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All About Launching Santa

From the time Santa launches to when he touches back down at the North Pole it takes about 30-38 hours to get the sleigh around the world.

A great deal of work goes into that effort. All the mail coming into the North Pole is addressed to Santa Claus and as elves working in The North Pole Tracking Department we understand that. Our job is to get Santa around the world and back safely so that he can do it all again exactly a year later. He calls it the greatest job in the world. We call it a miracle.

Santa has to have a lot of stamina. He will wake up in the dead of what is normally a regular night’s sleep and hit the skies no later than 3 am EDT in the United States on December 24th. He has to be in flight by that time in order to begin making his Christmas visits in the South Pacific (New Zealand is frequently amongst the first stops that Santa makes). By the time he gets there with a fully loaded sleigh he has already been in the air for more than 4 hours. If he leaves around that time he gets to New Zealand right around midnight local time on Christmas morning.

That is his target — to be going down chimneys in every time zone between 12am and 1am. Once he gets moving — he has to keep moving.

The sleigh must be a precision machine.

A huge support network is needed to pull it all off.

Weather, speed, agility, organization, and execution of precisely laid out plans all have to come together to make it happen.

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