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Daily Mirror
Ryan Merrifield

NORAD Santa tracker down: Father Christmas' route unknown as site CRASHES

The NORAD Santa tracker has been down for a couple of hours meaning Father Christmas' location remained unknown for about three hours.

He set off earlier today from the North Pole to deliver gifts across the world.

The first stop was Tonga and the big man was last spotted going over New Zealand before the site glitched.

Santa is accompanied by his trusted team of reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.

And yes, Rudolph is back for another year of guiding the sledge through the skies with his red nose.

For the Mirror's live blog plotting Santa's journey around the world click here

The NORAD tracker has been plotting Santa's route for decades (NORAD)

It's been a difficult two years navigating isolation and social distancing - but this festive season is nearly back to normal.

The NORAD' s tracking system has been in place since 1955.

But don't worry, there are alternatives in case it drops out again.

Google's Santa Tracker continues a 19-year tradition for the company, and can be accessed using a web browser on iPhone, iPad, or Mac by visiting Google's official Santa Tracking website.

Despite the site being down, Santa is no doubt still ploughing on (Getty Images)

NORAD appears to have been having technical problems for some time this morning.

If there are no hold ups during his route, Santa normally gets to Britain around midnight if flying conditions are good.

As he only gives presents to children who are fast asleep, it is important for kids to get an early night.

Far from one of his first stops, the UK has to wait a while for his arrival.

First comes Oceania, Asia, Eastern Europe and much of Africa, before the white-bearded gift giver arrives at your house.

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