Santa Claus in Winnipeg to prepare for 2015 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation

Santa Claus was in Winnipeg on Wednesday, where he is completing final preparations for the 2015 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation at the Canadian NORAD Region.

He was planning his upcoming trip around the world with his most trusted advisor, a small elf, on Wednesday

Santa visited the Canadian NORAD Region to get a personal briefing on the final preparations for the 2015 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation. 1:16

Santa Claus is in Winnipeg on Wednesday, where he is completing final preparations for the 2015 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation at the Canadian NORAD Region.

This Christmas marks 60 years since NORAD began tracking Santa, and Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Fawcett said the original method and objective remains tried, tested and true.

Santa and his top elf consult with Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Fawcett, Combat Operations Division Chief (second from left) about the upcoming, world-wide journey that begins on Dec. 24. (Sara Calnek/CBC)

"Our mission hasn't changed, just some of the technology that's been updated over time to allow us to more efficiently track Santa," Fawcett said.

"The number of communication tools that children around the world can track Santa has much improved with social media [and] internet apps, so it's a much easier program for us to get the information out on where Santa is at all times."

Santa, who was busy planning his upcoming trip around the world with his top elf when he spoke to CBC, said his relationship with NORAD is peaceful and interactions between his crew and theirs is brief each year.

"The amount of time I actually spend on the wing of the F18 is very short," he said.

Technology being set up to track Santa at the Canadian NORAD Region in Winnipeg. (Sara Calnek/CBC)

"They come up to make a positive identification on me, like they would any strange aircraft coming into Canadian and North American airspace. They'll come and have a look, we get the wave and then I would continue on my way."

Santa takes flight on Dec. 24, and assured everyone at the region on Wednesday that children need not worry about him not making it to their homes to deliver gifts because he is the best pilot in the sky.


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