of NORAD work hard to provide aerospace warning, control and maritime warning for North America, but for this one night every year, we are able to bring the magic of the holidays to children around the world,” said Maj. Fruendt.  “We at NORAD are honored to be a part of so many peoples’ holiday traditions.”

To join in the fun and follow Santa on Dec. 24, visit, call 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723), or send an email to  You can also catch Santa making preparations for his flight and on Dec. 24 at 4 a.m. you can speak with a live Santa Tracker or email us to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts at the website.

And that’s not all.  NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will also stream videos as Santa makes his way over various locations around the world.  You can also follow NORAD Tracks Santa on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  Just search for NoradSanta! 

For more information on the U.S. Air Force Academy Band: