Where's Santa Claus? OnStar, NORAD tracker goes live Christmas Eve


(CBS) - The in-vehicle information provider OnStar joins the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in their effort to track Santa Clause this Christmas.

On Dec. 24 at 7 a.m. EST OnStar users will be able to press the blue OnStar button and get an update on Santa's whereabouts. This is the third year the company will provide this service.

NORAD kicks off countdown to track Santa, with help from Google

Google has also partnered with NORAD to bring us closer to Santa. Their Santa tracker is available online and via mobile phones, starting at 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve.

Tracking Santa Claus has been a long-time tradition for NORAD. It all began over 50 years, as the website recounts:

"The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born."

NORAD says tracking will also be available on apps at the Apple App Store, Android Market, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter.

We certainly hope Santa doesn't lose our GPS coordinates. Cookies await!