NORAD's Santa Tracker not affected by shutdown

Don’t worry, kids and parents: You will still be able to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

>> Read more trending news

Even though a partial government shutdown went into effect Saturday morning, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said it would track Santa's route for the 63rd year, The Hill reported.

The shutdown began at midnight as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained deadlocked over the president’s demand for $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Funding for about 25 percent of the government expired.

Explore>> Government partially shuts down

That does not affect NORAD, which is funded by the Department of Defense and has a full year of funding remaining, The Hill reported.

NORAD said it has more than 1,000 volunteers who help the program run each year.

The Santa Tracker allows people to see Santa’s location across a map of the world on Christmas Eve and follow his progress.

About the Author